As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to boutiques, pro digicams, super zooms, compacts and digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot G1X Mark II and the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P330 and the Coolpix L120)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a built-in GPS, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (march 2013 vs february 2012) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS
1 year older
$235

Significant advantages of the 310 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/3 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the 310 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the 310 HS and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $235.00 vs $232.48

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
4 years older

Significant advantages of the SX110 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the SX110 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SX110 IS and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$492

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SX260 HS and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $492.00 vs $232.48
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
3 years newer
$179 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 295 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (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 PowerShot SX620 HS and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $179.49 vs $232.48

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$237

Significant advantages of the SX270 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX270 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX270 HS and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $236.76 vs $232.48
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
10 months newer
$470

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S9700 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $469.99 vs $232.48

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (20x vs 5x), is slightly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs standard size (116×74×66 mm)), is thinner (1.3" vs 2.6"), is significantly lighter (233 g vs 558 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
10 months newer
$699

Significant advantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly heavier: 558 g vs 233 g

common strengths of the G1X Mark II and SX280 HS

  • Incredible zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Fairly small: Standard size (116×74×66 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (20x vs 5x) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO).

However, on average it has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs compact (103×58×32 mm)), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 12 MP) and is slightly heavier (233 g vs 200 g).

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the P330 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the P330 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

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 large (130×97×118 mm)), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.7"), is slightly lighter (233 g vs 541 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3.1), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 23 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots), has a much shorter battery life (210 shots vs 400 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Nikon Coolpix L120

Nikon Coolpix L120
2 years older

Significant advantages of the L120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the L120 and SX280 HS

  • Very small: Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Very light: 406 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$249 - $255

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.3"
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the SX530 HS and SX280 HS

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

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$242 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 210 shots
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Wider aperture: f/3 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.3"
  • Heavier: 541 g vs 233 g

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 233 g

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
1 year newer
$239

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

  • None found

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.3"
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the SX520 HS and SX280 HS

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
4 months newer
$599

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 4.6" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and SX280 HS

  • Light weight: 606 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $599.00 vs $232.48

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
similar age

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Wider aperture: f/3 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the L820 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 470 g vs 233 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to compact competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (20x vs 5x), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (march 2013 vs february 2011) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.5), is significantly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs super compact (92×56×20 mm)), is thicker (1.3" vs 0.8") and is significantly heavier (233 g vs 123 g).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
1 year older
$299

Significant advantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×57×20 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Shorter battery life: 170 shots vs 210 shots
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the ELPH 110 HS and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH8 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.5 vs f/3.5
  • Much smaller: Super compact (96×57×19 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.7" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH8 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-FH8 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
2 years older
$261

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (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 300 HS and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Inexpensive: $261.17 vs $232.48

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to digicam competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 110k dots), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 4.9 MP).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't support an external flash.

Nikon Coolpix 5000

Nikon Coolpix 5000
11 years older

Significant advantages of the 5000 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the 5000 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the 5000 and SX280 HS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second