Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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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
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

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
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Significantly smaller 106x61x33 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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4.6x smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
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 resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weight Much 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
Lowest price Much cheaper $200.00 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (3x less)
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 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 510 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Aperture 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)
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
Macro focus Much better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
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 Common Weaknesses

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

              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX260 HS:510 ms
              SX20 IS:540 ms
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              SX20 IS:0.7 fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              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
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $316 - $361

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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
              Lowest price More expensive
              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 S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $278 - $400

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Less zoom

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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