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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera

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12.1MP 20x CMOS Aug 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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Seven Industry Awards

This Canon digital camera has received seven awards from experts in cameras.

This camera received a "Recommended" from Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all of whom decided that this compact camera camera was good.

In addition, this compact camera camera received an Expert Reviews "Best Buy" award and the expert at PC Mag gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and thought it was terrific. Also, PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would highly recommend this camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award.

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

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Average Expert Reviews

This digital 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 this compact camera camera has an average owner rating of 70%.

Easy to Use

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who bought it agreed that it was easy to use. Amazonian mentioned two years ago “Immediately I started to use it, I got the problems from Battery low warnings” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review. Derek Stewart wrote in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS “Great camera easy to use fantastic balance with auto flash”. Farricker said “Great, very easy to use, good quality photos”.

Several customers reckoned that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Two years ago John mentioned “This is fantastic, takes great images, love the M settings”. Pepper mentioned “The menu system is easy to navigate” and rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 5 stars. R. John mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Using LCD screen & manual settings it was tricky to get "the shot" right” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners reckoned that the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS was easy to handle. The Geezer mentioned “In the real world the sx280 handles much better and is much more responsive”. The Geezer also said “The canon is superior in handling and image quality”. Expert review site Reviewed.com said also three years ago “Aside from improved handling characteristics and the addition of WiFi features”.

Several Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. In December Colin gave it a score of 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “I realised I had a winner in my hands”. Sophie wrote in December last year “It takes amazing quality videos, great pictures and feels lovely to hold” in her Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewer who purchased the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS considered that it was easy to setup. Hma wrote on Amazon “Awesome camera and very easy to setup and use” in their review.

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Good Technical Features

Twelve Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who reviewed the product said that it had good features. Two years ago Brian Clegg said in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon “Still simple, easy-to-use features that are very similar to the old model”. Jurek D. wrote in December last year “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!” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Mr C Millbank said on Amazon “Great camera with lotsa features” in his review.

Good Product Quality

A number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. 50 Something said in their review last year “This camera takes great pictures and video quality too” yet they gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Albert wrote “Excellent quality images and so portable with a great zoom”. Amazon Customer wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “Great price for a quality camera”.

Good Size

Thirty-eight Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Amazonian wrote “Im now researching a different compact camera and for sure it will not be from Canon” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they only scored the product 2 stars. Three years ago Booker Boy mentioned in his review on Amazon “They were still waiting for them to arrive in store' ! ) The Camera User Guide is a compact book of some 144 pages.” yet he rated this digital camera 20 out of 100. Booker Boy also mentioned “Stuff that ! I would rather spend the money on a new Nikon compact camera”.

A few people who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was a good depth. Two years ago Helen Lafferty said in her review on Amazon “I did get some lovely shots during daylight with good depth of field”. A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS concluded that it was a good weight.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was thin. Brian Clegg said “A much better zoom, slimmer.” in his review and scored the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 5 stars. One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good size. Ms wrote in December this year “A good size for your pocket too” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased the product considered that it was good structurally. N. Womack said “The construction seems good and the body is metal so it should”.

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Good Connectivity

A few people who bought the product considered that it had gps. Ludovico Sforza wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Excellent photo in most situations, has GPS ect and lots of useful scene modes”. 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 the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. Pepper gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon three years ago “The camera also has GPS with A-GPS support, this gives you fast accurate GPS tagging on your photos”.

Eight Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Chris Hoare wrote in his Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “Processor the remaining new feature is wifi which lets you transfer pictures using a Canon app you install onto you smartphone” and scored it 4 stars. Hugo Minney said in his Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon “Generally use the built in wifi to transfer photos from the camera to the laptop or tablet, which is very convenient”. In December last year Martin Ohanlon mentioned “I, m disappointed that although it has WiFi connectivity it is quite slow” however he only rated the product 40 out of 100.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to connect to the internet. Last year Honestly mentioned 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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Reasonably Priced

A number of people considered that the product was good value for money. Albert said on Amazon “Amazing value for money”. Asb wrote on Amazon “Great camera at present price” in their review of this digital camera. Asb also said “Had to write review because it has become such good value at it's current (new model induced) price”.

