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Canon unveils SX270 HS 20x superzoom and SX280 HS with GPS and WiFi

By dpreview staff on Mar 21, 2013 at 05:00 GMT

Canon has launched two SX series compact superzooms, the PowerShot SX280 HS and SX270 HS. The difference between the two is that the SX280 HS includes Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS, whereas the SX270 HS, which is not being announced by Canon USA, does not. Beyond that, both are 20x compact superzooms with 25-500mm equivalent image-stabilized lenses and 3 inch 460k dot LCD screens. Both feature 12MP back-lit CMOS sensors and the company's latest Digic 6 processor.

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Canon unveils the PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS boasting next-generation DIGIC 6

London, UK, 21 March 2013 - Canon today unveils two new powerful PowerShot SX models – the compact and versatile PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS. Combining Canon’s brand new DIGIC 6 image processing technology with a 20x optical zoom, these models are the ideal travel companions for recording everything from panoramic landscapes to family holidays, in stunning detail and Full HD 60p video. Shooting and sharing high-quality images on the move is also easy with the PowerShot SX280 HS’s integrated Wi-Fi function, allowing instant connectivity with other devices such as tablets, PCs or smartphones.

Incredible performance with DIGIC 6
At the heart of both models is Canon’s next generation DIGIC 6 image processor, enabling the capture of outstanding images in even the lowest of light conditions, as well as realistically smooth, Full HD movies at up to 60fps. Whether at a party or under moonlight, new DIGIC 6 ensures pictures are low on noise and perfectly-exposed, with up to 30 per cent more detail1 captured than the models’ predecessors, without the need to use a flash or tripod.

The HS System pairs the new DIGIC 6 processor with a 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional images in low light, with minimal blur and noise, as well as wide dynamic range – perfect for capturing shadowy detail as the sun sets onholiday. Using the DIGIC 6 processor and HS System, users can enjoy shooting with incredible ISO sensitivity, up to ISO 6400, with outstanding results.

Using DIGIC 6, movies are recorded in the widely-compatible MP4 format, and can be played on a range of portable devices – providing the ability to share recordings quickly and easily with family and friends, without the need for lengthy file conversions.

Get closer to the action with super zoom
The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS are ideal for every precious family and holiday moment, thanks to the 25mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom Canon lens with a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS). ZoomPlus technology even digitally extends the reach of the zoom to 40x whilst maintaining crisp, detailed, high-quality resolution, allowing users to get even closer to the action whilst maintaining a discrete distance.

Keep track of your travels; sharing made easy
The PowerShot SX280 HS’s Wi-Fi function allows users to share their most memorable moments with friends and family by transmitting their stunning images to social networks, connected devices, or the internet for online back-up.

Ideal for travellers who wish to track their route effortlessly, or remember the exact location of a perfect shot, the PowerShot SX280 HS’s inbuilt GPS2 automatically tags each picture or movie with the local time and pinpoints the location in which it was taken. The integrated GPS logger function tracks the location of the camera at regular intervals on a journey, while A-GPS functionality uses Wi-Fi to quickly download additional Assisted GPS data, which greatly decreases the time to acquire a satellite signal.

Switch from stills to movies with Full HD capture
Users can quickly switch from still images to movies to record action in Full HD quality (1920x1080p) with stereo sound. Advanced 60p recording allows a new level of movie performance, with the ability to capture fast paced action with improved smoothness across the whole scene. Fine Detail Movie Processing technology (30 fps) offers incredible detail, while DIGIC 6 offers enhanced noise processing3 in Full HD movies (30fps), allowing users to capture every moment.

The huge 20x optical zoom can also be used whilst filming. Movies shot on the move are kept crisp and blur-free thanks to the latest version of Intelligent IS, which features an enhanced Dynamic IS mode. The improved mode employs a five-axis Image Stabilizer, correcting a range of additional types of camera shake, including rotational and parallel shake – a typical occurrence when filming whilst walking - for even smoother footage.

Whether on a family holiday or the trip of a lifetime, travellers can easily frame and review their recordings on the bright 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen with approximately 461,000 dots. A tempered glass layer provides additional strength and protection, and high contrast also combines with Quick Bright technology to make the display perfect for movie playback in bright sunlight.

Capture every moment creatively
The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS make it easy to point and shoot with confidence, offering Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto mode which detects up to 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result.

Combining creative flexibility with high quality images, both the PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS feature new Hybrid Auto mode which records the four seconds before every shot in 720p resolution, before using Smart Auto to determine the best settings to capture the perfect shot. At the end of each day, the four-second clips are merged into one to tell the “behind-the-scenes” story of the day’s images. Stills can also be transformed by using one of seven4 different Creative Filters, including Fish-eye Effect and Miniature Effect.

More ambitious and experienced photographers, or those wanting to develop their photography skills, can also take complete control of their camera settings. Using the range of more advanced modes, including Tv and Av modes to control shutter speed and aperture, or full manual mode to control all settings, users can explore their creativity and improve their knowledge with these powerful, compact cameras.

PowerShot SX280 HS - key features:

  • 20x zoom, 25mm lens
  • HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC
  • 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

PowerShot SX270 HS- key features:

  • 20x zoom, 25mm wide lens
  • HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6
  • Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS
  • Full HD (60fps)
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD 
  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto
  • Manual, Av and Tv modes
  • High-speed shooting
  • Optional 40m Waterproof Case 

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and SX270 HS specifications

 Canon PowerShot SX280 HSCanon PowerShot SX270 HS
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDigic 6
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, Fine
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–500 mm
Optical zoom20×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F6.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots461,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/3200 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual
  • Live View Control
  • Sports
  • SCN
  • Creative Filters
  • Discreet
  • Movie
Scene modes
  • Portrait,
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer)
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.50 m
External flashYes (optional HF-DC2)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Auto Drive
  • Continuous
  • Continuous with AF
  • Self- Timer
Continuous drive4 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-6L rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)210
Weight (inc. batteries)233 g (0.51 lb / 8.22 oz)
Dimensions106 x 63 x 33 mm (4.17 x 2.48 x 1.3)
Other features
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSBuiltInNone
GPS notesA-GPS (Assisted GPS) supported. GPS tagging, GPS Logger, automatic time update

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Comments

Total comments: 59
rdomingues
By rdomingues (5 months ago)

I'm on the market for a compact super zoom camera. I don't care much about greater zoom than this one has. Is it safe to assume that quality and performance will be the same has in the SX510 and SX50 HS in the common zoom range?

0 upvotes
Cornhulio
By Cornhulio (Apr 28, 2013)

I own the SX 270. I literally carry it around in the front pocket of my jeans. A very bad place to carry a camera for the sake of cleanliness, but it is discreet. With the camera flash and sounds turned off, and with the Canon Image Stabilization I can take really discreet pictures, which I love to do.

When it comes to panoramic shots, use of the gridlines in the view screen, and with a nominal overlap between shots, good panos are trivial. I use PhotoShop. I have a slight tremor while I hand hold a camera and with the IS I have actually taken good shots at full optical zoom, hand held. While a faster lens might be good in some instances, the IS compensates... did I read four F stops?? I also hike and believe me, half a pound is so much better that two-and a-half-pounds, which you probably won't be able to carry in your pocket.

This may not be the very best compact camera in the world, but I really really like mine. For what I do, is there a better one out there?

0 upvotes
totunu
By totunu (Mar 29, 2013)

I accept the dark lens because of the 20X Zoom in a compact camera.
But in a compact camera, NO PANORAMA MODE....?

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 23, 2013)

Wait, 3.8fps is called "High-speed shooting" now? With their latest and greatest processor? Are their nuts? Competitors have 10 full-res fps for more than a year, and up to 60 fps in lower-res modes.

0 upvotes
JJ Rodin
By JJ Rodin (Mar 23, 2013)

The sx260 had a 10fps full rez mode, 'continuous' mode, the 1st frame is focused, no other frames, I am sure this is what you refer to (I assume the sx280 as well) as 10fps WITH AF each frame is in the realm of the best cameras on the planet - very pricey ones!!

