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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera

Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy
12.1MP 20x CMOS Apr 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
20x Zoom, 25mm Lens Fit more in the frame with 25mm or get extremely close to distant subjects with 20x optical zoom. Enjoy approx. double zoom power with ZoomPlus - an advanced zoom technology... More
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40 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

Experts in digital cameras rave about this compact camera digital camera and have given it seven awards.

Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Three additional expert review sites all endorsed this Canon camera. This camera received a "Best Buy" award from Expert Reviews who thought it was would make a great purchase and PC Mag gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and concluded it was brilliant. This digital camera also received a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com, confirming their endorsement.

The editor of one additional expert review site said that this Canon digital camera was good. This Canon camera received a "4 Star" award from Besteproduct.nl.

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Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this camera is 77 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, based on 462 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 70 out of 100.

Good Technical Features

A few customers reckoned that the product had good features. Brian Clegg wrote on Amazon two years ago “Still simple, easy-to-use features that are very similar to the old model” and gave it a very good review. Jurek D. mentioned on Amazon “Very good image quality, SIGNIFICANTLY better than any smartphone; Nice feature set, However! It is very delicate, i have actually broken two of these already!”. Mr C Millbank scored the product 4 stars and he wrote on Amazon three years ago “Great camera with lotsa features” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

Good Product Quality

Fourty-three people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good quality. 50 Something wrote “This camera takes great pictures and video quality too” but even so they only rated it 40 out of 100. Albert gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Excellent quality images and so portable with a great zoom” in his review of this digital camera. Two years ago Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon “Great price for a quality camera”.

Good Size

A number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who bought it considered that it was compact. Two years ago Amazonian wrote on Amazon “Im now researching a different compact camera and for sure it will not be from Canon” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review but even so they only rated the product 40 out of 100. Booker Boy mentioned on Amazon “They were still waiting for them to arrive in store' ! ) The Camera User Guide is a compact book of some 144 pages.”. Booker Boy also mentioned “Stuff that ! I would rather spend the money on a new Nikon compact camera”.

Some people who reviewed it thought it was a good depth. Two years ago Helen Lafferty said “I did get some lovely shots during daylight with good depth of field”. Two Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers considered that it was a good weight.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was thin. Brian Clegg wrote on Amazon “A much better zoom, slimmer.”. One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was a good size. This year Ms mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS “A good size for your pocket too”.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owner who bought it concluded that it was good structurally. N. Womack gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon two years ago “The construction seems good and the body is metal so it should”.

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Nice Design

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking. This year Colin mentioned on Amazon “I bought it for vlogging and the amazing Digic 6 processor combined with fast face tracking autofocus makes this a pretty unbeatable camera” in his Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review and rated it 5 stars. Colin also mentioned “The camera kept tracking focus beautifully and I realised I had a winner in my hands”. Martin Ohanlon said “As a camera its pretty good”.

A number of customers who purchased the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reckoned that it was smooth. Three years ago Chris Hoare gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned “In video mode you can take smooth full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60fps in the higher quality MP4 format” in his Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review. John Boy mentioned in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS “Full HD video is smooth and can be set for 60 fps so that playback can be run in slow motion”. The Geezer wrote on Amazon “Video looks good and runs smooth thanks to the 60fps”.

A number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was neat. Brian Clegg wrote “I was perhaps over-excited by the idea that it does GPS tagging, as it's a neat feature to have you images tagged with the place where you took them”.

One person said in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS was a good design. R D. Napoli said in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon “A good design and takes very good photos, even if at times the colours can be a little bit too saturated”.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was well designed. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said “The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy”.

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Good Support

A number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers concluded that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Three years ago Chris Hoare mentioned in his review “Scene modes as well as aperture, shutter and full manual modes for those wanting to take more control of their photo's”. Cmb mentioned on Amazon “The sx280 also has manual focus”. M. H. wrote on Amazon “I decided to have a day out with my new camera, so I charged the camera battery fully, as per the instructions and with the Canon charger provided” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

Robust

Some Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Iulian wrote on Amazon “This is a very good pocket camera, well made and capable of delivering quality results”. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “The camera features a 20x optical zoom, high speed shooting, built in GPS” and scored this digital camera 4 stars. Cameralabs.com said on Camera Labs “The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a good, solid super-zoom camera with pretty good control, quality” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

Some customers agreed that it was strong and durable. N. Womack wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon “Robust enough to withstand day to day handling”. One person wrote in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Brian Clegg gave the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS an excellent rating and he said “It was damaged when someone borrowed it”.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS was good at resisting water ingress. John Boy wrote three years ago “Accessories include an underwater case suitable for down to 40 metres”.

