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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Really small
Compact (106×61×33 mm)
231 g
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second


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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$274 - $549 body only

$393 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Much larger
Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V

Travel zoom


Wide angle Much better wide angle
Zoom Significantly more zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$273 body only

$299 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
GPS No built-in GPS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Travel zoom

$202 - $229

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Zoom More zoom
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Super zoom

$320 - $399

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Much larger
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Travel zoom

Battery life Longer battery life
Weight Slightly lighter
GPS No built-in GPS


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
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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.