As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to super zooms, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX260 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix ZS30)

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 a built-in HDR feature, lacks built-in panoramas, doesn't take 3D photos and is older (march 2013 vs january 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$290 - $329

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

  • Significantly 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

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$399

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
$279 - $280

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
$259

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

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$230

Significant advantages of the SX270 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX270 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX270 HS and SX280 HS

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
1 year newer
$340

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 210 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • 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-TZ60 and SX280 HS

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is significantly smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs professional size (123×92×108 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.3" vs 4.3").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3), has significantly less zoom (20x vs 40x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks built-in panoramas and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 350 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
2 years older
$277

Significant advantages of the SX30 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • More zoom: 35x vs 20x
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX30 IS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the SX30 IS and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $277.00 vs $299.98

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$160 - $179

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

  • Significantly 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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the 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
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
2 years newer
$249

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

  • Significantly 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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
1 year newer
$178 - $190

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • More zoom: 35x vs 20x
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 210 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $178.00 vs $299.98

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$229 - $279

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

  • Much 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
  • Significantly 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 SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year older
$415

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.7 vs f/3.5
  • More zoom: 35x vs 20x
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SX40 and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $414.95 vs $299.98

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs professional size (129×101×78 mm)) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
3 years newer
$290 - $749 (body only)
$433 - $899 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SX280 HS

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $289.99 vs $299.98

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
similar age
$264 - $649 (body only)
$599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the T5i and SX280 HS

  • Inexpensive: $264.00 vs $299.98

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years older
$529 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots

common strengths of the D3100 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $449.99 vs $299.98

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SX280 HS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 3.6x), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), is newer (march 2013 vs june 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), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,229k dots), is slightly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs compact (100×59×29 mm)) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$308

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • 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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (100×59×29 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months older
$398

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 461k dots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and SX280 HS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 213 g vs 233 g