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
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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recommendations

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-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

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        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 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
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $221

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Focus points Has much more focus points
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        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
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $249

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $291 - $320

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $199

        Size Smaller
        Battery life Longer battery life
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Travel zoom

        $387

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

        $228 - $249

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Travel zoom

        $55 - $348

        Screen size Much larger screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Heavier
        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
        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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