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 SX700 HS) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX350)

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 920k dots), lacks built-in panoramas, doesn't take 3D photos, lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 290 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$439

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 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

  • 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

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
  • 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 SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$358

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$329

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX710 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX710 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot 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

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
similar age
$259

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the ZS30 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very high speed movies: 220 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 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 slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm 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
$314 - $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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$260

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $260.00 vs $230.15

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$448

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 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 DSC-RX100 (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 DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$330

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the S100 and SX280 HS

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

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

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 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), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.6") and is slightly lighter (233 g vs 508 g).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 42x), doesn't record movies in 24p, lacks a built-in HDR feature, lacks built-in panoramas and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 315 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
5 months newer
$239

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

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
1 year newer
$213

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)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the PowerShot SX520 HS and SX280 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Light weight: 441 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $212.54 vs $230.15

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
9 months newer
$297

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much better macro capability: 1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the L830 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 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
$329 - $349

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)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 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

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
1 year newer
$149 - $536

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

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX400 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 SX400 IS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×80 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.3"