Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

69

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
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 SX210 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS over the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

Items often bought with the SX260 HS or SX210 IS

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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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Advantages of the Canon SX210 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX210 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
106×59×32 mm vs 106×61×33 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
220 g vs 231 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$269.00 vs $380.00
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The best price we've seen is $111 cheaper (around 30% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX260 HS3,200 ISO
              SX210 IS1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              SX210 IS0.7 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $358

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $370

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $206

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

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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