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Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
43
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS front
 
Nikon Coolpix S3600 front
Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
29
Overall
38

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 Key Specs

Canon SX270 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
  • Released March 2013
  • Superseded the Canon SX260 HS
  • Later Model is Canon SX280 HS
Nikon S3600
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 58 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2014
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Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Canon SX270 HS and Nikon S3600, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Canon and Nikon. There is a sizeable difference among the resolutions of the SX270 HS (12MP) and S3600 (20MP) but they feature the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SX270 HS was launched 9 months prior to the S3600 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the SX270 HS scores vs the S3600 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX270 HS over the Nikon S3600

 SX270 HS S3600 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution461k230kCrisper screen (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon S3600 over the Canon SX270 HS

 S3600 SX270 HS 
LaunchedJanuary 2014March 2013Fresher by 9 months

Common features in the Canon SX270 HS and Nikon S3600

 SX270 HS S3600 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera regularly, you will have to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon SX270 HS comes with exterior measurements of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") having a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Nikon S3600 has measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are working with at the time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the SX270 HS versus the S3600.

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the SX270 HS and S3600 is 91 and 96 respectively.

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing only by going through specifications. The visual below should give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the SX270 HS and S3600.

Plainly, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Nikon S3600 to produce more detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The older SX270 HS will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 sensor size comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S3600 as a Portrait photography camera
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focusing manually
offers face detection focus
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
38
good MP (20 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Street photography factors
Nikon S3600 Street photography factors
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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (233g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (125g)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Sports photography details
Nikon S3600 Sports photography details
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great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
low frames per second (4.0 fps)
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (210 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
features tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX270 HS
Travel photography with Nikon S3600
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lighter than average (233 grams)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long reach (500mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low battery pack (210 CIPA)
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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lighter than competitors (125g)
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX270 HS
Landscape photography with Nikon S3600
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focusing manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
low battery pack (210 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Vlogging details
Nikon S3600 Vlogging details
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reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (233g)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic support
33
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
lighter than competitors (125g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic port
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Canon SX270 HS vs Nikon S3600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX270 HS and Nikon S3600
 Canon PowerShot SX270 HSNikon Coolpix S3600
General Information
Brand Name Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Nikon Coolpix S3600
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2013-03-21 2014-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 5152 x 3864
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 99
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 25-200mm (8.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/3.7-6.6
Macro focus range 5cm 2cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 461 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
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 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1280x720p (30fps) , 1280x720 (25p), 640x480 (30fps )
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 233g (0.51 lb) 125g (0.28 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") 97 x 58 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8")
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 210 photographs 230 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6L EN-EL19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Retail cost $284 $200