Also, aren't the 60fps NOT full rez pics but something less, maybe 2mp or so?

1 upvote
Coyote_Cody
By Coyote_Cody (Mar 22, 2013)

The major criticism is the speed of the lens, a f2 to f4.5 or something would really make this cam top of class, and which it just may be already, 16/18mp on a cam of this class is just pure lunacy, glad C did not follow their marketing twits into that!!

1 upvote
PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Mar 22, 2013)

I wonder how it has improved over the SX260?

3 upvotes
Mrchillisauce
By Mrchillisauce (Mar 21, 2013)

No RAW :-(

5 upvotes
WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 22, 2013)

And just 12mpx !?? Oh, my ! I know for sure 18mpx on a tiny sensor is pure crazyness, but 14 or 15mpx is not too far a cry for nowadays cameras that include micro-lenses and a state-of-the-art image processor. For those like me who crop/reframe their photographs, a margin of 2 or 3mpx is a must.

0 upvotes
Coyote_Cody
By Coyote_Cody (Mar 22, 2013)

For what purpose do you need 14 or 15mp on an itty bitty 1/2.3" sensor? Tell us how that is more important than a great capture with 12mp??

3 upvotes
mjdundee
By mjdundee (Mar 22, 2013)

It is very easy to always choose the right frame with a 20x optical zoom. If you are not able to manage this, even a 20MP sensor won't be able to help your photography.

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (Mar 22, 2013)

The 10 MP of my old G12 is enough for most uses, so I'd say you do have a margin of 2 MP. Also, an increase to 14 or 15 MP would translate into just about a 10% increase in linear resolution (from 4000 x 3000 to about 4400 x 3300), not a huge deal if you ask me.

I agree with the OP that raw would have been a welcome addition. Fujifilm is the only company that offers raw capture in the compact super zoom category. However, I think Canon's JPEGs strike a better balance between noise reduction and detail retention than most of the competition in this class, especially Sony and Panasonic. I think the Canon SX2xx series are very nice pocket cameras.

1 upvote
WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 22, 2013)

To the ones who think that >12mpx is useless ask yourself if you've enough experience to give us your opinion ! Do you think:
1) everyone just wants/likes/needs to take "slow pictures" of buildings/urban or wild landscape/quiet portraits carefully framed ? Is it too hard for you to imagine there are bags of situations where you don't have time to frame like you want or where the reach of your zoom is not enough ?
2) the ones who use a camera more powerful than 12mpx are more stupid/amateur than you ?
3) nobody needs some more mpx to print larger pictures ?
3) the "a good 12mpx sensor is better than an average 14mpx" is a reasonable argument ? To tell that you should detain some objective measures that establish that a given 2013 good 14mpx sensor + microlenses + its DigicVI is worse than a 2013 good 12mpx. Seriously, any 14mpx is worse than any 12mpx ? Unless proved that's pure echolalia.

Please, don't extrapolate too much from your own experience/understanding of life.

0 upvotes
mjdundee
By mjdundee (Mar 22, 2013)

Wuff - RU still talking about a 1/2.3 sensor in a PnS superzoom camera that easly slips in your pocket?

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 22, 2013)

I don't know whether you're talking to me... Anyway ! I do talk about a 1/2.3 that is small enough to slip in a pocket. With that sort of device I've been able to take surreptitiously some shots I would not have been able to otherwise: in the japanese diet, for instance; of a yakuza leaning on a police car in a strange complicity; and yesterday of real geishas just two seconds before they enter a taxi. Can one imagine these forbidden/dangerous/rare&quick views could have been photographed easily, safely without a P&S ever ready and discreet enough to be almost invisible (or at least other people think you are just a stupid tourist and don't bother your taking pictures) ? For sure, after cropping and reframing, the picture quality has to be improved with LR, DxO-Pro or anything you want.

