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Canon SX280 HS
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Canon SX280 HS Digital Camera

Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy
12.1MP 20x CMOS Nov 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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42 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most highly awarded of all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age.

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

Three other expert review sites thought that this digital camera was good. This camera received an Expert Reviews "Best Buy" award and the editor of PC Mag wrote that it was brilliant and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award. This compact camera digital camera also received a PhotographyBlog.com "Highly Recommended" award.

The editor of one other expert review site said that this camera was good. Besteproduct.nl gave this digital camera a "4 Star" award.

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Average Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 77 out of 100 based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Based on 462 owner reviews the average owner rating of this digital camera is 70%.

Good Product Quality

A number of Canon SX280 HS reviewers who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Two years ago 50 Something mentioned on Amazon “This camera takes great pictures and video quality too” in their review but they only scored it 2 stars. Also two years ago Albert mentioned in his review on Amazon “Excellent quality images and so portable with a great zoom”. Asb gave the product a very good review and said three years ago “If you read the early reviews of the camera they all gave it top marks for image quality and that is exactly what this tiny camera is all about”.

Nice Design

Six people who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Last year Colin said in his review 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”. Colin also wrote “The camera kept tracking focus beautifully and I realised I had a winner in my hands”. Martin Ohanlon said on Amazon “As a camera its pretty good”.

A few Canon SX280 HS reviewers thought it was smooth. Chris Hoare mentioned “In video mode you can take smooth full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60fps in the higher quality MP4 format”. John Boy gave it a very good review and he wrote on Amazon “Full HD video is smooth and can be set for 60 fps so that playback can be run in slow motion” in his review. The Geezer mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Video looks good and runs smooth thanks to the 60fps” in their review.

A few Canon SX280 HS reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Canon SX280 HS was neat. Brian Clegg said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “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 Canon SX280 HS owner thought the Canon SX280 HS was a good design. R D. Napoli wrote “A good design and takes very good photos, even if at times the colours can be a little bit too saturated” in their Canon SX280 HS review and scored this digital camera very highly.

One Canon SX280 HS owner who reviewed it concluded that it was well designed. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned four years ago “The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100.

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Robust

A number of Canon SX280 HS reviewers who bought the Canon SX280 HS considered that it was well made. Hugo Minney said in his Canon SX280 HS review two years ago “Generally use the built in wifi to transfer photos from the camera to the laptop or tablet, which is very convenient” . Iulian gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “This is a very good pocket camera, well made and capable of delivering quality results”. N. Womack mentioned in their Canon SX280 HS review on Amazon “The construction seems good and the body is metal so it should”.

A few Canon SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it was strong and durable. N. Womack mentioned in their Canon SX280 HS review on Amazon three years ago “Robust enough to withstand day to day handling” and gave the Canon SX280 HS a rating of 80 out of 100.

One person who reviewed it said that it was easy to damage or scratch. Three years ago Brian Clegg wrote on Amazon “It was damaged when someone borrowed it” in his Canon SX280 HS review. One Canon SX280 HS reviewer reckoned that the Canon SX280 HS was good at resisting water ingress. John Boy mentioned in his review of the Canon SX280 HS “Accessories include an underwater case suitable for down to 40 metres”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was reliable. Mrs. P. Groves mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Just a bog standard reliable camera that takes good clear, photos on auto setting?” in their Canon SX280 HS review yet they only rated this digital camera 40 out of 100.

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Good Connectivity

Several people who reviewed it reckoned that it had gps. Ludovico Sforza mentioned “Excellent photo in most situations, has GPS ect and lots of useful scene modes” in their review. Ozzerb mentioned in their Canon SX280 HS review four years ago “When I first received this camera I was thrilled, picture quality was excellent and many useful features such as gps were included” but even so they only scored it 3 stars. Pepper wrote also four years ago “The camera also has GPS with A-GPS support, this gives you fast accurate GPS tagging on your photos” in their Canon SX280 HS review.

Some Canon SX280 HS reviewers considered that the Canon SX280 HS was wifi compatible. Chris Hoare scored the Canon SX280 HS 4 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Processor the remaining new feature is wifi which lets you transfer pictures using a Canon app you install onto you smartphone”. Martin Ohanlon said “I, m disappointed that although it has WiFi connectivity it is quite slow”. Mrs T M Chapman said “Nice and compact and has great features on it like wifi and takes great pics” in her review of the Canon SX280 HS.

