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

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

71

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Really small
Size
Compact 106x63x33 mm
Thin
Thickness
1.3"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

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
Cheaper
$273.79 vs $324.99
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (around 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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX280 HS1080p @ 60fps
              SX260 HS1080p @ 24fps
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX280 HS233 g
              SX260 HS231 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              210 shots
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX280 HS106x63x33 mm
              SX260 HS106x61x33 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX280 HS$273.79
              SX260 HS$324.99
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $570

              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 much more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $226 - $363

              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $209 - $235

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

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

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $196 - $359

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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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?