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Canon PowerShot SX280 12MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Red)

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  • Built-in Wi-Fi technology allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
  • Upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android device with free download of the Canon Camera Window app
  • Capture breathtaking 1080p full HD video capture at 60fps
  • 12.1 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 6 image processor for improved low-light performance up to ISO 6400 and enhanced image quality
  • Powerful 20x optical zoom and 25mm wide-angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
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Technical Details

Color: Red
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • HD Compatible
  • GPS capability
  • Battery Charger

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Product Details

Color: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 2.5 inches ; 8.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00BW6LUL4
  • Item model number: SX280 Red
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 19, 2013

Product Description

Color: Red

Super-Charged, Ready to Share

PowerShot SX280 HS

The PowerShot SX280 HS is a super-charged SX-series model featuring Canon's very latest proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, for improved performance and exceptional clarity in low-light scenarios. The camera makes it easy to show off your high quality images and video wherever you are, with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi® technology that lets you share photos with comments on social networking sites – even within specific groups. Capture everything from quick snaps to artistic images with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens, with Optical Image Stabilizer to reduce blur throughout the zoom range. Even low-light images impress with the Canon HS SYSTEM: a combination of a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Preserve memories in ultra-smooth 1080p/60p Full HD video with the amazing processing power of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which also enables enhanced Dynamic IS for reduced blur, plus video recording in the easy-to-share MP4 format. The camera also gives you access to extraordinary imaging capabilities with Smart AUTO that recognizes 58 predefined scenes, Face ID that adjusts focus and exposure for your loved ones, and Intelligent IS that dramatically reduces camera shake. New Hybrid Auto creates an optimized “highlight reel” of your day, while built-in GPS## records the location and local time, making the PowerShot SX280 HS a perfect travel camera, ready to share the spectacular images you'll capture!

##In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

Share Simply From Wherever You Are

PowerShot SX280 HS
Built-in Wi-Fi® technology allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#; to a PC or upload virtually anywhere on your iOS® or Android device* with the free download of the Canon CameraWindow app**

The PowerShot SX280 HS is equipped with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi® technology for on-the-go convenience when you want to share what you've recorded with friends, family and the whole world. The camera can connect directly to both iOS® and Android devices*, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app** without a computer. Easily post your images to your favorite social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. The camera's built-in Wi-Fi® technology also lets you transfer images and video directly to your computer to update friends and family while you're traveling or out and about. Enhanced Wi-Fi® technology makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos even as events unfold. Easily control the destination of your uploads to social networking sites; share with everyone, or send photos to selected groups. Post to groups, add comments, and edit and upload MOV video files from both iOS® and Android devices*. Frequently used devices and accounts are stored in the camera's Wi-Fi® history menu, so you can immediately connect with a simple touch. Share with other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras, send images to your computer, and print your photos to Wi-Fi® compatible printers^. Built-in Wi-Fi® technology on the PowerShot SX280 HS makes it easier than ever for you to express your creative flair, and share it with the entire world!

# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.

* Compatible with iOS version 5.1/6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1 or later. Data charges may apply.

** This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.

^ Wireless PictBridge certified printer is required.

Capture The World as You See It

PowerShot SX280 HS
Powerful 20x Optical Zoom with 25mm Wide-Angle Lens

The PowerShot SX280 HS features a powerful 20x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. The camera's lens embodies the quality and legacy of Genuine Canon Optics with advantages that go far beyond making the camera slim enough to slip in your pocket and carry anywhere. With a range of 25–500mm (35mm equivalent), the lens gives you the power to capture the full breadth of scenes, with details you've never captured before. Images are bright and vivid with spectacular clarity thanks to Optical Image Stabilization.

Optical Image Stabilizer

Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.

Beautiful Images and Fast Performance Start Here

12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor

The PowerShot SX280 HS employs a Canon 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.

Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor

The PowerShot SX280 HS is equipped with Canon's very latest proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor makes several important advancements, including improved sensitivity that allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions. Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. In addition, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables video recording in MP4 format. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices.

Canon HS SYSTEM for exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 6400

The PowerShot SX280 HS gives you the power to create images with spectacular depth, detail and emotional resonance. The 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works in concert with Canon's latest-generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the renowned Canon HS SYSTEM. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality even at high ISO speeds all the way up to ISO 6400; beautiful low-light shots are possible with maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in a variety of situations for incredible photos and videos.

