Super-Charged, Ready to Share The PowerShot SX280 HS is a super-charged SX-series model featuring Canon's very latest proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, for improved performance and exceptional clarity in low-light scenarios. The camera makes it easy to show off your high quality images and video wherever you are, with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi® technology that lets you share photos with comments on social networking sites - even within specific groups. Capture everything from quick snaps to artistic images with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens, with Optical Image Stabilizer to reduce blur throughout the zoom range. Even low-light images impress with the Canon HS SYSTEM: a combination of a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Preserve memories in ultra-smooth 1080p/60p Full HD video with the amazing processing power of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which also enables enhanced Dynamic IS for reduced blur, plus video recording in the easy-to-share MP4 format. The camera also gives you access to extraordinary imaging capabilities with Smart AUTO that recognizes 58 predefined scenes, Face ID that adjusts focus and exposure for your loved ones, and Intelligent IS that dramatically reduces camera shake. New Hybrid Auto creates an optimized "highlight reel" of your day, while built-in GPS## records the location and local time, making the PowerShot SX280 HS a perfect travel camera, ready to share the spectacular images you'll capture!
## In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
Battery in Movie mode is horrendous
The SX280 is a wonderful camera for still photos. The auto settings and focus are excellent. I am bringing this camera back though due to the scarily short battery life in movie mode. The red battery icon with one bar comes up within minutes of shooting on a full battery. I have tried two new cameras out of the box in the past week and both had the same exact issue. Shame for such a good camera otherwise. Hopefully this will be corrected down the road but for now I'm returning this camera.
May 13, 2013
Excellent but no recomendation
I am keeping the SX280 despite several short comings and difficulties using all the features. I feel the camera's image quality, versatility, and value / price point are all in line with it's competition. I'm so impressed with the low light capability and zoom range I don't want to let it go despite how annoying it can be to operate. I feel this camera is not for the laymen but better reserved for an advanced Amateur who has patience.
I looked extensively online before deciding on this Canon. I have a 5Dmkiii for anything serious but wanted something light, versatile, and capable of full manual controls. I was also interested in something good in low light. All of these things the SX280 does excellent. My angst and reason for not providing a recommendation is there are less expensive compact cameras in Canon's line up that can do what this camera does if you're not interested in the wi-fi and gps features. So far my ability to access the camera via my smart phone is a no-go. Also the GPS settings are so cumbersome to use I just can't imagine a lay person figuring this out. GPS tracking would be great but it stays on and upon powering down there is no prompt to turn it off so you're either removing the battery or fiddling with the confounded menus to turn it off - all the while hoping you remember how to re-enable it later. Perhaps when a future Firmware comes out but as of this writing, fm v. 184.108.40.206 is all that's available.
As far as shortcomings I believe the camera is needlessly weighty and grip is non existent. I feel like I handle it with kit gloves as I'm so afraid to drop it. I use the wrist strap at all times and when handing the camera over I feel it necessary to slide the wrist strap on the person using it. Also, the buttons require a considerable amount of force to operate considering their size. One time I was attempting to operate the camera with one hand and tried pushing a button to move from adjusting the shutter to aperture, when I did this I pushed the camera right out of my grip - lucky for the wrist strap. Considering I'm a medium sized man I am frequently pressing more then one button.
For impromptu portraits or candids fiddling with the controls to adjust for exposure or flash settings is a disaster and by the time you get it set the subject has moved on or become annoyed.
I have not had problems with the battery life as others have stated but I don't use it for video and as of now have yet to set up the wi-fi.
May 10, 2013
Just reporting the limitations
I have been using the PowerShot pocket cameras since the SX210 (skipped the SX230). Picture quality of the SX280 is excellent but as other reviewers have reported, battery life shooting video (even 30fps video) is less than good.
I was hoping this camera would be the perfect substitute for a video minicam but I was sorely disappointed.
1) As with the SX260, motor noise while zooming during video shooting is noticeable in non-noisy environments. Other manufacturers have conquered this limitation. Wish Canon had figured it out in this iteration of the SX series...
2) The pop-up flash is still very annoyingly placed in upper-top-left of the camera. Canon recommends a cumbersome, non-natural style of holding the camera, otherwise the operator's fingers regularly block the pop-up action. Would be much better to move the GPS antenna and place the pop-up flash above (or nearer to) the lens me thinks. Better yet, integrate the flash into the body of the camera so that it does not pop-up at all.
3) Apparently still lacking variable speed zoom when shooting video. I *think* it might be there but it is *very* touchy and nearly impossible to employ. Would ideally like to see a wide-range of zoom speed options with a nearly inaudible zoom motor...
4) Wind noise is still a factor in all but the lightest wind conditions.
Other annoyances: If it is possible to manually set the focus while shooting video, I have yet to find a way. The camera failed miserably at maintaining focus on a tour guide when other people were standing in front of me while in Auto mode. I also noticed that focus on features in a ceiling (bullet holes actually) while shooting video was not perfect in dim lighting conditions. Lastly, turning on "GPS logging" makes shutting down of camera very slow (requiring several seconds instead of being nearly instantaneous).
May 9, 2013
I have the HS 200, HS 210, HS 230, HS 260, and now the HS 280. I buy this camera every year when it comes out. The current version, the HS 280, sucks batteries dry in Movie mode. I have 7 Canon made batteries. I have tried them all. I cannot shoot a 10 minute movie without a freshly charged battery going dead. With my HS 260 I could shoot 2 hours of video. Stay away from this camera if you shoot movies.
May 8, 2013