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

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

55

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Large sensor
Sensor size
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.

differences

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
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 3.8x
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Around 28.5x more zoom
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
Significantly 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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 faster
3.2 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
$324.99 vs $429.00
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The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (more than 20% 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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX260 HS$324.99
              S95$429.00
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX260 HS510 ms
              S95610 ms
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX260 HS210 shots
              S95200 shots
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              S951.9 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $328

              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

              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

              $174

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $978

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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