Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

75

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

70

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$269.79 vs $349.99
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Slightly smaller
106x61x33 mm vs 106x63x33 mm
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Almost the same
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX280 HS:233 g
              SX260 HS:231 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              210 shots
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Size Large Help
              SX280 HS:106x63x33 mm
              SX260 HS:106x61x33 mm
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $372

              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Zoom Has much less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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              discussion

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              Harvey (11:59 PM, February 14, 2014)
              Some thoughts on size…

              1.3 inch thickness is described above as a "weakness". You want thinner? Sacrifice 20x zoom.

              The comparison notes that the new model is 2 mm taller than the old model. Strange that no one explored the cause of this difference. Looking at the manual for the SX280, I see that the extra little bump on the top is labeled "Wi-Fi antenna", a pretty significant new feature if you ask me.
               
              Chelsea (0:06 PM, December 17, 2013)
              Can't you use the manual override to compensate for the lighting?
               
              Avatar for Brian Brian (2:13 PM, August 03, 2013)
              The Sx260 does have panorama mode it is called "stitch assist" . Rotate the dial to the "SCN" mode. Its in the sub menu between AWB and the box. Once in the sub menu its the last two at the bottom one for left to right and a right to left.
               
              MK (8:40 PM, July 23, 2013)
              260 sucks bigtime with backlight detected.
               
              Bob (7:08 AM, June 03, 2013)
              Neither the SX260 nor SX280 have a panorama mode. You incorrectly state that the 260 has one.

              Indeed, many feel Canon is behind the average curve in no offering the mode in its pocket cameras like Sony

              and other major manufacturers have for quite some time. Should your final scores be adjusted?