• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25mm - 500mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 480mm (35mm eq.)

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Advantages

Canon SX260 HS over Panasonic ZS25

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.33 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic ZS25 over Canon SX260 HS

  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    20 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer shutter
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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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 Panasonic ZS30

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS30
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $272
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS30
  • $209
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $272
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi

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
Panasonic ZS25
Fujifilm F900EXR
  • $209
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer shutter
  • $243
  • 1/2 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS40
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS40
  • $209
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS35
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $232
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS35
  • $209
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • 60p
  • $232
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon S810c

Canon SX260 HS
Nikon S810c
  • $275
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger pixels
  • $352
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Nikon S810c
  • $209
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • 60p
  • $352
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
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