Full HD Video That's Better Than Ever

PowerShot SX280 HS
1080p/60p Full HD video

With the camera's advanced DIGIC 6 Image Processor enabling MP4 format recording, the PowerShot SX280 HS lets you shoot video at a selectable frame rate of 60 fps or 30 fps. 1080p/60p Full HD video is extraordinarily smooth and rich in playback, ensuring that your important memories and creative film clips look their absolute best. Video recorded at 30 fps has also been improved through the combination of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor and Fine Movie Detail Processing, with reduced noise and high resolution.

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos

Smart AUTO

Smart AUTO for the PowerShot SX280 HS has been significantly expanded, making it easier than ever to capture the sharp, bright, colorful images – and videos – you're looking for. By assessing various factors in both the background and the subject, the system recognizes 58 predefined shooting situations and automatically selects the camera settings that will yield the best possible results. Simply frame the shot you want, and in dozens of common or challenging scenarios the camera takes care of the rest. Hard-to-capture shots such as moving subjects, night scenes, backlit subjects, and landscapes at evening or on a bright snowy day are instantly and effortlessly captured as "keeper" shots. Smart AUTO makes the PowerShot SX280 HS ideal for capturing excellent quality still images and video on the go.

Face ID

Face ID on the PowerShot SX280 HS gives you an easy way to improve every shot of the people you love. Simply take a picture of up to 12 faces you would like the camera to register, then enter names and ages. Once a person is registered, the camera will pick him or her out of a group (even against a busy background) and adjust focus and exposure to his or her face, even recognizing faces in profile. Face ID is particularly great for shots of babies and children. The system can pick your baby out of a group of children, focus on your baby when pictured with an adult, and capture the best smile by taking three successive images when the smile is detected. The flash is even disabled so as not to startle the baby and interrupt the moment. Older children in motion are tracked, with focus and exposure continually adjusted with Servo AF; with one shutter press three successive images are captured so the best shot is never missed. And because you'll identify each face you register, Face ID makes it easy to search images by name.

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the appropriate aperture.
Program The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Live View Control Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Movie Digest & Hybrid Auto Automatically selects shooting settings for optimal quality and records a video clip every time you capture a still image. One day's worth of clips are then combined into a single video.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Sports The camera uses high shutter speeds to capture fast-moving subjects.
Portrait Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Fisheye Effect Now you can get the fisheye effect – a classic photographic distortion – without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Soft Focus Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting – so you can capture images in quiet areas.
Movie Record video; unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.

Remember the Day in Crisp HD

New Hybrid Auto utilizes a combination of Smart AUTO and Intelligent IS to create a beautiful and steady 720p HD video clip in Movie Digest mode every time you shoot a still image

New Hybrid Auto on the PowerShot SX280 HS brings enhanced image quality to the popular Movie Digest feature on PowerShot digital cameras. Movie Digest records up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, then automatically joins the clips into a video that captures the essence of special days: vacations, important occasions, any time you're shooting many shots in a day. With Hybrid Auto, this "highlight reel" is more beautiful than ever. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality. The resulting 720p HD video is properly exposed, crisp and steady.

Optimal Image Stabilization in Any Situation

Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition

It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot SX280 HS, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes.

Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Macro (Hybrid) Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

The Ideal Traveling Companion

GPS Technology

The PowerShot SX280 HS digital camera is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)## technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the location and local time of your stills and videos. The camera can also use the GPS unit to automatically set the exact time. You can maximize the usefulness of the GPS feature by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes it fun to share the memories of your world adventures. In addition to displaying all your photos' locations on a world map, the camera's GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo – a great way to visualize each trip! You can also create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with friends and family members.

