Smart AUTO for the PowerShot SX280 HS has been significantly expanded, making it easier than ever to capture the sharp, bright, colorful images and videos you're looking for. By assessing various factors in both the background and the subject, the system recognizes 58 predefined shooting situations and automatically selects the camera settings that will yield the best possible results. Simply frame the shot you want, and in dozens of common or challenging scenarios the camera takes care of the rest. Hard-to-capture shots such as moving subjects, night scenes, backlit subjects, and landscapes at evening or on a bright snowy day are instantly and effortlessly captured as "keeper" shots. Smart AUTO makes the PowerShot SX280 HS ideal for capturing excellent quality still images and video on the go.
Face ID on the PowerShot SX280 HS gives you an easy way to improve every shot of the people you love. Simply take a picture of up to 12 faces you would like the camera to register, then enter names and ages. Once a person is registered, the camera will pick him or her out of a group (even against a busy background) and adjust focus and exposure to his or her face, even recognizing faces in profile. Face ID is particularly great for shots of babies and children. The system can pick your baby out of a group of children, focus on your baby when pictured with an adult, and capture the best smile by taking three successive images when the smile is detected. The flash is even disabled so as not to startle the baby and interrupt the moment. Older children in motion are tracked, with focus and exposure continually adjusted with Servo AF; with one shutter press three successive images are captured so the best shot is never missed. And because you'll identify each face you register, Face ID makes it easy to search images by name.
Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.
Program The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Live View Control Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Movie Digest & Hybrid Auto Automatically selects shooting settings for optimal quality and records a video clip every time you capture a still image. One day's worth of clips are then combined into a single video.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Sports The camera uses high shutter speeds to capture fast-moving subjects.
Portrait Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Fisheye Effect Now you can get the fisheye effect a classic photographic distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Soft Focus Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting so you can capture images in quiet areas.
Movie Record video; unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.
Great Camera But Battery Probelm Persists
Despite the firmware upgrade the battery problem on my camera persists. I wonder if repeated recharging on the battery, done mistakenly when I thought the battery WAS low, and the camera wasn't malfunctioning - makes the camera think the battery is low.
This is very frustrating because this is a great pocket camera, good long lens, easy to use controls. I bought it for the HD function to supplement stills, especially while traveling, and this battery problem has been a real bummer.
Also, the wifi stopped working to my iPhone with the new OS7. The programmers at Canon seem asleep at the wheel.
December 8, 2013
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