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Canon PowerShot SX280 12MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Red) (OLD MODEL) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SX280 12MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Red) (OLD MODEL)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 823 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 11.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Sharp5.0   above average
Travel5.0   above average
Compact4.9   above average
Photo4.7   above average
Range4.7   above average
Stabilization4.7   average
Weight4.6   average
Zoom4.6   above average
Image4.5   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Size4.5   average
Light4.4   above average
Price3.9   below average
Lens3.7   above average
Memory3.7   average
Quick3.7   below average
Screen3.7   average
Shutter3.6   average
DSLR3.3   below average
Focus3.3   above average
Service3.3   average
Button3.1   average
Sensor2.9   mediocre
Video2.9   mediocre
Amazon2.6   mediocre
Design2.5   mediocre
Power2.5   below average
Charging2.3   below average
Battery2.2   mediocre
Flash1.8   mediocre
Indicator0.3   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"I found the reviews here on Amazon to be very confusing when buying?"
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"I read the many negative reviews of this camera in Amazon reviews, but there was supposed to be a firmware fix so I gave it a try."
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"When I complained to Canon, they said Amazon shouldn't have sold me the camera, but they wouldn't tell me what serial numbers meant a camera was from a safe batch, i. e. That worked properly."
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"I knew about the battery problem with this camera from reading the Amazon reviews here."
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"And Amazon offered it for a price that was hard to beat."
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"Finally, I got my act together and called Amazon to complain."
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"Like many folks that LOVE the convenience of Amazon shopping..."
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"Amazon promptly refunded my money, they are good about that, and I ordered the next generation of this camera, the SX 700' which has a fantastic 30X zoom lens and is great compact."
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"I am amazed that Amazon continues to sell this product when they are fully aware of this MAJOR issue."
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"Amazon saved my vacation by being able to ship a new camera next day when my original camera was damaged."
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"I recently order the Canon Powershot SX280 from Amazon with the intent of using it myself and then if I liked it to give one to my daughter as well."
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Battery

Battery:
"The battery issue however is the most substantial problem with this camera."
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"The only drawback is that the video does chew up battery, so be sure to have a spare or two if you plan to shoot a lot of video."
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"This SX280 got less-than-good reviews because of its movie mode problems (draining the battery) -- but I don't do movies."
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"Here are some tips based on how I get by with the battery problems.1) I have no clue if there's a hazard to this, but use a thin strip of tape to cover the middle connection of the battery."
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"The downside is, the camera will simply stop functioning when the battery gets too low to continue."
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"This camera would be a 4-5 start camera, if not for the well-known battery issues filming video."
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"This did not drain my battery -- but would not be a problem anyway since I carry a backup battery (highly recommend)."
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"Excellent camera with good macro but it shuts off and empties battery whenever you try to take a video."
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"However, the battery is not actually dead because you can turn it back on to picture mode on the camera will have full battery life again!"
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"I have had no problems with battery life as many report, BUT I do not take many movies with it either."
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Button

Button:
"Sometimes my fingers would hit the wrong button when turning the dial or choosing a setting and I have small female hands fingers."
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"The flash pops up where most people intuitively hold the camera and the power button gets pressed by mistake also due to the location."
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"Again I loved the camera but within the month of purchase, the n button broke again so I returned it."
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"I have accidentally pressed a wrong button (not uncommon with these smaller cameras) and got unexpected movies 5-6 times."
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"Although the quality of the pictures is excellent my problem is the on off button doesn't work at least half of the time."
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"My hands are not fat, but they are large and some of the buttons are hard to hit with my thumb."
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"If you want to take a picture after viewing just press the shutter button to activate the lens and you are good to go."
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"too many buttons and settings for a point and shoot but does take good pics"
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"Although the quality of the pictures is excellent my problem is the on off button doesn't work at least half of the time."
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"I was then directed to hold down the on off button for one minute to clear the cameras memory."
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"The redesigned on-off button on the top is easier to press, but also easier to accidentally press."
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Charging

