Summary Canon SX280 HS

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Specifications Key specs
Help 20x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.5
Screen resolution
Help 461k dots
Wide angle
Help 25 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HSCanon PowerShot SX280 HS


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The Canon SX280 HS vs other recent compacts

Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen size Above average sized screen Help
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
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The Canon SX280 HS vs other recent travel zooms

Size Quite small Help
Compact (106×63×33 mm)
Weight Light Help
233 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Very inexpensive Help


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The Canon SX280 HS vs other recent travel zooms

Zoom Below average zoom Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.7 MP
Battery life Very short battery life Help
210 shots
Announced Old Help
March 2013
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
461k dots
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
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Avatar for Sassan Sassan (4:54 AM, May 15, 2015)
This is a very good travelzoom with possibility for manual controls: ISO, Tv, Av, full manual time and aperture and even focus control and manual white balance. With carryspeed magfilter polfilter its nearly Perfect for any situation. Image stabilisation and good lowlight are more highlights.
Charging over USB like Nikon has would be a big advance. For longer travel I allways carry a set of 2-4 batteries - still lighter than many other cameras. (The battery management is only partly solved by firmwareupdate)
An update is overdue.
Avatar for Finlay Macrae Finlay Macrae (3:25 PM, October 15, 2014)
I tried to upgrade the firmware but still has horrendous battery life. We carry 3 batteries and our old 260 as backup. So disappointed with this and customer service team were no help.
johnd (10:02 PM, December 19, 2013)
Canan made an update which resolved this on my camera. Basically, I like the camera very much. It has a great zoom and a good image stablizator. What I do not like is the strong luminance noise at 160 ASA and higher. There is not much details at 500ASA
Cruzmann (3:54 PM, August 29, 2013)
The battery management system on the camera is a deal breaker. Besides taking only a few photos on a charge (less than 200) it almost always flashes red if you have taken 50 or more photos and try to take a short video. When the battery runs out on snapshots it goes from full to zero in only a few shots. Canon needs to fix this. It is a defect that cannot be overlooked.
Avatar for Ricardo Consonni Ricardo Consonni (9:12 PM, April 22, 2013)
I have the SX260 HS, and their specs are very, very similar (the only big difference is the DIGIC 6 processor). Since its price has dropped a lot as the SX280 has launched, it's an even better value now. I recommend buying the SX260 now, and waiting for the next model to come out to see if it's worth upgrading at all.