As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is also often compared to super zooms and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX710 HS and the PowerShot SX610 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S7000 and the Coolpix S9500)

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 built-in panoramas, lacks and external mic jack, is older (march 2013 vs february 2014) and is less popular.

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$265 - $299

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)

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

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 SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
1 year newer
$199

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)

  • 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 SX610 HS and SX280 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
1 year older
$280

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 SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
10 months newer
$300

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

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
similar age
$191

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

  • 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
$197

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the SX280 HS)

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

common strengths of the 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

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 (114×89×96 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.8") and is slightly lighter (233 g vs 538 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 50x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built-in HDR feature, lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (210 shots vs 315 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
1 year newer
$179

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

  • None found

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)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $179.00 vs $265.00

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$383 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 20x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 4.5" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SX280 HS

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

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$229 - $249

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

common strengths of the SX530 HS and SX280 HS

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 233 g
  • Inexpensive: $229.00 vs $265.00

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
1 year newer
$109 - $165

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

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 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 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"

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
1 year newer
$179 - $197

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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Inexpensive: $179.00 vs $265.00

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
6 months older
$329 - $345

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 20x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the 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 SX50 HS and SX280 HS

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Inexpensive: $329.00 vs $265.00

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 5x), 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 marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/1.8), is significantly larger (compact (106×63×33 mm) vs compact (99×59×27 mm)) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 12 MP).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
5 months newer
$329 - $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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • 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

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×59×29 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
6 months older
$320

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.5
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • 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

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×59×27 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.3"

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
10 months newer
$400

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.5
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the SX280 HS)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S200 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×59×26 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 181 g vs 233 g

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
1 year older
$272

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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second

common strengths of the S100 and SX280 HS

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (106×63×33 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Built-in GPS