One Canon SX280 HS reviewer who bought it wrote that it was able to connect to the internet. Honestly said “At 12mp you have some chance of decent picture quality versus those compacts with 18 or 20 mp (prob fine for computer/internet” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS.

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Easy to Use

Some people who bought the Canon SX280 HS agreed that it was easy to use. Amazonian said “Immediately I started to use it, I got the problems from Battery low warnings” nonetheless they rated this digital camera 2 stars. Derek Stewart rated the product as excellent and he said in his Canon SX280 HS review “Great camera easy to use fantastic balance with auto flash”. Farricker wrote three years ago “Great, very easy to use, good quality photos” and scored it 5 stars.

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. John scored the product 80 out of 100 and he mentioned three years ago “This is fantastic, takes great images, love the M settings”. Pepper wrote “The menu system is easy to navigate” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS. R. John wrote in their review on Amazon three years ago “Using LCD screen & manual settings it was tricky to get "the shot" right”.

A few Canon SX280 HS owners concluded that the Canon SX280 HS was easy to handle. The Geezer wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “In the real world the sx280 handles much better and is much more responsive”. The Geezer also mentioned “The canon is superior in handling and image quality”. Expert website Reviewed.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon SX280 HS “Aside from improved handling characteristics and the addition of WiFi features”.

A number of customers reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Sophie said “It takes amazing quality videos, great pictures and feels lovely to hold” in her review but she only scored the product 40 out of 100. One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to setup. Hma mentioned in their review of the Canon SX280 HS on Amazon “Awesome camera and very easy to setup and use”.

One Canon SX280 HS reviewer who reviewed the Canon SX280 HS concluded that it had a good experience. Kitemi wrote “This is the 2nd powershot I've bought (based on my great experience with the previous one” .

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Good Support

Several people who purchased it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Booker Boy he wrote on Amazon “They were still waiting for them to arrive in store' ! ) The Camera User Guide is a compact book of some 144 pages.” in his review of this digital camera. Chris Hoare said “Scene modes as well as aperture, shutter and full manual modes for those wanting to take more control of their photo's” in his review. Cmb said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “The sx280 also has manual focus”.

Good Size

A few Canon SX280 HS reviewers said in their reviews that the Canon SX280 HS was compact. Amazonian said on Amazon “Im now researching a different compact camera and for sure it will not be from Canon”. Booker Boy said in his review “Stuff that ! I would rather spend the money on a new Nikon compact camera” however despite that he gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100. Three years ago Brian Clegg mentioned “A great compact camera”.

Several people said in their reviews that the Canon SX280 HS was a good depth. Helen Lafferty mentioned “I did get some lovely shots during daylight with good depth of field” in her review but even so she only gave it a score of 20 out of 100.

Two people who purchased it thought it was a good weight. One person concluded that the Canon SX280 HS was thin. Brian Clegg mentioned in his Canon SX280 HS review “A much better zoom, slimmer.”.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was a good size. Ms wrote on Amazon “A good size for your pocket too”.

One Canon SX280 HS owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good structurally.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some customers said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Three years ago Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “For it's primary function of taking photos it is really good” in their review of this digital camera. Asb rated it as very good and said “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”. Bill wrote on Amazon “Takes good pictures with 20”.

A few people concluded that it had a good image sensor. Chris Hoare rated the product 4 stars and he said four years ago “Great Lens, Great Sensor, great camera”. Honestly wrote on Amazon “That was an SLR with an excellent 10mp sensor”. S. Arnold wrote in their Canon SX280 HS review “Although the SX50 has the same sensor as the SX240” but despite that they only gave the product a score of 2 stars.

