Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Sony DSC-HX60

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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
Sony DSC-HX60

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In stock (21 available)

Reasons For

2 Reasons For
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 Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 has a megapixel 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 has a digital zoom of 486x, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (482x 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 ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Sony DSC-HX60 is 12,800 maximum ISO speed, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (6,400 lower).
A lot longer slowest 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 (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera, 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 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 is a digital camera that takes 380.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS only takes 210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Sony DSC-HX60 supports wi-Fi, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS does not. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Available from 4 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 187 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 51 reviews).

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
Vastly lower megapixel Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a megapixel 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.

121x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a digital zoom of 4x, but the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 486x digital zoom digital camera (482x 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 ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is only 6,400 maximum ISO speed, but the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (6,400 higher).
15s shorter slowest 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 (numeric) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX60 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,600 pixels higher).
One hundred and seventy less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a digital camera that takes 210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony DSC-HX60 only takes 380.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

Does not support wi-Fi Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS does not support wi-Fi, whereas the Sony DSC-HX60 supports wi-Fi. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Not as many stockists
Only 1 store sell the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS, however 5 shops 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.
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 187 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
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.

Ten months older
The Sony DSC-HX60 is older than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS by ten months.
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

26 months Ago 36 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
12.1MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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
 5184 x 3456
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 7152 x 1080
 3648 x 2056
 2736 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1728
 1920 x 1920
 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
 5184 x 3456
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 7152 x 1080
 3648 x 2056
 2736 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1728
 1920 x 1920
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3456
 5184 x 3456
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 486x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.3
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
500mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 90 4.3 - 129
Extra/Smart Zoom
40x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
12/10 11/10
Combined Zoom
80x Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.05m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05 - ∞
Auto Focus (AF) Points
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.0 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.0 - ∞
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 12,800
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 80
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
BEST
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (tele)
1 - 2 2 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
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
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Resolution At 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 Formats Supported
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 AC3
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 AC3
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-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-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
461,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 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 Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
Languages Support
 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 Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
NB-6L NP-BX1
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
210 shots 380 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
 Windows operating systems supported

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX,PhotoStitch Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
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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