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Canon SX280 HS Digital Camera

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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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Seven Industry Awards

Experts in digital cameras love this compact camera camera and have given it seven awards.

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

An other three expert review sites endorsed this compact camera camera. Expert Reviews gave this Canon digital camera a "Best Buy" award and thought it was a sensible purchase and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag who decided it was excellent. Furthermore, the writer at PhotographyBlog.com gave this compact camera camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement.

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% based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

Average Owner Reviews

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

Good Support

A few Canon SX280 HS owners who reviewed it thought it had good technical guidance. Booker Boy mentioned “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. Chris Hoare wrote on Amazon “Scene modes as well as aperture, shutter and full manual modes for those wanting to take more control of their photo's”. Cmb said “The sx280 also has manual focus” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS.

Easy to Use

A number of Canon SX280 HS owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Amazonian said in their review on Amazon “Immediately I started to use it, I got the problems from Battery low warnings”. Derek Stewart wrote “Great camera easy to use fantastic balance with auto flash” in his review of the Canon SX280 HS. Farricker scored the product very highly and said on Amazon three years ago “Great, very easy to use, good quality photos” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of Canon SX280 HS reviewers thought it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago John said in his review of the Canon SX280 HS “This is fantastic, takes great images, love the M settings”. Pepper mentioned “The menu system is easy to navigate” in their review. R. John said “Using LCD screen & manual settings it was tricky to get "the shot" right” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only rated this digital camera 3 stars.

Three Canon SX280 HS owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to handle. The Geezer wrote “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 review site Reviewed.com rated the Canon SX280 HS 4 stars and said “Aside from improved handling characteristics and the addition of WiFi features” in their review.

A few people who purchased it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Colin wrote in his review on Amazon last year “I realised I had a winner in my hands”. Sophie wrote in her Canon SX280 HS review on Amazon “It takes amazing quality videos, great pictures and feels lovely to hold”.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to setup. Hma scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Awesome camera and very easy to setup and use”. One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience. Three years ago Kitemi wrote in their Canon SX280 HS review “This is the 2nd powershot I've bought (based on my great experience with the previous one”.

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Good Product Quality

A few people who bought it thought it was good quality. 50 Something mentioned in their review of the Canon SX280 HS “This camera takes great pictures and video quality too” . Albert mentioned “Excellent quality images and so portable with a great zoom”. Asb mentioned on Amazon “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” in their review.

Good Technical Features

Some Canon SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had good features. Brian Clegg gave it a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “Still simple, easy-to-use features that are very similar to the old model”. Two years ago Jurek D. 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!” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS. Mr C Millbank wrote in his review of this digital camera “Great camera with lotsa features” .

Good Size

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the product 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 “Stuff that ! I would rather spend the money on a new Nikon compact camera” but he only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Brian Clegg said in his review “A great compact camera” and gave it an excellent review.

Several customers said that it was a good depth. Helen Lafferty mentioned on Amazon “I did get some lovely shots during daylight with good depth of field”. Two Canon SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed the Canon SX280 HS agreed that it was a good weight.

One Canon SX280 HS owner who reviewed the Canon SX280 HS said that it was thin. Brian Clegg mentioned in his review of the Canon SX280 HS on Amazon “A much better zoom, slimmer.”. One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good size. Ms said on Amazon “A good size for your pocket too” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS.

One Canon SX280 HS reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good structurally. N. Womack wrote on Amazon “The construction seems good and the body is metal so it should” and rated the Canon SX280 HS 4 stars.

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Nice Design

A number of people who reviewed the Canon SX280 HS considered that it was good looking. Last year Colin mentioned 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”. Martin Ohanlon mentioned on Amazon “As a camera its pretty good” in his review of the Canon SX280 HS. Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review “When it comes to compact superzooms, Canon puts together a pretty impressive list of specs with the Powershot SX280” and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100.

A number of customers concluded that it was smooth. Chris Hoare said on Amazon “In video mode you can take smooth full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60fps in the higher quality MP4 format” in his review of the Canon SX280 HS. John Boy said “Full HD video is smooth and can be set for 60 fps so that playback can be run in slow motion” and rated the product as very good. The Geezer mentioned “Video looks good and runs smooth thanks to the 60fps” but they gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

A few Canon SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was neat. Brian Clegg he wrote 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 the Canon SX280 HS.

One person said that 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” and rated the product as excellent. One customer thought this digital camera was well designed. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said “The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy”.

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Robust

Several Canon SX280 HS reviewers said that it was well made. Hugo Minney said in his review “Generally use the built in wifi to transfer photos from the camera to the laptop or tablet, which is very convenient” and gave it an excellent rating. Iulian wrote in their review “This is a very good pocket camera, well made and capable of delivering quality results”. Ephotozine.com said “The camera features a 20x optical zoom, high speed shooting, built in GPS”.

A number of people thought it was strong and durable. N. Womack wrote in their review of this digital camera “Robust enough to withstand day to day handling” . One Canon SX280 HS owner said in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Three years ago Brian Clegg rated it 5 stars and he wrote “It was damaged when someone borrowed it” in his review of this digital camera.

