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Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
44
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 front
Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
44

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 Key Specs

Canon SX260 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
  • Previous Model is Canon SX240 HS
  • Replacement is Canon SX270 HS
Panasonic ZS30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 198g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Released January 2013
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ40
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS25
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS35
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Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 Overview

The following is a extensive review of the Canon SX260 HS versus Panasonic ZS30, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Canon and Panasonic. There exists a considerable gap among the sensor resolutions of the SX260 HS (12MP) and ZS30 (18MP) but they possess the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SX260 HS was launched 7 months prior to the ZS30 and they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a short summary of how the SX260 HS scores against the ZS30 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX260 HS over the Panasonic ZS30

 SX260 HS ZS30 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS30 over the Canon SX260 HS

 ZS30 SX260 HS 
ReleasedJanuary 2013June 2012Newer by 7 months
Display resolution920k461kSharper display (+459k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon SX260 HS and Panasonic ZS30

 SX260 HS ZS30 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera regularly, you will need to take into account its weight and size. The Canon SX260 HS features outside measurements of 106mm x 61mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 231 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS30 has specifications of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

Analyze the Canon SX260 HS versus Panasonic ZS30 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you select at the time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the SX260 HS against the ZS30.

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SX260 HS and ZS30 is 91 and 92 respectively.

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its hard to imagine the gap in sensor dimensions only by viewing specs. The picture below will help provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the SX260 HS and ZS30.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You can expect to see the Panasonic ZS30 to render extra detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics far more aggressively. The more aged SX260 HS will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 sensor size comparison

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX260 HS Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS30 Portrait photography details
37
you can focus manually
includes face detection focus
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
33
megapixel count good (18MP)
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX260 HS Street photography details
Panasonic ZS30 Street photography details
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (231g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
66
image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch to focus
lighter than competition (198g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX260 HS
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS30
36
amazing zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
low battery life (230 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
46
incredible zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18MP)
has tracking autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,200 seconds)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery power (260 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX260 HS
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS30
61
lighter than competition (231g)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (500mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low battery life (230 per charge)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than competition (198g)
boasts touch to focus
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
lack of Timelapse function
low battery power (260 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX260 HS Landscape photography factors
Panasonic ZS30 Landscape photography factors
41
you can focus manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
low battery life (230 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
44
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
low battery power (260 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX260 HS
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS30
34
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (231g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone support
35
fairly wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (198 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone socket
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Canon SX260 HS vs Panasonic ZS30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX260 HS and Panasonic ZS30
 Canon PowerShot SX260 HSPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
General Information
Make Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-TZ40
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-06-04 2013-01-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 5 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 461 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech PureColor II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/1200 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.50 m 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 231g (0.51 pounds) 198g (0.44 pounds)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.3") 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 230 images 260 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $349 $250