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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera - 8225B001

Abt Model: SX280HSRED | UPC Code: 013803221725
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Built-In Wi-Fi Technology/ 20x Optical Zoom/ 25mm Wide-Angle Lens With Optical Image Stabilizer/ 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor/ DIGIC 6 Image Processor/ 1080p/60p Full HD Video/ Smart AUTO/ New Hybrid Auto/ Intelligent IS/ Red Finish
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera - SX280HSRED

Super-Charged, Ready to Share The PowerShot SX280 HS is a super-charged SX-series model featuring Canon's very latest proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, for improved performance and exceptional clarity in low-light scenarios. The camera makes it easy to show off your high quality images and video wherever you are, with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi® technology that lets you share photos with comments on social networking sites - even within specific groups. Capture everything from quick snaps to artistic images with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens, with Optical Image Stabilizer to reduce blur throughout the zoom range. Even low-light images impress with the Canon HS SYSTEM: a combination of a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Preserve memories in ultra-smooth 1080p/60p Full HD video with the amazing processing power of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which also enables enhanced Dynamic IS for reduced blur, plus video recording in the easy-to-share MP4 format. The camera also gives you access to extraordinary imaging capabilities with Smart AUTO that recognizes 58 predefined scenes, Face ID that adjusts focus and exposure for your loved ones, and Intelligent IS that dramatically reduces camera shake. New Hybrid Auto creates an optimized "highlight reel" of your day, while built-in GPS## records the location and local time, making the PowerShot SX280 HS a perfect travel camera, ready to share the spectacular images you'll capture!


  • Built-in Wi-Fi® technology allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#; to a PC or upload virtually anywhere on your iOS® or AndroidTM device* with the free download of the Canon CameraWindow app**.
  • Canon's powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer delivers stunning images from up close or at a distance.
  • 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for improved low-light performance up to ISO 6400 and enhanced image quality.
  • Capture 1080p/60p Full HD video for high-quality capture of moving subjects.
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations and Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces.
  • New Hybrid Auto utilizes a combination of Smart AUTO and Intelligent IS to create a beautiful and steady 720p HD video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) in Movie Digest mode every time you shoot a still image.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
  • Remember where you were and when your photos were taken with a GPS tracker that records your location##, and a logger lets you view the locations on a map using Canon software.



  • Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 20x Optical, 4x Digital and 80x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Image Capture Device

  • Type 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
  • Total Pixels Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 Megapixels


  • Focal Length 4.5 (W) - 90.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-500mm)
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Focusing Range Normal: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T) Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft. (5-50cm) (W)
  • Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus


  • Optical Viewfinder N/A
  • LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • LCD Pixels Approx. 461,000 dots
  • LCD Coverage Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

  • Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - f/6.8 (T)
  • Shutter Speed 1-1/3200 sec. 15-1/3200 sec. (in Tv and M modes)

Exposure Control

  • Sensitivity 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
  • Exposure Compensation Still Images: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)

White Balance

  • White Balance Control Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom * Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.


  • Built-in Flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off - Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
  • Flash Range 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.
  • Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
  • Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

  • Shooting Modes 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
  • Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red
  • Self Timer 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.
  • Wireless Control N/A
  • Continuous Shooting 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.

Image Storage

  • Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
  • File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
  • Image Recording Format Superfine, Fine
  • 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 Still Images: 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 Videos: 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)

Number of Recordable Images

  • Image data 16:9 3:2 4:3 File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB Large (L) SF 4,507 1,729 6,980 5,134 1,515 6,118 5,661 1,379 5,568 F 2,915 2,640 10,659 3,247 2,384 9,624 3,537 2,192 8,850 Medium 1(M1) SF 2,630 2,923 11,801 2,914 2,640 10,659 3,173 2,431 9,814 F 1,814 4,234 17,091 1,945 3,961 15,989 2,073 3,721 15,020 Medium 2(M2) SF 1,095 6,822 27,537 899 8,187 33,044 1,002 7,442 30,040 F 604 12,280 49,567 496 14,448 58,314 558 12,927 52,176 Small (S) SF 188 35,089 141,622 221 30,703 123,919 249 27,291 110,150 F 113 49,125 198,271 133 40,937 165,225 150 40,937 165,225 Medium* F N/A 1,289 5,847 23,603 1:1 File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB Large (L) SF 4,224 1,832 7397 F 2,640 2,923 11,801 Medium 1(M1) SF 2,365 3,274 13,217 F 1,549 4,912 19,826 Medium 2(M2) SF 760 9,824 39,653 F 420 16,374 66,090 Small (S) SF 188 35,089 141,622 F 113 49,125 198,271 Medium* SF N/A F 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.