A number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who reviewed it concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Cmb said on Amazon “The sx240 is currently a total bargain”. Derek Stewart rated it as excellent and he said on Amazon two years ago “Absolute bargain”. Hoju said in their review on Amazon in December last year “I knew this before purchasing because it was cheap and still had a Digic6 processor” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Several customers who bought the product concluded that it was cheap. Last year Alex Maurer said on Amazon “Great budget camera for a begginner” and scored it 80 out of 100. Alex Maurer also wrote “Even in June 2015 it is still brilliant for a budget camera”. Two years ago expert website Consumersearch.com wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “It's an inexpensive pocket point-and-shoot that just happens to possess a generous 20x zoom lens -- plus Wi-Fi”.

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Nice Design

Several people wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. This month Colin said in his review “I bought it for vlogging and the amazing Digic 6 processor combined with fast face tracking autofocus makes this a pretty unbeatable camera” and rated the product 5 stars. Martin Ohanlon said in his review last year “As a camera its pretty good” . Digitaltrends.com mentioned “When it comes to compact superzooms, Canon puts together a pretty impressive list of specs with the Powershot SX280” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review.

Three Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who purchased it agreed that it was smooth. Chris Hoare said three years ago “In video mode you can take smooth full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60fps in the higher quality MP4 format”. John Boy said on Amazon in the same month “Full HD video is smooth and can be set for 60 fps so that playback can be run in slow motion” in his review of this digital camera. The Geezer said on Amazon “Video looks good and runs smooth thanks to the 60fps” in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review.

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was neat. Brian Clegg mentioned 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” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One customer who bought it thought it 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 PowerShot SX280 HS review and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was well designed. Three years ago expert website Digitalcamerareview.com gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned “The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy”.

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Robust

Several customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was well made. Two years ago Iulian gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “This is a very good pocket camera, well made and capable of delivering quality results” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine “The camera features a 20x optical zoom, high speed shooting, built in GPS” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Cameralabs.com said on expert website Camera Labs “The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a good, solid super-zoom camera with pretty good control, quality”.

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Two years ago N. Womack rated it 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “Robust enough to withstand day to day handling”. One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewer reckoned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Brian Clegg wrote on Amazon “It was damaged when someone borrowed it” in his review.

One customer thought this digital camera was good at resisting water ingress. John Boy mentioned on Amazon “Accessories include an underwater case suitable for down to 40 metres”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Mrs. P. Groves mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS “Just a bog standard reliable camera that takes good clear, photos on auto setting?” .

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Good Support

Some customers who purchased it wrote that it had good technical guidance. Chris Hoare wrote “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 and rated the product 80 out of 100. Cmb said “The sx280 also has manual focus” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. M. H. wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “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”.

Good Quality Pictures

Ninety people thought this digital camera was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “For it's primary function of taking photos it is really good” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. Asb scored this digital camera very highly and wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review two years ago “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 said “Takes good pictures with 20” and rated it 80 out of 100.

Eight Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who purchased it thought it had a good image sensor. Chris Hoare mentioned on Amazon “Great Lens, Great Sensor, great camera” and scored the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 80 out of 100. Honestly mentioned last year “That was an SLR with an excellent 10mp sensor” in their review. S. Arnold said in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review on Amazon “Although the SX50 has the same sensor as the SX240” but in spite of that they only rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 40 out of 100.

Several Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Brian Clegg said on Amazon “This has proved ideal - better resolution” and rated it as excellent. Honestly gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon “Is doesn't have full HD video, is limited to 1fps shooting rate, has a slightly limited zoom range”. Honestly also wrote “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”.

Several Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good in low light. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon in December last year “The camera itself is great - brilliant zoom with a stability mode that minimises shake, good low light response” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS although they only gave it a score of 3 stars. Colin Horrabin said on Amazon “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 said “Snaps of friends etc in low light - nope! Battery - does seem to go quick - turning the camera off”.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owner said in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owner thought it was able to produce clear pictures. In December last year Jennifer Aitken rated it 5 stars and she said in her review on Amazon “Great clarity”.

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Good Quality Lens

Several people who purchased the product said that it had a good zoom. Two years ago Bengoey mentioned on Amazon “This camera produces excellent still pictures, good zoom range, effective image stabilization” but despite that they gave the product a rating of 3 stars. Derek Stewart gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “The zoom is the clincher fantastic at top bend if you have a very steady hand”. I. Mcfarlane mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS on Amazon “Versatile camera with a great zoom”.

A few customers concluded that this digital camera had a good lens. Chris Hoare mentioned in his review “On the front is a great lens; on the back a bright screen some finger friendly buttons” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. In December last year Hugo Minney gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “The zoom lens gives really good results” in his review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. John of Deal wrote “A great buy; the lens covers a fantastically wide angle” .

A few Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners said in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Chris Hoare said 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 of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and scored it 4 stars. Pepper gave the product an excellent review and mentioned in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “However, there's no support for RAW mode.I found focusing quick”.

A number of customers agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. This year Michael gave it a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “The zoom, supported by superb stabilisation, is exceptional”. Pepper scored it very highly and said in their 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 number of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good for video recording. Chris Hoare mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Taking video is as easy as pressing the dedicated record button” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Colin wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon in December this year “It takes some of the most fantastic full HD video” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Colin also mentioned “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 Screen / Viewfinder

Several Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners wrote that the product had a good screen. Honestly gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “On the topic of megapixels - for those newish to cameras - remember your full HD tv screen is slightly lower resolution than a 3mp camera”. Two years ago S. Arnold said 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 mentioned “Good bright screen this can be turned brighter if you wish” in their review of this digital camera.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the product was noisy. M. Hall wrote “Its low light performance is also to a high calibre with little noise as the ISO goes up” in their review. Three years ago Pepper said in their review 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 the same month R. Gardner rated the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 5 stars and mentioned “The quality of picture produced is excellent with very little noise” in their review.

One Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owner who reviewed the product thought it was quiet. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote “Out relatively quickly and quietly durin” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.

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Good Battery Life

Thirty-five people who bought it concluded that it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer said in their review 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”. Bengoey mentioned in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “Tax ) despite knowing the battery issue as it takes excellent still pictures for the price” but they rated it 3 stars. Two years ago Cambridge John wrote in their Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review “This camera was bought to replace my faithful SX200 which still has better battery life and works perfectly even after 4 years”.

Good Flash

Some Canon PowerShot SX280 HS owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good flash. Darren gave it a score of 5 stars and he mentioned “Great camera, only niggle I have is the flash comes up where I put my finger.”. John Boy gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon three years ago “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 gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he 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”.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

On average Canon compact camera digital cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras produced by Canon.

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Good Exposure Control

One person who reviewed the product thought it had good exposure controls. Mike wrote on Amazon “In a great compact format, full manual shutter or aperture control”.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a GPS, unlike most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago which do not have a GPS.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with a GPS currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price].

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The PowerShot SX280 HS supports WiFi connectivity, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS do not support WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including the Lumix DMC-TZ60[pl_2145753_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF6[pl_2147371_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to consider include a cheaper digital camera such as the FinePix F660[pl_1409997_price], or the FinePix F660[pl_1409997_price] both from Fujifilm or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the PowerShot S120[pl_1602828_price], or the PowerShot S120[pl_1602828_price] both from Canon.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot SX280 HS which do not support Full HD video, the PowerShot SX280 HS supports Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The optical zooms of compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 2.7x to 63x.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (21x and higher rated), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (30x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PowerShot SX280 HS has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS also have an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price].

