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
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.
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.
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
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...
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...
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.
Excerpt: Pocket ultra-zoom cameras make great travel companions, so we're happy to see GPS and Wi-Fi built into the Canon SX280 HS. GPS means you can see exactly where you were when you took a photo, and Wi-Fi lets you upload to a smartphone and onwards to social media from virtually anywhere in the world.