• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 224.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX280 HS advantages over Canon N2

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    500 mm vs 224 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    14.0 fps vs 2.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon N2 advantages over Canon SX280 HS

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.0 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon S9100

Canon SX280 HS
Nikon S9100
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon N2
Nikon S9100
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic ZS15

Canon SX280 HS
Panasonic ZS15
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon N2
Panasonic ZS15
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SX260 HS

Canon SX280 HS
Canon SX260 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Slow-motion videos
Canon N2
Canon SX260 HS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon S800c

Canon SX280 HS
Nikon S800c
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon N2
Nikon S800c
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Samsung WB50F

Canon SX280 HS
Samsung WB50F
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $290
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Lighter weight
Canon N2
Samsung WB50F
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $290
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
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