• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX280 HS advantages over Nikon S9900

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $279
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 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)

Nikon S9900 advantages over Canon SX280 HS

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    750 mm vs 500 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 210 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    4 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
    16.0 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • 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
Nikon S9900
Nikon S9100
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

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 S9900
Panasonic ZS20
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

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 S9900
Panasonic ZS15
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony HX50V

Canon SX280 HS
Sony HX50V
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $368
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S9900
Sony HX50V
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $368
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon S9700

Canon SX280 HS
Nikon S9700
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S9900
Nikon S9700
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video
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