Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

46

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$169.99 vs $281.08
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The best price we've seen is $111 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 110 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 12x
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Around 3x more zoom
Size
Smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 113×73×46 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX260 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.8"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
231 g vs 306 g
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More than 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX150 IS110 shots
              SX260 HS210 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX150 IS0.9 fps
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX150 IS1,600 ISO
              SX260 HS3,200 ISO
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX150 ISf/3.4
              SX260 HSf/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX150 IS1
              SX260 HS9

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $240

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $180

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot SD400

              Ultra compact

              $350

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $203

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $216

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Larger

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $237 - $251

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $325

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

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