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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V


Canon PowerShot SX260 HS



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

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
Built-in GPS
Great for travel


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.


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom


Zoom Significantly more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

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Zoom Significantly more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Smaller
Zoom Less zoom

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Cheaper
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Travel zoom

$268 - $349

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Travel zoom


Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
GPS No built-in GPS


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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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.