As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to pro digicams and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX260 HS and the PowerShot SX700 HS) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX350)

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 slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p, lacks built-in panoramas, doesn't take 3D photos and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$282

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
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
10 months newer
$279 - $280

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
9 months newer
$179 - $180

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SX280 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
similar age
$293 - $348

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • 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
$220 - $413

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • 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
$229 - $230

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX610 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot SX610 HS and SX280 HS

  • 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), 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 1" 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 921k dots) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$349

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)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S120 and SX280 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$250

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S110 and SX280 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $249.99 vs $232.23

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$448

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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
5 months newer
$399

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the G16 and SX280 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age
$281

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Takes 3D photos

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 GPS
  • Inexpensive: $280.87 vs $232.23
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$325

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the S100 and SX280 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $325.00 vs $232.23

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 professional size (123×87×106 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.3" vs 4.2").

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 50x), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built-in HDR feature and significantly worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 0.0 cm).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$239

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Much better macro capability: 0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • Significantly 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)
  • Very 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
$149 - $536

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

  • None found

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the PowerShot 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 SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$329 - $366

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 20x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 4.2" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and SX280 HS

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS