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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2849 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the storage and viewfinder. Comments are divided on the connectivity.

usability, performance, portability, image quality, zoom

battery, flash, energy, viewfinder, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 183 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the zoom and battery. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably, but reviews are divided on the screen. There are some critical opinions about the connectivity and viewfinder.

usability, portability, performance, battery, zoom

reliability, focus, viewfinder, connectivity

71% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Compact Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDCanon PowerShot SX280 HS Compact Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 970 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and zoom. The performance and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed reviews on the viewfinder and reliability. The energy efficiency and flash get negative comments.

usability, portability, performance, zoom, image quality

flash, energy

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX280 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)Canon PowerShot SX280 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon PowerShot SX280 HS from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the zoom. There are some critical reviews about the price and portability.

zoom

portability, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX280 12MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) Japan ImportCanon PowerShot SX280 12MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) Japan Import

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Richard Grech (digitaltrends.com)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review

 

The PowerShot SX280 HS is a powerful point-and-shoot with a strong feature-set, but isn't without some shortcomings.

When it comes to compact superzooms, Canon puts together a pretty impressive list of specs with the Powershot SX280. Cameras like this show the performance and features of advanced point-and-shoots continue to evolve and there’s still a place for them...

May, 2013

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS ( Black)

 

Compared with its predecessor, the SX260 HS , the SX280 shares the same 20x, f3.5-6.8, 25-500mm lens and 12-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. Joining them in the SX280, however, is an all-new Digic 6 image processor, which provides less...

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has shooting modes for every type of photographer from casual to advanced; a useful long zoom lens with excellent image stabilization; and overall excellent photo and video quality for a compact megazoom.

Battery life is short, especially if you use the Wi-Fi and GPS features or movie capture. The flash isn't in a great location, and there are no easy panorama or HDR shooting options.

Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review

 

With the PowerShot SX280 HS, Canon's top compact megazoom for 2013, it's all about the processor.

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has shooting modes for every type of photographer from casual to advanced; a useful long zoom lens with excellent image stabilization; and overall excellent photo and video quality for a compact megazoom.

Battery life is short, especially if you use the Wi-Fi and GPS features or movie capture. The flash isn't in a great location, and there are no easy panorama or HDR shooting options.

Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

Jun, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS puts 20x zoom in your pocket, along with Wi-Fi, GPS, and 1080p60 video recording. It's an ideal travel camera, and earns our Editors' Choice award.

Sharp lens. 20x zoom range. Speedy performer. GPS. Wi-Fi. 1080p60 video capture.

Narrow aperture. Smudged details at high ISOs. Not the sharpest LCD.

Performance and Conclusions The SX280 HS is fast. It starts and shoots in 1.6 seconds, focuses quickly for a 0.1-second shutter lag, and can shoot continuously at 3 frames per second. This is in stark contrast to the 21x Galaxy Camera, which is slowed...

May, 2013

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a powerful and compact digicam, featuring some of the latest and greatest from Canon. The powerful processor allows for the fantastic shooting modes and features to operate with ease. Full manual control gives even the...

Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Image Quality is excellent in all shooting modes ; Movie quality is better than most digicams ; Intelligent IS keeps images sharp in...

Small, weak flash unit isn't very helpful unless you are very close to subject ; Slightly more noise than expected, even at the lower ISO settings ; Poor battery life ; Special features (Wi-Fi and GPS) shorten the already anemic battery life

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a powerful and compact digicam, featuring some of the latest and greatest from Canon. The powerful processor allows for the fantastic shooting modes and features to operate with ease. Full manual control gives even the...

Jul, 2013

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Canon Powershot SX280 HS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS camera is a new travel-zoom camera that replaces the SX260 HS model. The SX280 has a 20x, 25-500mm optical zoom lens with built-in anti-shake system that features an enhanced Dynamic IS video mode with 5-axis stablizer....

The SX280 HS principally adds built-in wi-fi connectivity, the latest DIGIC 6 image processing engine, 60fps movies, quicker GPS and better image quality at the same price-point as last year's SX260 HS model. The wireless feature feels a little...

May, 2013

Expert review by : consumersearch.com (consumersearch.com)

Canon PowerShot SX 280 HS

 

However, reviewers say that Canon has taken Wi-Fi capability to the max. After downloading the CameraWindow app (for iPhone or android devices), you can use your smartphone to control your camera remotely or to geotag your photos. You can also back up...

20x zoom, Good photos for its class, GPS, Wi-Fi and manual controls at a low price

Battery life and battery sensor malfunctions, Missing some common features, like panorama, No RAW mode

May, 2014

Expert review by : Christopher Snow (reviewed.com)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

 

Canon's uninspired travel zoom is a step in the wrong direction.

What happened?

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Canon Powershot SX280 HS Review

 

Conclusion The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy, and easy to use point and shoot digital camera with a 20x zoom. Compared to its competition, the biggest difference would seem to be in the resolution arena with Canon sticking with a...

