As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to super zooms, ultra compacts and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX710 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9900 and the Coolpix S7000)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in GPS and records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 40x), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks built-in panoramas.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$268 - $329

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 40x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$261 - $349

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$429

Significant advantages of the SX260 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX260 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX260 HS and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
1 year newer
$289

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the S9900 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
10 months newer
$309 - $349

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
2 years newer
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs prosumer size (120×82×92 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.6") and is slightly lighter (233 g vs 441 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 42x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 22 mm), doesn't record movies in 24p, lacks a built-in HDR feature and lacks built-in panoramas.

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$300

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Light weight: 349 g vs 233 g

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$170

Significant advantages of the SX410 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 40x vs 20x

Significant disadvantages of the SX410 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SX410 IS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
1 year newer
$289

Significant advantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 42x vs 20x

Significant disadvantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX520 HS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 441 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.3"

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
similar age
$228

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm
  • Longer battery life: 310 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the L320 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 233 g

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$250 - $279

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 50x vs 20x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX530 HS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$411

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 50x vs 20x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX50 HS and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $410.70 vs $314.99

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 4x), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), is newer (march 2013 vs january 2012) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.6), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs ultra compact (92×52×19 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 250 shots).

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
1 year older
$197

Significant advantages of the WX50 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WX50 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the WX50 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
1 year older
$440

Significant advantages of the DSC-TX20 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-TX20 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-TX20 and SX280 HS

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (march 2013 vs september 2010) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
2 years older
$530

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the G12 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10
4 years older
$414

Significant advantages of the G10 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 210 shots
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the G10 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the G10 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $414.00 vs $314.99
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
5 months newer
$700

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the G16 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$600

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S120 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps