Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Sony DSC-HX90V

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
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Reasons For

1 Reason For
Three more awards
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has 7 awards from expert review sites, however the Sony DSC-HX90V has 4 awards.
12 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a megapixel count of 18.2MP, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is only a 12.1MP digital camera (6.1MP lower). 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.

A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has an optical zoom of 30x, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is only a 20x optical zoom digital camera (10x 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.

116x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a digital zoom of 120x, however the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (116x 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.

15s longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Sony DSC-HX90V is 30s maximum shutter speed, but the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is only a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (15s shorter). Read more

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

A lot higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, but the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is only a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,600 pixels lower).
Lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90V is a 218g digital camera. That's 15g lighter than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (218g). 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.

One hundred and eighty more shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Sony DSC-HX90V is 390.00, but 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.

£90 cheaper
The Sony DSC-HX90V costs £89.80 less than the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.
Available from 11 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
More popular
The Sony DSC-HX90V is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 40316 by sales volume in our digital cameras, however the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS ranks No. 76883.
Expert reviews are better
The Sony DSC-HX90V has an average expert review score of 83%, however the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has an average rating of 77% (based on 41 reviews).
User reviews are a lot better
The Sony DSC-HX90V has an average user review score of 87%, however the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has an average rating of 70% (based on 151 reviews).

Reasons Against

13 Reasons Against
51% lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 12.1MP digital camera. That's 6.1MP lower than the Sony DSC-HX90V (18.2MP). 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.

50% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 20x optical zoom digital camera. That's 10x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90V (30x). 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.

29x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 116x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90V (120x). 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.

15s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 15s shorter than the Sony DSC-HX90V (30s). Read more

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

460,600 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 460,600 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-HX90V (921,600 pixels).
A bit heavier Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a weight of 233g, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V is a 218g digital camera (15g 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 210.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a digital camera that takes 210.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90V only takes 390.00 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.

More expensive by £90
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is £89.80 more expensive than the Sony DSC-HX90V.
Not as many stockists
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is only stocked by 1 shop, however the Sony DSC-HX90V is stocked by 12 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by over one year
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is 21 months older than the Sony DSC-HX90V.
Less popular
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 76883 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Sony DSC-HX90V ranks No. 40316.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS only has an average expert score of 77%, but the Sony DSC-HX90V has an average expert rating of 83% (based on 20 reviews).
User review Rating is much Worse
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS only has an average user score of 70%, but the Sony DSC-HX90V has an average user rating of 87% (based on 99 reviews).
1 Reason Against
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony DSC-HX90V has received 4 awards, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has received 7 awards.

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
4 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Ephotozine: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

41 months Ago 21 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
12.1MP 18.2MP
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
BEST
 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
Maximum Image Resolution
 4896 x 3264
 4896 x 3264
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
BEST
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
500mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 90 4.1 - 123
Extra / Smart Zoom
40x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
12/10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Combined Zoom
80x Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.05m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
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
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
BEST
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

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 2.5 - 3
Flash Range
0.5 - 3.5 0.3 - 5.4
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
461,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
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

GPS
 GPS
 GPS
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Push
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Push
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Black&White
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
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
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sunset
 Pet
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sunset
 Pet
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 218g
BEST
Height
62.8mm 58.1mm
Depth
32.6mm 35.4mm
Width
106.4mm 102mm
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 245g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Size
NB-6L NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,240mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
210 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

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

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
BEST
Battery Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Wrist Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included wrist strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
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