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 SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX60 HS) and Nikon (such as the D3300 and the Coolpix S9500)

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 doesn't record movies in 24p, is older (march 2013 vs january 2015) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$267 - $350

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)

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

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

Canon PowerShot N

Canon PowerShot N
similar age
$298

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"

common strengths of the PowerShot N and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$259

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

  • 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 SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$280

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

  • None found

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 SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
2 years older
$288

Significant advantages of the SX220 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX220 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the SX220 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 SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$450

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

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 2.8"), is significantly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs professional size (123×87×106 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.3" vs 4.2").

However, on average it has much less zoom (20x vs 50x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack, has a significantly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 340 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$347 - $430

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 20x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 4.5" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
4 years older
$497

Significant advantages of the SX10 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 340 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX10 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the SX10 IS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 1.3"

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
1 year newer
$169 - $220

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 538 g vs 233 g

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$411

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

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

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

  • Significantly 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

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$177

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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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 SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$212 - $249

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

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

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
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.3"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is newer (march 2013 vs may 2004) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a touch screen and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$423

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: $422.96 vs $329.99

Canon PowerShot S60

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8 years older
$399

Significant advantages of the S60 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S60 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the S60 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $329.99

Canon PowerShot N100

Canon PowerShot N100
9 months newer
$416

Significant advantages of the N100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the N100 (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 N100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $415.95 vs $329.99

Casio Exilim EX-10

Casio Exilim EX-10
7 months newer
$376

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

  • Higher speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 3"

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

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the EX-10 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $375.53 vs $329.99

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$380 - $448

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 461k dots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $380.39 vs $329.99

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age
$330

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Built-in GPS
  • Inexpensive: $329.99 vs $329.99