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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (Black)
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-55mm IS II Lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-55mm IS II Lens)
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Sony Alpha NEX-7 (with 18-55mm lens)

Sony Alpha NEX-7 (with 18-55mm lens)
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
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Price $224 at 1 store $503 to $925 at 12 stores $1,109 to $1,248 at 2 stores $560 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 6 reviews 4.5 stars out of 16 reviews 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews
Release date March 01, 2012 March 07, 2011 March 01, 2012 February 29, 2012
The Bottom Line The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS' wider, longer lens, a few much-needed design tweaks, and excellent photo quality add up to one pretty great compact megazoom. For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up. With a lot to like and just a little to dislike, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 comes up a winner, albeit an expensive one. The feature-rich Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V has a great mix of speed and photo quality.

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Flash Memory Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable - Integrated
Type TFT active matrix - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
TFT active matrix
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.4 in
5.2 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
4.4 in x 1.7 in x 2.6 in
4.2 in x 1.4 in x 2.4 in
Lens System 20 x x Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 II Canon EF-S
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6
20 x x Zoom lens - 4.45 mm - 89 mm - F/3.2-5.8 G
Optical sensor type BSI-CMOS
CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO auto (100-16000)
ISO 100-1600
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 6400
ISO 12800
ISO 400
ISO auto
Video capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
Digital zoom 4 x
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Battery technology Lithium ion
Info unavailable Lithium ion
Lithium ion
Weight 7.3 oz
18.2 oz
10.3 oz
7.8 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Compact
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