Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

73

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

68

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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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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
Size
Smaller
106x61x33 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
231 g vs 254 g
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Around 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX20V's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX260 HS1080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX20V1080p @ 60fps
              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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX260 HS$324.99
              DSC-HX20V$329.95
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX260 HS231 g
              DSC-HX20V254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX260 HS1.3"
              DSC-HX20V1.4"
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX260 HS106x61x33 mm
              DSC-HX20V107x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $197 - $359

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

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

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $499

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $373

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              discussion

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
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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.