0 upvotes
gdvalle
By gdvalle (Mar 23, 2013)

12mpx is too low ? You shoud consider that the simplified optics of this kind of camera (small superzooms) hardly gives you more than 6-7 TRUE mpx.
Try that yourself: take the same picture at different mpx levels, zoom into the same zone and see at which mpx level you stop getting true differences.
The fact that Canon stops the mpx of small superzoom cameras at 12mpx level is a demonstration of realism.
Regards

2 upvotes
JJ Rodin
By JJ Rodin (Mar 23, 2013)

Did anyone say it is 'useless'?? But it IS stupid to put more pixels on a 1/2.3" sensor than can be used fully without the dreaded Sony 'watercolor' affect, and to many of us that is the 12mp size, some of us would prefer 10mp, even better high ISO results!

I would say that your diatribe is 'echolalia', and the EVER desire to have more, that gives LESS is, well like 'a little obese boy wanting more candy'.

So do this, YOU show us a 14mp sensor that gives more than Canon's 12mp 'usable' resolution and WE will then listen!!

2 upvotes
WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 23, 2013)

Oh ! Stop it Rodin ! It's clear you don't know to read, and don't know what you're talking about.

As for echolalia that you repeat with "" that show enough that's a too difficult world for your level of thinking/speaking, two years ago it was still to ask for more mpx, but nowadays it's the exact opposite: mpx is evil, mpx is satan ! See what you're belonging to, mate !

0 upvotes
B1ackhat
By B1ackhat (Mar 28, 2013)

WilliamJ, you don't seem to have much understanding at all. Low light performance will be decreased and visible noise increased by using an otherwise-equivalent sensor with more MP. Yes, anyone who wants more MP on these 1/2.3" sensor lacks any semblance of knowledge on the subject. If you want more MP, purchase a camera whose sensor can accommodate more MP without such a noticeable degradation in IQ. Honestly, they never should have even gone past 10MP.

1 upvote
ssslayer
By ssslayer (11 months ago)

"1) everyone just wants/likes/needs to take "slow pictures" of buildings/urban or wild landscape/quiet portraits carefully framed ? Is it too hard for you to imagine there are bags of situations where you don't have time to frame like you want or where the reach of your zoom is not enough ?"

... and you feel a bump of megapixels from 12 to 14 will actually help you in crop shots??
How?

Your point would've been reasonable if someone argues about 24 MP vs 12 MP.

0 upvotes
steve ohlhaber
By steve ohlhaber (Mar 21, 2013)

Canon finally gets up to 60fps at 1080. Hope that bleeds into all other models.

3 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 21, 2013)

Gaah! f6.8?

I guess they are hoping most people don't even know what those numbers mean.

4 upvotes
MarioV
By MarioV (Mar 21, 2013)

As a pocketable travel camera, it means that f/6.8 is fine during the daytime when that focal length will mainly be used.

2 upvotes
WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 22, 2013)

But Fujifilm has produced the very compact F900exr which offers a similar 25-500mm lens, while the f-numbers are way nicer: f3.5 - f5.3. The proof it's possible to do better if one really wants to. Does Canon want to or isn't its main worry to avoid its various compact cameras to canibalize themselves, that's the question... yet asking it is answering it !

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 22, 2013)

f6.8 makes fairly soft images even in the daytime. People would be happier with less zoom and a larger aperture, they just don't know it because all they can think of is how many X's it zooms.

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mosc
By mosc (Mar 25, 2013)

No offense but f6.8 vs f5.3 on sensors this small is comparing terrible to horrible. I don't see much difference.

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Anepo
By Anepo (Mar 21, 2013)

As long as Canon continues to have this TERRIBLE Design which is VERY VERY Dust UNFRIENDLY I shall NEVER give them a penny again! I used to be a DSLR user (now micro four thirds) I have owned 5 different Canon DSLR models & I decided "Canon is quite good so I shall give my 56 year old FATHER the SX 210 for his birthday (cost me 400$ thanks to taxes and so on in my country), just after a month use his lens was FILLED with dust! And I have seen SEVERAL people online have the SAME issue where the camera has become UNUSABLE due to DUST!

