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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Compact Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • Compact 20x optical zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens. ZoomPlus approx. doubles zoom power
  • HS System: 12.1 Megapixel CMOS, DIGIC 6 for stunning results even in low light
  • Intelligent IS for sharp shots; Enhanced Dynamic IS powerfully compensates for movement in movies
  • Full HD (1080p) at 60fps for smoother movies in stereo with optical zoom
  • GPS with A-GPS for faster location tagging

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Product details

Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 6.3 cm ; 209 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
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  • Item model number: 8224B010AA
  • ASIN: B00BYOY9DK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 Mar 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,322 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Colour Name: Black

Product Description

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.

Key Features
Frame, view and share videos with the 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD
Frame, view and share videos with the 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD
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  • Compact 20x optical zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens. ZoomPlus approx. doubles zoom power
  • HS System: 12.1 Megapixel CMOS, DIGIC 6 for stunning results even in low light
  • Intelligent IS for sharp shots; Enhanced Dynamic IS powerfully compensates for movement in movies
  • Wi-Fi for fast sharing*
  • Full HD (1080p) at 60fps for smoother movies in stereo with optical zoom
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD (460k)
  • GPS with A-GPS for faster location tagging
  • Hybrid Auto creates a movie summary; Smart Auto (58 scenes) for ultimate ease
  • Manual, Av and Tv modes for full creative control
  • High-speed shooting to capture action. Optional 40m Waterproof Case
Capture beautiful shots from long distance with 20x zoom and get even closer with the ZoomPlus
Capture beautiful shots from long distance with 20x zoom and get even closer with the ZoomPlus
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20x zoom, 25mm wide lens

Fit more in the frame with 25mm or get extremely close to distant subjects with 20x optical zoom. Enjoy approx. Double zoom power with ZoomPlus - an advanced zoom technology with more visible detail and sharpness than conventional digital zoom.

7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD

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


Full HD movies (60fps)

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.

HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6

HS System excels in low light allowing you to capture the real atmosphere of the moment without flash or a tripod. Advanced DIGIC 6 processing and a high sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor give exceptional image quality in all situations with up to ISO 6400.

Beat the blur with Intelligent optical Image Stabilize
Beat the blur with Intelligent optical Image Stabilize
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Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS

Intelligent IS combats camera shake, so all your photos and videos are sharp and detailed even at full zoom or in low light. Enhanced Dynamic IS ensures spectacular steady and realistic movies by powerfully compensating for a much wider range of user movements. Shooting with the zoom extended or in dark conditions can cause camera shake and possibly blurred results. Canon’s pioneering solution is Intelligent IS – an advanced optical (lens-shift) image stabilisation system that delivers sharper and clearer photos and movies. Versatile and fully automatic, it constantly detects your subject and adapts the optical Image Stabilizer to the scene, from seven available modes.

Stay connected with Wi-Fi
Stay connected with Wi-Fi
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Wi-Fi*

Wi-Fi lets you connect easily with home wireless networks, compatible printers and PCs, as well as portable devices like smartphones and tablets, for fast, convenient, online image sharing.

GPS with A-GPS

GPS tags the location of your photos and videos while the Logger function can keep track of your journey. A-GPS support enables faster location acquisition. Use the supplied Map Utility software to pinpoint shooting locations.

Let your PowerShot do the hard work with Smart Auto
Let your PowerShot do the hard work with Smart Auto
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Hybrid Auto, Smart Auto

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.

Manual, Av and Tv modes

Experiment with different effects using Manual modes (Tv, Av and M), which give you creative control over shutter speed and aperture.

High-speed shooting. Optional waterproof case

Capture stunning fast action with High-speed Burst or slow it down spectacularly with Super Slow Motion Movie. Shoot underwater down to 40m with an optional waterproof case (WP-DC49).

*Wi-Fi support varies by device and region.

Box Contains

Digital Camera PowerShot SX280 HS
Wrist Strap WS-DC11
Battery Pack NB-6L
Battery Charger CB-2LYE
AC Cable
interface Cable IFC-400PCU
User Manual Kit

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Dec 2013
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I have now received two of these cameras both of which have suffered from the same problem reported by others. When in video mode and using the zoom function the camera immediately displays the low battery warning and shuts down shortly afterwards. Both models have the higher serial number and the latest firmware so this is clearly an ongoing manufacturing or design error on canons part. The camera works brilliantly in all other areas and has excellent image quality but having a full hd video mode with a long zoom range was high up on my reasons for purchasing this model and so unfortunately the item is unfit for purpose in my particular circumstance. I feel I can only give 2 stars due to Canons poor quality control and the frustration this has caused.

I must add that Amazon's returns service has been faultless so 5 stars Amazon. I am now hoping that it will be a case of third time lucky for me otherwise I will have to consider moving on to the Lumix TZ40 my second choice after lots of research.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Madge #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec 2013
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The Powershot SX280 HS is designed as a pocket travel camera and is comparable to the Panasonic TZ40. It is truly pocketable, sports a 20x zoom and despite a largely metal casing weighs about 230g.

This camera is an evolution of earlier models rather than a revolution in design but it incorporates the latest Canon Digic 6 image processing chip and a high sensitivity 12.1 CMOS sensor. This latter point is, in my opinion, a strength of the camera in that Canon have not succumbed to the "more pixels the better" thinking that some other manufacturers have. The 12.1 megapixel sensor does deliver very good images with less noise in low light conditions - it's not immune to noise by any means but better than many comparable cameras. You can begin to notice a bit of noise at 800 ISO but it is usable beyond that.

The images produced by this camera are very clear even at the further reaches of the zoom and the image stabilisation system works well too. Movies which can be up to 60fps in HD are very clear too and a glitch on previous cameras which meant you couldn't zoom during videoing has been fixed. I think this camera must be somewhere near the top of the tree in its class for picture quality. I say this having used lots of similar cameras from Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony.

Ergonomically, the camera fits your hand well and the 3" TrueColour LCD display is a viewable in most conditions (but there is no viewfinder), however, unlike some competitors it isn't touch screen. One slight annoyance is that the flash pops up from an area where you might rest your finger. The menu system is easy to navigate and there are a wide range of automatic, semi-automatic and manual modes . There are also a number of in-camera editing options. However, there's no support for RAW mode.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By grayhesk on 17 Aug 2013
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There is a major problem with this camera which has been highlighted by another buyer. The camera shuts down on video mode as it thinks the battery is low even when it has nearly a full charge. With a half charged battery the camera shuts down if the zoom is used on still shots.

A firmware update was released to fix this. Unfortunately this does not work. I had a number of emails conversations with Canon but they seem happy to continue to sell the item even though they are aware of this problem.

I have used the camera for a few days and the pictures are good.

I am returning though for a refund as Canon say that a replacement will probably have the same problem.
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2013
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I bought an SX280 after I dropped my beloved Canon Powershot SX260.

The Powershot HS super-zoom takes all the best of Canon camera's and puts it into a small pocketable camera. On the front is a great lens; on the back a bright screen some finger friendly buttons and a mode dial that has lots of automatic options and scene modes as well as aperture, shutter and full manual modes for those wanting to take more control of their photo's. The automatic modes include a handheld night mode, snow and fireworks as well as creative modes like Toy Camera, Fisheye and my favourite Miniature mode. In video mode you can take smooth full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60fps in the higher quality MP4 format. At lower resolutions you can take ever fast shutter rates right up to 240fps for super slow motion images - albeit at 640x480 dvd quality. Taking video is as easy as pressing the dedicated record button.

The SX280 is an evolutionary upgrade to the SX260 I previously carried. The most important feature the stabilised 20x zoom lens goes from a wide 25mm through to 500mm and remains unchanged. After the lens comes the sensor; it's still 12 megapixels but its considerably more sensitive than its predecessor allowing you to take photos with less noise in darker conditions than last years model.The processor is markedly improved from the 260; you can shoot up to 14fps (albeit for only 7 shots) in the high speed mode. The autofocus is noticeably quicker that its predecessor; a faster autofocus lets you get that picture before its too late to take it.
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