Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S8200

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

70

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Nikon Coolpix S8200

59

Nikon Coolpix S8200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8200

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
961k dots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
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
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
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$279.95 vs $340.00
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S8200

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
961k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 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 S8200's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
250 shots vs 210 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
104x59x33 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.2 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 231 g
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Around 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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 compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX260 HS:1/3200s
              S8200:1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX260 HS:231 g
              S8200:213 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX260 HS:106x61x33 mm
              S8200:104x59x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX260 HS:210 shots
              S8200:250 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $170 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon ELPH 530 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

              Ultra compact

              $152 - $289

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Size Is much smaller
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $221 - $268

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $232 - $360

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              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

              $249

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $317

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

              Nikon Coolpix S8200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $217

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $235

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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