Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera, 12.1MP, 20x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom, Full HD 1080p Video Capture, 3.0" LCD Monitor, Black

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About Canon SX280 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera (Black) is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a 12.1MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 image processor which creates sharp, high-resolution photos and Full HD 1080/60p videos. It provides a 20x optical zoom lens with a 35mm focal length equivalency of 25-500mm for a full range of shooting options from wide-angle to super-telephoto.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to transfer images wirelessly to your computer and by downloading Canon's free CameraWindow app you can instantly pass images to your iOS or Android devices and share them. A GPS Tracking device marks the location all your shots were taken and allows you to create maps of your shooting with free Canon software.

The SX280 HS offers effective low light performance up to ISO 6400 and its optical image stabilizer provides compensation for camera shake, creating photos with significantly less blur when shooting in low light or at long focal lengths. Intelligent Image Stabilization will automatically choose from six different IS modes to optimize performance based on the shooting conditions.

Full HD 1080p video capture is supported, including shooting at 60fps for smoother, more natural looking video, especially when shooting dynamic motion. Smart Auto mode selects the best camera setting based on 58 predefined shooting situations and New Hybrid Auto utilizes a combination of Smart Auto and Intelligent IS to create a beautiful and sharp 720p HD video clip in Movie Digest mode.

The Canon SX280 HS is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Wildlife and more.The Canon SX280 HS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SX280 HS: Compact, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Short lag time and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Zoom range/performance (14),Fast / accurate auto-focus (12),Good image quality (11),Compact (10),Easy to use (10),Image stabilization (9),Good in low light (7),Large clear LCD (7),Nice body color (6),Short lag time (5)
Cons:
Short battery life (6)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (10),Travel (10),Family photos (8),Sports/action (6),Wildlife (5),Low light (4),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6),Casual photographer (5),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Canon SX280 HS Features

  • 12.1MP High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor: The 12.1MP CMOS sensor provides clear images with accurate colors and sharp details
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor: The DIGIC 6, combined with the 12.1 CMOS sensor, create the Canon HS System which delivers sharp images, improved low-light performance, accurate autofocus and fast performance and response times
  • Full HD 1080p Video Capture at 60fps: The SX280 HS supports Full HD 1080p video shooting and offers 60fps shooting for smooth, cinema-like imaging
  • Built-in Wi-Fi: Built-in Wi-Fi allows one button transfer of images to your computer and by installing the free Canon CameraWindow app you can instantly send images to your smartphone or tablet and share on social networking sites
  • 20x Optical Zoom Lens: The SX280 HS features a 20x optical zoom lens with a 35mm focal length equivalent of 25-500mm. This powerful zoom lens provides coverage from true wide-angle to super telephoto, enabling you to shoot in any situation
  • Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent IS: Canon's Image Stabilization system offers compensation for camera shake and helps to create clear images even when shooting in low light and at long focal lengths
  • Smart AUTO and Hybrid Auto: Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 pre-defined shooting situations and Hybrid Auto utilizes a combination of Smart AUTO and Intelligent IS to create a beautiful and steady 720p HD video clip in Movie Digest mode
  • Face ID: The Face ID function recognizes when you are taking portraits or group shots and automatically adjusts the cameras settings for optimal focus and exposure
  • GPS Tracker: GPS tracker that records the location where you shot each photo and a logger lets you view the locations on a map using Canon software

Canon SX280 HS Specifications

Pixels
12.1 Megapixel
Total Pixels
12.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
Sensor
CMOS
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG
Image Stabilization
Optical
Focal Length
4.5 (W) - 90.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-500mm)
Digital Zoom
4x
Focusing Range
Normal: 2.0" (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3ft (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 2.0" - 1.6ft (5-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
LCD Monitor
3.0" TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
461,000 dots
LCD Coverage
100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 (W) - f/6.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec
15-1/3200 sec. (in TV and M modes)
Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 80-6400
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation: Still Images
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Exposure Compensation: Videos
±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect
Flash Range
1.6ft - 11ft (W), 3.3 - 6.6ft (T) (50cm - 3.5m (W), (1.0 - 2.0m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
M, Av, TV, P, Live View Control, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Sports, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red
Self Timer
10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous Shooting
1) Normal: Approx. 3.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 14.0 shots/sec.
2)AF: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 5.1 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
- Differs depending on the zoom position
The maximum continuous capture is 7 frames
Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Superfine, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MP4 (Image: MPEG4-AVC / H.264; Audio: MPEG2 AAC-LC (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Images:
1) 16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360
2) 3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424
3) 4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480
4) 1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480
Videos
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps (29.97)
HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120
Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Digest Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Playback Modes File: Stills & Videos
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Digest Movie, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist), Search (Date, Favorites, Digest, People, Name)
Playback Modes File: Still Images
Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Discreet, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID Info, Information Display (Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning)
Playback Modes File: Videos
Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Erase chapters, Editing
Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer
Erase Modes
Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images
The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased)
Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted
Interface: Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), Mini-HDMITM connector
Interface: Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Interface: Other
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source
Battery Pack NB-6L
Shooting Capacity
Normal: Approx. 210 shots
ECO Mode: Approx. 260 shots
Playback Time
3 hr. 30 min.
Operating Temperature
32-104deg.F/0-40deg.C
Operating Humidity
10-90%
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.19x2.47x1.28" / 10.64x6.27x3.25cm
Weight
CIPA standard: 8.22oz / 233.03g
Body only: 7.41oz / 210.07g
Mfr #
8224B001
SKU
ICASX280B

Canon SX280 HS Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera!