Canon I want my money BACK! Also LEARN to Design a PROPER Compact camera!

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MarioV
By MarioV (Mar 21, 2013)

I've never had a camera filled with dust, neither at home nor overseas. Either you live in a windy desert or you need to clean your house. lol

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PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Mar 22, 2013)

"As long as Canon continues to have this TERRIBLE Design which is VERY VERY Dust UNFRIENDLY". How can you say that? it *loves* dust :-)

1 upvote
teos
By teos (Mar 21, 2013)

When will Canon stop these UGLY design and start working on innovative products?

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 22, 2013)

I agree with you. That's very strange such a big company that makes very good DSRL cameras, is not aware a better design sells more and easier. What I hate the most in Canon compact cameras is the grip that is too tiny (when there is one).

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Coyote_Cody
By Coyote_Cody (Mar 22, 2013)

I think you mean better superficial looks, NOT design, as the important 'design' is ergonomics and the pic making capability, just buy it and put big 'boobs' & blond hair on it, superficial PRETTY achieved! :)

Smart ppl want a better 'functional' camera primarily rather than a 'pretty' one of only very low importance.

1 upvote
jimjim2111
By jimjim2111 (Mar 22, 2013)

@Coyote: Smart people don't make it an either/or question. Pretty AND functional, quite possible.

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 22, 2013)

jimjim2111 is right. I assume teos thought to Dieter Rams's rules when talking of "good design" (cf: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieter_Rams ). No need to quibble about any word.

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utomo99
By utomo99 (10 months ago)

Canon now designing the new S 120 or s 200. which will replace the S 110. I hope they will hear what user opinion. including the grip and battery life.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Mar 21, 2013)

F3.5 - F6.8. YES! Finally a company that gets it. They know exactly how to make a full sized camera take pictures like a phone.

3 upvotes
MarioV
By MarioV (Mar 21, 2013)

Right, so you want the 20x zoom but keep your phone's f/2 lens? I guess you want to go back to the brick-sized phones again.

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Jimmy G
By Jimmy G (Mar 21, 2013)

Looks to me like Canon is doing a public test-bed for the new Digic6 processor. Comparing the video storage requirements between the newer 280/270 and the older 260/240 it becomes apparent that there is a new higher-compression scheme being employed by Digic6 vs. Digic5, the KiloByte's Per Second (KB/Sec.) requirements are much lower with Digic6. On a hunch I decided to compare both the SX260 and Canon's SX50 (Digic5) and found their video compression rates to be identical. The following are comparisons between those two cameras and the newer SX280/270 in KB/Sec and total amount stored on an 8GB card in ~hours...

Miniature Effect HD 1280x720 6 fps
5: 573 3.5
6: 195 8.5

Super Slow Mo 640x480 120 fps
5: 4914 0.5
6: 4288 1.5

HD 1280x720 30fps
5: 3054 0.66
6: 922 2.0

Full HD 1920x1080
5: 4355 0.5 @ 24 fps
6: 2945 0.75 @ 30 fps and 4288 0.5 @ 60 fps

Of note: increased JPG file storage requirements...will = a quality improvement?

Lg SF 4:3
5: 5208 KB 1497/8GB
6: 5661 KB 1379/8GB

:)

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
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Jefftan
By Jefftan (Mar 21, 2013)

what is the difference between this SX280HS and SX260HS?
same sensor same lens, same to me

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Jimmy G
By Jimmy G (Mar 21, 2013)

...looks like a rehashed 260 with Digic6 for better video compression (see my separate post above)...Video frame rates change from 1080P@24fps on the 260 to 1080P@30fps & 1080P@60fps on the 280...an increased ISO range (ISO 100-3200 on the Digic5/260 becomes 80-6400 on the Digic6/280) and a slightly faster burst rate (10fps for 10 frames on the 5/260 becomes 14fps but for only 7 frames on the 6/280)...

