Canon SX280 HS
- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
- 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
- Revealed March 2013
- Replaced the Canon SX270 HS
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon SX280 HS summary
Canon SX280 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally launched on March of 2013. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.
Canon launched this model in order to update the previous Canon SX270 HS (Read Full Comparison)
The SX280 HS places at #145 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #737 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.
Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.
Canon SX280 HS history
The Canon SX280 HS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full range below.
SX280 HS vs SX70 HS21-1365mm
SX280 HS vs SX740 HS24-960mm
SX280 HS vs SX730 HS24-960mm
SX280 HS vs SX620 HS25-625mm
SX280 HS vs SX720 HS24-960mm
SX280 HS vs SX420 IS24-1008mm
SX280 HS vs SX540 HS24-1200mm
SX280 HS vs SX410 IS24-960mm
SX280 HS vs SX710 HS25-750mm
SX280 HS vs SX610 HS25-450mm
SX280 HS vs SX530 HS24-1200mm
SX280 HS vs SX60 HS21-1365mm
SX280 HS vs SX520 HS24-1008mm
SX280 HS vs SX400 IS24-720mm
SX280 HS vs SX700 HS25-750mm
SX280 HS vs SX600 HS25-450mm
SX280 HS vs SX510 HS24-720mm
SX280 HS vs SX170 IS28-448mm
SX280 HS vs SX160 IS28-448mm
SX280 HS vs SX270 HS25-500mm
SX280 HS vs SX50 HS24-1200mm
SX280 HS vs SX500 IS24-720mm
SX280 HS vs SX260 HS25-500mm
SX280 HS vs SX150 IS28-336mm
SX280 HS vs SX240 HS25-500mm
SX280 HS vs SX40 HS24-840mm
SX280 HS vs SD4500 IS36-360mm
SX280 HS vs SX230 HS28-392mm
SX280 HS vs SX220 HS28-392mm
SX280 HS vs SX30 IS24-840mm
SX280 HS vs SX130 IS28-336mm
SX280 HS vs SD4000 IS28-105mm
SX280 HS vs SX20 IS28-560mm
SX280 HS vs SX210 IS28-392mm
SX280 HS vs SD3500 IS24-120mm
SX280 HS vs SD1300 IS28-112mm
SX280 HS vs SD980 IS24-120mm
SX280 HS vs SX200 IS28-336mm
SX280 HS vs SX1 IS28-560mm
SX280 HS vs SD970 IS37-185mm
SX280 HS vs SD960 IS28-112mm
SX280 HS vs SD1200 IS35-105mm
SX280 HS vs SX10 IS28-560mm
Canon SX280 HS Gallery
You can check the SX280 HS from different angles in the gallery here.
Canon SX280 HS Pros and Cons
Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon SX280 HS based on criterias that are usually considered necessary in a digital camera.
Canon SX280 HS Sensor specifications
The Canon SX280 HS houses the Digic 6 chip. The specification of the sensor in the Canon SX280 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image below illustrates the SX280 HS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SX280 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Canon SX280 HS dimensions
Canon SX280 HS weighs in at 0.51 pounds (233 grams or 8.22 ounces) & has external size of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Canon SX280 HS is less heavy in comparison with other rivals.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Below is a photo of the Canon SX280 HS next to a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button design on the SX280 HS.
Canon SX280 HS Lens specifications
The SX280 HS provides a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 25-500mm giving it a 20.0 x zoom which is exceptional and does make it easier to zoom right in.
At the widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.5 and that is kind of slow and not the best for low light circumstances and you will likely find it hard to get good bokeh. You will likely also need to up the ISO resulting in noisy shots. With the tele end, 500mm is terrific zoom and comes with f6.8 making it quite sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.
Canon SX280 HS Connectivity
The SX280 HS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy images and at times adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Several applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.
Canon SX280 HS Video specifications
The max video resolution in the Canon SX280 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance in video quality and file sizes but 1080p won't give you any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone port which means that you have little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to consider an alternative camera in case you need decent sound for your videos.
Canon SX280 HS Weather Sealing
Canon SX280 HS does not include environment proofing so damp conditions could damage the camera.
Canon SX280 HS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon SX280 HS has got a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 461k dots.
Please note that the display screen has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder details for Canon SX280 HS are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders are rather helpful.
Canon SX280 HS Shutter specifications
Canon SX280 HS has the ability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/3200s.
Canon SX280 HS Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Canon SX280 HS comes with only built in flash lacking external flash support.
Canon SX280 HS Autofocusing specifications
Canon SX280 HS comes with just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be handy for taking portraits of people.
It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Canon SX280 HS features manual focusing when needed in low light occasions or you require more precise focusing control.
Canon SX280 HS Battery life
The battery pack (NB-6L) on the Canon SX280 HS is fashioned to last for 210 photos according to the CIPA standards making it lower compared with it's competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the maximum (600) battery life in this group of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the best battery life:
SX280 HS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SX280 HS vs B500600 nonoyes
SX280 HS vs L840590 noyesno
SX280 HS vs FZ200540 yesnono
SX280 HS vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Canon SX280 HS for varying categories of photography
The following graph indicates a summary of the Canon SX280 HS for varying categories of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Canon SX280 HS Portrait photography information
The Canon SX280 HS gets a points tally of 35 which is awful, meaning that it is just not good to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos along with the flexibility to work with off-camera flash.
Canon SX280 HS Street photography factors
Getting a very good rating of 61, the Canon SX280 HS is a fine choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Canon SX280 HS Sports photography highlights
A awful sports photography score of 37 indicates the Canon SX280 HS is just not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon SX280 HS Travel photography advice
Weight is super important in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon SX280 HS gets a nice 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice for your journeys.
Canon SX280 HS Landscape photography factors
For anyone who is looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Canon SX280 HS and it's awful rating of 42 for a landscape camera is just not good amongst its competition.
Canon SX280 HS Vlogging info
A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Canon SX280 HS is just not good as a vlog camera as it receives a awful rating of 34.
Canon SX280 HS Alternatives
If you need replacements to the SX280 HS, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart down below shows you a summary of the SX280 HS compared to it's top scoring rivals shown earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you might consider as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.