## In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

Additional Features

ECO Mode

The PowerShot SX280 HS takes energy conservation to the next level with ECO Mode, which provides more shots per single charge through LCD monitor and camera power management. ECO Mode can be activated for easy power preservation when an outlet is unavailable or the moment is too exciting to put the camera down. ECO Mode quickly wakes the camera from sleep when a button is pressed. With ECO Mode activated to conserve power, you can even stay connected for longer with the built-in Wi-Fi® feature on the PowerShot SX280 HS. When the fun with family and friends runs late into the night, you can be assured your camera can keep up.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Really good camera for the price, even the zoom images are great. Friends are very impressed by my images. Read more ›
Like other super-zooms, its main drawback is the absence of a view finder when you have sunlight behind…No problem at all with battery life; picture quality is terrific. Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent, and the 20x optical zoom is a very nice feature for a compact camera. The battery life, however, is terrible. Read more ›
Very good camera. Just took it on a trip to Alaska and even my daughter, who is a REAL photographer, thought the pictures were great. Takes great video as well. Read more ›
I've had this camera for less than a year. Although the quality of the pictures is excellent my problem is the on/off button doesn't work at least half of the time. Therefor… Read more ›
I couldn't be happier, the pictures are great and I can't believe how much better than my old cannon camera. I like the GPS feature it helps jog old memory banks as to… Read more ›
I could easily tuck it away when it rained, but pull it out quickly to…The zoom was fantastic for a small camera - even used the camera as binoculars, the zoom was so good. Read more ›
Crystal clear pictures. The zoom stability was awesome! GREAT buy for the money. Read more ›
This camera does everything I want it to, it's a great camera, the 80X zoom is great for the long shots that I need. Read more ›
What a pain. The camera takes great shots and the zoom is the best I have ever had on a pocket size camera. Night flash shots take some work to get right, but having to… Read more ›
I just love the Canon SX280. They take great pictures and the zoom is great. I would recommend this camera to those who like to carry a small camera for quick pictures. Read more ›
This one is just simply great. The zoom is awesome and everything is just like me old one but with more added features. I haven't tried out all the features as yet, but so… Read more ›
They PowerShot SX280 photos were crystal clear with beautiful lighting. The battery life is great too. We took a lot of pictures and never had to worry about the battery… Read more ›
It performed great , easy to use and light weight with a great telephoto lens. The battery life is great. Read more ›
The 1000 mA-h stock Canon battery would give proportionately less life. Canon says that the stock battery is good for 210 photos. A 1700 mA-h Vivitar battery should be good… Read more ›
However, there is a huge flaw with this camera's…You will run into many situations where the battery indicator is reading empty but the battery is still fully charged. T… Read more ›
I have had the camera shut down while taking videos that are over a minute with a lot of zoom, but as I mentioned previously, I can then turn it on, and the battery is… Read more ›
Completely uselss camera. Shuts off after 1 min with low battery warning while shooting movies though the battery is full. Read more ›
Great zoom, good image stabilization, high-quality images for a point-and-shoot, reasonable battery life, easy to use. Good value and great for a vacation. Read more ›
Love this camera. Its picture quality is top notch and it is easy to use. I would have given it 5 stars if it were not for the known low battery bug when taking videos. Read more ›
I bought this camera as an upgrade to my 6 year old Canon digital. Pictures are great and this camera is easy to use with great functionality. The zoom on this thing is… Read more ›
I have never made so many pictures in such a short period. The camera was easy to use, intuitive, and light. The zoom worked wonderfully. Read more ›
It is more than I ever expected. So easy to use and great pictures. Read more ›
I'd gotten the SX260, the predecessor to this camera and was really impressed with how well this camera works in lower light…This newer model is working great so far. Read more ›
So if you just want to use the camera in Auto mode which is pretty good most of the time or if you have a very good memory and can memorize the ins and out of all the… Read more ›
The optional shutter priority setting is great when you having moving objects in your shot or are zoomed in. GPS works fine and locks-in even inside the house but probably… Read more ›
I use the camera primarily while out hiking or at social gatherings and so far it has…For a photo dummy like me the auto function works great for point and click shooting. Read more ›
but the wi fi only works when it is in the mood the older model works well which i have owned. the zoom is amazing and the quality is great but do not buy it for it's wi… Read more ›
Auto mode does an excellent job of choosing the appropriate settings regardless of conditions and it's hard not to get a decent shot (you know, unless you accidentally take… Read more ›
It is not a viable video recording…The quality of video is good, but that doesn't matter when you can't capture it due to the power continuously shutting the camera off! Read more ›
The uploading to you phone is a snap! The short video setting is very fun for uploading to social media. Very Happy with it. Read more ›
This camera has great technical features! It takes fantastic features, videos is great. Especially at this price. Read more ›
