Powerful 20x Optical Zoom with 25mm Wide-Angle Lens
The PowerShot SX280 HS features a powerful 20x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. The camera's lens embodies the quality and legacy of Genuine Canon Optics with advantages that go far beyond making the camera slim enough to slip in your pocket and carry anywhere. With a range of 25500mm (35mm equivalent), the lens gives you the power to capture the full breadth of scenes, with details you've never captured before. Images are bright and vivid with spectacular clarity thanks to Optical Image Stabilization.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.
Lousy battery life
We read the reviews of battery problems, but was told they were fixed with a firmware upgrade. Bought the camera and the low battery light kicks in immediately upon recording video. Tried to update the firmware, but found out we have the most up to date version already installed.
Battery life is terrible, will be returning it.
December 2, 2013
Very Happy with my Camera SX280
I bought this camera in July 2013 and I could not be happier with my camera. It takes great picture, super clear and sharp, perform pretty good interiors/Exteriors/Day and Night. Love the feature of the flash output and I mostly use the program mode and auto mode. I am so happy with the wifi feature because I can transfer easily the pics from the camera to my smart phone using the app provides in the app store, connect the camera with the phone in the matter of secs the pics are ready to be texted, uploaded to social networks or email them.
It has a lot of features and controls, but if you like to take photos, take the time to read the manual and practice, you'll learn what all this amazing camera can do for a compact size and lower price. So there is a learning curve, but once you learn is easy to use. I agree with others that battery life is not the longest, so is good to have an extra one ready and when you want to record a video battery will die in a few minutes, and I did the software update, but i did not see any improvement but since I don't take a lot of videos it doesn't bother me. Overall its a great camera, for people who wants to buy a compact, light weight and now at a lower prize and of curse enjoy to take photos like me. I use it in every social event and my trips like San Diego, Los Cabos and Cancun. Got super crisp photos. Love the case that came with the kit because i can have it in my belt
November 25, 2013
Bad replacement for sx210
I bought the SX280 after my old SX210 was damaged, thinking that it would be at least as good. It was quite a disappointment. To start, it has 12MP instead of the old 16MP.
It doesn't have options like panorama shoot. The battery life is non-existent: if you use video, it will ran out in about 2 minutes.
November 15, 2013
Battery Issue Not a Problem
Read about the battery issues and was not sure about buying this camera. I do not shoot much video at all so can not address those complaints. But I find that the battery life is about the same as my previous Canon camera which used AA recharge. I take over 100 pictures a day. It is quick and takes good pictures. Is nice and compact. My only complaint is where they put the flash. Most of the times it is not an issue but at times it presents a minor problem. Overall I am pleased with this camera and would recommend it.
November 8, 2013