One customer said in their reviews that the product was reliable. Two years ago Mrs. P. Groves mentioned in their review on Amazon “Just a bog standard reliable camera that takes good clear, photos on auto setting?”.

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Easy to Use

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Two years ago Amazonian wrote “Immediately I started to use it, I got the problems from Battery low warnings” in their review of this digital camera. Derek Stewart said on Amazon “Great camera easy to use fantastic balance with auto flash” in his review of this digital camera. Farricker rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS as very good and wrote “Great, very easy to use, good quality photos”.

Some customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use the menus. John said in his review “This is fantastic, takes great images, love the M settings” and rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 4 stars. Pepper said three years ago “The menu system is easy to navigate” and scored this digital camera 5 stars. R. John mentioned “Using LCD screen & manual settings it was tricky to get "the shot" right” in their review.

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners considered that it was easy to handle. Three years ago The Geezer said in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon “In the real world the sx280 handles much better and is much more responsive” but in spite of that they only rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 3 stars. The Geezer also wrote “The canon is superior in handling and image quality”. Expert review site Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Aside from improved handling characteristics and the addition of WiFi features” .

A number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners concluded that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Sophie wrote on Amazon “It takes amazing quality videos, great pictures and feels lovely to hold”. One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Two years ago Hma wrote on Amazon “Awesome camera and very easy to setup and use” and gave it an excellent review.

One customer said in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS had a good experience. Kitemi said in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS two years ago “This is the 2nd powershot I've bought (based on my great experience with the previous one” nonetheless they only gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars.

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Good Quality Lens

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers said that it had a good zoom. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS “The camera itself is great - brilliant zoom with a stability mode that minimises shake, good low light response” but even so they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Bengoey mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “This camera produces excellent still pictures, good zoom range, effective image stabilization”. Derek Stewart wrote on Amazon “The zoom is the clincher fantastic at top bend if you have a very steady hand” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

Eight people reckoned that it had a good lens. Chris Hoare wrote “Great Lens, Great Sensor, great camera” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and scored the product 4 stars. Chris Hoare also wrote “On the front is a great lens; on the back a bright screen some finger friendly buttons”. Hugo Minney gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review last year “The zoom lens gives really good results”.

A few customers who bought the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS concluded that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Chris Hoare mentioned on Amazon “The autofocus is noticeably quicker that its predecessor; a faster autofocus lets you get that picture before its too late to take it” in his review. Pepper mentioned on Amazon in the same month “However, there's no support for RAW mode.I found focusing quick”.

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Michael wrote in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon “The zoom, supported by superb stabilisation, is exceptional”. Pepper mentioned in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon three years ago “The images produced by this camera are very clear even at the further reaches of the zoom and the image stabilisation system works well too”.

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Good Video Capture

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who bought the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reckoned that it was good for video recording. Chris Hoare gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned three years ago “Taking video is as easy as pressing the dedicated record button”. Colin wrote a few weeks ago “It takes some of the most fantastic full HD video” . Colin also said “I captured nearly 20 mins of stunning video of the dolphins that represents such a rare event that it is real treasure from my holiday”.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer said in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “For it's primary function of taking photos it is really good”. Asb wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It amazes me that such a small camera can come so close to rivalling that set-up, always doing a marvellous job of producing excellent images” and gave the product a very good rating. Bill said on Amazon “Takes good pictures with 20” in his review.

Eight Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Last year Honestly gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said “That was an SLR with an excellent 10mp sensor”. S. Arnold said “Although the SX50 has the same sensor as the SX240” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review. The Geezer wrote on Amazon “It has the same sensor”.

Seven people said in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Brian Clegg wrote “This has proved ideal - better resolution”. Honestly mentioned in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “Is doesn't have full HD video, is limited to 1fps shooting rate, has a slightly limited zoom range”. Honestly also mentioned “The 280hs - to get (main features for me) the zoom range, full HD video, snappy processing (courtesy of digic 6 I guess) useful 3.8 fps "ish" shooting - for”.

A number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers said in their reviews that the product was good in low light. Colin Horrabin scored it very highly and he mentioned “The combination of 20X ( 40X combined ) optical zoom with the 12 Mpixel array give a good alround performance including good results in low light conditions” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. Honestly wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon “Snaps of friends etc in low light - nope! Battery - does seem to go quick - turning the camera off”. The Geezer mentioned on Amazon “However while sx220/230 were well liked for low light small sensor performance the sx280 is clearly 2 stops cleaner, all thanks to the digic 6” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review although they scored the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 60 out of 100.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewer considered that it had a good ISO range. One customer considered that the product was able to produce clear pictures. Jennifer Aitken scored it very highly and she said in her review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon in November last year “Great clarity”.

