Conclusion: If you prefer performance over battery this is perfect. Very short turn on time. Fast response of Zoom and focus lens. Burst HQ is perfect for children. Optical zoom 20X is perfect for shooting video without having to camera "in your face". Very good image cleaning algorithms for low light.
Conclusion: I recently upgraded from an SX260HS. Although connecting to the Wi-Fi took a little getting used to, it works great. I always buy an extra battery for my cameras, so battery life wasn't an issue. This camera is very easy to use, and would recommend it to the Novice, expert.
Summary: I really like the camera as a whole. The biggest problem I've had is trying to figure out why some of my photos did not take. I get a big question mark on a section of photos...about 10 - 15 in a row...really disappointing since I cannot find out why they didn't take and what the error message means...???? it wasn't a matter of no battery life because shots taken afterwards show up?
Summary: I bought this camera for my recent African safari. It was wonderful. For a small camera (read non-slr) it took great pictures. I'm impressed with the quality of the photos many of which were taken at a fairly long distance. Easy to use; easy to carry. I anticipate using the camera for a long time.
Summary: So far I am very satisfied with my camera. I got it in time for my son's college graduation and the zoom lens was fantastic. We were pretty far from the stage and the photos that I took look as though I was right up front. I was impressed. I also got to take it on my vacation at the beach and got some great shots. I am still learning all of the features of the camera and am looking forward to being more creative.
Conclusion: This camera is really a work of design, functionality, rugged form and has a noticeable nice weight to it, that is quite balanced for a medium sized point and shoot. First: The battery problem: Resolved, if you purchase a newer Canon Powershot SX280 HS. The Canon Website will allow to identify by serial # if your camera needs the firmware update for the battery or not. Mine did not. So, I was reluctant about filming video until I checked.
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, durable, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, balance
Fantastic, light weight, low light, normal light camera!!
10 April 2014
Summary: I received the camera about 2 weeks ago and haven't come close to using most of the features. So far, the camera exceeds my expectations. The camera is relatively small and light-weight. I like it because it has a little weight and doesn't feel flimsy. I have used it on the auto setting and have taken great pics in sunlight and low light situations. The zoom is fantastic! I have no complaints about the battery life. I will be piking up an extra battery though.