• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 360.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD4500 IS advantages over Canon SX260 HS

  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 32 mm
    Thinner
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon SX260 HS advantages over Canon SD4500 IS

  • Fast startup
    ~1.95 vs 3.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    500 mm vs 360 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 230 vs 150 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.3 fps vs 2.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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 Panasonic DMC-ZR1

Canon SD4500 IS
Panasonic DMC-ZR1
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic DMC-ZR1
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony DSC-HX5V

Canon SD4500 IS
Sony DSC-HX5V
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in GPS
Canon SX260 HS
Sony DSC-HX5V
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $294
  • 1/2.4 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Ricoh CX5

Canon SD4500 IS
Ricoh CX5
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Canon SX260 HS
Ricoh CX5
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Nikon S9100

Canon SD4500 IS
Nikon S9100
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup
Canon SX260 HS
Nikon S9100
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic ZS19

Canon SD4500 IS
Panasonic ZS19
  • $197
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $420
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS19
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in GPS
  • $420
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More pixels
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