I bought the Canon SX280. It's faster on the stills (turning ON and shutter button reaction time) the 30fps video is great. Problem is no one tells you that using HD 60fps… Read more ›
Compared to my Nikon which I enjoy, this is a great camera, love the video, which is crisp. As previously reported, a glitch with this camera is the battery indicator. Read more ›
I had read great reviews about the picture quality but I was not positively…The HD recording is great as the slow motion recording, I also like the camera design. Read more ›
It works very smoothly. The size is great and fits my hand well. While I haven't used many of the settings, it seems very straightforward to use. Read more ›
This is the best point-and-shoot camera I've had yet--the optical zoom is amazing, the photos are excellent, the features a little complex…The size is perfect--pocketable. Read more ›
the performance was excellent. the size is easy to handle yet small enough to put in a pocket. Read more ›
This pocket size camera is amazing. 20x zoom is awesome. Read more ›
This camera takes great pictures and the zoom is awesome! It's a nice size and very easy to use. Read more ›
For the money this camera is packed full of features. What I like best is the 20x zoom and the compact size. What I don't like is the battery life and the interface with… Read more ›
- implementation of the wireless features: you have to go through a cumbersome setup to get Facebook…- the wireless range is not great (compared to an iPad for example), Read more ›
My grandson was impressed with its capabilities, so I got one for…The wireless part is great, can send pics directly from camera to i-Pad, iPhone, computer or to any email. Read more ›
In my opinion, this is a great camera. The wifi is cool - nice to be able to upload images as desired. The GPS is cool either for posting photos to sites like Google Earth… Read more ›
Its photo quality is not bad. Wifi connection is the best. 20X room is great. Read more ›
Very, very impressed so far but have owned it for only a few days. Wifi is easy to figure out, although not quite as flexible as I would like in my dreams. Would have… Read more ›
T…With the improved speed, you never get the impression this camera is lagging about doing anything, The wireless makes is super easy to transfer pictures to my smartphone. Read more ›
A lot of camera for the price (which was very good). Photos taken so far are very good. Read more ›
L…Bought it after seeing how my daughter-in-law's pictures looked compared to those from my WAY older Canon Powershot, which is also heavier and larger - price was good also. Read more ›
Love my camera has lots of features the price was great you can down load the cannon app to your phone and transfer the photo directly to your computer or phone with wifi… Read more ›
Nice zoom for a compact body, but it really isn't usable beyond 20x, at least without a…I got it with the Square Trade warranty just in case since the price was reasonable. Read more ›
The zoom works great and really brings the action up close. For the price it is a good camera but not for video. Read more ›
The zoom is not grainy like the 210. All and all a great camera,fairly portable and takes great images at a reasonable price. Read more ›
I was really impressed when I viewed my pictures in "Actual Size" on my computer, they looked very good even at…The detail, clarity and color is excellent on all pictures. Read more ›
Great shots, light weight, vivid colors. Works for me. Read more ›
The image stabilizer in the Canon is superior to the Nikon and the Image Processor is way…The DIGIC 6 Image Processor captures your picture with Stunning and True color. Read more ›
However, there are times that a camera like this XS280 is too convenient to pass up. The photos it produces are all Canon with sharp details and good color reproduction. The… Read more ›
The camera's body is constructed very well. Nice red color and the cameras zoom is great. The small grip handle in the front of the camera is also a much needed feature for… Read more ›
Interesting setting "Fish-Eye" takes you to some Vivid color settings and…Not sure I'll use any but the the Vivid Color but for someone these setting will be fun. Read more ›
Amazon promptly refunded my money, they are good about that, and I ordered the next generation of this camera, the SX 700' which has a fantastic 30X zoom lens and is great… Read more ›
The features and pictures, design and build of the camera are fantastic. Lens is sharp. So what sucks? Read more ›
Pros. - The 12 MP sensor and lens combination is clear and sharp with snappy colors. - The digital zoom has fewer artifacts than the competition. Read more ›
After a month of shooting I'm happy with the results. The long lens is great, shoot some objects over a mile away on hike and came out very good. Images are mostly very… Read more ›
This unit lasts a full day to a day and a half and the rechargeable batteries fit into the briefcase easily. The 20x is awesome, the unit compact and lens very good. The… Read more ›
I really really really recommend not to buy…The picture quality is awesome, the lens is excellent, but there is a major issue with battery that makes the camera unusable. Read more ›
Only issue was low light conditions. Otherwise the images were stabilized well despite the shakiness of the jeep i traveled in and the focus control was very good. Read more ›
First of all, I must say that the photos that this camera takes are…The focus is crystal clear for most shots and the zoom is amazing for something that fits in a pocket. Read more ›
It takes great quality photos. The autofocus is very fast and good. Video is awesome. Read more ›
For a 20X zoom it's just not good enough. Auto focus is pretty good. Manual controls are excellent. Read more ›
This camera is amazing! Focus is great, zoom is phenominal and "dark shots" without a flash are gorgeous! It has a solid feel but is light. Read more ›
it takes great pictures .. the focus is fast.. you don't miss your shots... I got the camera for my wife so she could take pictures of the grandkids etc. she can throw it… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

