PowerShot SX280 HS

PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review

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Review posted 07/24/2013

Quick Take
Pros
  • Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Image Quality is excellent in all shooting modes
  • Movie quality is better than most digicams 
  • Intelligent IS keeps images sharp in low-light
  • Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD
  • Decent shooting performance
  • Built-in GPS records location data to images
  • Wi-Fi allows for instant upload and viewing on smartphones and tablets
  • HDMI output
  • Competitively priced
Cons
  • Small, weak flash unit isn't very helpful unless you are very close to subject
  • Slightly more noise than expected, even at the lower ISO settings
  • Poor battery life
  • Special features (Wi-Fi and GPS) shorten the already anemic battery life
Bottom Line
The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a powerful and compact digicam, featuring some of the latest and greatest from Canon. The powerful processor allows for the fantastic shooting modes and features to operate with ease. Full manual control gives even the most advanced photographers plenty of options. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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In the early spring of 2013, Canon announced their newest SX-series PowerShot digital camera, the SX280 HS. The first Canon camera to include the enhanced DIGIC 6 image processor (other new cameras announced the same day include the DIGIC 5), the SX280 boasts a 12.1 "High-Sensitivity" CMOS image sensor, a 20x optical zoom lens (25-500mm 35mm equivalent) and an improved Auto Focus (AF) system designed to reduce lag time and allow for up to 14 frames-per-second High-Speed Burst HQ shooting of stills.

HD Video fans will enjoy Full HD 1080p recording in the refined MPEG-4 (MP4) format, with selectable frame rates up to 60 frames per second. In addition to convenience features like Smart AUTO (chooses from one of 58 pre-defined modes to ensure proper exposure settings based on shooting conditions), the SX280 includes not one, but two Image Stabilization modes (Dynamic and Intelligent) to ensure crisp still photos and jitter-free video.

Other nice features include built-in GPS for tracking the location of all your new photo adventures, and Wi-Fi connectivity, which can be combined with Canon's CameraWindow App (available for both Android or iOS devices), Canon's iMAGE GATEWAY, and PictBridge-compatible Canon printers. There's also an ECO Mode to preserve and extend battery life for days when you won't have access to your charger.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Features
  • 12.1 High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 20x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 25mm wide angle lens
  • ISO up to 6400
  • Improved Canon AF (Auto Focus) System
  • 14 frames-per-second High-Speed Burst HQ
  • 1080p Full HD Video
    • Selectable frame rates up to 60fps
    • Records in MP4 format
  • Dynamic IS (Image Stabilization)
  • Intelligent IS
  • Smart AUTO
    • Selects from 58 pre-defined modes
  • Built-in GPS
  • ECO mode (conserves battery life)
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity. Compatible with:
    • CameraWindow app
    • iMAGE GATEWAY
    • PictBridge

Available in red or black, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS with a MSRP of $329.99.See our Buy button at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot SX280 HS Body
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM


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