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

Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.
Explore our gallery of 40 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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 4 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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
Slightly 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
110×60×31 mm vs 106×63×33 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
Battery life
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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              SX280 HS20x
              S950022x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX280 HS1080p @ 60fps
              S95001080p @ 30fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX280 HS210 shots
              S9500230 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              SX280 HS106×63×33 mm
              S9500110×60×31 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 SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210

              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

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $268

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $197

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $358

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $439

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

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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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.