Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L820

42

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/3.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x63x33 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
233 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L820.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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Size
Smaller
106x63x33 mm vs 111x76x85 mm
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3.3x smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.3"
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2.6x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
233 g vs 470 g
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2x lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1500s
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2.1x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L820's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
29.3x vs 20x
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More than 2x more zoom
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$149.95 vs $328.29
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (2.2x less)
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $129 - $276

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $357

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $229

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $247

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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