Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Really small
Size
Compact (106×61×33 mm)
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 SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
340 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size
Significantly smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 128×88×87 mm
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4.6x smaller
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weight
Significantly lighter
231 g vs 600 g
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2.6x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.4"
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2.6x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
510 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX260 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$380.00 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $109 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX20 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Almost the same
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
340 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
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
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX260 HS510 ms
              SX20 IS540 ms
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              SX20 IS0.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX260 HS3,200 ISO
              SX20 IS1,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $303 - $350

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $370

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

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $444

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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