Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

The new Canon Powershot SX280 HS is an easily pocketable compact P&S digicam with a long 20x zoom lens. The SX280 HS won’t turn any heads or launch any trends. In fact, the polycarbonate bodied SX280 HS is a rather plain looking point and shoot (especially the black version – the camera is also available in red) that differs only marginally from its predecessor. The SX280 HS (which replaces the SX260 HS in Canon’s upscale point and shoot digital camera catalog) features a 12-megapixel (BSI) CMOS sensor, Canon’s proprietary HS (high sensitivity) technology, and the SX280 HS is the first of Canon’s digicams to feature the new DIGIC VI processor. When combined, these components give the SX280 HS unique low light capabilities. Canon claims the SX280 HS produces about the same amount of noise in an ISO1600 image as its predecessor (the SX260 HS) produced in an ISO 400 image — substantially expanding low light photography options. Another new feature is the built-in Wi-Fi technology which allows users to easily share photos on social networking sites. The SX280 HS also features a built-in GPS receiver that allows users to geo-tag their images, making the SX280 HS (with its compact profile and 20X zoom) an almost perfect travel camera.

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  • Pros

    • 20x zoom, compact size
    • Finger rail grip
    • Better than average noise control
  • Cons

    • Center AF only in manual modes
    • Poor placement of the one touch video stop/start button
    • Soft telephoto images, battery life could be better

Quick Take

The Canon X280 HS features a 12MP sensor, a DIGIC VI processor and a powerful 20x zoom--and all in a fashionable, pocketable camera.

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