Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1500s
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2.1x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
22x vs 20x
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More than 20% more zoom
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
110x60x31 mm vs 106x63x33 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S9500's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
230 shots vs 210 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
205 g vs 233 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              SX280 HS:20x
              S9500:22x
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX280 HS:233 g
              S9500:205 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX280 HS:106x63x33 mm
              S9500:110x60x31 mm
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX280 HS:f/3.5
              S9500:f/3.4

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX280 HS:210 shots
              S9500:230 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $318

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $260

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $305

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $217

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

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              RFT (7:12 PM, June 20, 2013)
              Your sites shows the Canon SX280 HS as having in-camera HDR.

              IT DOES NOT ... at least from what I can tell looking at the manual or Canon's site.