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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
 
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$199.00 - $249.99
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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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User Reviews - Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
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1.0
Useless video mode.
4/10/2014
Pros
Easy To Use
Cons
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Family Photos
Comment:
Have owned various Canon cameras but this model is plagued by a problem related to video taking that Canon does not know how to remedy. The web has all kinds of detail on it. Had to return unit for refund.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Do Not Buy This Camera
1/28/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Recently received this camera as a gift. Soon discovered that when you switch to video mode the low battery indicator displays and the camera shuts down in 20 or 30 seconds (even with a fully charged battery). If you turn the camera back on, the battery indicator resets and shows the actual battery level. A quick internet search shows that this is a known problem that Canon has been unable or unwilling to fix. Note that the firmware update does not fix this problem. In fact my camera came with the updated firmware. Very disappointing.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Worst Canon Camera
1/21/2014
Pros
Easy To Use
Great Zoom
Large Clear LCD
Small / Compact
Cons
Poor Video Performance
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Family Photos
Landscape/Scenery
Comment:
I love Canon cameras and asked for this camera based on high Consumer Report scores. I have never returned a camera but am doing so after only a couple of weeks of use. Two total minutes of video shooting time wiped out my entire battery life (after I had just charged it). And I reduced the megapixels for video feature and it made no difference.<br /><br />This camera is clearly defective. I am shocked that Consumer Reports would rate this camera so high. Sometimes I do not have my big video camera on hand and want use my point and shoot camera to take quick videos. But I cannot have this use immediately drain my entire batter. <br /><br />Absolutely unacceptable. Canon should NEVER have released this camera with this obvious flaw. You can check other web sites and you will see many others that have experienced this same issue with this Canon camera. Consumer Reports should not ignore this serious flaw in their ratings of this camera.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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