As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, pro DSLRs, super zooms, ultra compacts and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX600 HS and the Powershot S100) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot WX50 and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX500)

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 has a faster max shutter speed (1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 290 shots), is older (march 2013 vs january 2015) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
9 months newer
$255

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

  • Longer battery life: 290 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 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 SX600 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
$219

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 SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
3 years newer
$229

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Longer battery life: 295 shots vs 210 shots

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

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
2 years newer
$348

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Much longer battery life: 360 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX500 (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 DSC-WX500 and SX280 HS

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
1 year newer
$275 - $279

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 210 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (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 DMC-ZS50 and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$492

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 toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is newer (march 2013 vs september 2011).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$476

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Built-in GPS

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
2 years newer
$546 - $649

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (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 PowerShot G7 X Mark II and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year newer
$450

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (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 G7 X and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
10 months newer
$241

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S200 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Large (134×91×156 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-F828 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$598

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (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 S120 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in flashes

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), is much smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs large (160×159×92 mm)), is much less expensive ($358.98 vs $5,999.00), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.6") and is much lighter (233 g vs 1,415 g).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 2,359k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.7 MP) and much lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,280,000 ISO).

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
2 years newer
$5,999 - $6,497 (body only)
$7,391 18-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 461k dots
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (160×159×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.6" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the D5 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 slightly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs large (128×93×114 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is thinner (1.3" vs 4.5") and is slightly lighter (233 g vs 541 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 64.6x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 23 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
2 years newer
$212 - $229

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • More zoom: 42x vs 20x

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX420 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 PowerShot SX420 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"

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$199 - $257

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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$340 - $429

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

  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

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

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

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX280 HS

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

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
1 year newer
$426

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 64.6x vs 20x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$210

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
  • 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
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
similar age

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the L820 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 5x), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), is newer (march 2013 vs january 2012) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.6), is much larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs ultra compact (92×52×19 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 240 shots) and is thicker (1.3" vs 0.7").

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
1 year older
$266

Significant advantages of the WX50 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WX50 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

common strengths of the WX50 and SX280 HS

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 3.6x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots) and records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), is significantly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs super compact (100×53×23 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and is thicker (1.3" vs 0.8").

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
3 years older

Significant advantages of the SD980 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (100×53×23 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the SD980 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the SD980 IS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/3000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L26

Nikon Coolpix L26
1 year older
$60

Significant advantages of the L26 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Smaller: Compact (96×60×29 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 164 g vs 233 g

Significant disadvantages of the L26 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the L26 and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
2 years older
$323

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 300 HS and SX280 HS

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age
$220

Significant advantages of the A2500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (98×56×21 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly lighter: 125 g vs 233 g

Significant disadvantages of the A2500 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the A2500 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
1 year older
$499

Significant advantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×57×20 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 110 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the ELPH 110 HS and SX280 HS

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Nikon Coolpix S710

Nikon Coolpix S710
4 years older

Significant advantages of the S710 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (93×58×24 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.5
  • Higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the S710 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x

common strengths of the S710 and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"