• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX260 HS advantages over Sony HX300

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 103 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    231g vs 656g
    Lighter weight
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Sony HX300 advantages over Canon SX260 HS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 500 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 310 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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.

  • Super-versatile 50x optical zoom lens helps you capture everything from wide-angle cityscapes to zoomed in portraits from what feels like a mile away; Still quite light and portable considering the powerful lens; Comfortable and ergonomic design; Full HD video recording at up to 60p, with good quality.

  • Relatively small, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor delivers average image quality that degrades quickly at high sensitivities; Images not as sharp or as bright at full telephoto as we had hoped; Slow camera to use overall.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon S9100

Canon SX260 HS
Nikon S9100
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup
Sony HX300
Nikon S9100
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic ZS19

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS19
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in GPS
  • $420
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More pixels
Sony HX300
Panasonic ZS19
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $420
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Canon SX260 HS
Canon SX280 HS
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony HX300
Canon SX280 HS
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm S1

Canon SX260 HS
Fujifilm S1
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in GPS
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony HX300
Fujifilm S1
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony HX400V

Canon SX260 HS
Sony HX400V
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony HX300
Sony HX400V
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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