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 SX260 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S7000 and the Coolpix S9700)

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 SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$310 - $379

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly 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

  • 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
$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
  • 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 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)

  • 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 PowerShot SX620 HS and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$279 - $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 SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$242

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

  • 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 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

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 (106×63×33 mm) vs professional size (123×87×106 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), is thinner (1.3" vs 4.2"), is slightly lighter (233 g vs 595 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has way more less zoom (20x vs 50x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 21 mm), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$256 - $279

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
  • 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

  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $255.67 vs $315.00

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$195 - $199

Significant advantages of the SX410 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly 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 SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$389

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
  • Inexpensive: $389.40 vs $315.00

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
2 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 50x vs 20x

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 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 PowerShot SX540 HS and SX280 HS

  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $387.95 vs $315.00

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$229

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 SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$419 - $479

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

  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 20x
  • Much better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

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
  • Inexpensive: $419.00 vs $315.00

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), 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 marginally 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/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$332

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: $331.89 vs $315.00

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age
$344

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: $344.00 vs $315.00

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100
1 year older
$360

Significant advantages of the P7100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7100 (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 P7100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $359.99 vs $315.00
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$435

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • 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
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Built-in GPS

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X
2 years newer
$428 - $449

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 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 G9 X (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 PowerShot G9 X and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash