Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 13 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX170 IS

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$129.95 vs $273.79
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (2.1x less)
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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
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX280 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
106x63x33 mm vs 108x71x44 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
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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 digicams

              Common Strengths
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $180

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

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

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $570

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $144

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $286

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $115

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $226 - $363

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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