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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x31 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
390 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX280 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.00 vs $466.52
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The best price we've seen is $268 cheaper (2.3x 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
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Slightly lighter 220 g vs 233 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.3"
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX280 HS:233 g
              SX210 IS:220 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Size Large Help
              SX280 HS:106x63x33 mm
              SX210 IS:105x59x31 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $349 - $354

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $209

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $184

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $83 - $448

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $399

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $213

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $219 - $230

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $531 - $547

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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