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

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 110x60x31 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 
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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
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
Zoom More zoom 22x vs 20x
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More than 20% more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
Lowest price Cheaper $209.99 vs $279.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              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
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX280 HS:233 g
              S9500:205 g
              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 Common Weaknesses

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

              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX280 HS:210 shots
              S9500:230 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $300

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $500

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $330 - $389

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $235 - $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Nikon Coolpix S9400

              Travel zoom

              $194

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom

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              discussion

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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.