Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
250 ms vs 510 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 3.2 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 231 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$218.00 vs $324.99
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The best price we've seen is $107 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
210 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 24fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S100200 shots
              SX260 HS210 shots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              S100250 ms
              SX260 HS510 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $209 - $235

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $398 - $498

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $180

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $272

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $196 - $359

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:54 PM, January 28, 2013)
              Hey @google-fc0f1a8b96d4ec398896b3c7138b09fd:disqus , thanks for your comment. Snapsort uses true resolution which is based on the cameras sensor size and not the artificially high number of MP that a camera manufacture says a camera has.
              Looks like you are right about the continuous shooting, we will update that soon.
               
              Avatar for Ricardo Consonni Ricardo Consonni (1:18 PM, January 28, 2013)
              Specs for the Canon SX260 are wrong: It's has a 12.1 MPixel sensor (not 9.7), shoots at 10.3 fps (not 3.2). I think this should tilt the scale a bit.