316 of 325 people found the following review helpful By Telemachus on April 25, 2013
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
I've had a number of PowerShot cameras. Really impressed with the picture quality of the camera and the overall speed. Colors and picture quality are quite good and the low-light performance is superior. The previous review focuses nicely on the picture quality, so I wil stick with the human factors.

Manual control and adjustment are simple to master, so you won't need to rely on the automatic settings. My only concern with the camera is hat the wifi settings are difficult to set up. I'm pretty good with wireless technologies and it took me quite awhile to figure it out. Make sure you run the set up disk. Unlike many other consumer wireless gadgets, this one requires that you run the setup software. Couldn't just turn on the camera and connect it to the router. As much as it pains me to say this, I should've read the directions prior to jumping in to try to set it up! :-)

Once it's setup, it works great. I've been transferring files to iphone, ipad, and laptop; and transferring to the Canon Image site. All directly from the camera. Even emailed my wife a link to a photo directly from the camera. Camera IS a bit of a battery hog, but I was expecting it.

Update: Since I concentrated on human factors in my review, I thought I would weigh in on flash location interfering with handhold
position. Personally, I didn't notice it until I read the other reviews. I've had other cameras with pop up flashes, so I think I just automatically adjusted to it. That said, I can see how it would annoy some people. The flash is located in the front left-hand corner of the camera, but there IS sufficient space behind the flash to place your finger. Could be a problem if you have large hands, I suppose..
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497 of 520 people found the following review helpful By Just Another Reviewer on May 1, 2013
Color Name: Black
Enough said about how good this compact camera is in the other reviews. Only two quick comments: It is an excellent compact zoom camera complimentary to my SLR camera/lens collection on the road for quick shots (photo & video) without lens changing. Case Logic DCB-302 Compact Case provides good protection and a perfect fit with room for extra battery and SD card.

Update 5/8/2013: Per Canon technical support, the battery inside the camera cannot be charged via USB port like your cell phone when connecting to PC or outside USB power source.

Update 5/13/2013: When using "AUTO" on the dial as well as ""AUTO" ISO" in "P", "Tv" and "Av", the ISO is automatically selected from 80 to 1600, not to 3200 or 6400. To manually select ISO 3200 or 6400 in "P", "Tv" and "Av", you need to select "FUNC. SET" and then choose the 3200 or 6400 under the"ISO" list.

Update 5/19/2013 The flashing "low battery" warning in the video mode is indeed a design fault of the battery indicator not the battery itself. With a freshly charged battery, I can take either around 200 photos or about 30 minutes video (1080p 30fps). The low battery warning comes in about 2 minutes into the video shooting after some zooming.

Update 5/20/2013 Per Canon technical support, Canon is trying to resolve this "low battery" warning issue in the video mode. Decided to return this wonderful camera. Will buy it when the issue is resolved.

Update 6/5/2013 Canon just published a firmware update for SX280 to fix the low battery warning issue in the video mode at this web link: ([...] Click on "Drivers & Software". Select your computer's Operating System and OS Version. Click on "Firmware". Download the firmware zip file and unzip the file.
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288 of 304 people found the following review helpful By J. Malinsky on May 11, 2013
Color Name: Black
Hi there

I've replied to a few reviews of this product before choosing to write my own, while keeping in mind everyone's opinions (especially about the battery) thus far.

Out of the way, I too noticed "problems" when shooting video on a not-fully charged battery. I put the word in quotes, because in my experience/view, it's really a software problem that can be fixed with an upcoming firmware update. It just flashes red prematurely, and you can certainly repeat steps to have that happen consistently. Also, you'll only get about 30 minutes or so of 1920/60fps HD video per charge (keep in mind the battery will likely be flashing red most of the time). But keep in mind, its really just a bug. When you power up your camera, the true charge is shown on the indicator.

I took the camera with me today to shoot a typical days worth of exciting things with my kids. I took about 35 photos, and a combined 7 minutes of full HD/1920/60fps video. I also transferred a few images wirelessly to my Android phone. After all that, my battery is still showing as fully charged and does not do the 'premature red battery' even if i take it to video. So that seems like a decent day for me, and it doesn't show a dent (and rightly so). I'll just have to remember to charge the battery fully before I take it out.

In the end, I do recommend the camera because of what I bought it for: excellent, truly best-in-class images from a camera under $400. This camera is my '2nd' camera, for times when I don't feel like dragging my DSLR around. The images aren't as good as a DSLR (no surprise) but they are by far the best images I've taken with a point-and-shoot.
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