One Canon SX280 HS owner wrote in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. John Boy rated the product as excellent and he wrote in his Canon SX280 HS review “Accessories include an underwater case suitable for down to 40 metres”.

One person thought it was reliable. Mrs. P. Groves wrote “Just a bog standard reliable camera that takes good clear, photos on auto setting?” although they only gave the product a score of 2 stars.

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Good Connectivity

A few people thought it had gps. Ludovico Sforza said in their Canon SX280 HS review on Amazon “Excellent photo in most situations, has GPS ect and lots of useful scene modes”. Four years ago Ozzerb wrote in their review “When I first received this camera I was thrilled, picture quality was excellent and many useful features such as gps were included” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100. Pepper said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera also has GPS with A-GPS support, this gives you fast accurate GPS tagging on your photos”.

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

One person who bought it considered that it was able to connect to the internet. Two years ago Honestly wrote in their review of the Canon SX280 HS 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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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Canon SX280 HS reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer said in their review “For it's primary function of taking photos it is really good”. Asb mentioned “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”. Three years ago Bill said on Amazon “Takes good pictures with 20” in his review of this digital camera.

Several Canon SX280 HS owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image sensor. Chris Hoare mentioned “Great Lens, Great Sensor, great camera” in his review. Honestly wrote in their review of the Canon SX280 HS two years ago “That was an SLR with an excellent 10mp sensor” and scored the Canon SX280 HS 4 stars. S. Arnold mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Although the SX50 has the same sensor as the SX240” nonetheless they gave it a rating of 40 out of 100.

A number of customers who bought the Canon SX280 HS concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Brian Clegg wrote on Amazon “This has proved ideal - better resolution” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Honestly scored it 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon SX280 HS “Is doesn't have full HD video, is limited to 1fps shooting rate, has a slightly limited zoom range”. 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”.

Several people considered that it was good in low light. Amazon Customer wrote “The camera itself is great - brilliant zoom with a stability mode that minimises shake, good low light response” in their Canon SX280 HS review although they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Colin Horrabin mentioned 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” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Honestly gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said in their Canon SX280 HS review on Amazon “Snaps of friends etc in low light - nope! Battery - does seem to go quick - turning the camera off”.

One Canon SX280 HS reviewer who purchased it considered that it had a good ISO range. One person concluded that it was able to produce clear pictures. Jennifer Aitken said in her review on Amazon “Great clarity” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Canon SX280 HS owners said in their reviews that the Canon SX280 HS had a good zoom. Bengoey wrote in their review of the Canon SX280 HS “This camera produces excellent still pictures, good zoom range, effective image stabilization” but they scored the product 60 out of 100. Derek Stewart said in his Canon SX280 HS review on Amazon “The zoom is the clincher fantastic at top bend if you have a very steady hand”. I. Mcfarlane wrote three years ago “Versatile camera with a great zoom” in their Canon SX280 HS review.

A few Canon SX280 HS owners said that the Canon SX280 HS had a good lens. Chris Hoare said in his review 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” and gave it an excellent review. John of Deal wrote in his review “A great buy; the lens covers a fantastically wide angle”.

Six Canon SX280 HS owners considered that it had a good autofocus. Chris Hoare mentioned 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. Pepper said in their review four years ago “However, there's no support for RAW mode.I found focusing quick” .

Several Canon SX280 HS reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. In January last year Michael said “The zoom, supported by superb stabilisation, is exceptional”. Pepper wrote in their review “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” and rated it as very good.

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Good Video Capture

A few Canon SX280 HS owners considered that the Canon SX280 HS was good for video recording. Chris Hoare wrote in his Canon SX280 HS review on Amazon four years ago “Taking video is as easy as pressing the dedicated record button” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Colin wrote in his review of this digital camera 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”.

Reasonably Priced

Several people reckoned that the Canon SX280 HS was good value for money. Two years ago Albert said on Amazon “Amazing value for money” and scored it very highly. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Great price for a quality camera” and scored it 5 stars. Asb wrote “Great camera at present price” in their review of this digital camera.

A few people considered that it was a bargain for the price. Cmb scored the product very highly and mentioned in their review of the Canon SX280 HS on Amazon four years ago “The sx240 is currently a total bargain”. Derek Stewart said on Amazon “Absolute bargain”. Hoju wrote “I knew this before purchasing because it was cheap and still had a Digic6 processor”.

Several Canon SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was cheap. Alex Maurer wrote on Amazon two years ago “Great budget camera for a begginner”. Alex Maurer also mentioned “Even in June 2015 it is still brilliant for a budget camera”. Expert review site Consumersearch.com said in their Canon 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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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five people who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good screen. Honestly said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon two years ago “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 wrote three years ago “Now, as it happens I have the older Canon SX240 camera, which has a better screen than either the TZ18 or the newer SX280” in their Canon SX280 HS review nonetheless they rated this digital camera 2 stars. Zamaon wrote on Amazon “Good bright screen this can be turned brighter if you wish”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Three Canon SX280 HS reviewers who reviewed the product said that it 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 rated this digital camera as very good and wrote also four years ago “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 mentioned in their review of this digital camera also four years ago “The quality of picture produced is excellent with very little noise” .

