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Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS front
Portability
91
Imaging
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Features
43
Overall
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Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS Key Specs

Canon SX10 IS
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
  • 600g - 128 x 88 x 87mm
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Refreshed by Canon SX20 IS
Canon SX280 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
  • Announced March 2013
  • Succeeded the Canon SX270 HS
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Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS Overview

Below, we will be comparing the Canon SX10 IS and Canon SX280 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both sold by Canon. The sensor resolution of the SX10 IS (10MP) and the SX280 HS (12MP) is pretty similar and they come with the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX10 IS was revealed 5 years prior to the SX280 HS and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Canon SX10 IS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Canon SX280 HS being a Compact camera.

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a short highlight of how the SX10 IS scores vs the SX280 HS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX10 IS over the Canon SX280 HS

 SX10 IS SX280 HS 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Canon SX280 HS over the Canon SX10 IS

 SX280 HS SX10 IS 
AnnouncedMarch 2013January 2009More recent by 50 months
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution461k230kSharper screen (+231k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX10 IS and Canon SX280 HS

 SX10 IS SX280 HS 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon SX10 IS offers physical dimensions of 128mm x 88mm x 87mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 3.4") with a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Canon SX280 HS has dimensions of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") and a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the SX10 IS compared to the SX280 HS.

Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SX10 IS and SX280 HS is 65 and 91 respectively.

Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to picture the gap between sensor measurements simply by going over a spec sheet. The graphic below might give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX10 IS and SX280 HS.

Clearly, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should expect the Canon SX280 HS to offer more detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older SX10 IS is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX10 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Canon SX280 HS as a Portrait photography camera
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focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/500 seconds)
offers face detect focusing
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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you can focus manually
has face detection autofocus
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX10 IS as a Street photography camera
Canon SX280 HS as a Street photography camera
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screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than competitors in class (600g)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (233 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX10 IS Sports photography info
Canon SX280 HS Sports photography info
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incredible zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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excellent zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (4.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery power (210 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX10 IS
Travel photography with Canon SX280 HS
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flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (28mm)
long zoom (560mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors in class (600g)
resolution not great (10MP)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than competition (233 grams)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long zoom (500mm)
no Timelapse mode
bad battery power (210 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX10 IS Landscape photography advice
Canon SX280 HS Landscape photography advice
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focusing manually
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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you can focus manually
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
bad battery power (210 CIPA)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX10 IS
Vlogging with Canon SX280 HS
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quite wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of mic port
heavier than competitors in class (600g)
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relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (233 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone jack
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Canon SX10 IS vs Canon SX280 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX10 IS and Canon SX280 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX10 ISCanon PowerShot SX280 HS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-01-15 2013-03-21
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Digic 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-560mm (20.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.7 f/3.5-6.8
Macro focus range 0cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 secs 1/3200 secs
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.20 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/500 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600g (1.32 pounds) 233g (0.51 pounds)
Dimensions 128 x 88 x 87mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 3.4") 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 210 photographs
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - NB-6L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec or custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/MMC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $275 $325