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 SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX610 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S7000 and the Coolpix S9700)

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 a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), lacks built-in panoramas, is older (march 2013 vs january 2015) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$290 - $379

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
1 year newer
$198 - $229

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (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 SX610 HS and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$293 - $299

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)

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

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SX280 HS

  • 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
$300

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SX260 HS and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
1 year newer
$160 - $227

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the S7000 and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$179

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

  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX270 HS and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • 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 has significantly more zoom (20x vs 4.2x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 120 fps), has a built-in GPS, is slightly less expensive ($293.00 vs $545.00) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots) and takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year newer
$545 - $649

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Less zoom: 4.2x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the G7 X and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$449 - $515

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • 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
  • Fairly small: Compact (100×59×29 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$330

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • 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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×59×27 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
1 year newer
$798

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Less zoom: 2.9x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$498

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 213 g vs 233 g

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 2.5"), is slightly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs prosumer size (114×89×96 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO).

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 4 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 590 shots) and much worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 0.0 cm).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$259

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

  • Much better macro capability: 0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
  • 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
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
3 years older
$499

Significant advantages of the SX20 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much better macro capability: 0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX20 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the SX20 IS and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
7 months older
$232

Significant advantages of the SX500 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much better macro capability: 1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

Significant disadvantages of the SX500 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 SX500 IS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 341 g vs 233 g

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
1 year newer
$139

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
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the L340 and SX280 HS

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

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
1 year newer
$206 - $229

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much longer battery life: 590 shots vs 210 shots
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the L840 and SX280 HS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Inexpensive: $199.99 vs $293.00

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$199

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)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 233 g

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), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots) and records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.7), is much larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs super compact (92×56×20 mm)), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 270 shots) and significantly worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 2.0 cm).

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
5 years older
$400

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)
  • Much better macro capability: 2.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Less zoom: 3.8x vs 20x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the SD870 IS 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
$275

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)

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

common strengths of the 300 HS and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens