PowerShot SX280 HS reviews and prices: Digital camera

102 customer reviews

+ This digital camera has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on ease of use.

£262 at 1 retailer out of 419 retailers checked

8.3 out of 10 based on 102 reviews.
PowerShot SX280 HS: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 20x optical zoom, Intelligent IS image stabiliser digital Digital camera. See full product description
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Natalie, Southampton Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great image quality, lightweight,
Bad points:
The on/off button is right next to the 'capture' button so camera occasionally gets turnt on when trying to take a picture. The flash bar sits under where your fingers naturally sit so is awkward when it pops up sometimes
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Apr 2015

Caroline, Ashton under Lyne Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use
Bad points:
The pop up flash
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jan 2015

Matthew, Folkestone Kent Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The long-shot lense is incredible. Photos are really sharp. Great camera, if a bit fiddly. Its possibly [probably] not got Panoramic mode. If it has I haven't found it, and the book doesn't say. This said, I LOVE the camera.
Bad points:
The brilliant camera came in a so-called 'bundle' with a bag - had I not paid for it, the bag would be laughable - its far too small to use practically, and would not accommodate the camera with spare chips and a spare battery. Added to this the strap is not only upside down BUT it's back-to-front. Nasty is hardly a bad enough term to describe it. It's insulting of PCWorld to supply such a good product with it. It cheapened the whole deal. :-(
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Jan 2015

Chana, London Point & shoot

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
sharp shots
easy to use
good value for money
Bad points:
heavy weight
large frame - not very sleek
not many different setting options
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 5.0
Build Quality 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Apr 2015

James, Kingussie Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very good zoom. Flash facility excellent.
Bad points:
Slightly heavy to hold
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 May 2015

Peter, Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
zoom lens really good
Bad points:
position of flash interferes with holding camera
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 May 2015

Tricky, Oldmeldrum Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very simple to use, great quality pictures, some flexibility in modes. Great little camera for holidays and novices. Wifi download worked ok.
Bad points:
Wifi sometimes dropped out when trying to transfer pictures to iPhone but generally worked ok if you have some patience
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Apr 2015

This PowerShot SX280 HS is reviewed on Expert Reviews

This PowerShot SX280 HS is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

Camera Type Digital
Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 20
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 40
Type of image stabiliser Intelligent IS
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 233
Flash Yes
Dimensions (mm) (WxHxD) 106.4 x 62.8 x 32.6

Also known as: Canon PowerShot SX280 HS, Canon PowerShot SX280, Canon PowerShot SX280HS

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Manufacturer's Description

Capture sharp photos and smooth video with the power of a bridge camera’s optical zoom. Canon’s PowerShot SX280 is small enough for backpacks and pockets, making it perfect for family trips.

Built-in Wi-Fi makes backing up you pictures simple and with GPS, keeping track of your adventures is easy too. It’s capable of high speed shooting in all conditions thanks to its advanced DIGIC 6 processor. Built-in image stabilisation also cuts down of blur for photos that are sharper in all situations.

Key benefits:
Fit more in the frame at 25mm or get closer to subjects with 20x optical zoom. ZoomPlus almost doubles this digitally without affecting image quality.

Intelligent IS cuts down on the effects of camera shake, so all your photos and videos are sharp and detailed across the range. Enhanced Dynamic IS gets the most from more frantic shooting sessions with lots of movement.

With built-in Wi-Fi, backing up your photos or getting connected to a wireless printer is seamless. Online image sharing with friends and family is also straightforward.

The integrated GPS can be relied on to keep track of where each snap is taken. Advanced A-GPS support also allows faster location tracking so you spend less time waiting for your location.

A large, durable, high quality 3-inch LCD screen with excellent visibility offers effortless menu navigation, lets you frame and view shots with ease and makes sharing them a pleasure.

The HS System allows you to capture atmospheric low light shots without flash or a tripod. Advanced DIGIC 6 processing and a high sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor give greater image quality in all situations with a maximum ISO of 6400.

Use the movie button to instantly record smooth, stunningly realistic Full HD (1080p) movies at 60fps in stereo with optical zoom. MP4 support allows easy playback and sharing on portable devices.

Effortlessly shoot great photos or movies with Smart Auto, which selects optimal settings from 58 variables (21 in movies).

Hybrid Auto lets you take photos with Smart Auto and also captures a 4 second movie clip before each shot – combining them into a fun HD (720p) movie.

Experiment with different effects using Manual modes which give you more creative control over shutter speed and aperture.

Capture stunning fast action with High-speed Burst or slow it down spectacularly with Super Slow Motion mode.

Includes neck strap, lens cap, battery pack, battery charger, AC cable and USB interface cable.


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