Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Canon Powershot S100

Canon PowerShot S95

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

42

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 3.8x
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Around 28.5x more zoom
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
510 ms vs 610 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.2 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
210 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$279.95 vs $459.00
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The best price we've seen is $179 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S95's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
99x58x29 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 231 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX260 HS:510 ms
              S95:610 ms
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX260 HS:210 shots
              S95:200 shots
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              S95:1.9 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $400

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $371

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

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

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $372

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $70

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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