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite High JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot SX280 HS is 15fps and the highest is 240fps. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS that we have assessed, the JPEG frame rate of the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS of 60 frames per second is one of the highest.

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Has Five Photo Effects

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

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of 500 millimeters, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a quite long maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Cameras of this type and age have maximum focal lengths of between 0.28mm and 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm.

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Has Four Shooting Modes

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Manual, Movie, Program and Scene are also found on this Canon camera.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Canon camera have still image resolutions of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2664. Across all cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX280 HS the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the bigger combined zoom (80 times zoom factor) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Extra / Smart Zoom

The average extra / smart zoom of cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS is 26x. With an extra / smart zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a quite big extra / smart zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

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2 USB Version

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

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

The average maximum aperture of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS is 6.8. With a maximum aperture of 6.8, the PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the smaller maximum apertures amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the PowerShot SX280 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common 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 digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Canon camera). In addition, this digital camera support a video resolution 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 camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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

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Supports Two Image Formats

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX280 HS. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 461,000 pixels, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the higher display resolutions amongst cameras of this age. Cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS have display resolutions of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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Features Five Auto Focus

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

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Features Three Light Metering Modes

The number of light metering modes featured on the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS. The light metering modes "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" and "Spot" are also featured on this Canon digital camera.

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TFT Display

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a better display than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it 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. The display of all cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS ranges from LCD to OLED.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

Digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX280 HS have flash sync-speeds of between 0.0005s and 10s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.72s. The PowerShot SX280 HS has one of the shorter flash sync-speeds (only 0.0005 seconds) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The smallest minimum ISO speed of cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot SX280 HS is 10 and the biggest is 1,600. The PowerShot SX280 HS has a quite small minimum ISO speed (only 80) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

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13 Reasons Against

£16.69 Price Increase

In the last 47 days the price of the PowerShot SX280 HS has increased by £16.69.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX280 HS, the PowerShot SX280 HS is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price]; or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price].

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot SX280 HS is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot SX280 HS are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

The lightest digital camera of this age and type is 20g , the heaviest is 710g, and the average weight is 170g. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is one of the heavier similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS (233 grams) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] (196g and cheaper).

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Only One Auto Focus Point

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot SX280 HS have between 1 and 255 auto focus points, including the PowerShot SX280 HS which has one auto focus point.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the PowerShot SX280 HS is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot SX280 HS. 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 number of audio formats supported by the PowerShot SX280 HS is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio format is AC3, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats LC-AAC are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card sizes of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1GB to 130GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a quite small maximum memory card size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of camera playback modes than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The playback mode "Single image" is also found on this digital camera.

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Thick

The depths of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot SX280 HS range from 4mm to 2,200mm, and the average depth is 38mm. With a depth of 32.6 millimeters, the PowerShot SX280 HS is fairly thick compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

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Only Has Eight White Balance Modes

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this age and type. This Canon camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of 3.5, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a fairly large minimum aperture compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The smallest minimum aperture of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot SX280 HS is 1.3 and the largest is 6.6.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the PowerShot SX280 HS has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price], or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Canon PowerShot S120[plb_1602828_price].

If this digital camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8" and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the PowerShot S120[pl_1602828_price], or the PowerShot G16[pl_1602829_price] both from Canon which has better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price] (54x) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price], the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price], or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] which is cheaper.

If the sensor type of this Canon digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Samsung WB150F[plb_2060742_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel Count

The PowerShot SX280 HS has a relatively typical megapixel count (12.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX280 HS.

There are a number of other 12.1MP digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the PowerShot S120[pl_1602828_price], or the PowerShot G16[pl_1602829_price] both from Canon which has better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] which is cheaper.

If this camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (16MP), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] (16MP), or the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (16.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
External Flash Connector
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
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Orientation Sensor
Camera File System
Direct Printing
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Technical Details
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Wireless LAN Type
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

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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

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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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