Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L610

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Nikon Coolpix L610

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has an optical zoom of 20x, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L610 is only a 14x optical zoom digital camera (6x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

2x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a digital zoom of 4x, however the Nikon Coolpix L610 is only a 2x digital zoom digital camera (2x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 500mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 150mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix L610 (350mm).
11s longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is 15s maximum shutter speed, but the Nikon Coolpix L610 is only a 4s maximum shutter speed digital camera (11s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

A lot higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a JPEG frame rate of 60fps, but the Nikon Coolpix L610 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
4% wider field of view Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a field of view of 100%, but the Nikon Coolpix L610 is only a 96% field of view digital camera (4% narrower).
Moderately higher display resolution Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a display resolution of 461,000 pixels, but the Nikon Coolpix L610 is only a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,000 pixels lower).
Lighter Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 233g digital camera. That's 7g lighter than the Nikon Coolpix L610 (240g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Ninety more shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is 210.00, but the Nikon Coolpix L610 only takes 120.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert reviews are a lot better
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has an average expert review score of 77% based on 41 reviews, however the Nikon Coolpix L610 has an average rating of 64% (based on 15 reviews).
7 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a 16MP digital camera. That's 3.9MP higher than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (16MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Significantly smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 has a closest focusing distance of 0.01m, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 0.05m closest focusing distance digital camera (0.04m larger).
99.00 auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Nikon Coolpix L610 is 99.00, but the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS only has one auto focus point.
Cheaper by £179
The Nikon Coolpix L610 is £178.81 cheaper than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.
1 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Better selling
The Nikon Coolpix L610 ranks No. 17758 by number of sales, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS ranks No. 76883.
Considerably better user reviews
The average user review score of the Nikon Coolpix L610 is 86%, whereas the average rating of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is 70% (based on 151 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a megapixel count of 12.1MP, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L610 is a 16MP digital camera (3.9MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

80% larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 0.05m closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.04m larger than the Nikon Coolpix L610 (0.01m).
Ninety-eight less auto focus points Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a one auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L610 only has 99.00 auto focus points.
£179 more expensive
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix L610 by £178.81.
Less retailers
Only 1 retailer sell the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS, whereas 2 shops sell the Nikon Coolpix L610. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Four months older
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is older than the Nikon Coolpix L610 by four months.
Worse selling
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS ranks No. 76883 by sales volume, however the Nikon Coolpix L610 ranks No. 17758.
A lot Lower user review Score
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS's average user rating is only 70%, however the Nikon Coolpix L610's is 86% (based on 27 reviews).
10 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a 14x optical zoom digital camera. That's 6x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (14x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

2x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a 2x digital zoom digital camera. That's 2x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (2x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

150mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 has a maximum focal length of 350mm, however the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 500mm maximum focal length digital camera (150mm longer).
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 4s. That's 11s shorter than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (4s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Vastly lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps lower than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (30fps).
5% narrower field of view Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a 96% field of view digital camera. That's 4% narrower than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (96%).
Lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 is a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 1,000 pixels lower than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (460,000 pixels).
7g heavier Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 has a weight of 240g, however the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 233g digital camera (7g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Only 120.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L610 takes 120.00 shots per battery charge, however the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS only takes 210.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert review Rating is considerably Worse
The average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix L610 is only 64%, whereas the average expert rating of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is 77% (based on 41 reviews).

Awards

7 Awards
besteproduct.nl: 4 Star
Camera Labs: Recommended
Ephotozine: Recommended
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
12.1MP 16MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
BEST
Image Format
 JPEG XR
 MPO
 JPEG XR
 MPO
BEST
Total Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.79MP
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
14x
Digital Zoom
4x
BEST
2x
Maximum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.3
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.9
Maximum Focal Length
500mm
BEST
350mm
Minimum Focal Length
25mm 25mm
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 90 4.5 - 63
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Extra / Smart Zoom
40x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
12/10 11/10
Combined Zoom
80x Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.05m 0.01m
BEST
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - 1
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.1 - ∞
Auto Focus Point
1 99
BEST
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 125
 25
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 125
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 3,200
Minimum ISO Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 125
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
4s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tele Flash Range
1 - 2 1.5 - 3.2
Flash Range
0.5 - 3.5 0.5 - 6
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps
BEST
30fps
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 960 x 540
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 960 x 540
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 WAV
 AAC++
 WAV
 AAC++
BEST
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 28MB
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Field of View
100%
BEST
96%
Display Resolution
461,000 pixels
BEST
460,000 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
PC Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PC connectivity
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

3D Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D compatible
GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Manual
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Manual
 Incandescent
 Flash
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Program
 Movie
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Program
 Movie
Photo Effect
 Vivid
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Skin tones
Self-Timer
2,10 10
Multi-Shot Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi-shot mode
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 MPF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 MPF
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Backlight
 Beach
 Close-up (macro)
 Cuisine
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Party (indoor)
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Backlight
 Beach
 Close-up (macro)
 Cuisine
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Party (indoor)
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
233g
BEST
240g
Height
62.8mm 68.4mm
Depth
32.6mm 34.1mm
Width
106.4mm 108mm
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 240g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Battery Size
NB-6L AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium)
Shot Per Battery Charge
210 shots
BEST
120 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 5 - 85
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
 Mac operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating System
 Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Included Cable
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
BEST
Battery Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Network Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Network ready

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
On/off Switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/off switch
Panorama Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Panorama mode
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/1600 - 1
Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Digital SLR
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
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