The PowerShot SX280 HS is equipped with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi® technology for on-the-go convenience when you want to share what you've recorded with friends, family and the whole world. The camera can connect directly to both iOS® and Android™ devices*, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app** without a computer. Easily post your images to your favorite social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. The camera's built-in Wi-Fi® technology also lets you transfer images and video directly to your computer to update friends and family while you're traveling or out and about. Enhanced Wi-Fi® technology makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos even as events unfold. Easily control the destination of your uploads to social networking sites; share with everyone, or send photos to selected groups. Post to groups, add comments, and edit and upload MOV video files from both iOS® and Android™ devices*. Frequently used devices and accounts are stored in the camera's Wi-Fi®history menu, so you can immediately connect with a simple touch. Share with other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras, send images to your computer, and print your photos to Wi-Fi® compatible printers^. Built-in Wi-Fi® technology on the PowerShot SX280 HS makes it easier than ever for you to express your creative flair, and share it with the entire world!
# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
* Compatible with iOS version 5.1/6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1 or later. Data charges may apply.
** This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.
^ Wireless PictBridge certified printer is required.
The PowerShot SX280 HS features a powerful 20x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. The camera's lens embodies the quality and legacy of Genuine Canon Optics with advantages that go far beyond making the camera slim enough to slip in your pocket and carry anywhere. With a range of 25–500mm (35mm equivalent), the lens gives you the power to capture the full breadth of scenes, with details you've never captured before. Images are bright and vivid with spectacular clarity thanks to Optical Image Stabilization.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.
The PowerShot SX280 HS employs a Canon 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.
The PowerShot SX280 HS is equipped with Canon's very latest proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor makes several important advancements, including improved sensitivity that allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions. Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. In addition, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables video recording in MP4 format. Highly compressed MP4 video not only preserves space on your memory card but also improves playback on mobile devices.
It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot SX280 HS, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes.
Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Macro (Hybrid) Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.
The PowerShot SX280 HS digital camera is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)## technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the location and local time of your stills and videos. The camera can also use the GPS unit to automatically set the exact time. You can maximize the usefulness of the GPS feature by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes it fun to share the memories of your world adventures. In addition to displaying all your photos' locations on a world map, the camera's GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo – a great way to visualize each trip! You can also create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with friends and family members.
## In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 20x Optical, 4x Digital and 80x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
4.5 (W) - 90.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-500mm)
Normal: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
Approx. 461,000 dots
f/3.5 (W) - f/6.8 (T)
15-1/3200 sec. (in Tv and M modes)
Auto, ISO 80-6400
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighte average, Spot**
*Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
- Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
1.6 ft. - 11 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 3.5m (W), (1.0 - 2.0m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Hybrid Auto, Auto, Sports, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Discreet, Movie*3
- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
*1 Portrait, Smart Shutter*4, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks
*2 Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
*3 Standard, Super Slow Motion Movie
*4 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
1) Normal: Approx. 3.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 14.0 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
2) AF: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 5.1 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
- Differs depending on the zoom position.
* The maximum continuous capture is 7 frames.
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MP4 (Image: MPEG4-AVC / H.264; Audio: MPEG2 AAC-LC (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
1) 16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360
2) 3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424
3) 4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480
4) 1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps (29.97)
HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Digest Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
|File Size (KB)||8GB||32GB||File Size (KB)||8GB||32GB||File Size (KB)||8GB||32GB|
|File Size (KB)||8GB||32GB|
Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
* In High-Speed Burst, Best Image Selection or Low Light.
* The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
|Miniature Effect||Super Slow Motion Movie|
|HD: 1280 x 720||640 x 480||640 x 480||320 x 240|
|5x||10x||20x||5x||10x||20x||120 fps*2||240 fps*2|
|6 fps*2||3 fps*2||1.5 fps*2||6 fps*2||3 fps*2||1.5*2fps|
|Movie Size (KB/sec.)||195||98||49||73||37||18||1,465||977|
|8GB||8 hr. 31 min. 11 sec.||13 hr. 37 min. 54 sec.||22 hr. 43 min. 11 sec.||17 hr. 2 min. 23 sec.||22 hr. 43 min. 11 sec.||34 hr. 04 min. 46 sec.||1 hr. 27 min. 00 sec.||2 hr. 07 min. 47 sec.|
|32GB||32 hr. 24 min. 47 sec.||55 hr. 03 min. 40 sec.||91 hr. 46 min. 07 sec.||68 hr. 49 min. 35 sec.||91 hr. 46 min. 07 sec.||137 hr. 39 min. 10 sec.||5 hr. 51 min. 26 sec.||8 hr. 36 min. 11 sec.|
|Full HD: 1920 x 1080||HD: 1280 x 720||640 x 480|
|60 fps*3||30 fps*1||30 fps*1||30 fps*1|
|Movie Size (KB/sec.)||4,288||2,945||922||382|
|8GB||30 min. 03 sec.||43 min. 29 sec.||2 hr. 03 min. 55 sec.||5 hr. 14 min. 34 sec.|
|32GB||2 hr. 01 min. 27 sec.||2 hr. 55 min. 43 sec.||8 hr. 20 min. 32 sec.||21 hr. 10 min. 33 sec.|
*1 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*2 Playback frame rate is 30 fps*1.
*3 Actual frame rate is59.94 fps.
Playback Modes File
Stills & Videos:
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Digest Movie, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist), Search (Date, Favorites, Digest, People, Name)
Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Discreet, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID Info, Information Display (Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning)
Normal Playback*1, Slow Motion, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2, Erase chapters, Editing
Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
*2 Approximately 4 seconds
*3 Slow motion available
Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images
- The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
- Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), Mini-HDMITMconnector
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Battery Pack NB-6L
Normal: Approx. 210 shots
ECO Mode: Approx. 260 shots
Approx. 3 hr. 30 min.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.19 x 2.47 x 1.28 in. / 106.4 x 62.8 x 32.6mm
8.22 oz. / 233g (CIPA standard)
7.41 oz. / 210g (Body only)