Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

73

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

52

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 14x
Help
More than 2x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
Help
More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The SX280 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$232.09 vs $350.00
Help
The best price we've seen is $118 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX210 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX210 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
105x59x31 mm vs 106x63x33 mm
Help
Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
220 g vs 233 g
Help
Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.3"
Help
Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX280 HS:233 g
              SX210 IS:220 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX280 HS:106x63x33 mm
              SX210 IS:105x59x31 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $305

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $190

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $248

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $164

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $88

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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