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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (Black)
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
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Nikon Coolpix L610 (Black)

Nikon Coolpix L610 (Black)
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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Black)
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Price $249 at 1 store $255 to $274 at 2 stores $87 at 1 store $170 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 6 reviews 3.5 stars out of 4 reviews 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date March 01, 2012 August 20, 2012 August 08, 2012 August 20, 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. It has its limitations, but the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a good choice for zoom addicts on a budget. Though nothing extraordinary, the Nikon Coolpix L610 is a decent entry-level compact camera that shoots slightly above its price. The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a good, inexpensive travel-zoom option for those wanting more control over results or who are just getting into photography and don't want to empty their wallets.

Basic specs

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Type TFT active matrix - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.4 in
4.1 in x 3.2 in x 2.7 in
4.3 in x 1.3 in x 2.7 in
4.4 in x 1.7 in x 2.9 in
Lens System 20 x x Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
30 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 129 mm - F/3.4-5.8
14 x x Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 63 mm - F/3.3-5.9
16 x x Zoom lens - 5 mm - 80 mm - F/3.5-5.9
Optical sensor type BSI-CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
CCD
Light sensitivity ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO auto (125-1600)
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
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 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
iFrame - 960 x 540 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
Digital zoom 4 x
4 x
2 x
4 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
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Weight 7.3 oz
11.2 oz
8.5 oz
8.6 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
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