- Editor's Rating
- 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
Quick TakeThe Canon X280 HS features a 12MP sensor, a DIGIC VI processor and a powerful 20x zoom--and all in a fashionable, pocketable camera.
The Canon Powershot SX280 HS is a compact point-and-shoot digicam perfect for travelers because of its small size and light weight. It features a 20x zoom lens and a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The camera is priced at $300 at the time of the review.
While the SX280 HS looks and handles like a point and shoot, DigitalCameraReview noted it feels stable in hand and is clearly designed for serious shooters. The camera is 2.5 x 4.2 x 1.3-inches and weighs 8.2 ounces. It also includes a finger rail grip. DCR found the user interface to be logical and uncomplicated and claimed the buttons and controls are well-marked and sensibly placed. The rear deck holds all of the dedicated controls with the exception of the on/off button. DCR noted the layout of the rear deck is excellent. The SX280 HS features a comprehensive selection of shooting modes, including auto, program, live view, movie digest, sports, scene, fisheye, shutter, priority, manual and movie modes. DCR stated the menu system is logical and easy to navigate.
The SX280 HS has a 3-inch LCD with 461K resolution, which DCR found to be bright, hue accurate and fluid, but does not have touch capabilities. DCR noted glare on the screen when used in outdoor lighting situations. The camera does not have an optical viewfinder.
DCR claimed the long-zooms lens causes some operation speed to be sacrificed, but noted the 12-megapixel maximum resolution better controls noise. DCR also said the flash provides an “acceptable selection of artificial lighting options.” The camera accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory media, but only saves files in JPEG format. The SX280 HS has a NB-6L rechargeable Canon lithium-ion battery, which can shoot 210 exposures on a single charge. DCR found the zoom to be smooth, quick and quiet, but images grow softer as the lens zooms out. There was some corner softness and batter and pincushion distortion during DCR testing. The image stabilization feature works well, too.
The SX280 HS shoots 1920x1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. DCR noted the video is properly exposed, fluid and has accurate colors. Users are also able to use the 20x zoom while recording video. DCR found image quality to be a bit soft and overall a “tiny bit below average.” Reviewers at DCR stated the images are less saturated and have harder contrast that those produced by previous Canon cameras.
Overall, DCR noted the Canon Powershot SX280 HS is well-designed, sturdy and easy-to-use. DCR was impressed with the camera’s zoom, finger rail grip and above average noise control, but was disappointed with the soft telephoto images and battery life. The SX280 HS will appeal to travel shooters due to its compact size and portability.