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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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 Cheaper $249.95 vs $375.71
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The best price we've seen is $126 cheaper (more than 30% 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
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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 Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX260 HS:240 fps
              DMC-TZ20:220 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              Size Large Help
              SX260 HS:106x61x33 mm
              DMC-TZ20:105x58x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Size Is slightly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $200 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Zoom Has significantly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Travel zoom

              $237

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Compact

              $212

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $361

              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

              $471 - $484

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Travel zoom

              $192

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Travel zoom

              $243

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Travel zoom

              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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