• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX260 HS advantages 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 advantages 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer battery life
    More info 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
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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
  • $362
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9100
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic ZS20

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS20
  • $362
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in GPS
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Nikon S9700
Panasonic ZS20
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More lens zoom
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Canon SX260 HS
Canon SX280 HS
  • $362
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $211
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S9700
Canon SX280 HS
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $211
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon S9900

Canon SX260 HS
Nikon S9900
  • $362
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $295
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
Nikon S9700
Nikon S9900
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $295
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer

Compared to Sony WX500

Canon SX260 HS
Sony WX500
  • $362
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon S9700
Sony WX500
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer battery life
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