Conclusion: I have owned my SX280 for about 6 months and I like it a lot. I chose it over other similar cameras (Canon and other brands) because of its great 20X zoom. It has great features. The one caveat is, as others have written, the movie/battery glitch is still a problem.
Pros: Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Cons: Poor Low-Light Performance, Short battery life
Conclusion: I bought this camera for cannon name. It is fairly easy to use but for one glaring problem. If you are in auto mode, the flash pops out in low light at the left side where people usually hold the camera. So, after it hits you finger, you move your move the finger and flash fires.
Conclusion: I bought this camera to take on a trip to Israel. I expected to do a great deal of hiking and didn't want anything large. However, I wanted something that would transfer pictures to my iPad, and that would take high quality picture. This camera fit the bill perfectly.
Pros: Nice features/settings, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Conclusion: Although I am accustomed to manual controls, deliberated shooting, MUCH larger sensors, and faster lenses, I picked up one of these cameras because my son has been sending excellent pictures home from Germany, shot on the mostly similar SX-260HS.
Pros: excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, easy to use
Conclusion: I'm married to a travel agent and lucky enough to take several trips a year. I recently purchased as SX280 HS to replace a 5 year old SX110 IS. I was looking for a pocket size camera with a good optical zoom. The optical zoom on the SX280 HS is fantastic for a camera this small.
Summary: Since I used Lumix cameras for many years, this is the change and I am not sure if it is what I like. The features are harder to understand. It still is really good camera and I might come to love it someday.
Conclusion: The PowerShot SX280 HS is a great little camera. I own a DSLR but wanted something smaller that I can put into a purse. The Handheld Nightscene function is by far my favorite setting, allowing me to take great pictures in low-light settings.
Pros: lots of usable settings, small, great zoom, quality photos
Conclusion: Read about the battery issues and was not sure about buying this camera. I do not shoot much video at all so can not address those complaints. But I find that the battery life is about the same as my previous Canon camera which used AA recharge. I take over 100 pictures a day.
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, durable, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Cons: flash location., not being able to have flash work in auto mode.