The Good The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS has shooting modes for every type of photographer from casual to advanced; a useful long zoom lens with excellent image stabilization; and overall excellent photo and video quality for a compact megazoom.
The Bad Battery life is short, especially if you use the Wi-Fi and GPS features or movie capture. The flash isn't in a great location, and there are no easy panorama or HDR shooting options.
The Bottom Line Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.
Excellent camera, but buy extra batteries
With the PowerShot SX280 HS, Canon's top compact megazoom for 2013, it's all about the processor.
Compared with its predecessor, the SX260 HS, the SX280 shares the same 20x, f3.5-6.8, 25-500mm lens and 12-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. Joining them in the SX280, however, is an all-new Digic 6 image processor, which provides less noise at high ISOs, faster shooting performance, and 1080p movie capture at up to 60 frames per second.
Along with the performance gains from the processor, Canon tuned up the camera's autofocus (AF) performance, making the AF more than 50 percent faster than the SX260's.