Charging:
"Had problems with it within days (battery charge function)."
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"Why is that for the $300 price tag, Canon could not include a reliable battery charge indicator or a flash that consumes less power and charges faster?"
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"Seems like you charge the battery and go to take pictures and the battery is dead."
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"And within a couple of minutes of him shooting his first video on a full charge, he showed me how the battery indicator was malfunctioning."
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"Battery has good life, unfortunately it must be removed from camera to charge."
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"And one time, it really did mean to charge the battery, because it was dead, despite the fact I had charged it the night before."
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"The battery life sucks so please purchase an extra battery & charger (car) to keep with you at all times."
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"Video quality is very good but using that feature eats up the battery charge fast so be sure you have at least 2 extra batts if you plan to use video often."
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"I suspect that the camera takes good pictures but if the battery is never charged or won't hold a charge what good is it."
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"Easy to charge, fits in my pocket or purse."
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"The page for ordering the ReVive Charging Plates is not clear, it (to me) is very confusing."
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Compact

Compact:
"Overall I gave it four stars simply because it is so compact and so feature packed with some minor drawbacks."
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"The compact body is sturdy and has a great build quality but very poorly designed."
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"Easy to use, very compact, and takes awesome pictures."
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"All that said, I would still recommend this camera as a cheaper, much more compact alternative to an entry-level DSLR."
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"good as a compact cam"
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"The 20x is awesome, the unit compact and lens very good."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"Let me say that I use a DSLR and have not had a point & shoot for years, so some of my problems is simply inexperience with modern point & shoot bodies."
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"However hauling a DSLR everywhere is no fun and that's where this camera steps in perfectly."
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"Overall I am quite pleased with this camera - I have a very active just-turned-2-year-old who is impossible to get good pictures of with my phone camera unless he is sleeping; while this isn't quite as good as a DSLR, it is much less expensive, it is smaller, and it takes great pictures."
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"Obviously not as good as a DSLR, but a worthy compromise for sure."
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"My other camera's are dated with limited SD capacity and DSLR that is too big to carry on hikes.."
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"The images aren't as good as a DSLR (no surprise) but they are by far the best images I've taken with a point-and-shoot."
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"Takes as good pictures as a DSLR in my opinion!"
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"Takes very good pictures - similar quality to our DSLR, but much easier to take around with us to kid events, etc."
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"I love photography and have a semi-pro setup for a DSLR which goes with me everywhere when I travel."
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"Of course, something like this will never come close to a high DSLR but for the most part, only pro photographers will be able to tell the difference for most photos."
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"It will be a great addition to my bulky DSLR."
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Design

Design:
"So at this point it seems like a design error with the camera - drawing too much power with too little juice."
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"Not a great design"
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"The problem must be a software glitch that is not reprogrammable or a hardware design error."
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"If you plan to shoot video with the SX280, be aware of a nasty design glitch that will start flashing the low-bat icon just seconds after starting to shoot video."
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"Note that the firmware update only requires a blank 32MB SD card, not an expensive 32GB SD card that other users have reported (big difference between price of an 32 MB card vs 32 GB).I have a theory that this problem is a design flaw at the hardware level that can not be fixed with software (firmware)."
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"My complaint with Canon's menu design is that it changes depending on whether I turn the camera on with the ON OFF button or with the Blue right arrow in a blue box button."
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"The compact body is sturdy and has a great build quality but very poorly designed."
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"Take great pictures, but poorly designed."
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"Bad design but takes great pictures."
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"fundamentally defective (design) goods."
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"Handy design, light weight, perfect size."
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Fit

Fit:
"It fits easily in a pocket."
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"It takes great pictures and fits in my purse."
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"Takes great photos and fits in a a s*** pocket."
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"The SX280 is easy to use and fits in your top pocket."
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"if you are looking for a really good point and shoot that fits in your pockets, takes great pics and can be used in a wide variety of places, this is the camera for you-- hoping someone can help with the video issue so i can change this to a 5 star review!"
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Flash

Flash:
"The auto popup flash is a bit annoying if your finger happens to be over it when it tries to pop up."
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"The pop up flash is at the top left where you tend to steady it with your left hand, and if you block the pop up flash too firmly it will go back and give you an error message which requires turning the camera off and then on again (a reboot).I prefer pocket cameras with a high optical zoom so I might buy this on again or if there is another brand with a higher zoom I would consider it instead depending it the other features."
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"The only drawback is right handers will have a tendency to hold it so the flash is covered, there is no real handgrip so I have caught myself blocking the flash from popping up many times now, you have to be aware of where your fingers are."
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"inside the rotating wheel that I often press a button when trying to just rotate the control dial (or, as I call it, the out of control dial), leading to great frustrations - flash popping up when unwanted, wrong settings being entered."
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"Flash is somewhat annoying, the way it jumps out right where you hold the camera."
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"The low-light performance, WITHOUT flash, is amazing."
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"inside the rotating wheel that I often press a button when trying to just rotate the control dial (or, as I call it, the out of control dial), leading to great frustrations - flash popping up when unwanted, wrong settings being entered."
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"Flash can be strong, but when it's toned down it is good."
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"Pop-up flash in awkward location if your finger is blocking it :-Perfect size for carrying in a shirt or pants pocket, especially when you need a low profile in those high pick-pocket areas."
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"someone blinked, please hold in there for another minute because the flash is not ready to go again."
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"All is well with this camera, but the awkward position of the pop out flash, often blocked by the hand holding the camera."
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Focus

