Canon SX280 HS: Conclusion

June 27, 2013 by Howard Creech Reads (30,921)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Expandability
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.20
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


The SX280 HS is a compact, well designed, sturdy, and easy to use point and shoot digital camera with a 20x zoom. Compared to its competition, the biggest difference would seem to be in the resolution arena with Canon sticking with a reasonable 12-megapixels, while Panasonic, Sony, and other OEMs seem determined to push the 20 megapixel envelope. Constantly crowding more pixels onto tiny point and shoot sensors results in noticeably higher noise levels. The SX280 HS’s lower resolution sensor should record noticeably lower noise levels than its rivals and my subjective tests (comparing SX280 Images to higher resolution images from other cameras I’ve tested recently) prove that assumption to my satisfaction. The differences are subtle, but they are there.  The SX280 HS’s strongest appeal may be to travel shooters–it’s small, relatively fast, inconspicuous, and capable of reliably capturing the decisive moment. 

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


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