Canon Powershot SX280 HS Review

May 28, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

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The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a 12 Megapixel pocket super-zoom with a 20x optical range and built-in Wifi and GPS. Announced in March 2013 it's the successor to the popular SX260 HS and like that model it's available in two versions. The slightly cheaper SX270 HS, available in some regions, is identical other than lacking the Wifi and GPS capabilities of the SX280 HS. As such everything in this review apart from the Wifi and GPS sections applies to the SX270 HS.
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In the search for all-in-one compact camera perfection the Canon's thrown its latest tech into the ring: the PowerShot SX280 HS is the first Canon model to introduce the Digic 6 processing engine. But by resting on the same 20x optical zoom and 12.1-megapixel sensor specifications as its SX260 predecessor, is there enough to shout about in this latest travel zoom?
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The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS ($329.99 direct)$299.00 at Adorama is a pocket-size camera with a long 20x zoom lens. It packs a wealth of features into its svelte frame, including Wi-Fi and GPS. Images from the 12-megapixel CMOS sensor are sharp, although some details are smudged away at very high ISO settings. The camera doesn't have a fast lens like higher-end compacts with shorter zoom ratios, and while it's a bit on the pricey side, it isn't out of line with the competition. The SX280's combination of zoom, image quality, and extra features make for an attractive package, one that is good enough to oust the older, more expensive Sony Cyber-shot HX30V as our Editors' Choice compact superzoom.
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Following last year's attractive SX260 HS, Canon's SX280 HS is an updated superzoom compact for 2013. But Canon hasn't made a whole lot of changes this time around, as the two models are virtually identical, notably keeping the same sensor and lens. In fact, the only real differences in this year's version are the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity and an upgraded DIGIC image processor (the sixth generation in 10 years).
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