Center AF only in manual modes, Poor placement of the one touch video stop/start button, Soft telephoto images, battery life could be better

Jun, 2013

CAMERA LABS.COM - RECOMMANDED

Expert review by : Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

 

While its rivals from Panasonic and Sony continue to push resolutions ever-higher on their 2013 pocket super-zooms, Canon has decided to stick with a relatively modest 12 Megapixels for the SX280 HS in an attempt to minimize noise. The SX280 HS also...

Slightly superior image quality to peer group, but not by much ; Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in pocket body ; 1080p video with zooming, stereo sound and continuous AF ; Built-in GPS and Wifi ; Fast continuous shooting up to 14fps...

No touch-screen nor the ability to move the single AF area mode ; No remote control over Wifi, only image transfer ; Convoluted quality selection for miniature videos ; No HD for slow motion video ; Can't recharge battery over USB. Need to use mains...

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a good, solid super-zoom camera with pretty good control, quality and features. Sticking to 12 Megapixels has allowed Canon to deliver image quality that's a little better than its rivals without missing out on fine...

May, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:LC-AAC
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):210 / 260
Battery life (max):3.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:LP-E8 / NB-6L
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor:DIGIC 6
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3, RAW / DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3 / DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image / Movie, Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Custom color: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing
Image processor:DIGIC 5 / DIGIC 6
Languages support:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / Multi
Live view: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Orientation sensor: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid / Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Vivid / Vivid
Playback zoom:10
Playback zoom (max):10
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports / Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Underwater / Fireworks, Night, Portrait, Sports, Spotlight, Underwater / Fireworks, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Underwater / Fireworks, Portrait, Snow, Underwater
Self-timer:2, 10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority / Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority / Aperture priority, Manual, Program, Shutter priority / Manual, Movie, Program, Scene
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent L, Shade, Tungsten / Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black / Red
Energy Star certified:N
Product color:Black / Red

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):1040000 / 461000
Field of view:100
Flip-out screen:N
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / Y
Vari-angle LCD display:No / Yes

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/2 EV step) / ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) / ±2EV (1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):39.4 - 78.7
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 137.8
Flash sync-speed:0.0005 / 1/200

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:1 / 9
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Servo Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Face detection, Multi Point Auto Focus, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:1.97 / 11.4
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection: Yes

Lens System

Combined zoom:80
Digital Zoom:4
Extra/Smart zoom:40
Filter size:2.83
Focal length range (f-f):0.177 - 3.54 / 0.669 - 1.97
Lens mount interface:Canon EF, Canon EF-S
Lens structure:12/10 / 19/14
Lens structure (elements/groups):12/10 / 19/14
Lens Type:Wide-angle zoom
Maximum aperture number:32 / 6.8
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):19.7
Minimum aperture number:2.8 / 3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.984
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of aspheric elements:2
Number of diaphragm blades:7
Optical Zoom:20

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):12800 / 6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100 / 80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step) / ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Maximum memory card size:8
Memory slots:1

Networking

Data network: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 85 / 10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 85 / 10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):10 - 90
Storage temperature range (T-T):10 - 90

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:ImageBrowser EX / ImageBrowser EX\nPhotoStitch, Map Utility
Cables included:AC, USB
Carrying case: Yes
Hand strap: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG / JPG, RAW
Image sensor size:1/2.3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.878 x 0.587
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000 / 5184 x 3456
Megapixel:12.1 / 18
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480 / 480 x 480,640 x 480,720 x 400,720 x 480,1280 x 1280,1696 x 1280,1728 x 1728,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1280,2304 x 1728,2304 x 2304,2592 x 1456,2592 x 1728,3072 x 2304,3456 x 1944,3456 x 2304,3456 x 3456,4608 x 3456,5184 x 2912,5184 x 3456 / 480 x 480\n640 x 360\n640 x 424\n640 x 480\n1200 x 1200\n1600 x 1064\n1600 x 1200\n1920 x 1080\n2112 x 2112\n2816 x 1584\n2816 x 1880\n2816 x 2112\n2992 x 2992\n4000 x 2248\n4000 x 2664\n4000 x 3000 / 4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480\n16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360\n3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424\n1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:18.5

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Mini-USB B
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/3200 / 1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:15 / 30

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Image processor:DIGIC 5 / DIGIC 6
Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:29.97 / 60
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@50fps, 1280×720@60fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 640x480@25fps, 640x480@30fps / 1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 640x480@30fps / 1280×720@30fps, 640x480@30fps
Video compression format:AVC, MP4, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.264 / H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,MP4,MPEG4 / H.263,H.264,MPEG2,MPEG4 / H.263,H.264,MPEG4 / H.264 / H.264,MP4,MPEG2,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:29.97 / 60
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240, 640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 / 320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Magnification:0.85
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.28 / 3.1
Height:2.47 / 3.93
Weight:8.22
Weight (including battery):20.5 / 8.22
Width:4.17 / 4.19 / 5.24