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 SX610 HS and the PowerShot SX270 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9700 and the Coolpix B500)

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 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
3 years newer
$279

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 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 PowerShot SX620 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$240 - $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

  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$484

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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

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

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)

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

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

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 3.6x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a built-in GPS, is slightly less expensive ($238.86 vs $488.00) 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 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 is slightly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs compact (100×59×29 mm)).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$185

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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 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
  • Significantly 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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
3 months newer
$648

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$513

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
  • 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

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age
$325

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
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the P330 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (103×58×32 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Built-in GPS

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
10 months newer
$199

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S200 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.3"

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 (114×78×95 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.7") and is slightly lighter (233 g vs 541 g).

However, on average it has significantly 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 has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 600 shots).

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$278 - $297

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 210 shots
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $277.89 vs $238.86
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$179

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

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
1 year newer
$195

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"

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$340 - $469

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

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

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

  • Much larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX50 HS and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $339.94 vs $238.86