A few Canon SX280 HS reviewers who bought this digital camera thought it had a good picture resolution. Brian Clegg mentioned “This has proved ideal - better resolution” in his Canon SX280 HS review. Honestly scored the product 4 stars and said “Is doesn't have full HD video, is limited to 1fps shooting rate, has a slightly limited zoom range” in their review. Honestly also said “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 people who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was good in low light. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The camera itself is great - brilliant zoom with a stability mode that minimises shake, good low light response” however despite that they gave the Canon SX280 HS a score of 60 out of 100. Two years ago Colin Horrabin gave this digital camera an excellent review 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 this digital camera. Honestly wrote on Amazon also two years ago “Snaps of friends etc in low light - nope! Battery - does seem to go quick - turning the camera off”.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had a good ISO range. One customer who reviewed it mentioned that it was able to produce clear pictures. Jennifer Aitken scored the product very highly and she said in her review “Great clarity”.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Canon SX280 HS reviewers agreed that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Bengoey mentioned in their review of the Canon SX280 HS on Amazon “This camera produces excellent still pictures, good zoom range, effective image stabilization” yet they only scored it 60 out of 100. In the same month Derek Stewart gave the product a score of 5 stars and he mentioned “The zoom is the clincher fantastic at top bend if you have a very steady hand” in his review of the Canon SX280 HS. I. Mcfarlane mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Versatile camera with a great zoom” and rated the Canon SX280 HS 4 stars.

A number of Canon SX280 HS owners who reviewed it thought it had a good lens. Four years ago Chris Hoare said on Amazon “On the front is a great lens; on the back a bright screen some finger friendly buttons”. Hugo Minney mentioned in his review on Amazon “The zoom lens gives really good results”. John of Deal gave the Canon SX280 HS an excellent review and he said on Amazon three years ago “A great buy; the lens covers a fantastically wide angle”.

A number of Canon SX280 HS owners who purchased the product agreed that it had a good autofocus. Chris Hoare wrote in his review of the Canon SX280 HS “The autofocus is noticeably quicker that its predecessor; a faster autofocus lets you get that picture before its too late to take it”. Pepper scored the Canon SX280 HS very highly and mentioned on Amazon “However, there's no support for RAW mode.I found focusing quick”.

Two Canon SX280 HS owners considered that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Michael mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The zoom, supported by superb stabilisation, is exceptional”. Pepper mentioned “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 customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good for video recording. Four years ago Chris Hoare mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Taking video is as easy as pressing the dedicated record button”. Colin wrote in January last year “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 Technical Features

A few customers concluded that the product had good features. Brian Clegg wrote “Still simple, easy-to-use features that are very similar to the old model” in his review. Jurek D. scored the product 5 stars and said “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 wrote in his review on Amazon “Great camera with lotsa features”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good screen. Honestly gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “On the topic of megapixels - for those newish to cameras - remember your full HD tv screen is slightly lower resolution than a 3mp camera”. S. Arnold said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “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 scored the Canon SX280 HS 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Good bright screen this can be turned brighter if you wish” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few people said that the Canon SX280 HS was noisy. M. Hall wrote four years ago “Its low light performance is also to a high calibre with little noise as the ISO goes up” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS. 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”. R. Gardner scored it 5 stars and mentioned “The quality of picture produced is excellent with very little noise”.

One person who bought the product considered that it was quiet. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said “Out relatively quickly and quietly durin”.

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Good Battery Life

A number of customers who purchased the product thought it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Canon SX280 HS “This seems to have more or less sorted it out, as the problem has only happened once or twice since using the better battery” yet they gave the product a rating of 3 stars. Bengoey mentioned in their review on Amazon “Tax ) despite knowing the battery issue as it takes excellent still pictures for the price” but in spite of that they gave the product a score of 60 out of 100. Cambridge John mentioned on Amazon “This camera was bought to replace my faithful SX200 which still has better battery life and works perfectly even after 4 years” in their Canon SX280 HS review yet they only rated it 20 out of 100.

Good Flash

Some Canon SX280 HS owners who purchased the Canon SX280 HS concluded that it had a good flash. Darren rated the Canon SX280 HS 5 stars and he said in his Canon SX280 HS review “Great camera, only niggle I have is the flash comes up where I put my finger.”. John Boy gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “Minor things to watch are the flash that automatically rises on the left-hand top where your hand is likely to be”. Victor wrote on Amazon “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” in his Canon SX280 HS review and rated it 4 stars.

Good Brand

Canon compact cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Canon is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Good Exposure Control

One customer mentioned that it had good exposure controls. Mike mentioned in his review on Amazon “In a great compact format, full manual shutter or aperture control” and gave the Canon SX280 HS a very good rating.

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The SX280 HS has a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the SX280 HS which do not have a GPS (satellite).

