Conclusion: The SX280HS does everything i want it to do very well. It is feature rich and very flexible. It's a lot smarter than I thought. It knows when to switch to macro mode for close up pictures and when to switch back. Although I have seen reviews that battery life isn't what it should be... well, that can't be helped. It takes a lot of power to drive this camera and I bought several batteries so when one drains, I just pop another in and i'm good to go.
Pros: Takes a great picture. Easy to use. Also, this vender gave great service!
Cons: I really miss the view finder on the PowerShot Cameras. The initial battery could have more power. But I also purchased the "H" model of the same battery and will also carry it in the camera case. Flash location is also a little awkward for my large hands.
Conclusion: I am extremely disappointed with this camera. Very poor battery life. Pop-up flash jams with the slightest interference requiring a reset by turning camera off/on causing many missed photo opportunities. After less than one year, the camera will not operate at all.