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 SX260 HS and the PowerShot SX710 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S7000 and the Coolpix S9900)

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 a built-in HDR feature, lacks built-in panoramas, lacks and external mic jack and is older (march 2013 vs january 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$380

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
  • 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
$268 - $329

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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
10 months newer
$279

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots
  • 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

  • Extremely 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

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
1 year newer
$119 - $217

Significant advantages of the Coolpix S7000 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix S7000 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the Coolpix S7000 and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
1 year newer
$229

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX610 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX610 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the PowerShot SX610 HS and SX280 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
1 year newer
$213 - $298

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-WX350 and SX280 HS

  • 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 records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), 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 slightly 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/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 922k dots) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$349

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
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S120 and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$259

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S110 and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $259.00 vs $200.00

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
5 months newer
$399

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
10 months newer
$344

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)

  • 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 S200 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year newer
$484 - $649

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 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 G7 X (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the G7 X 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 prosumer size (120×82×92 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.3" vs 3.6").

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 42x), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 590 shots), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and much worse macro focusing (5.0 cm vs 0.0 cm).

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
1 year newer
$239

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX520 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • More zoom: 42x vs 20x

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX520 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 SX520 HS and SX280 HS

  • Light weight: 441 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $239.00 vs $200.00

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$279 - $280

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 20x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot 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 PowerShot SX530 HS and SX280 HS

  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $200.00

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$199

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

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot 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 PowerShot 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
  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $200.00

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$235

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Much better macro capability: 0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm

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

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • Significantly 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

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
1 year newer
$218 - $227

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

  • Inexpensive: $218.00 vs $200.00
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second