Sporting a 20x optical zoom lens, the SX280 HS provides a great deal of versatility in a very compact package. With a 35mm equivalent of 25-500mm, you will have no problems with subjects up close or off in the distance. Wide landscapes and large group shots are also taken with ease. Assisting with this huge telephoto zoom is Canon's optical image stabilization system, helping to reduce camera shake and vibrations while shooting handheld.
- Normal: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
- Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
Behind the lens of the SX280 HS is a 12-Megapixel, High Sensitivity CMOS image sensor which helps to reduce noise within the image and works well with the DIGIC 6 image processor to greatly increase the camera's performance. The DIGIC 6 processor is powerful enough to improve noise is low-light situations, adds a great deal of versatility to the Dynamic Optical IS and increases the overall shooting performance. It also allows the camera to record video in the MP4 format to save space and increase play-ability on other devices.
Hidden in the top of the camera is a small pop-up flash unit. This flash will pop-up automatically when needed and returns into the camera on its own when its not or the camera is turned off. While this flash is not very powerful, it will come in handy, especially with close-up and portrait images. It works automatically, manually and in a slow-synch mode.
The top of the camera is incredibly simple, just featuring the flash and stereo mic on the left side and the power and shutter release, coupled with the zoom control on the right.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 461,000 dot LCD screen. This high res. screen features 5 levels of brightness so that it can be seen easily in all lighting conditions. Canon's classically styled menu system has not changed in some time and remains incredibly easy to navigate via the LCD screen and control buttons.
Controls on Back: At the top you will find the Mode Dial, featuring a slew of shooting modes from full manual to full auto. There are also several creative modes as well. Under the mode dial you will find the playback and dedicated video recording buttons. Next, the 4-way controller allows you to navigate the menu systems as well as providing you with shortcuts to the exposure compensation, flash, macro and self-timer settings. In the middle is the FUNC./SET button that brings up Canon's quick menu and makes your selections. Around the 4-way controller is a command dial for easy control of camera settings and camera navigation. At the bottom is the DISP. and menu buttons. These change the amount of information on the LCD screen and bring up the camera menu.
On the right side of the camera you will find the high speed USB port and HDMI output. These allow you to connect to a computer or printer via USB to view and print your images. The HDMI port allows you to view you images and movies on any HDTV, for easy viewing anywhere. No HDMI cable is included.
Storing your captured images is any SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. The camera is shown here with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera. With the camera's full 1080p HD video capture and high speed image capture, you will want to use the fastest card that you can find.
Powering the SX280 is a 3.7V, 1000mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This is enough to capture up to 210 images in the normal shooting mode or 260 images in ECO mode. Also included is the quick battery charger shown above, making it easy to keep your battery, and a spare charged and ready to go all the time.