The SX280 model has KNOWN Battery related problems
W. Griffith "EveStev", Amazon
13 January 2015
Summary: This camera has issues when taking video, the low battery flashes when you try to use the zoom, and the camera will prematurely shut down. Search for this issue on the internet, and read the complaints before spending money on this Cannon camera -- I wish I had. Cannon doesn't have a firmware update to address the issue but they will apparently fix this at no charge, see following product advisory that they sent me AFTER I sent mine in to be repaired.
Summary: I had to rate it 1 star purely for the major disappointment in the video/battery performance. This was the main reason I purchased the camera. I wanted to merge my video and still cameras into one portable hybrid. I do not want anyone else to make the mistake of purchasing this camera with video recording in mind. Look elsewhere! Shame on Canon for allowing this product to hit the market.
Summary: Save your time and money. This camera was brand new when I received it and upon first use the low battery indicator was showing. This happened after I had fully charged the battery. It appears that I am not the only one that encountered this issue. This along with several other issues are plaguing this camera. Canon doesn't seem to want to acknowledge these problems. At this rate Canon will lose most if not all of their loyal customers if they do not fix this issue.
Summary: Seriously, don't buy this camera... It's a great camera. Takes good pictures. Video quality is average if it can figure out what to actually focus on. 1 star rating is for the battery problem that makes the camera pretty much unusable. If you had hoped to take video of your kids on this camera, you won't be able to on this camera. If you are lucky enough to shoot a video, it will kill your battery in about 20 seconds.
Summary: The camera is fine, except for the wifi. You have 2 wifi choices: bad and worse. 1. you can connect to your phone, to do so, you must start up the wifi on the camera, then switch to the phone and have the phone's wifi connect to the camera's wifi, then you have to start up the canon app on the phone, then you can transfer images from the camera to the phone, but you have to "select" the images on the camera one at a time (but not more than 50 in a batch), then once...
Summary: AMAZON DO THE RIGHT THING - dont allow any more sales of this camera!! Pictures are amazingly sharp, video playback was excellent, but this camera has a notorious battery issue that Canon has yet to address which makes the camera useless. There is a firmware update that claims to fix but its only for cameras where the 6th digit is a 0, 1 or 2. On mine its a 3, which is a newer camera revision but the same issue plagues this camera.
Summary: I just got purchased this camera January 2014. I read some review on a battery problem, but it was said the latest firmware fixed this issue. IT DID NOT. I got the camera, charged a new battery and put it in. On still shots, all worked fine, but as soon as I hit the movie button, the battery light started to flash, and the camera turned off. I turned that camera back on in still mode, and it showed full battery. All worked fine until you use the movie mode.
Summary: I was so looking forward to purchasing this camera as I have owned several Canons and this looked to be the best point-and-shoot so far. It had so many good reviews, I was so disappointed to apparently get a lemon. The first day I used it (on a fully charged battery), the battery indicator light started flashing when I used the video. I looked up the problem and found this complaint on one of the Canon forums. It sounded like a glitch that could be ignored.
Summary: I recently order the Canon Powershot SX280 from Amazon with the intent of using it myself and then if I liked it to give one to my daughter as well. It was in response to my daughter asking for advice on her next camera. I already owned a Canon SX260 and was completely pleased with it, but wanted WiFi to be able to connect to my iPad and phone. When it came I charged it up and began to take pictures.