• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 20.0x zoom 25mm - 500mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 30.0x zoom 25mm - 750mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Canon SX260 HS over Nikon S9700

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Longer shutter
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon S9700 over Canon SX260 HS

  • Lens zoom ratio
    30.0x vs 20.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    9 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

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Review Excerpt

  • 20x zoom ranges from very wide to ultra telephoto; Wide range of exposure settings, including Manual, plus many auto modes; Full HD video at 1080p; Video autofocus and zoom while shooting, HDMI interface; Very good image quality; Built-in GPS.

  • Tight control placement; Low battery life; Soft corners at wide angle; Small front fingergrip; No live histogram. No raw mode.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm F900EXR

Canon SX260 HS
Fujifilm F900EXR
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • 24p
  • $243
  • 1/2 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon S9700
Fujifilm F900EXR
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • GPS
  • $243
  • 1/2 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Canon SX260 HS
Canon SX280 HS
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 24p
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $237
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Nikon S9700
Canon SX280 HS
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More dots on screen
  • $237
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus

Compared to Sony HX50V

Canon SX260 HS
Sony HX50V
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • 24p
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon S9700
Sony HX50V
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More pixels

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS40
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS40
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster shutter
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots RAW

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS35
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $237
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS35
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • GPS
  • $237
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer shutter
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