As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX260 HS and the PowerShot SX710 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS30 and the Lumix ZS25)

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 920k dots) and is older (march 2013 vs january 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$459

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$259

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
similar age
$344

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly 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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
1 year newer
$140 - $249

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$260 - $349

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

  • 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

  • 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

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
similar age
$309

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (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 ZS25 and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely 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 records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (march 2013 vs january 2011), 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), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 14.6 MP) and has a significantly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 1000 shots).

Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XF1
6 months older
$208

Significant advantages of the XF1 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the XF1 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the XF1 and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90
3 years older
$480

Significant advantages of the S90 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5

Significant disadvantages of the S90 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S90 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year newer
$489

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)

  • 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 G7 X and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age
$330

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

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
2 years older
$206

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Longer battery life: 320 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the XZ-1 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10
4 years older
$999

Significant advantages of the G10 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 210 shots
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the G10 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the G10 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • 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 high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 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 50x), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (march 2013 vs february 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$207 - $279

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

  • Significantly 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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the SX530 HS and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$179

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

  • 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)
  • Very light: 325 g vs 233 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"

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 480p @ 30fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 37 mm), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots).

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 compact (93×58×24 mm)), has a significantly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 320 shots), is thicker (1.3" vs 0.9") and is slightly heavier (233 g vs 195 g).

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)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.3"

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 worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S710 and SX280 HS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS
5 years older

Significant advantages of the SD890 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (95×57×27 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 210 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD890 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the SD890 IS and SX280 HS

  • None found