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Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS front
Portability
61
Imaging
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Features
67
Overall
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Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS Key Specs

Canon SX260 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 231g - 106 x 61 x 33mm
  • Announced June 2012
  • Replaced the Canon SX240 HS
  • Updated by Canon SX270 HS
Canon SX60 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 650g - 128 x 93 x 114mm
  • Released September 2014
  • Superseded the Canon SX50 HS
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Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS Overview

Here, we are comparing the Canon SX260 HS and Canon SX60 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are built by Canon. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the SX260 HS (12MP) and SX60 HS (16MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX260 HS was unveiled 3 years before the SX60 HS and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Canon SX260 HS being a Compact camera and the Canon SX60 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the SX260 HS matches up versus the SX60 HS in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX260 HS over the Canon SX60 HS

 SX260 HS SX60 HS 

Reasons to pick Canon SX60 HS over the Canon SX260 HS

 SX60 HS SX260 HS 
ReleasedSeptember 2014June 2012Fresher by 27 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution922k461kCrisper display (+461k dot)
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Common features in the Canon SX260 HS and Canon SX60 HS

 SX260 HS SX60 HS 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon SX260 HS offers exterior dimensions of 106mm x 61mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 231 grams (0.51 lbs) while the Canon SX60 HS has proportions of 128mm x 93mm x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") along with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the SX260 HS vs the SX60 HS.

Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the SX260 HS and SX60 HS is 91 and 61 respectively.

Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to envision the difference between sensor sizing only by reading a spec sheet. The graphic here might provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX260 HS and SX60 HS.

As you can see, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Canon SX60 HS to offer more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The older SX260 HS is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX260 HS Portrait photography highlights
Canon SX60 HS Portrait photography highlights
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focusing manually
supports face detect focusing
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW files
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SX260 HS
Street photography with Canon SX60 HS
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (231g)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
56
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
more heavy than others in class (650 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX260 HS Sports photography info
Canon SX60 HS Sports photography info
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excellent zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery (230 shots)
does not have phase detect AF
53
amazing zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX260 HS Travel photography advice
Canon SX60 HS Travel photography advice
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lighter than average in class (231g)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (500mm)
missing Time Lapse function
low battery (230 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (21mm)
great zoom (1365mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (650 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX260 HS as a Landscape photography camera
Canon SX60 HS as a Landscape photography camera
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focusing manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
low battery (230 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse function
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has manual focus
reasonably wide (21mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX260 HS Vlogging highlights
Canon SX60 HS Vlogging highlights
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reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (231 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing mic support
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reasonably wide (21mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external microphone port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
more heavy than others in class (650g)
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Canon SX260 HS vs Canon SX60 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX260 HS and Canon SX60 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX260 HSCanon PowerShot SX60 HS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-06-04 2014-09-16
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5 DIGIC 6
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3072
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 21-1365mm (65.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focus range 5cm 0cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech PureColor II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 922 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 6.4 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 5.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 231 grams (0.51 lbs) 650 grams (1.43 lbs)
Physical dimensions 106 x 61 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") 128 x 93 x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 39
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.1
DXO Low light score not tested 127
Other
Battery life 230 photos 340 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6L NB-10L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $349 $549