• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 840.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX280 HS advantages over Nikon A900

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $397
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    14.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon A900 advantages over Canon SX280 HS

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    840 mm vs 500 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.2 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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
Nikon A900
Nikon S9100
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

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
Nikon A900
Panasonic ZS15
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX260 HS

Canon SX280 HS
Canon SX260 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Slow-motion videos
Nikon A900
Canon SX260 HS
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Canon SX280 HS
Panasonic ZS60
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $373
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon A900
Panasonic ZS60
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • NFC
  • $373
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon SX730 HS

Canon SX280 HS
Canon SX730 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Nikon A900
Canon SX730 HS
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
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