Both cameras are highly rated.
You will be happy with either one.
Get your hands on both cameras and choose the one that feels best in your hands.
I am buying my first digital camera. I've done a lot of research, and seem to have it narrowed down to the Sony HX9,and the Cannon SX260HS. Your opinion, is one a better camera than the other? (Picture quality, not too difficult to learn to use etc). Or do you have any other camera model suggestions. I'm trying to keep the price under $300.