Focus:
"This camera replaced a SX260 that fell out of my pocket and broke the rear screen, plus the focus went bad."
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"YMMVUpdate 7 13 2014: My one significant complaint with the SX280 was the macro focusing."
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"Autofocus doesn't work well with the digital zoom."
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"All and all is good camera that fits my hands very well and feels quality like an Iphone 4.. Oh, does seem to focus slowly and I have got a couple of fuzzy pictures where it failed to focus quickly.."
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"- The camera has a problem with focusing when in the higher telephoto setting."
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"Several times it would fail to focus at all on a small bird when fully zoomed in, resulting in missed shots."
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"Leaving the GPS off probably helps, and using the continuous focusing is surely a power drainer as well."
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"Otherwise the images were stabilized well despite the shakiness of the jeep i traveled in and the focus control was very good."
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"I have had several small auto focus cameras and this one is by far the best."
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"Can easily focus both photo or video mode without any complicated maneuvering."
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"Love the manual focus, especially for macro shots."
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Image

Image:
"The battery drains very fast and sometimes the camera thinks it's dead and sometimes it doesn't... Also images at higher zoom are just not as good of quality and much more susceptible to blur than my older version of this camera...."
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"I am a little disappointed that the photo viewing option only zooms in and out."
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"Great pics and awesome video, but I'm seeing the same problem as everyone else with the low battery indicator coming on shortly after shooting video."
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"However, for this SX280, I got perfect scene from LCD preview, then getting HORRIBLE PIC WITH FULL OF NOISE AND UNWANTED WAVE."
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"The battery problem exists but it is OK if you take photo."
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"And the Canon Image Gateway is annoying as hell to use."
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"I bought this camera in 2014 because of the 20x optical zoom combined with Canon's latest DIGIC 6 image processor, which takes fantastic photos in various lighting conditions."
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"If I were shopping for a new long-zoom, point-and-shoot camera today, I would recommend one of the newer Canons that have the DIGIC 6 image processor (like the SX700 HS or SX710 HS)."
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"The image stability also works well."
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"I'm sure there are better cameras on market, but for the features, the pic quality, and price, I'm satisfied."
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"The exception here is if you are only inches from your subject: then you can just point, press the shutter button halfway to make sure it focuses on your subject, and shoot.2) The wide angle lens allows one to capture more of a given scene, but if you don't take it into account when you are setting up a photo, it's easy to end up with a distorted image."
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Indicator

Indicator:
"The camera is defective: when you use the video, the battery indicator blinks and suddenly the camera stops, a problem that has been repetitively mentioned in different forums."
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"Great pics and awesome video, but I'm seeing the same problem as everyone else with the low battery indicator coming on shortly after shooting video."
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"As others have mentioned, there is a problem with the battery level indicator and the camera thinks the battery is drained when in video mode."
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"Why is that for the $300 price tag, Canon could not include a reliable battery charge indicator or a flash that consumes less power and charges faster?"
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"And within a couple of minutes of him shooting his first video on a full charge, he showed me how the battery indicator was malfunctioning."
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"I read about the problems with the battery indicator and I noticed that the product had a hefty discount, probably because of the bad consumer reputation."
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"And to be clear, it doesn't just flash the indicator, it turns itself off almost immediately after starting to record video."
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"I could probably have lived with the problem if it was just a matter of the indicator but when it just turns itself off, it is unreliable at best."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"You won't be able to use this camera indoors in places with poor light condition or at night."
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"I take many indoor pictures for work and this irritates me since I have to wait."
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"However, it started acting flaky on indoor shots when the flash should have popped up."
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"Compared to all the other cameras we own as a family, and as a family we use the cameras mostly to take pictures of my 2 year old nephew, this one took the best indoor pictures of a constantly moving kid."
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"Takes great indoor and outdoor pictures."
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"Excellent low light indoor pictures."
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"It takes great quality photos indoors and out with accurate color balance and very good exposure across the frame."
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"The camera works great in the low light settings during kids indoor school performances."
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Lens

