• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 20.0x zoom 25mm - 500mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $300 Average Retail $350 MSRP
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 20.0x zoom 24mm - 480mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $300 Average Retail $0 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon SX260 HS over Panasonic ZS25

  • 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

  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    17 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer shutter
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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 Pentax RZ18

Canon SX260 HS
Pentax RZ18
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 1080p
  • $261
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels
Panasonic ZS25
Pentax RZ18
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 1080p
  • $261
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon S800c

Canon SX260 HS
Nikon S800c
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Longer battery life
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Nikon S800c
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Longer battery life
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Samsung WB250F

Canon SX260 HS
Samsung WB250F
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $175
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Samsung WB250F
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • High-res screen
  • $175
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony WX300

Canon SX260 HS
Sony WX300
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • 1080p
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Sony WX300
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • 1080p
  • Longer shutter
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Canon SX260 HS
Canon SX280 HS
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 24p
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $265
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Panasonic ZS25
Canon SX280 HS
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels
  • Longer shutter
  • $265
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
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