I bought this camera reading the previous reviews. I had it for a week and used it around the house. I personally loved everything about it.
Until i put it into video mode and within seconds a fully charged battery was showing low. This a camera fault. I had been told it will be fixed with the latest firmware. However i read the reviews on the American amazon website and i was then surprised about how many people have this issue and that the firmware had not worked completely to resolve the problem. Therefore i decided to return the camera until they have resolved the problem. Canon says this problem is with 280 sx cameras with the sixth digit of the camera serial number 0,1 or 2. NOT THE BOX serial number but the one on the actual camera.
Therefore if you want the camera i would wait for newer models. Also there is no way to tell what number you have as the sixth digit without opening the box and then some companies may refuse to take it back.
Personally i loved the camera and it took some excellent photos for me while i had it and the zoom is great.
until canon can fix the problem properly it is not a camera worth having. Thats why i have given a one star.