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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review

20x zoom compact debuts Canon's Digic 6 processor

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review

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Colours are represented well straight from the Canon SX280, being bold and vibrant without being overly saturated.

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Generally, evaluative metering does a good job of producing well balanced exposures.

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The Canon SX280's lens offers a good wide angle of view, giving you plenty of flexibility when capturing different scenes.

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With a 20x zoom range on offer, you have a variety of focal lengths to choose from, making this an extremely flexible proposition for travelling photographers.

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You can choose to shoot in different aspect ratios. By default, the camera shoots at 4:3, but 1:1 is also available.

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For a cinematic look, a shooting ratio of 16:9 is also available.

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You might find yourself using some of the digital filters more often than others. Toy Camera was probably our favourite, giving a distinctive vignette and altering the colours of the images.

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The 20x zoom capability of the Canon SX280 is its standout feature. Here this scene is shot at the fully wide angle end of the lens.

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Here is the 20x optical zoom function at its fullest, which is probably more than enough for most scenarios.

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However, should you want to push the camera even further, Zoom Plus enables you to increase this functionality up to 40x.

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Even at the full 80x zoom, the Canon SX280 is capable of producing images that are useable at small sizes. This is essentially a crop of the higher resolution images, so large scale printing won't be possible.

Digital filters

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Toy Camera Effect (Standard)

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Soft Focus

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Monochrome

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Super Vivid

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Poster Effect

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Miniature Effect

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Fish-Eye Effect

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Live View, Scene Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MP4, MPEG-2
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)233 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-6L
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height62.8 mm
Width106.4 mm
Depth32.6 mm
Autofocus Points1
Focal Length4.50 mm to 90 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC-LC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX280 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX280 HS Digital Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8225B011AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Connect with the complete travel compact

The compact PowerShot SX280 HS packs all you need to capture and share your travels: 20x optical zoom, smooth Full HD 60fps movies, GPS tagging and Wi-Fi. HS System ensures superb results in low light.

Battery Life260 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • AC Cable
  • User Manual Kit
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • Battery Charger CB-2LYE
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone