S Popovski wrote:
The long end end of the zoom looks more like digital zoom...
The SX 260 has 20x optical zoom - everything above (like 28x) is digital.
Btw tele or wide lenses are not used mainly for zooming or getting it all in, but for changing the perspective of the background/foreground.
Depends on what you do. There are shots you just can't take with a focal length that's too short.
Whilst the Ixus is generally considered the best in range for canon compacts
Well... depends on the kind of Powershot. There are the Powershot A models, the SX models, the S models, the D models, the G models...
I'd sort them that way from "not so good" to "better":
IXUS (very small), Powershot D (water resistant), Powershot SX (small, great zoom range)
Powershot SX the bigger ones (big, fast USM, even bigger zoom range, flash hot shoe), Powershot S (small with good image quality but short zoom range)
Powershot G (big, good image quality, nice handling, flash hot shoe)