As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, compacts and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX620 HS and the PowerShot SX720 HS) and Olympus (such as the Stylus SH-50 iHS and the SZ-30MR)

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 921k dots), has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 295 shots), is older (march 2013 vs february 2016) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

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3 years newer
$249

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

  • Significantly 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
  • 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

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

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similar age

Significant advantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Lower speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix S9300

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the S9300 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S9300 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

common strengths of the S9300 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

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2 years newer
$391

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

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similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX80 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX80 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the DSC-WX80 and SX280 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

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3 years newer
$338 - $368

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • 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

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), is newer (march 2013 vs september 2012) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), 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 350 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon PowerShot G15

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6 months older
$690

Significant advantages of the G15 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G15 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the G15 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes
  • 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 S110

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6 months older
$944

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (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 S110 and SX280 HS

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

Canon Powershot S100

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1 year older

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

Fujifilm X30

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 210 shots
  • 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
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the X30 and SX280 HS

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

Nikon Coolpix P330

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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)

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

common strengths of the P330 and SX280 HS

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

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 3.7x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1,024 x 768 @ 15fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 36 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

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 (95×56×20 mm)), has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 240 shots), is thicker (1.3" vs 0.8") and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Sony Cybershot WX9

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2 years older

Significant advantages of the WX9 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×56×20 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the WX9 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the WX9 and SX280 HS

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Good wide angle: 25 mm vs 25 mm

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-T9 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (90×55×21 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-T9 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 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 DSC-T9 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD950 IS

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5 years older

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

  • 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

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S80

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the S80 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S80 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the S80 and SX280 HS

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs prosumer size (118×75×89 mm)), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and slightly shorter exposures (15 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Z990 MAX (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (124×86×94 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the Z990 MAX and SX280 HS

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

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4 years older
$650

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ28 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×75×89 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 417 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

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1 year newer
$316

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

  • 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
  • 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"

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

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1 year newer

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"