Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Canon PowerShot G15

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Weight
Light-weight
231 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Size Smaller 106x61x33 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Weight Lighter 231 g vs 401 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $238.76 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $310 cheaper (2.3x less)
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the G12's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 380 ms vs 510 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 350 shots vs 210 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX260 HS:510 ms
              G12:380 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              G12:2 fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $282

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $242 - $281

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $361 - $380

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $315

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

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $479

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $494

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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