• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Differences

Canon SX280 HS advantages over Nikon AW1

  • Less expensive
    $199* vs $700
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Lighter weight
    233g vs 313g
    Lighter weight

Nikon AW1 advantages over Canon SX280 HS

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.86 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    14.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/3200 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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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 AW1
Nikon S9100
  • $748
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Waterproof
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic ZS20

Canon SX280 HS
Panasonic ZS20
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Nikon AW1
Panasonic ZS20
  • $748
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Waterproof
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

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 AW1
Panasonic ZS15
  • $748
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon V2

Canon SX280 HS
Nikon V2
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon AW1
Nikon V2
  • $748
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon V3

Canon SX280 HS
Nikon V3
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon AW1
Nikon V3
  • $748
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
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