Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $238.76 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $310 cheaper (2.3x less)
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-HX30V

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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-HX30V'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-HX30V'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
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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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX260 HS:231 g
              DSC-HX30V:254 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX260 HS:1.3"
              DSC-HX30V: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-HX30V: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

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $242 - $281

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              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

              $300

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              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

              $361

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $282

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $454

              Screen size Much larger screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $350

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

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