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

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

71

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX210 IS.

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
Wide angle
Significantly 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
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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
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Lowest price
Cheaper
$273.79 vs $379.00
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (around 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
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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
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX280 HS233 g
              SX210 IS220 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              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 HS106x63x33 mm
              SX210 IS105x59x31 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              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

              $325

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $449

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $570

              Size Much smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $226 - $364

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

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

              Travel zoom

              $380

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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