As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to super zooms and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX700 HS and the PowerShot SX600 HS) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V)

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, slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and is more popular.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), lacks a built in HDR feature and lacks a built in panoramas.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
10 months newer
$329 - $354

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Popularity: 10,631,676 vs 6,904,897
arrow Compare the PowerShot SX700 HS vs the PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
9 months newer
$229 - $252

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

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SX280 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the PowerShot SX600 HS vs the PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$213

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
arrow Compare the SX270 HS vs the SX280 HS

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
similar age
$329

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS30 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$225 - $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
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the SX260 HS vs the SX280 HS

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500
similar age
$197

Significant advantages of the S9500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the S9500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the S9500 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact 106x63x33 mm vs professional size 123x87x106 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.6"), is significantly lighter (233 g vs 508 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3.0), has significantly less zoom (20x vs 50x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 23 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$199 - $249

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly better macro capability: 0 cm vs 5 cm

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size 104x70x80 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the SX510 HS vs the SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$399 - $400

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

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

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

  • Much larger: Professional size 123x87x106 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 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
  • Popularity: 26,393,421 vs 6,904,897
arrow Compare the PowerShot SX50 HS vs the PowerShot SX280 HS

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
9 months newer
$227 - $255

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the L830 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
similar age
$160 - $279

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Larger: Prosumer size 111x76x85 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the L820 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x76x85 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has much more zoom (20x vs 3.6x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm 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 920k dots) and is slightly larger (compact 106x63x33 mm vs compact 100x59x29 mm).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$449 - $451

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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S120 and SX280 HS

  • Very small: Compact 100x59x29 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 217 g vs 233 g
arrow Compare the S120 vs the SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$220 - $249

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S110 and SX280 HS

  • Very small: Compact 99x59x27 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Light weight: 198 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.3"
arrow Compare the PowerShot S110 vs the PowerShot SX280 HS

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$479 - $498

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • Very small: Compact 101x58x35 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Light weight: 213 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"
arrow Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
10 months newer
$232 - $290

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the S200 and SX280 HS

  • Very small: Compact 100x59x26 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Light weight: 181 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.3"
arrow Compare the S200 vs the SX280 HS

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
similar age
$186 - $399

Significant advantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the XZ-10 and SX280 HS

  • Very small: Compact 102x61x34 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Light weight: 221 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.3"
arrow Compare the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 vs the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age
$257

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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the P330 and SX280 HS

  • Very small: Compact 103x58x32 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 233 g
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P330 vs the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS