As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs, waterproofs, 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 Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix ZS30)

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 920k dots), lacks a built-in HDR feature, lacks built-in panoramas, doesn't take 3D photos and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 270 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$318 - $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)

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

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)

  • 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 SX610 HS and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$270 - $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)

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

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
$419

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
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • 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
$315 - $349

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • 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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
1 year newer
$251

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

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

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), has a built-in GPS, is slightly less expensive ($269.99 vs $529.99) 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), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
2 years newer
$699

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

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year newer
$530 - $649

Significant advantages of the G7 X (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 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

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$618

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

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

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$360

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much 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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $359.95 vs $269.99

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
2 years older
$206

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the XZ-1 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $269.99

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs professional size (129×101×78 mm)) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
3 years newer
$575 - $749 (body only)
$469 - $499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SX280 HS

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $469.00 vs $269.99

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
7 months newer
$597 (body only)
$495 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the D5300 and SX280 HS

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Built-in GPS
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 233 g

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has significantly more zoom (20x vs 1x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 120 fps), 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/2.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 5 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
6 months newer
$367

Significant advantages of the Silver Edition (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much better wide angle: 5 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller: Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the Silver Edition (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in flash
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

common strengths of the Silver Edition and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120
10 months newer
$475

Significant advantages of the AW120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the AW120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW120 and SX280 HS

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

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 (120×82×92 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.6"), is slightly lighter (233 g vs 442 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 50x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't record movies in 24p, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and much worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 0.0 cm).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$210

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 SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$252 - $279

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

common strengths of the SX530 HS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $251.99 vs $269.99

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 5x), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a slightly longer battery life (210 shots vs 170 shots), 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/2.7), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), is much larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs super compact (93×57×20 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
2 years older
$300

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
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • 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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
1 year older
$264

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
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 110 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 ELPH 110 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS
1 year older
$180

Significant advantages of the 320 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (94×57×21 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the 320 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 320 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens