Updated (April 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

77

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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

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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
106×61×33 mm vs 107×62×35 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$380.00 vs $1,027.49
Help
The best price we've seen is $647 cheaper (2.7x less)
Weight
Lighter
231 g vs 254 g
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Around 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly 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-HX30V

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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-HX30V's maximum light sensitivity is 4 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
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
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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-HX30V's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX260 HS1080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX30V1080p @ 60fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX260 HS1.3"
              DSC-HX30V1.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX260 HS231 g
              DSC-HX30V254 g
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX260 HS106×61×33 mm
              DSC-HX30V107×62×35 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX260 HS$380.00
              DSC-HX30V$1,027.49
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              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

              $369

              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              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 S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $260

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $353

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Size Much smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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