Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

70

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

64

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
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 SX230 HS

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

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 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
$214.99 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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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
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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
              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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
              SX260 HS:Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX230 HS:215 g
              SX260 HS:231 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              SX230 HS:106x59x33 mm
              SX260 HS:106x61x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              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
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $209

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $179 - $289

              Size Much smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

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              Frank (4:14 AM, December 16, 2012)
              24p is the speed that motion pictures are filmed at, so it gives it a real movie feel.
               
              Avatar for Peter Davis Peter Davis (7:22 AM, March 22, 2012)
              24p support is not a "feature"!  24p is worse than 30p.  Why does snapsort always advertise it as something desirable?