Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
290 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX220 HS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX220 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Size Slightly smaller 106x59x33 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 215 g vs 231 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.00 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $31 cheaper (more than 10% 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
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX220 HS:215 g
              SX260 HS:231 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX220 HS:290 ms
              SX260 HS:510 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              210 shots
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.2 fps
              Size Large Help
              SX220 HS:106x59x33 mm
              SX260 HS:106x61x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $291 - $320

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $262

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $515

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $387

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $206

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $380

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Much larger

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $340 - $399

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

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