Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L620

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L610

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

69

Nikon Coolpix L610

57

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
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L610

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

Items often bought with the Canon SX260 HS or Nikon L610

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.
Explore our gallery of 9 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L610.

differences

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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 120 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
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 Nikon L610

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L610's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Lowest price
Cheaper
$249.00 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $151 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX260 HS210 shots
              L610120 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX260 HS3,200 ISO
              L6101,600 ISO

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              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

              $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

              $329

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $254

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

              Nikon Coolpix L610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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