Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

67

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Great battery life
Battery life
320 shots
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Size
Really small
Compact (106×61×33 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$359

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Size Slightly smaller
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Pro digicam

$379

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Touch screen Has a touch screen
GPS No built-in GPS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

Casio Exilim EX-Z60

Casio Exilim EX-Z60

Compact

$140

Size Much smaller
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Travel zoom

$218 - $249

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller
GPS No built-in GPS
Olympus Stylus 800

Olympus Stylus 800

Compact

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Smaller
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

discussion

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bob (2:02 AM, May 08, 2013)
In your camera comparisons you leave out autofocus speed & accuracy, in both normal & low light. This is one of the most important camera attributes and the Sony's shine in this category compared to most others. Maybe you don't mind wasting what would have been good shots to blur.
 
Pete J (5:01 PM, April 08, 2012)
 

Sony HX20V is
definitely  the best travel zoom for
2012. Simply amazing. Great zoom, very good photo quality (very decent for a travel
zoom), good photos with low light (better than HX9V), amazing (stunning) macro,
fantastic video recording (the same quality as HX9V), decent battery life, very
good materials...     in comparison, its main 2012's
competitors, Canon SX 240 - SX 260 and Nikon 9300, are not better in photo
quality (about the same quality) and are far worst in video quality (much worst.)
Canon's 24 fps in video is just ridiculous. Instead of a film look you get
jerky videos. I returned a Canon SX230 for that reason. Canon should definitely
do something about it. And Nikon 9300 is worst than both, at least for me.  Not good enough. Many people bought the Sony
HX9V only because of a much better video quality compared to the rest,
especially compared to Canon’s SX 220-230, even if the photo quality was
slightly inferior, but the new Sony HX20V not only is still much better in
video but it also makes amazing pictures, at the Canon SX 240-260’s level. For
real. With regard to the HX20V's main disadvantages, I would say: a) price. Too
expensive! You can buy a Canon S100 for that price! B) manual control: still
no full manual control. Canon is better in that aspect.