Lens:
"The camera is not satisfactory because the lens cover does not automatically open all the way for proper functioning so the camera is useless and I have wasted my money."
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"Unfortunately, my SX280 now has a great deal of dust behind the lens."
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"I dropped it while sitting down from a height of only about 9 inches onto soft ground and from that point on was plagued with a lens error message every time I tried to start it."
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"This lens has those metal looking iris type covers that hide the lens but they are easily moved out of the way and can be damaged just by putting in your pocket."
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"Then I bought a second one out of the classifieds (turned out to be a mistake because there was a scratch on the lense I didn't find until later)."
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"First the flash got stock and then the lens started to display error messages."
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"It is every bit as good as my OMD lens at 150mm and without the bulk."
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"If you want to take a picture after viewing just press the shutter button to activate the lens and you are good to go."
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"Unfortunately, my SX280 now has a great deal of dust behind the lens."
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"The 20x is awesome, the unit compact and lens very good."
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"Amazon promptly refunded my money, they are good about that, and I ordered the next generation of this camera, the SX 700' which has a fantastic 30X zoom lens and is great compact."
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Light

Light:
"My complaint is that low light results in a very slow shutter speed and or a high ISO setting so anything moving (like children) is blurred or grainy."
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"First off, I had the same problem with the low battery light coming on when the video portion was used on this camera."
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"But the quality of the images, especially in low light, turned out to be horrible."
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"Great in low light; had a Nikon before this and returned it, it was terrible."
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"The low light performance without flash is impressive (considering the small aperture and small sensor size in this compact camera) - it is surprising how many low light shots I take in AUTO now and the camera doesn't even want to turn on the flash."
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"I will say like others the flash when it decides it needs to pops up (an sometimes when I felt on the auto setting their was ample light) was annoying, especially because you'll probably have your finger there holding the camera."
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"I wanted something that would give me at least occasional DSLR-quality photos without the bulk and weight, and I've been quite happy with it.2) Pictures in low light can be quite clear."
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"I use it mainly with existing light and it seems to do a very nice job."
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"Fell in love with the toy, incredible low light pictures, stabilization, zoom and video."
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"This camera takes decent pictures in good light and not too bad in lower light if nothing is moving."
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Macro

Macro:
"Don't buy it for macro, it's not very good, for all the rest the quality is very good."
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"Cons:Not as good a macro capability as the A1100 (which is sterling at that one thing."
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"YMMVUpdate 7 13 2014: My one significant complaint with the SX280 was the macro focusing."
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"Excellent camera with good macro but it shuts off and empties battery whenever you try to take a video."
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"Great pictures with the telephoto as well as macro."
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"Love the manual focus, especially for macro shots."
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"The auto macro is a nice feature and the zoom is good."
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"You can go from macro to a distant image with ease."
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Memory

Memory:
"My only criticism is that it is not the easiest camera to open to get to the battery memory card area."
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"It took me 20 minutes to try to locate the memory card so that I could operate the camera, thinking I had misplaced or something."
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"I contacted Canon, they replaced the camera and were very quick about it, but the new one is still not perfect, and I am completely afraid to ever remove the memory card that's in there now because the new one also started having errors and issues with the card."
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"Only a couple of months after purchase I started having memory card problems..."
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"Wi-Fi features work OK, I still find it easier just to plug-in actual memory card into my laptop."
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"I was then directed to hold down the on off button for one minute to clear the cameras memory."
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"I was told to clear the cameras memory without the battery and the SDHC card in the camera."
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"So if you just want to use the camera in Auto mode which is pretty good most of the time or if you have a very good memory and can memorize the ins and out of all the features in the Camera User Guide that comes on the CD, you'll love this camera."
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"For what it is, it does a great job, I point, it shoots, memory captured."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"Outdoor pictures are perfect."
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"Takes great indoor and outdoor pictures."
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"Though not a full-on review, my link above gives you some great outdoor shots taken with the Sony Canon for your comparison and such-- enjoy!"
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"Lightweight, easy to use, and they produce great photos outdoors - hubby likes to take close-ups of animals and plants, and this model's incredible zooming capabilities and better focus in low-light situations (shade, for example) have really helped improve the quality of those pictures without having to carry a large camera with a telephoto lens while hiking or backpacking."
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"Great for outdoor and indoor shooting."
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Photo

