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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
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Summary: A 12-megapixel camera from Canon with a 3-inch LCD, 20x optical zoom, and manual controls.
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Type: Superzoom digital cameras
About - Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

The PowerShot SX280 HS is a 12-megapixel camera with 20x optical zoom and has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 25mm-500mm. It has a 3-inch LCD (461,000 pixels).

Because of its long zoom lens, we consider this model a superzoom.

The PowerShot SX280 HS stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards at a top resolution of 4000 x 3000 and full HD-resolution video as MP4 files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p.

Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery. It also has manual controls and manual focus.

The image stabilization system for this camera is optical.

The PowerShot SX280 HS measures 4.2 inches wide by 2.5 inches high by 1.3 inches deep, and weighs 8 ounces (with battery, memory card, and strap).

About This Brand

Canon is the market leader in point-and-shoots, with an extensive line of models, which are known as PowerShots. Its budget line, the A series, is made up of compacts and subcompacts.  Canon's subcompacts are known as SD ELPHs. Its SX-series are mostly super zooms and come in various sizes and include smaller or larger feature sets. Canon has the D-series compact, which it claims are waterproof and shockproof. Its high-end series, the S and G lines, include special modes and manual features, such as the ability to shoot RAW files and to focus manually. The EOS Rebel series helped to define budget SLRs. Other SLRs include a host of pro and more-advanced consumer models, including models that have very large, full-frame sensors. Canon also offers a wider selection of lenses than most brands.

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Features & Specs - Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
info Maximum aperture f3.5-6.8
info Shutter speed range 15 - 1/3200
info Optical zoom 20
info 35mm equivalent zoom ratio 25-500mm
info LCD size (in.) 3
info AA batteries No
info Viewfinder No
info Manual controls Yes
info Manual focus Yes
info Macro focus Yes
info Touch screen No
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General Information
Manufacturer Canon, Inc
Manufacturer Website Address
Product Line PowerShot
Product Model SX280 HS
Product Name PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Compact Camera
Product Type Compact Camera
User Reviews - Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
User Reviews
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Major problem: Power button is where shutter release should be
Fast/accurate auto-focus
Good Image Quality
Great Zoom
Nice Body Color
Hard to hold
Power Button Is Where Shutter Release Should Be
Best Uses
Ergonomically poor design. I frequently turned the camera off when trying to push the shutter release. Very frustrating, especially when you want to take a quick grab photo. Hard to grip. Flash pops up where I would normally put my left index finger.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Easy To Use
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
battery and software issues
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
this camera is very problematic
Poor Image Quality
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
I take many photos which I used as reference for my acrylic paintings. The battery dies right away. With a brand new charge 20 photo or less and I get a message that I need to recharge the battery. Canon used to be a good company but I no longer trust them.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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