I walk at lunch a lot. I take the camera with me always. This week I got both pictures and video of baby geese, and some great pictures of a chimney swift, and of course all the beautiful spring flowers. This camera takes great pictures! There are only 2 things that would keep this camera from 5 stars - the battery life and the fact that it does not have Panorama.

Reviewed by 15 customers

 
5.0

Excellent camera!

By

from houston,tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excellent camera!

 
5.0

Great camera/great Adorama Svc

By

from New York, NY  -  Casual Photographer

Even as the cellphone camera is ubiquitous and takes ever better pictures, having a quality small take-along camera when traveling, particularly abroad, makes good sense. In some parts of the world cellphones can be a liability when exposed or when charging and battery life are limited. This is a great way to take pictures in those circumstances. It takes great pictures, is easy to use, and you can slap in a replacement battery when you can't easily charge it.

 
5.0

Good camera

By

from Delaware  -  Casual Photographer

An excellent camera for the casual photographer! Great price and free shipping!

 
4.0

SX280 HS

By

from San Antonio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use the SX280 HS for family and travel photos. Should come in handy for foreign travel with carry-on luggage. 20X zoom is a real plus. 12 MP is plenty for most pics. GPS is convenient and seamless. The flash can be blocked from opening by fingers on the left hand requiring a power cycle. Additional batteries are relatively cheap.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Can't zoom while making a movie

By

from Miami, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

The camera shuts down asking for a new battery whenever you try to zoom while making a movie. If you go to pictures mode the battery indicator shows it as full. There are a lot of claims about this issue http://forums.usa.canon.com/t5/PowerShot/SX280-battery-life-shooting-video/td-p/22489/jump-to/first-unread-message

 
4.0

Great Camera

By

from SF Bay Area, CA  -  Casual Photographer

We ordered this camera for my 7 year old son. He hased used our camera in the past and decided he could have one of his own. It has been 2 weeks since we received it and he knows how to do the basics: turn it on, take pictures, use the great zoom cability and review the pictures he has taken. We have not yet used the video camera portion yet.

 
5.0

Best Compact Zoom Camera

By

from Toronto  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I used its earlier version SX260HS, even that has given me excellent results. And now SX280HS is even better. To get best results one should learn how to use different options given for all kind of photo needs. Great Zoom quality and excellent low light sharp pictures. Must have for world traveler and very easy to carry in the pocket. Battery life is not an issue for me. I always carry a spare battery. I will strongly recommend this.. Canon Brand is a big plus.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing--best small camera around!

By

from Florida  -  Pro Photographer

Bought this one from Adorama and absolutely love it. I do professional and pro-amateeur photography, and needed a small, backup camera. It is difficult to carry my Canon with 4 lenses, accessories, etc all the time, and cell phone cameras just don't have the image quality. I tried a four thirds system, and the image quality just didm;t cut it, as well as not being substantially lighter than the DSLR. Now, I use the big rig for times when I have my car around, and use the SX 280 as a "walk about" camera. The focal range is incredible, as is image quality for a compact camera. Don't believe the reviews with bad battery life--I bought extra batteries, but haven't had to do a "change in the field." Adorama was sensational with customer service. If you want a compact camera with a wide to telephoto range that has superb image quality, BUY THIS ONE!!

 
4.0

Does Everything Well

By

from UK  -  Casual Photographer

I like to travel light, as a camera should record your travels, not impede them. I chose this based on the price and usability - past experience of Canon build and lens quality reassured. I haven't been disappointed by how quickly it is ready to capture whatever is going on - from parties to wildlife to landscapes. Results are as good as I need for my display and prints. Low light shooting is the only area it doesn't excel, as you'd expect with this spec. Video quality is surprisingly good for our occasional use.

 
4.0

Better than expected

By

from New York, NY  -  Casual Photographer

I bought this to take on vacation. The shots I got using all of the different settings and features were better than I expected for a camera this size and price.

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paul b  I cannot get my windows 8 computer to find the camera via wifi. are you aware of any ongoing problems? or suggested course of action?
David W  While the camera is on and you are attempting to connect to your computer, click on devices and printers, click add device, let your computer search for devices, Canon PowerShot SX280 HS should appear, and choose to add device.
paul b  Hi David, Thanks for the tip. I tried that and it doesn't find the camera. My camera can find my smart phone and ipad easily. I am starting to think it's my computer.
paul b  I cannot get my windows 8 computer to find the camera via wifi. are you aware of any ongoing problems? or suggested course of action?
David W  While the camera is on and you are attempting to connect to your computer, click on devices and printers, click add device, let your computer search for devices, Canon PowerShot SX280 HS should appear, and choose to add device.
paul b  Hi David, Thanks for the tip. I tried that and it doesn't find the camera. My camera can find my smart phone and ipad easily. I am starting to think it's my computer.
Alec C  Are the camera sold on your web site able to update the firmware for fixing the battery issues when shooting video?
JOSEPH A  Yes, you can update the camera's firmware. I've done so twice since purchase.
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