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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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
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
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
Thickness Slightly 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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $214.99 vs $279.95
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX260 HS:231 g
              DSC-HX20V:254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX260 HS:1.3"
              DSC-HX20V:1.4"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Size Large Help
              SX260 HS:106x61x33 mm
              DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $298

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $291 - $320

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $340 - $399

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $387

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $320 - $442

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $262

              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

              $515

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249 - $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $218 - $223

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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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.