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was quiet. Three years ago Imaging-Resource.com said on Imaging Resource.com “Out relatively quickly and quietly durin” in their review of the Canon SX280 HS.

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Good Battery Life

Several Canon SX280 HS reviewers thought it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon two years ago “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 “Tax ) despite knowing the battery issue as it takes excellent still pictures for the price” in their review. Cambridge John wrote on Amazon “This camera was bought to replace my faithful SX200 which still has better battery life and works perfectly even after 4 years” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 1 stars.

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon cameras and also specifically for Canon compact cameras and found that in both cases Canon had good ratings.

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Good Flash

Several people who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good flash. Darren said “Great camera, only niggle I have is the flash comes up where I put my finger.” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. John Boy wrote “Minor things to watch are the flash that automatically rises on the left-hand top where your hand is likely to be”. Three years ago Victor gave it a rating of 4 stars and he mentioned in his review 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”.

Good Exposure Control

One Canon SX280 HS reviewer who purchased the Canon SX280 HS considered that it had good exposure controls. Mike said on Amazon “In a great compact format, full manual shutter or aperture control”.

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

Unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SX280 HS which do not have a GPS (satellite), the SX280 HS has a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price], the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price].

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Supports Wi-Fi

The SX280 HS supports wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available including the GC100[pl_2600424_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

Other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to look at include the WB250F[pl_1585457_price], or the WB250F[pl_1585457_price] both from Samsung which is cheaper; or the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], or the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price] both from Fujifilm or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the SX280 HS has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SX280 HS. The average optical zoom of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SX280 HS is 9.3x.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 20x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (21x), the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (30x), or the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (30x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SX280 HS, the SX280 HS has an image stabilizer.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to look at include the GC100[pl_2600424_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the SX280 HS has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the GC100[pl_2600424_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

When compared to other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SX280 HS, the SX280 HS's motion JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the highest. The motion JPEG frame rates of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SX280 HS range from 15fps to 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 32fps.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon SX280 HS is more than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SX280 HS. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Has Six Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the SX280 HS is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SX280 HS have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 500 millimeters, the SX280 HS has one of the longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

The average combined zoom of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SX280 HS is 49x. At 80 times zoom factor, the SX280 HS has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SX280 HS have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 72, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.6. The SX280 HS has a quite small maximum aperture number (6.8) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SX280 HS.

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Quite Big Extra/Smart Zoom

With an extra/Smart zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the Canon SX280 HS has one of the bigger extra/Smart zooms amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to the SX280 HS the extra/Smart zooms range from 1.3x to 96x, and the average extra/Smart zoom is 27x.

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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 a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This camera also 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The SX280 HS has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SX280 HS.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

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

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have display resolution (numeric)s of between 1 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 450,000 pixels. The SX280 HS has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (461,000 pixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SX280 HS. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus", "Servo Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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TFT Display

The SX280 HS has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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 compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SX280 HS ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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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 that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

Across all the compact cameras that came out more than two years ago the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0005s to 10s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.62s. With a flash sync-speed of only 0.0005 seconds, the SX280 HS has a fairly short flash sync-speed compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SX280 HS.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Canon SX280 HS has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 10 to 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94.

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14 Reasons Against

£34.55 Price Increase

The price of the SX280 HS has increased by £34.55 in the last 36 days.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Canon SX280 HS does not support video capability. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SX280 HS also do not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Samsung SAMSUNG WB150F[plb_1682907_price], the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.1 megapixels, the Canon SX280 HS has one of the lower megapixels amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The megapixels of cameras of a similar spec and age to the SX280 HS range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 12.1MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price].

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] (16MP), the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (16MP), or the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (16.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The SX280 HS does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SX280 HS also do not support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The SX280 HS is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price], 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

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SX280 HS, the SX280 HS is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The lightest compact camera camera that was released more than two years ago is 20g , the heaviest is 840g, and the average weight is 170g. The SX280 HS is one of the heavier compact cameras that have been available for more than two years (233 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] (184g) which is also cheaper.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

This digital 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 a similar age and spec to it.

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Only One Auto Focus (AF) Points

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to 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 number of flash modes featured on the SX280 HS is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the SX280 HS. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Canon SX280 HS is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds LC-AAC are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The SX280 HS has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Canon camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a similar age and type to the SX280 HS.

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Only 1920x1080@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

This camera has a resolution at capture speed of 1280×720@30fps|1920x1080@30fps|1920x1080@60fps|640x480@30fps, which is the most frequently found resolution at capture speed on compact cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the SX280 HS range from 1.3 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2. At 3.5, the Canon SX280 HS has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec 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

Canon released the SX280 HS over three years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Canon SX280 HS has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider including a cheaper digital camera such as the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price].

If you would prefer 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

The SX280 HS has a pretty average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SX280 HS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price].

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] (810x) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The SX280 HS has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] which is cheaper; or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price], and the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

Cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth looking at include the Samsung SAMSUNG WB150F[plb_1682907_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon hw3181, canon hw3180, canon 8225b010, canon 8225b011, canon 8225b011a, canon 8225b011aa
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