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Canon PowerShot SX280
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Canon PowerShot SX280

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Canon PowerShot SX 280 HS

24 May 2014
  • Conclusion: On paper, the Canon PowerShot SX 280 HS certainly looks tempting: It's an inexpensive pocket point-and-shoot that just happens to possess a generous 20x zoom lens -- plus Wi-Fi and GPS. Its image quality is very good but, unfortunately, its puny battery can't keep up.
  • 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
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Expert Review

3 August 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Canon PowerShot SX280: Review

Review guidelines
27 July 2013
  • Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a digital camera with reduced size but with a little more compact than the classic, such as manual controls, Wi-Fi and integrated GPS receiver. Also of interest are the optical zoom, HDMI, Full HD movies, the optical stabilizer and high-speed burst.
  • Pros: Stabilizer, manual controls, GPS, Optical Zoom, Display resolution, Wi-Fi connectivity, Smart Auto, HDMI connector.
  • Cons: Sensitivity is not high, Not high resolution sensor.
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Overall 7

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review

25 July 2013
  • 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...
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
24 July 2013
  • Summary: 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...
  • Pros: Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Image Quality is excellent in all shooting modes, Movie quality is better than most digicams, Intelligent IS keeps images sharp in low-light, Nice, Bright 3.0-inch LCD, Decent shoo...
  • Cons: Small, weak flash unit isn't very helpful unless you are very close to subject, Slightly more noise than expected, even at the lower ISO settings, Poor battery life, Special features (Wi-Fi and GPS) shorten the already anemic battery life
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Overall 7

Expert Review

17 July 2013
  • Summary: Canon's uninspired travel zoom is a step in the wrong direction.
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Overall 9
Design 9
Value for money 9
Features 10
Performance 9
Picture quality 10

Canon PowerShot SX280HS Review

What Digital Camera
16 July 2013
  • Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX280HS costs around £250, making it look a reasonable buy, but that’s richer than similar cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S9500 .
  • Pros: Low image noise; Wi-fi Transfer features; Image quality and colour; Compact design; High Speed 14fps continuous shooting; Build quality
  • Cons: 14fps is only achievable when in special High Speed mode; Auto pop up flash positioning; Disappointing battery life
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Overall 7

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
27 June 2013
  • Summary: The new Canon Powershot SX280 HS is an easily pocketable compact P&S digicam with a long 20x zoom lens. The SX280 HS won’t turn any heads or launch any trends. In fact, the polycarbonate bodied SX280 HS is a rather plain looking point and shoot (especially the black version – the camera is also...
  • Pros: 20x zoom, compact size, Finger rail grip, Better than average noise control
  • 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
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Overall 8

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS ( Red)

20 June 2013
  • Summary: Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.
  • Pros: The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has shooting modes for every type of photographer from casual to advanced; a useful long zoom lens with excellent image stabilization; and overall excellent photo and video quality for a compact megazoom.
  • Cons: Battery life is short, especially if you use the Wi-Fi and GPS features or movie capture. The flash isn't in a great location, and there are no easy panorama or HDR shooting options.
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Overall 8

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

PC Magazine
10 May 2013
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS puts 20x zoom in your pocket, along with Wi-Fi, GPS, and 1080p60 video capture. It's an ideal travel camera, and earns our Editors' Choice award.
  • Pros: Sharp lens. 20x zoom range. Speedy performer. GPS. Wi-Fi. 1080p60 video capture.
  • Cons: Narrow aperture. Smudged details at high ISOs. Not the sharpest LCD.
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