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including the Coolpix S9700[pl_2173237_price], or the Coolpix P510[pl_2071647_price] both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The SX280 HS supports wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support wi-Fi and we think the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price], the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], and the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras of a similar type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], or the XQ1[pl_1962901_price] both from Fujifilm or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price].

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SX280 HS is 9.3x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 63x. The SX280 HS has one of the bigger optical zooms (20 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 20x optical zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (21x), the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x), or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] (30x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX280 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SX280 HS also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price], the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon SX280 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price], the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], and the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rates of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 15fps to 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 33fps. At 60 frames per second, the SX280 HS has a very high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SX280 HS.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the SX280 HS is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SX280 HS. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Has Six Photo Effectss

The SX280 HS has a greater number of photo effects than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SX280 HS. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 500 millimeters, the Canon SX280 HS has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SX280 HS is 250mm.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of 80 times zoom factor, the SX280 HS has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SX280 HS. The smallest combined zoom of digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SX280 HS is 3x, the biggest is 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x.

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Fairly Big Extra/Smart Zoom

At 40 times zoom factor, the Canon SX280 HS has a quite big extra/Smart zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the SX280 HS. Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SX280 HS have extra/Smart zooms of between 1.3x and 96x.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 6.8, the SX280 HS has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SX280 HS. The maximum aperture numbers of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the SX280 HS range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The SX280 HS supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). In addition, this Canon digital camera support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The SX280 HS has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SX280 HS. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the SX280 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SX280 HS.

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

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The SX280 HS has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (461,000 pixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. Digital cameras of this spec and age have display resolution (numeric)s of between 230 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 450,000 pixels.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Canon SX280 HS is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Canon camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus", "Servo Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The SX280 HS has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of this type and age. 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. Compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SX280 HS displays range from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SX280 HS have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Canon SX280 HS has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst cameras of this age.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the SX280 HS, the SX280 HS does not support video capability.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support video capability including the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price], the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price], or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price].

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.1 megapixels, the SX280 HS has a fairly low megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The megapixels of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SX280 HS range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

We compared all the other 12.1MP digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] is also worth considering.

If this compact camera digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (16MP), the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (16.3MP), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (18.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Canon SX280 HS does not support Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the SX280 HS, the SX280 HS is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SX280 HS are not waterproof. The SX280 HS is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 233 grams, the SX280 HS is one of the heavier digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SX280 HS amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The average weight of cameras of this age and spec is 170g, and the weights range from 20g to 840g.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

This camera has a still image resolution(s) 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| (M2) 1200 x 1200| (S) 480 x 480, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Only One Auto Focus (AF) Points

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SX280 HS have between 1 and 255 auto Focus (AF) pointss, including the SX280 HS which has one auto Focus (AF) points.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The SX280 HS has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The flash modess "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 Formats Supported

The Canon SX280 HS has a greater number of audio formats than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats supporteds LC-AAC are also supported by this camera.

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Only Two Number of Aspheric Elementss

The SX280 HS is a two number of aspheric elements digital camera. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SX280 HS have between 1 and 14 number of aspheric elementss.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Canon SX280 HS has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Canon camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SX280 HS.

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Only 1920x1080@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

This digital camera has a resolution at capture speed of 1280×720@30fps|1920x1080@30fps|1920x1080@60fps|640x480@30fps, which is the most commonly found resolution at capture speed on compact cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SX280 HS the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the SX280 HS has a quite large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon SX280 HS

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the SX280 HS has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], or the XQ1[pl_1962901_price] both from Fujifilm or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the SX280 HS has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SX280 HS.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price], and the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price] (486x), or the DSC-HX400V[pl_2297093_price] (810x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Canon SX280 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most digital cameras of this age and type have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price], the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Orientation Sensor
Custom Colour
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
Contrast Adjustment
Direct Printing
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Data Network
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Technical Details
Image Processor
Self-Timer

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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

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8225b010, canon 8224b010, canon 8225b011, canon 8225b011a, canon 8224b010a, canon 8224b010aa, canon 8225b011aa
Barcodes 00013803220438, 00013803221725, 00138032204384, 00138032217254, 04960999980270, 05053973870168, 05053973870175, 08714574598567, 08714574598574, 08714574598604, 08714574598611, 08714574598628, 08714574602387, 08714574602516, 08714574604183, 08714574604190, 08714574604206

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