Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

70

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

67

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

differences

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
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$279.95 vs $311.00
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The best price we've seen is $31 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ20

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-TZ20's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Weight
Slightly lighter
219 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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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              SX260 HS:20x
              DMC-TZ20:16x
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX260 HS:240 fps
              DMC-TZ20:220 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX260 HS:1/3200s
              DMC-TZ20:1/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX260 HS:231 g
              DMC-TZ20:219 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
              DMC-TZ20:105x58x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $266

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $250

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              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

              $237 - $360

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              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 SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $323

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Travel zoom

              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Travel zoom

              $224

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $151

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $276

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

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