Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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Canon IXUS 510 HS

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Size
Really small
Ultra compact (86×54×20 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

Items often bought with the SX280 HS or IXUS 510 HS

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Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Canon IXUS 510 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 510 HS

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Size
Much smaller
86×54×20 mm vs 106×63×33 mm
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2.4x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Thickness
Much thinner
0.8" vs 1.3"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
163 g vs 233 g
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More than 30% lighter
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 12x
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Around 3x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SX280 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 170 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.88 vs $279.49
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              IXUS 510 HS1080p @ 24fps
              SX280 HS1080p @ 60fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              IXUS 510 HS1/4000s
              SX280 HS1/3200s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              IXUS 510 HS170 shots
              SX280 HS210 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $335

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon IXUS 510 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $157

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $197

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Size Significantly smaller
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Size Significantly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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