...too bad Canon couldn't deliver 720P HD slo-mo like on the Panny FZ200, still stuck at SD for that function... :P

Comment edited 28 seconds after posting
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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 21, 2013)

Nothing super exciting but specs seem good. Wide and long (that's what she said) but slow and a tiny sensor. GPS and WI-FI should be standard on all $600+ cameras.

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Simon97
By Simon97 (Mar 21, 2013)

I'm glad Canon has the sense to use the 12mp BSI sensor. If it is similar to the one used in the Pentax Q, it isn't too bad.

2 upvotes
Mirfak
By Mirfak (Mar 21, 2013)

I couldn't agree more on retaining a 12mp sensor. This was the first thing that came to mind after looking at the specs.

1 upvote
rowlandw
By rowlandw (Mar 21, 2013)

f/3.5??? I'll stick with my f/2 s100 and f/1.4 LX7.

2 upvotes
MarioV
By MarioV (Mar 21, 2013)

Yes, and you'll also stick with your restricted reach.

6 upvotes
WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Mar 22, 2013)

Right ! It's a matter of needs, not of cleverness. If one like to take urban/landscape views or close portraits, he's better choose a luminous camera (f2 or even better). But not reach. Otherwise, he has to buy a less luminous camera... as simple as that.

Comment edited 9 seconds after posting
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mosc
By mosc (Mar 25, 2013)

Reach? Why do we talk like this? The LX7 has a larger sensor and it's not like it doesn't zoom in at all. We can also use digital zoom on the LX7 which certainly isn't ground breaking. The results at 300mm between a 3x digital zoom on the LX7 vs the slower lens and smaller sensor SX280 are going to be pretty similar.

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SRHEdD
By SRHEdD (Mar 21, 2013)

Funny how Nikon and Canon copy each other... nothing new here, just a different logo.

0 upvotes
Coyote_Cody
By Coyote_Cody (Mar 22, 2013)

If it was a Nikon it would have silly 18mp sensor, thanks C for NOT going the Nikon route!!

1 upvote
bzanchet
By bzanchet (Mar 21, 2013)

Hope the new processor and 1080/60p vídeo comes in the sucessor of S110!

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 21, 2013)

Wow, Canon is only three years behind Sony and Panasonic with 1080p60.

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arguros
By arguros (Mar 21, 2013)

It looks the same sensor form SX230HS, from two years ago.
Overall in terms of image quality should be pretty much the same.

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Coyote_Cody
By Coyote_Cody (Mar 22, 2013)

I suspect it is new or newly reconfigured as the 'sensor' has to be able to be read/scanned at 60fps full HD with all necessary hardware & cpu capable of processing it at that speed so, either cpu or sensor was not up to 60fps until now, finally!! OR philosophy change !!

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schaki
By schaki (Mar 21, 2013)

Hopefully Canon improved the somewhat slow AF and also kept the Low NR from the SX260.

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mjdundee
By mjdundee (Mar 21, 2013)

This looks like a well thought, careful improvement of the already very capable SX260.
Besides the video one of the major flawas was the panoramic mode.

Does Canon finally offer a incamera solution with the SX270/280?

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Coyote_Cody
By Coyote_Cody (Mar 22, 2013)

If not in the PR, then not likely, even though that is a 'me too' capability. But personally I would not want that in a cam, I had rather manually process multiple pics at 12mp rather than the 'video mode/low rez' panoramic used by Sony and others. But a PR selling pt, I suppose!

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mjdundee
By mjdundee (Mar 22, 2013)

I agree it would just be another Gimmick in a PnS camera - but I'd like to play with it. Never tried to create quality panos on my PC - to much gear and hassel involved if you want to do it properly.

0 upvotes
keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Mar 21, 2013)

50% faster and can do 14FPS at full res?

That's pretty sweet.

The F6.8 on the long end????

Not so sweet....

3 upvotes
Stephen Scharf
By Stephen Scharf (Mar 21, 2013)

Lovely.

Now, lads, how about a full review of the Canon 1Dx?

5 upvotes
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