• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25mm - 500mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25mm - 750mm (35mm eq.)

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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.
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon S9700 over Canon SX260 HS

  • More lens zoom
    30.0x vs 20.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer battery life
    300 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    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
    14 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

User reviews

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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 Nikon S9100

Canon SX260 HS
Nikon S9100
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9100
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic ZS15

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS15
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Manual focus
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS15
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Canon SX260 HS
Canon SX280 HS
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $237
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Nikon S9700
Canon SX280 HS
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $237
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon S9900

Canon SX260 HS
Nikon S9900
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More lens zoom
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9900
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony WX500

Canon SX260 HS
Sony WX500
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More lens zoom
Nikon S9700
Sony WX500
  • $307
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • GPS
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $324
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
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