Time of Recordable Movies

  • Movie data 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*2 fps 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. Other 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 Specifications

  • 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) Still Images: 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) Videos: 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

Erasing Specifications

  • Erase Modes 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.


  • Video Out NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), Mini-HDMITM connector
  • Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
  • Other SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
  • Power Source Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Shooting Capacity Normal: Approx. 210 shots ECO Mode: Approx. 260 shots
  • Playback Time Approx. 3 hr. 30 min.

Physical Specifications

  • Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
  • Operating Humidity 10-90%

What's In The Box:

  • PowerShot SX280 HS Body
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • Battery Pack NB-6L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LY
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs
  • Shipping: 4 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 1.28"
  • Height: 2.47"
  • Width: 4.19"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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TypePoint and Shoot
Effective Pixels12.1 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)2.47
Width (inches)4.19
Depth (inches)1.28
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length4.5 (W) - 90.0 (T) mm
Focus ModesTTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2-sec., 10-sec.
Shutter Speed1-1/3200 sec. 15-1/3200 sec.
Storage MediaSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Power SourceBattery Pack NB-6L
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom


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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • Easy to use (26)
  • Simple controls/menu (25)
  • Excellent image quality (24)
  • Lightweight/portable (24)
  • Large clear LCD (23)


  • Short battery life (12)
  • Missing features/settings (4)
  • Poor low-light performance (4)

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great little camera

Nice little camera for everyday shooting, simple to use right out of the box, use good batteries and make sure you read the directions carefully. I took an old SD card and put...Read complete review

Nice little camera for everyday shooting, simple to use right out of the box, use good batteries and make sure you read the directions carefully. I took an old SD card and put it in the slot, and it showed all the pictures that were on there plus some new ones I took. Downloaded to PC, no problems at all. keep it clean and protect it, it should provide years of service!


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Excellent except for the display

I've owned the SX 110, 150 and now the SX 160. It's an excellent camera with lots of features, but there are some serious flaws on this model that Canon should address. The...Read complete review

I've owned the SX 110, 150 and now the SX 160. It's an excellent camera with lots of features, but there are some serious flaws on this model that Canon should address. The most glaring drawback is the inferior 3" display which has only 230,000 pixels- it appears muddy and dim. All of the competing cameras in this price range- including Canon's own models- have a brilliant and crystal clear 460,000 pixel 3" display. (Your pictures, however, will be much clearer than they display on this camera's dim display.) The SX 160 has two attachment points for a neck strap, which you'll need, but sadly, they only ship the camera with a one point "wrist strap." Wait for Canon to upgrade the 3" display to 460,000 pixels and supply a two point neck strap before ordering this excellent camera. These upgrades should be coming soon if Canon is listening to customer feedback.

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

I collected cameras when i was in 9th grade and i'm now a Freshmen in college. Time flew by and I stored all my cameras in a box, the canon sx160 was my favorite camera because of its size. Now i want to start a Youtube channel, and so i decided to bring bacl up the box and the first camera i took out was the Canon sx160 and it's not ood for vlogging and such but good with picture not quick picture though, and the pricing is reasonable compared to other prices.


Great for Pictures


from Los Angeles, CA, United States

Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

The picture quality is amazing! I used this camera for my photogaphy class and it was so so easy to carry around and took good quality pictures for such a low price. This is not a video camera since the quality for video aint that good! The batteries do tend to run out quickly but for the quality of the pictures I dont mind!


Good then Bad


from Upper Michigan

Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

Loved the camera at first - especially the 16X Zoom. Then the Shutter /zoom button fell off. No I have NO ZOOM and I have to use a wooden pick in the button hole to operate the Shutter. AKWARD!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Can't send pix thru yahoo e-mail


from Maine

Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

I am not satisfied with this power shot sx 160 is because I cannot send any of my photos thru my yahoo e-mail! I always get Windows Life Mail which I don't and never used. Non of my friends do not use this service either, they say they don't like not being able to enter Windows Life Mail, why can't I send my photos thruyahoo mail like everything else that I use???


Poor Picture Quality


from Ohio

Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

I bought this camera hoping that it would be a good replacement. After using the Powershot SX160 for about 10 months, I'm thinking about switching back to my old camera. Main Reason For Buying: I bought this camera because of the price and because of the 16x zoom. Also because the manufacturer of my old camera (previously bought in the past) no longer makes digital cameras and I wanted a recognized name brand camera. Features: There are a boatload of features on this camera, many of which I'll probably never use. Manual controls and on-screen options are helpful. There are plenty of info screens that tell about the settings and the pictures you took. I like the battery backup feature (button cell battery) that holds the date & time when the main batteries are out. The 16x zoom lens operates very quickly. Battery Life: Battery life is very good, about twice a long compared to my old camera. Picture Quality: This is where I give the thumbs down. I'm not that impressed with the picture quality of this camera. The color is usually faded under most conditions. Turning on the vivid color option helps a little. Pictures often have a soft feel to them and are not as sharp as they should be, almost as if the original picture was resized beyond 100% The flash does not go off in a well lit room, which causes the pictures to look faded. There appears to be two flash commands for the auto flash; off and full. Full flash results in poor light filtering. There is a flash power adjustment, but that requires you to go to manual mode and through several options just to adjust it yourself. The flash power on my old camera adjusted itself automatically. The flash also takes several seconds to recharge and will prevent you from taking a picture until it is fully charged. The lens itself produces a heavy amount of chromatic abrasions. (Red/green outlines around contrasting objects). Sometimes it's so severe, it reminds me of the color video cameras that many local news stations had back in the 70's, which were prone to chromatic abrasions. Zooming in helps minimize the effect. The image stabilizer works great. I haven't had a picture blur on me yet, not even at full zoom. Macro is also great too. Super close shots! Video Quality: Video quality if fair, but don't expect a HD image. Recordings produce an up-converted VHS quality like video and are only 25 frames per second. They also eat up a lot of space because they are saved in the Quicktime Movie format instead of MPEG4. Conclusion: Overall, this would have been a good camera if not for it's flaws. I sometimes think of it as a camera phone with a giant zoom lens on it since the picture quality is comparable to early/budget cell phones. I don't plan on buying another camera anytime soon, so I'll probably go back to using my old camera.


very good product!!!


from arlington heights, il

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer


  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD


    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Black Digital Camera:

    very good camera for everybody

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    only camera needed whether a pro or not.


    from Ohio

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

    Simple to use. Sharp/clear images. Acceptable MP and Zoom.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Good camera with a couple exceptions


    from Springfield, OR


    • good macro feature
    • Good zoom
    • Image Stabilization
    • Small Size


    • lcd screen reflection
    • Short battery life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

      I bought this to replace an older digital camera after dropping it on cement. It takes good pictures, but out in the daylight, it is hard to see with the LCD screen. Also, the batteries don't last very long. Actually, I tested the batteries after the camera shut down and told me to "replace batteries." They tested still very strong. I do like the 16X optical zoom and the good macro feature and the ability to manage my own picture taking experience.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Great Product


      from West Plains, MO


      • Bright LCD
      • Durable
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • Good battery life
      • good low-light performance
      • lightweight/portable
      • Nice features/settings
      • Simple controls/menu


        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

          I like the price. Very easy to use. I could not down load the CD that came with it. I have 8.1 ?

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


          Great camera, Low price


          from Keyser, WV


          • Bright LCD
          • Durable
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Good battery life
          • good low-light performance
          • lightweight/portable
          • Nice features/settings
          • Simple controls/menu


            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Red Digital Camera:

              I got this camera for christmas, I picked it out after looking at a few different ones and I am glad i made that choice. I am very happy with the quality of the camera and the pictures it takes. It is very easy to use and has so many great features. I had a powershot A530 when i was younger and it made me a canon fan from the start and the sx160-IS just ensured that will not change anytime soon. As for the battery life, I use ultimate lithium batteries and they last forever, of course if you use cheap batteries you will get short battery life, that's just common sense. I could not be any happier with this product. The zoom and Image stabilization are great, however with full zoom it is kinda touchy if you move the slightest little bit but that's what tri-pods are for.

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