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Canon SX280 HS

Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Gold
A multi award winning and fully featured 12.1 megapixel 20 times zoom factor camera
Compact 12.1MP 20x Yes Jul 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Canon SX280 HS Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have scored the Canon SX280 HS as follows for Summary.
99
441 Reviews + 8 Awards
1
Not Currently for Sale
50
Good Features
Overall Score
41
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 42?

It has good expert reviews and not bad user reviews with an average overall rating of 99%, based on 441 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, good picture quality and it is easy to use. However they also report unacceptable noise level and unsatisfactory technical guidance.
This Canon digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1" image sensor size
Fairly big optical zoom
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution
Quite low megapixel

How Big is the Canon SX280 HS?

The Canon SX280 HS is 106.4mm wide and 62.8mm tall. It is 32.6mm deep and weighs 233g.

Canon SX280 HS front dimensions

Canon SX280 HS size in context

Canon SX280 HS In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

The authors at three expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this camera. This Canon digital camera received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and Camera Labs.

In addition, website Expert Reviews said that this camera was a sensible purchase and gave it a "Best Buy" award and it received a What Digital Camera "Gold" award. Additionally, the expert at review website PhotographyBlog.com gave this Canon digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement.

The editor of one more expert review site said that this camera was superb and gave it their highest award. PC Mag gave this digital camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

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

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on 30 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews this camera has an average expert rating of 78%.

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Owner Reviews Are Average

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 71%. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Five people mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

23 owners thought it was good value for money.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

48 owners who purchased the Canon SX280 HS agreed that it was able to produce good images, three customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was able to produce clear pictures and two customers who bought the product agreed that it was good in low light. two people considered that it had a good image sensor.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

17 people agreed that this digital camera was easy to use, five owners considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold and two people who purchased it thought it was easy to handle. two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Poor Technical Guidance

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera did not have good technical guidance.

  • A very easy camera to use, there is no instruction manual with this camera so be prepared to pay at least…
    Zamaon (Amazon) - August 2013
  • A very easy camera to use, there is no instruction manual with this camera so be prepared to pay at least £8 to £13 for one this is the norm on most cameras today…
    Zamaon (Amazon) - August 2013

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 33,726 owner and expert reviews (including 6,880 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically within its cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Superior Product Quality

38 people concluded that it was good quality.

Users Report Good Technical Features

Two people who reviewed the Canon SX280 HS reckoned that it had good features.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people who reviewed the Canon SX280 HS reckoned that it had a good screen.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

10 owners thought this digital camera was compact and three customers wrote in their reviews that it was thin.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Six owners thought the Canon SX280 HS was good for video recording.

  • The battery life is terrible, fully charged and 3 videos less than one minute each caused battery to flash…
    Slackyp (Amazon) - February 2014
  • Woe betide you if you need to use video, perfectly full battery goes to flashing warnings within seconds…
  • When on a full battery it is switched to video mode, after a few seconds of video the camera shuts down showing an empty battery…
  • Taking video is as easy as pressing the dedicated record button…
  • Canon should sell this camera with a warning that it is not for video…
    Bengoey (Amazon) - March 2014
  • It takes amazing quality videos, great pictures…
    Sophie (Amazon) - February 2015
  • It would be a great camera were it not for the MASSIVE failure of the video…
    Y. Ekici (Amazon) - February 2014
  • It has excellent reviews for image & video quality by most "professional" websites…
    Honestly (Amazon) - January 2015
  • Fabulous camera & photos & video…
  • At first use it was fine, providing brilliant video however after using it the next day for around two minutes the problem appeared…
    OzzerB (Amazon) - December 2013

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

20 customers concluded that the Canon SX280 HS had a good zoom and three customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens.

Customers Report Nice Design

Nine people concluded that it was good looking.

Users Report it is Robust

Four owners who purchased this digital camera said that it was well made and three customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable.

Customers Report Excellent Battery Life

22 owners thought the Canon SX280 HS had a good battery life, however 18 customers said that it had a poor battery life. and 18 people concluded that it did not have a good battery life.

  • The only real issues are with the camera's battery life and a few elements of the design.
  • Its image quality is very good but, unfortunately, its puny battery c…
  • They are useless if the battery does not allow you to use it…
  • This seems to have more or less sorted it out, as the problem has only happened once or twice since using the better battery…
  • Then discovered a thread with hundreds of pages on the Canon forum from people having the same issue, which seemed to be related to connectivity problems with the battery or maybe the camera pulling too much power from the battery in one go…
  • It started having major problems with the battery, that is…
  • Great little camera with a long zoom, only small issue is battery life need to buy a second backup battery for long shoots…
  • When in video mode and using the zoom function the camera immediately displays the low battery warning and shuts down shortly afterwards…
    T. Green (Amazon) - December 2013
  • Terrible battery, sent back…
    Slackyp (Amazon) - February 2014
  • You turn it back on and the battery shows as fully charged - you try videoing again…
    Richard White (Amazon) - December 2013

Features

Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

The SX280 HS has a higher image resolution than most cameras. This Canon camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all digital cameras is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.1 megapixels, the Canon SX280 HS has one of the lower megapixels amongst cameras of this age. Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixel is 16MP.

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Average Weight

The SX280 HS has a pretty standard weight (233 grams) compared to most of the other cameras.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1|1/2.3" image sensor size, which is typical of many cameras.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of cameras is 0.34x, the biggest is 83x, and the average optical zoom is 12x. With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the SX280 HS has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Canon SX280 HS has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Canon SX280 HS has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras. The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras is 0.5", the largest is 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Only Two Aspherical Lenses

Most digital cameras have between 1 and 14 aspherical lenses, including the Canon SX280 HS which has two aspherical lenses.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The SX280 HS features contrast adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature contrast adjustment.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon SX280 HS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other cameras.

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Supports Direct Printing

The Canon SX280 HS supports direct printing, as do most of the other cameras.

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Features Smile Detection

The SX280 HS features smile detection, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The SX280 HS has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The SX280 HS has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other cameras also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Canon SX280 HS features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SX280 HS has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras also have an HDMI port.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of only 8 gigabytes, the SX280 HS has a quite small maximum memory card size compared to most of the other digital cameras. Cameras have maximum memory card sizes of between 1GB and 2.1TB.

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Has a Self-Timer

The SX280 HS has a self-timer, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Supports Live View

The SX280 HS supports live view, as do most of the other cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

The SX280 HS has a relatively typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Supports Custom Colours

The Canon SX280 HS supports custom colours. Most of the other cameras also support custom colours.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SX280 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Canon camera also support a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 320 x 240 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. The best video resolution of all digital cameras is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Only 210 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The SX280 HS is a camera that takes 210 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The SX280 HS has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras. Most cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 424, 480 x 480 and 640 x 360 and (L) 4000 x 3000. Across all cameras the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4000 and the worst is S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon SX280 HS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 500 millimeters, the SX280 HS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras. Digital cameras have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.3mm and 2,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 300mm.

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Has a Carrying Case

The SX280 HS has a carrying case, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The SX280 HS has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Supports Wi-Fi

The SX280 HS supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other cameras.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released in July 2014.


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Vastly lighter
0.02m smaller closest focusing distance
0.7 smaller minimum aperture number
Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
Significantly lighter
Bigger digital zoom
16% higher megapixel
Vastly smaller optical zoom

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