• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon SX260 HS advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Less expensive
    $379 vs $445
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.3 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Canon SX260 HS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 480 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.27 vs 0.52 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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 an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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.

  • Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless; User interface ideal for consumers stepping up from point-and-shoots; Speedy and accurate autofocusing; Zoom lever on body; Tremendous value.

  • Lack of hot shoe or accessory port limits more advanced shooting; No electronic viewfinder; Performance lags behind previous model, especially on burst shooting speed.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS8

Canon SX260 HS
Panasonic ZS8
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony NEX-3N
Panasonic ZS8
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $259
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup

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 NEX-3N
Nikon S9100
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Canon SX260 HS
Sony NEX-5R
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

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 NEX-3N
Canon SX280 HS
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Canon SX260 HS
Sony NEX-5T
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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