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Good Connectivity

A number of customers said in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS had gps. Ludovico Sforza said two years ago “Excellent photo in most situations, has GPS ect and lots of useful scene modes” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review. Ozzerb mentioned on Amazon “When I first received this camera I was thrilled, picture quality was excellent and many useful features such as gps were included” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Pepper mentioned “The camera also has GPS with A-GPS support, this gives you fast accurate GPS tagging on your photos” and gave it a very good review score.

Some Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was wifi compatible. Three years ago Chris Hoare wrote in his review on Amazon “Processor the remaining new feature is wifi which lets you transfer pictures using a Canon app you install onto you smartphone”. Last year Hugo Minney mentioned “Generally use the built in wifi to transfer photos from the camera to the laptop or tablet, which is very convenient” in his Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review. Martin Ohanlon said on Amazon “I, m disappointed that although it has WiFi connectivity it is quite slow” but even so he rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 40 out of 100.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewer reckoned that the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS was able to connect to the internet. Honestly gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon “At 12mp you have some chance of decent picture quality versus those compacts with 18 or 20 mp (prob fine for computer/internet”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who purchased it thought it had a good screen. Honestly mentioned “On the topic of megapixels - for those newish to cameras - remember your full HD tv screen is slightly lower resolution than a 3mp camera” and scored it 4 stars. S. Arnold said in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS “Now, as it happens I have the older Canon SX240 camera, which has a better screen than either the TZ18 or the newer SX280”. Zamaon wrote “Good bright screen this can be turned brighter if you wish”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Several Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers reckoned that the product was noisy. M. Hall mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon “Its low light performance is also to a high calibre with little noise as the ISO goes up”. Pepper said on Amazon “The 12.1 megapixel sensor does deliver very good images with less noise in low light conditions - it's not immune to noise by any means” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review. R. Gardner said in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review three years ago “The quality of picture produced is excellent with very little noise” and scored the product 5 stars.

One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was quiet. Imaging-Resource.com said on Imaging Resource.com “Out relatively quickly and quietly durin”.

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Good Battery Life

Several people who purchased the product considered that it had a good battery life. In November last year Amazon Customer said on Amazon “This seems to have more or less sorted it out, as the problem has only happened once or twice since using the better battery” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Bengoey mentioned “Tax ) despite knowing the battery issue as it takes excellent still pictures for the price” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review. Cambridge John mentioned “This camera was bought to replace my faithful SX200 which still has better battery life and works perfectly even after 4 years” in their review.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Canon has good average reviews for its compact camera digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Flash

Some people who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good flash. Darren mentioned in his Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon “Great camera, only niggle I have is the flash comes up where I put my finger.”. John Boy gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and he said “Minor things to watch are the flash that automatically rises on the left-hand top where your hand is likely to be”. Two years ago Victor mentioned “At the moment no battery problem flash going up in the upper left side of the camera interfaces with my fingers that support the camera”.

Good Exposure Control

One person who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had good exposure controls. Last year Mike mentioned in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS “In a great compact format, full manual shutter or aperture control” and rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 5 stars.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

Unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS which do not have a GPS, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a GPS.

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Very Large Screen Size

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a very large screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot SX280 HS. Across all the digital cameras of this spec and age the screen sizes range from 1.3" to 3".

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price], or the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot SX280 HS which do not support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price], or the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price].

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

Unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS which do not support WiFi connectivity, the PowerShot SX280 HS supports WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price], or the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Unlike most of the other digital cameras that were released more than a year ago which do not have a built-in flash, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a built-in flash.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price], or the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price], or the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Lumix DMC-TZ70[pl_2749648_price], and the Lumix DMC-TZ70[pl_2749648_price] both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Very High JPEG Frame Rate

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a very high JPEG frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS. The average JPEG frame rate of digital cameras of this age and type is 34fps, and the JPEG frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PowerShot SX280 HS is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the PowerShot SX280 HS is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX280 HS. The photo effects "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

At 80 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. Digital cameras of this spec and age have combined zoom of between 12x and 120x, and the average combined zoom is 55x.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

Across comparable types of camera the worst video resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PowerShot SX280 HS supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Canon digital camera support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of light exposure modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Canon camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot SX280 HS. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Has Four Shooting Modes

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Aperture priority, Manual, Program and Shutter priority are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst digital cameras of this age. The lowest maximum ISO speed of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS is 1,600 and the highest is 13,000.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Canon digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

