Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Last Updated (07 June’13):
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens. It features DIGIC 6 Image Processor, 35mm Focal Length Equivalent to 25-500mm, 3.0-inch LCD Monitor, Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60fps, Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity, Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization, Hybrid Auto Mode, and GPS Tracker. The camera measure (W x H x D) 4.2 x 2.5 x 1.3″ / 106.7 x 63.5 x 33.0 mm and weight 8.2 oz / 232 g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Reviews

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and writes;
“The improvements are quite welcome and they keep the SX280 HS competitive in a travel-zoom market where the margins are razor thin.. the improved speed makes the SX280 all the more satisfying to shoot with than the SX260, with snappier performance and truly quick focus lock in normal conditions.”
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PCMAG reviews the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and writes;
“Its image quality is a bit better than the similar Samsung WB800F at high ISO settings, and it packs a bunch of features including Wi-Fi, GPS, and 1080p60 video capture. The 20x zoom lens is sharp, and the camera is speedy in every regard.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and writes;
“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 details. The optical quality is also respectable and the image stabilization makes the entire 20x range very usable even when panning handheld at the maximum 500mm equivalent focal length.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-lint reviews the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and writes;
“image quality is the best in class throughout the ISO sensitivity range, while that 20x optical zoom delivers detailed images that are extra steady in preview thanks to the lens-based stabilisation. The Digic 6 processor coupled with the 12.1-megapixel sensor seems like the perfect match.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Fool reviews the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and writes;
“Providing users the ability to capture images with stunning quality, the PowerShot SX280 HS digital camera features a 25mm wide angle lens and impressive 20x optical zoom (up to 500mm) providing versatility in a pocket–sized camera. At wide angle, the PowerShot SX280 HS digital camera is ideal for capturing lasting memories of family and friends at get-togethers as well as stunning landscapes.”
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Imaging-resource reviews the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and writes;
“We were pretty big fans of the Canon SX260 HS, and the new model boasts what appear to be some impressive improvements. The SX280 HS looks great and feels solid and sleek in your hand, making this new PowerShot an intriguing compact camera for a wide range of users.”
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Features

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS combines a 12.1MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 image processor to capture sharp, high-resolution photos and Full HD 1080/60p videos. It also comes with a 20x optical zoom lens that equivalent of 25-500mm in a 35 format for a full range of shooting options from wide-angle to super-telephoto. Thanks to Optical Image Stabilization, this camera enable you to capture bright and vivid images with spectacular clarity.


The camera has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that lets 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. Not only does it, a GPS Tracking device also included on the camera that marks the location all your shots were taken and allows you to create maps of your shooting with free Canon software.


The combination of the 12.1MP High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables the camera to create the renowned Canon HS SYSTEM that gives you exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 6400 and lets you to use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in a variety of situations for incredible photos and videos.

Moreover, this camera is able to record Full HD 1080p video and offers 60fps shooting for smooth, cinema-like imaging. There is 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. Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for each shooting condition.

Additionally, Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is equipped with Smart AUTO intelligently which 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 (up to approximately 4 seconds) in Movie Digest mode every time you shoot a still image.


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