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Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$232.48 vs $395.75
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The best price we've seen is $163 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS30

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Size
Much smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 106×63×33 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Battery life
Much longer battery life
300 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the ZS30's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 233 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              SX280 HS106×63×33 mm
              ZS30105×59×28 mm
              Weight Very light Help
              SX280 HS233 g
              ZS30198 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              SX280 HS1.3"
              ZS301.1"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX280 HS$232.48
              ZS30$395.75
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              15 seconds
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              20x

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              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
              PowerShot SX280 HS
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