As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX620 HS and the PowerShot SX260 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS30 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60)

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, records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) 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 920k dots), lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 295 shots), is older (march 2013 vs january 2015) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
3 years newer
$229 - $259

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

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

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • 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 PowerShot SX620 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
similar age
$220

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the ZS30 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$483

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

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$274 - $349

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

  • 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 SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
10 months newer
$962

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$269 - $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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a built-in GPS 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 smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
2 years newer
$679

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • 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 G7 X Mark II and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (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 DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $448.00 vs $329.99

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100
1 year older
$395

Significant advantages of the P7100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P7100 (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 P7100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $395.00 vs $329.99
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$438

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the S100 and SX280 HS

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

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
1 year newer
$372

Significant advantages of the TG-3 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 210 shots
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the TG-3 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the TG-3 and SX280 HS

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

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
1 year newer
$547

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (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 X30 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $547.12 vs $329.99
  • 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 significantly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs large (128×93×114 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.3" vs 4.5").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3.1), has significantly less zoom (20x vs 60x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 4 mm), lacks and external mic jack and has a much shorter battery life (210 shots vs 960 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$208

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 SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$374 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 20x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 4.5" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
similar age
$310

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Heavier: 470 g vs 233 g

common strengths of the L820 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
1 year newer
$161 - $177

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the L340 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

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
1 year newer
$178 - $234

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $178.00 vs $329.99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
4 months newer
$250

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 20x
  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $249.99 vs $329.99

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 3.8x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.7), is significantly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs super compact (93×57×20 mm)), doesn't record movies in 24p, is thicker (1.3" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (233 g vs 135 g).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
1 year older
$270

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)
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much 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

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
5 years older
$330

Significant advantages of the SD870 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (93×59×26 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Longer battery life: 270 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SD870 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.8x vs 20x

common strengths of the SD870 IS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens