SX280 HS vs SX260 HS (interesting, odd, strange, but possible?)

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Joe186
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SX280 HS vs SX260 HS (interesting, odd, strange, but possible?)
10 months ago

Aside from improved handling characteristics and the addition of WiFi features, the SX280 is almost entirely inferior to its predecessor. Sharpness—worse. Color accuracy—worse. Noise reduction—worse. And the performance metrics that didn't decrease have largely stayed the same. Video shooting is decent, but no better than the SX260. Dynamic range has been improved, but not by much. Chromatic aberration is less severe, but the apparent tradeoff is poor sharpness.

If you already own an SX260, or any decent travel-zoom, there's no reason in the world to upgrade to this one. In fact, if you're a brand new customer, we do recommend shopping around for the older, better SX260.

- http://cameras.reviewed.com/content/canon-powershot-sx280-hs-digital-camera-review

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brianj
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Re: SX280 HS vs SX260 HS (interesting, odd, strange, but possible?)
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Joe186 wrote:

Aside from improved handling characteristics and the addition of WiFi features, the SX280 is almost entirely inferior to its predecessor. Sharpness—worse. Color accuracy—worse. Noise reduction—worse. And the performance metrics that didn't decrease have largely stayed the same. Video shooting is decent, but no better than the SX260. Dynamic range has been improved, but not by much. Chromatic aberration is less severe, but the apparent tradeoff is poor sharpness.

If you already own an SX260, or any decent travel-zoom, there's no reason in the world to upgrade to this one. In fact, if you're a brand new customer, we do recommend shopping around for the older, better SX260.

- http://cameras.reviewed.com/content/canon-powershot-sx280-hs-digital-camera-review

Interesting, I own the SX260 and am quite impressed with it.

On this point:

'the SX280 blurs images starting at ISO 800 and continuing up to the max. Since noise reduction cannot be tweaked or turned off, you're stuck with this limitation'

See my experiment with the sharpness control which slipped off the first forum page unnoticed:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52675616

I suspect the SX280 could be set to sharpness +1 to solve this excessive NR problem.  In the case of the SX260, default shaprness is just right.

Brian

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