Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9300

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 109x62x31 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 210 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $205.98 vs $275.25
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S9300

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom More zoom 18x vs 14x
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Around 70% more zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.9 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
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 Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS:Lens, Sensor shift
              S9300:Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              215 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX230 HS:210 shots
              S9300:200 shots
              Size Large Help
              SX230 HS:106x59x33 mm
              S9300:109x62x31 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $292 - $300

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $199

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $291 - $320

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150 - $189

              Size Is much smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $380

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Fujifilm FinePix F665 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F665 EXR

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Takes 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Size Much smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $103 - $215

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Nikon Coolpix S9300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              $350

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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