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Canon Powershot SX270 SX280 HS Preview

Read our hands-on preview of the new Canon Powershot SX270 and SX280 HS travel zoom cameras.

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Canon Powershot Sx270 And Sx280 Hs (3)

The new Canon Powershot SX270 HS and SX280 HS update the SX240 and SX260 with a new DIGIC 6 image processor, as well as full HD video recording at 60fps and 5-axis image stabilisation for smoother video recording. Both cameras feature a wide angle 20x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25-500mm in 35mm terms, a 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, improved image quality and low-light performance, with the SX280 HS featuring both GPS and Wi-Fi built in. The SX270 will be available in grey or blue for £279, while the SX280 will be available in red or black for £299, both from the beginning of May.

Canon Powershot Sx270 Hs (8)

Key Features

  • 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 20x optical zoom lens, 25-500mm equivalent
  • ZoomPlus for 40x optical zoom equivalent
  • 3inch screen
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 1080p 60fps full HD MPEG4 video
  • Stereo microphones
  • High resolution movie processing using the full 12.1 megapixel sensor
  • 5-axis image stabilisation
  • Wi-Fi and face tagging on SX280
  • GPS built in on SX280
  • Available in blue, grey (SX270), red and black (SX280)

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.5 - f/6.8
35mm equivalent25mm - 500mm
Optical Zoom20x
Image Sensor
Pixels12.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution461,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Manual
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/3200sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting14fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L
Battery Life (CIPA rating)210shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsDigital Camera PowerShot SX280 HS, Wrist Strap WS-DC11, Battery Pack NB-6L, Battery Charger CB-2LYE, AC Cable, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, User Manual Kit

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