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 Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV and the Cybershot DSC-RX100) and Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS and the PowerShot SX530 HS)

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), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 300 shots), is older (march 2013 vs february 2014) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
9 months newer
$299

Significant advantages of the 340 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 340 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 340 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 SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$345

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
1 year newer
$340

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 210 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (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 DMC-TZ60 and SX280 HS

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
3 years newer
$338

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$220

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 SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$280

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

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

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 CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (march 2013 vs june 2012), has a built-in GPS and is slightly less expensive ($338.98 vs $579.00).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2), has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
2 years newer
$811 - $848

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps 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 DSC-RX100 IV and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$424 - $448

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly 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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $423.89 vs $338.98

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year newer
$579

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (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 G7 X and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$699

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot G9

Canon PowerShot G9
5 years older
$500

Significant advantages of the G9 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the G9 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the G9 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/2500 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$399

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly 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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Built-in GPS

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 (114×78×95 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 442 g).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 39.1x), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 600 shots), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (march 2013 vs january 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$220 - $249

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

  • Significantly 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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the SX530 HS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$293

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
  • 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
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
1 year newer
$199

Significant advantages of the SX400 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX400 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the SX400 IS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×80 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$192

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

  • None found

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

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

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"

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$199 - $257

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

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 210 shots
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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 1,024 x 768 @ 15fps), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 36 mm), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), is significantly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs super compact (100×53×23 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 320 shots).

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
5 years older

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
1 year older
$327

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)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the DMC-FH8 and SX280 HS

  • 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
$130

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

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 300 HS and SX280 HS

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
3 years older
$283

Significant advantages of the SD980 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (100×53×23 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the SD980 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the SD980 IS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/3000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS
5 years older

Significant advantages of the SD890 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (95×57×27 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 210 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD890 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 25 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the SD890 IS and SX280 HS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot SD950 IS

Canon PowerShot SD950 IS
5 years older
$699

Significant advantages of the SD950 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (96×60×28 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD950 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the SD950 IS and SX280 HS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens