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 SX700 HS and the PowerShot SX600 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9500 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, slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) 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, 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
$279 - $383

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
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
9 months newer
$179 - $180

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
  • 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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$300 - $305

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

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$324

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
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
similar age
$299 - $368

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500
similar age
$221

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
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it 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 significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm 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 922k dots) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$326 - $399

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)

  • 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

  • Inexpensive: $326.12 vs $237.49

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$170 - $228

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

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

  • Inexpensive: $170.00 vs $237.49

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" 6.2x4.6mm
  • 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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
5 months newer
$432 - $449

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the G16 and SX280 HS

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
10 months newer
$320

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the S200 and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $319.99 vs $237.49

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 prosumer size 111x75x91 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.6"), is slightly lighter (233 g vs 470 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 50x), doesn't record movies in 24p, lacks a built in HDR feature, lacks a built in panoramas and doesn't take 3D photos.

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$207 - $239

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Much 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"
  • 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 104x70x80 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
9 months newer
$194 - $297

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$349 - $420

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

  • Significantly 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

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
similar age
$149 - $270

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
1 year newer
$149 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX400 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX400 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the PowerShot SX400 IS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size 104x69x80 mm vs Compact 106x63x33 mm
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.3"