Summary: For such an inexpensive camera, the Canon SX280 offers a lot. Its 20x zoom lens (25 mm to 500 mm) equals the best in its class. GPS and Wi-Fi -- usually found on pricier cameras -- come standard. The SX280 offers manual controls (although not a full set), but no RAW mode. There's no High Dynamic Range or in-camera panorama feature, either.
Pros: 20x zoom, Good photos for its class, GPS, Wi-Fi and manual controls at a low price
Cons: Battery life and battery sensor malfunctions, Missing some common features, like panorama, No RAW mode
Excerpt: In the early spring of 2013, Canon announced their newest SX-series PowerShot digital camera, the SX280 HS. The first Canon camera to include the enhanced DIGIC 6 image processor (other new cameras announced the same day include the DIGIC 5), the SX280 boasts a 12.1 "High-Sensitivity" CMOS image sensor, a 20x optical zoom lens (25-500mm 35mm equivalent) and an improved Auto Focus (AF) system designed to reduce lag time and allow for up to 14 frames-per-second High-Speed...
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Conclusion: Aside from improved handling characteristics and the addition of WiFi features, the SX280 is almost entirely inferior to its predecessor. Sharpness—worse. Color accuracy—worse. Noise reduction—worse. And the performance metrics that didn't decrease have largely stayed the same. Video shooting is decent, but no better than the SX260. Dynamic range has been improved, but not by much. Chromatic aberration is less severe, but the apparent tradeoff is poor sharpness.
Summary: Conclusion The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy, and easy to use point and shoot digital camera with a 20x zoom. Compared to its competition, the biggest difference would seem to be in the resolution arena with Canon sticking with a reasonable 12-megapixels, while Panasonic, Sony, and other OEMs seem determined to push the 20 megapixel envelope.
Cons: Center AF only in manual modes, Poor placement of the one touch video stop/start button, Soft telephoto images, battery life could be better
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot SX280 HS , ( compare prices ) ( review ) is something of a mixed bag. It scores high marks for the wide zoom range (25-500mm), small size, built in WiFi and GPS , extensive user manual controls and generally good image quality. On the other hand there’s still a small issue with battery status indication when shooting video, there’s no RAW mode, no control over noise reduction, WiFi is limited to uploading images (no remote control capability via WiFi...
Conclusion: It would also be a good camera for anybody looking to learn a little more about photography, since you could start on the fully automatic settings and work your way through the manual options.
Conclusion: When it comes to compact superzooms, Canon puts together a pretty impressive list of specs with the Powershot SX280. Cameras like this show the performance and features of advanced point-and-shoots continue to evolve and there’s still a place for them amidst the rise of cell phone photography, but still come with some drawbacks. However, for a user looking for a new point-and-shoot with a super zoom lens, the SX280 makes a nice choice.
Pros: Powerful 20x zoom, Sharp images in well-lit/daylight situations, Nice autofocus performance, Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
Cons: Poor placement of built-in flash, Noisy at high ISO settings, Barrel distortion at wide angle
Summary: Viewed in isolation, the SX280 HS is a good, solid super-zoom camera which handles well and delivers pretty good photo and video quality. The 20x lens range covers a huge range of situations, allowing you to capture an expansive landscape or large building at one moment before zooming-in to concentrate on fine, distant details. The optical quality is pretty good throughout the range and the enhanced five-axis stabilization does a great job at ironing out the wobbles.
Pros: Slightly superior image quality to peer group, but not by much., Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in pocket body., 1080p video with zooming, stereo sound and continuous AF., Built-in GPS and Wifi., Fast continuous shooting up to 14fps albeit for only seven frames.
Cons: No touch-screen nor the ability to move the single AF area mode., No remote control over Wifi, only image transfer., Convoluted quality selection for miniature videos., No HD for slow motion video., Can't recharge battery over USB. Need to use mains charger.