Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon 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.

Benefits

  • 20x zoom, 25mm lens
  • HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6
  • Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Full HD (60fps)
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto
  • Manual, Av and Tv modes
  • High-speed shooting. Optional Waterproof Case
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Key Features

  • Great low-light shots Great low-light shots
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS 12.1 Megapixel CMOS
  • 20x superzoom with ultra wide-angle 20x superzoom with ultra wide-angle
  • Zoom to 40x with great quality Zoom to 40x with great quality
  • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
  • Steady shots in every situation Steady shots in every situation
  • Share images wirelessly Share images wirelessly
  • Smoother 1080p movies Smoother 1080p movies
  • Enhanced strength and visibility Enhanced strength and visibility
  • Tag shots and log your journey Tag shots and log your journey
  • Easy shooting with a movie summary Easy shooting with a movie summary
  • Auto mode with 58-scene detection Auto mode with 58-scene detection
  • Aperture and shutter speed control Aperture and shutter speed control
  • Full resolution high-speed shooting Full resolution high-speed shooting
  • View stills and videos on TV View stills and videos on TV
  • Energy saving for more shots Energy saving for more shots
  • Print from cameras via USB or Wi-Fi Print from cameras via USB or Wi-Fi

Sample Images

PowerShot SX280 HS

Software Update Available

Google Drive upload now supported.

Download the latest version of CameraWindow DC to set up this camera with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Google Drive and Email.

PowerShot Spring/Summer 2014 brochure

Features in depth

Detailed Features

20x zoom, 25mm 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • * Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit www.canon-europe.com/wirelesscompacts

What's in the box?

  • 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

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC 6
Focal Length 4.5 – 90.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25 – 500 mm)
Zoom Optical 20x
ZoomPlus 40x
Digital Approx. 4.0x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 80x
Maximum f/number f/3.5 – f/6.8
Construction 12 elements in 10 groups (1 UD lens, 2 double-sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), Approx. 2.5-stop¹. Intelligent IS

FOCUSING

Type TTL
AF System/Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF, Underwater Macro, Quick
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 5 cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering Modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Speed 1 – 1/3200 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/3200 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom. White Balance Compensation (Underwater mode)

LCD MONITOR

Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G (TFT). Approx. 461,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 3.5 m (W) / 1.0 m – 2.0 m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

SHOOTING

Modes Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Hybrid Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Live View Control, Sports, SCN (Portrait, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome,Soft Focus, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Discreet, Movie
Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive Modes Single, Auto Drive, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 3.8 shots/sec., AF: Approx. 5.1 shots/sec., up to 7 shots, LV: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec., High-speed Burst HQ: Approx. 14.0 shots/sec., up to 7 shots¹ ²

RECORDING PIXELS/COMPRESSION

Image Size 4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S)
Compression Superfine, Fine
Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 60 fps, 30fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Movie Digest (HD) 30fps
Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MP4 [Video: MPEG4-AVC (H.264), Audio: MPEG2 AAC-LC (stereo)]
GPS log LOG [NMEA 0183 message format compliant¹]

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)

OTHER FEATURES

GPS Yes¹. A-GPS (Assisted GPS) supported. GPS tagging, GPS Logger, automatic time update
Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible), A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
Computer/Other Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only)¹

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.8
For Wi-Fi connection to a PC:
Windows 8 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X v10.6.8 / v10.7 / v10.8.2 or later

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Other PhotoStitch, Map Utility

POWER SOURCE

Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 210 shots¹ (Measured with GPS features off)
Eco mode: 260 shots¹
Approx. 210 min. playback
More than 48 hours using only GPS Logger
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40

ACCESSORIES

Cases/Straps Soft Case DCC-1500
Soft Case DCC-1550
Waterproof/Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC49
Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC2
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 106.4 x 62.8 x 32.6 mm
Weight Approx. 233 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
GPS log ¹ Complies with the NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association of the U.S.) 0183
GPS ¹ GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of electronics.
Computer/Other ¹ Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit www.canon-europe.com/wirelesscompacts
Battery Life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Image Stabilisation ¹ Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350 mm (35mm equivalent) are measured at 350 mm.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.
  • *Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index
  • . According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

Accessories & Supplies

Power

Trust Canon for guaranteed power performance. Extra batteries, battery chargers and AC adapter kits let you shoot photos and video for longer and review images without worrying about fading battery life.

NB-6L

A spare or replacement battery for your Canon digital compact camera. Genuine Canon batteries offer 100% compatibility, safety and performance.

CB-2LYE

A spare or replacement battery charger, perfect for travelling.

ACK-DC40

Power your Canon compact camera directly from a mains electricity supply. Ideal for shooting longer projects and powering the camera while it’s connected to a computer.

Softcases & Straps

Carry your compact camera comfortably and protect it from dust and scratches.

DCC-1500

Protect your Canon PowerShot camera with a soft case when you are out and about.

DCC-1550

Protect your Canon PowerShot camera with a soft case when you are out and about.

Waterproof Cases

Perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling, waterproof cases provide easy access to many photographic controls, such as White Balance adjustment. They can also be useful on land, protecting against snow, sand, dust and humidity.

WP-DC49

Perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. Use your Canon Compact Camera underwater, at depths of up to 40m.

Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

A set of four weights designed to make your Canon waterproof case more neutrally buoyant while diving. Includes securing pins and screws.

Flashes

Get creative with your lighting and explore new and exciting types of photography. Canon Speedlites deliver accurate flash exposures time after time, and is quick and simple to use.

High Power Flash HF-DC2

Boost the range of your camera’s flash with a portable high-power flash unit. Includes a bracket that attaches to the camera. Can also be used remotely for creative lighting options.

Cables & Other Accessories

Stay connected with the correct interface cable.

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Accessory Organiser

Carry your battery charger, cables and spare memory cards.

AV Cable AVC-DC400 ST

Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have composite video connections. Carries picture and stereo sound.

HDMI Cable HTC-100

Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have an HDMI connection. Carries picture and stereo sound, and features gold-plated contacts to ensure a reliable connection.

Interface Cable IFC-400PCU

Transfer photos and movies from your camera to a PC or Mac computer via USB. 1.5m (5ft) cable length.

irista

Manage, access and enjoy your photo library like never before