Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Sony DSC-HX60

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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.8 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX60 (4.3).
Lighter Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 227g digital camera. That's 19g lighter than the Sony DSC-HX60 (246g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

One more awards
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has 2 awards, however the Sony DSC-HX60 has 1 award.
11 Reasons For
8.3MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 has a megapixel count of 20.4MP, however the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 12.1MP digital camera (8.3MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

10x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 has an optical zoom of 30x, however the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 20x optical zoom digital camera (10x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Hugely bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 has a digital zoom of 120x, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (116x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

6,400 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 has a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (6,400 lower).
A lot longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (15s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

460,600 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,600 pixels lower).
One hundred and seventy more shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 is a digital camera that takes 380.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS only takes 210.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£47 cheaper
The Sony DSC-HX60 costs £194.95, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is £242.41.
Available from 6 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Expert reviews are a little better
Based on 9 expert reviews, the Sony DSC-HX60 has an average review score of 82%, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an average rating of 79% (based on 10 reviews).
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 188 user reviews, the Sony DSC-HX60 has an average review score of 86%, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an average rating of 73% (based on 52 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
Vastly lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a megapixel count of 12.1MP, however the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 20.4MP digital camera (8.3MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an optical zoom of 20x, however the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 30x optical zoom digital camera (10x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

29x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a digital zoom of 4x, but the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 120x digital zoom digital camera (116x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, but the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (6,400 higher).
15s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (15s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

460,600 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a display resolution of 461,000 pixels, whereas the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,600 pixels higher).
One hundred and seventy less shots per battery charge Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a digital camera that takes 210.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony DSC-HX60 only takes 380.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£47 more expensive
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is more expensive than the Sony DSC-HX60 by £47.46.
Not as many stockists
Only 2 shops sells the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS, however 8 sellers sell the Sony DSC-HX60. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
One month older
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is older than the Sony DSC-HX60 by one month.
Moderately Lower expert review Score
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS only has an average expert rating of 79%, but the Sony DSC-HX60 has an average expert rating of 82% (based on 9 reviews).
A lot Lower user review Score
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS only has an average user rating of 73%, but the Sony DSC-HX60 has an average user rating of 86% (based on 188 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 is a 4.3 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.8 larger than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (4.3).
8% heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 is a 246g digital camera. That's 19g heavier than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (246g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony DSC-HX60 has received 1 award, the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has received 2 awards.

Awards

2 Awards
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
vido.com.ua: Recommended
1 Award
Ephotozine: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

24 months Ago 23 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
12.1MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
BEST
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 5184 x 3456
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 129
Minimum Aperture
3.5
BEST
4.3
Maximum Focal Length
500mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 90 4.3 - 129
Extra / Smart Zoom
40x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
12/10 11/10
Combined Zoom
80x Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.05m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05 - ∞
Auto Focus Point
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05 - ∞
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.0 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.0 - ∞
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400 12,800
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
80 80
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
BEST
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tele Flash Range
1 - 2 2 - 3
Flash Range
0.5 - 3.5 0.25 - 5.6
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 30fps
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
BEST
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 640x480@120fps
 320×240@240fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 640x480@120fps
 320×240@240fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
BEST
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
461,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Scene Mode
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Pet
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Pet
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
227g
BEST
246g
Height
61.1mm 63.6mm
Depth
32.6mm 38.3mm
Width
106.4mm 108.1mm
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 272g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
NB-6L NP-BX1
Shot Per Battery Charge
210 shots 380 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
 Mac operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating System
 Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX,PhotoStitch Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case
Included Wrist Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included wrist strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 6
 DIGIC 6
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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