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

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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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 SX230 HS

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$205.07 vs $324.99
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Lighter
215 g vs 231 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
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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
              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 Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX230 HS1080p @ 30fps
              SX260 HS1080p @ 24fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HSLens, Sensor shift
              SX260 HSLens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX230 HS215 g
              SX260 HS231 g
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              210 shots
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX230 HS106x59x33 mm
              SX260 HS106x61x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $221 - $355

              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 SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution 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

              $171

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

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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?