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TFT Display

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a TFT display which is better than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most similar spec cameras that were released one year ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display amongst all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS does not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video recording which you might also want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price], or the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot SX280 HS is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PowerShot SX280 HS is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Compact camera digital cameras that came out more than a year ago have megapixel counts of between 1.3MP and 21MP.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] (18.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

With a weight of 233 grams, the PowerShot SX280 HS is quite heavy compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS. Cameras that were released one year ago have weights of between 100g and 460g, and the average weight is 190g.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a 640 x 480 still image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 still image resolution found on most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This Canon digital camera also have still image resolutions of 4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, 16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360, 3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424, 1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112 and (M2) 1200 x 1200 and (S) 480 x 480. Across all similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4000.

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Only One Auto Focus Point

The PowerShot SX280 HS is a one auto focus point camera.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been available for more than a year. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is PCM, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats LC-AAC are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. This Canon digital camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

A 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution is the best image resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The smallest maximum memory card size of similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS is 2GB, the largest is 64GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 33GB. With a maximum memory card size of only 8 gigabytes, the PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the smaller maximum memory card sizes amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the minimum apertures range from 1.7 to 3.9, and the average minimum aperture is 3.1. With a minimum aperture of 3.5, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a quite large minimum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.05 meters, the PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the larger closest focusing distances amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.076m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this compact camera digital camera was released.

Average Optical Zoom

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a pretty typical optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than a year.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price] (30x), or the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] (120x and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider include the Sony DSC-HX90[plb_2838898_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

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Colour
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Optical Zoom
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Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
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Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
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Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
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Mac Operating System
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Packaging Content
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Networking
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Expert Reviews

(41)
14 August 2014

Canon Powershot SX280 HS with flash popped upCanon have put a lot of features in the SX280 HS and still kept it to a small size and light weight. It has 1080p video at 60fps, WiFi, GPS, a 25-500...

On paper, the Canon PowerShot SX 280 HS certainly looks tempting: It's an inexpensive pocket point-and-shoot that just happens to possess a generous 20x zoom lens -- plus Wi-Fi and GPS. Its image...

31 January 2014

Optics and image stabilization. Like its predecessor, the SX280 HS features a 20x optical zoom -- with a range of 25mm wide to 500mm tele equivalents and maximum apertures from f/3.5 to f/6.8 --... Read more…

16 October 2013

This has 20x optical zoom and its added weight is well distributed to make it holdable even with a substantial amount of zoom. While some may consider that 12.1MP is a little ?small? it is all... Read more…

1 October 2013

Not perfect, but class-leading photo and video quality plus some great extras...

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User Reviews

(151)
Reviewed 21 September 2013 by Reinhold G.
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this for portability for hiking/backpacking and other travel. I also own the T4i (also bought on Newegg) and that will always be used when space/weight is not a problem...

Reviewed 25 February 2014 by Lynn P.
(Verified Purchase)

I knew about the short battery life prior to making this purchase, so I ordered 2 newer Canon longer life batteries. I will put them through the paces in April on our first vacation of the year.... Read more…

Compact style, takes very good pictures, and great service from the vender. Easy to use. A lot fancier than my old Canon Powershot. But this old man is figuring it out
Good image stabilization
Quality Optics
Compact
Great optical and digital zoom
Short Battery life. Flash is in a awkward location
Auto mode great for most use, but it takes a few hours time and practice to understand how to optimize for specific shooting situations, but that is undoubtedly true for similar cameras. Directions on
No viewfinder, but that is an acceptable tradeoff
(Verified Purchase)

Very pleased with this new camera. It arrived very promptly, and in additions to everything expected it also included an SDHC card, very welcome extra. The camera is in excellent condition for... Read more…

Reviewed 17 June 2016 by Colin

I bought an SX270 and later the SX280. The reason is simple. I realised quickly that there was a battery level indicator fault but found that you can work round this by carrying two extra... Read more…

Reviewed 13 June 2016 by M. G. Sangster
(Verified Purchase)

You will not be disappointed with your pictures if you buy this camera but you will have difficulty linking to your Wi-Fi and the GPS facility eats your battery. These issues are probably sorted... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8225b001, canon 8224b001
Barcodes 00013803220438, 00013803221725, 00138032204384, 00138032217254, 04960999980270, 05053973870175, 08714574598567, 08714574598574, 08714574598604, 08714574598611, 08714574598628, 08714574602387, 08714574602516, 08714574604183, 08714574604190, 08714574604206

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