Photo:
"Most of the time I can get decent photos if I play around with it but I hate missing shots because I have to reconfigure or reshoot."
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"The on off button and the button to take your picture are side by side, I have missed many photos because I set up the shot and hit the off button by mistake."
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"Photos were fine, the problem was just if I was attempting video."
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"I've always thought it was completely ridiculous to depend on a camera to take video (photo snob!"
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"Plus, I remained concerned about how 100% of the professional reviews referred to a terrible battery life and didn't want to wind up out with our new baby and unable to take photos--the entire point of ordering this camera!"
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"Even though this year I tried to get a lot of overlap between photos I still get a lot of distortion at the edges making it hard to get a good match between photos, and ending up with curved panoramas."
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"I bought this camera in 2014 because of the 20x optical zoom combined with Canon's latest DIGIC 6 image processor, which takes fantastic photos in various lighting conditions."
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"It takes great photos and is easy to use."
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"I wanted something that would give me at least occasional DSLR-quality photos without the bulk and weight, and I've been quite happy with it.2) Pictures in low light can be quite clear."
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"The best photos are (of course) when you are able to stabilize the camera on a surface or with a tripod.3) Extremely crisp edges and detail!"
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"Fast, great photos."
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Power

Power:
"The flash pops up where most people intuitively hold the camera and the power button gets pressed by mistake also due to the location."
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"Even after the firmware update the problem exists (also, there is concern that the firmware update may degrade other features to help reduce power consumption - I'm not sure about this)."
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"So at this point it seems like a design error with the camera - drawing too much power with too little juice."
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"Purchased knowing about the power problems."
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"BUT the low battery indicator that shuts the camera off randomly completely ruins this camera's reliability (you can't take great pictures if the camera has no power)."
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"I have spent several months trying to resolve the power problem with this camera."
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"Leaving the GPS off probably helps, and using the continuous focusing is surely a power drainer as well."
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"There's a computer in there, you know)Lithium batteries (I prefer the A1100's NiMH AAs so you can get a new set at any Staples for cheap or use alkaline AAs in a pinch)So, with all of 2 days of experience under my belt:1) Nice easily-portable camera at a low-ish price2) Power hog, due to inefficient GPS, big zoom, and powerful microprocessor being pushed by video, etc."
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"A little power hungry compared to my other Canons, but super easy to use, right out of the box."
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"Have a Power Shot SX200 IS 12x zoom which I have had for a few years and love."
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"Battery use has been very adequate..not problems with running out of power."
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Price

Price:
"I was too cheap to get a good camera so this is my fault."
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"Search for this issue on the internet, and read the complaints before spending money on this Cannon camera -- I wish I had."
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"Why is that for the $300 price tag, Canon could not include a reliable battery charge indicator or a flash that consumes less power and charges faster?"
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"If you get this, make sure you buy extra batteries - real batteries not cheap replacements like I did...Big mistake."
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"Obviously, a new camera from a competitor is the ticket and frankly, much as I hate to spend the money twice in 6 months, I will be relieved to be rid of the thing."
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"If you don't ever plan on taking video, the SX280 takes good pictures, and the price has plummeted because of the battery problems so it might be a good buy."
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"I'm sure there are better cameras on market, but for the features, the pic quality, and price, I'm satisfied."
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"Best camera for the price, pictures are clear and the camera is very easy to use."
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"I rarely use video, which is why I bought this camera, which is otherwise excellent -- especially at the price I paid."
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"I'd love an EVF eyepiece, but at this price point or anywhere close to it, it's just not gonna happen."
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"If you don't plan to use video, I can recommend this camera, especially if you can find it at a good price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Don't buy it for macro, it's not very good, for all the rest the quality is very good."
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"The battery drains very fast and sometimes the camera thinks it's dead and sometimes it doesn't... Also images at higher zoom are just not as good of quality and much more susceptible to blur than my older version of this camera...."
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"Not the best quality."
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"Unfortunately this one does not have all the same qualities of my 200SX that got ruined on a cruise ship shore excursion through numerous mud puddles in a crude dune buggy resembling an oversized go-cart."
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"Although the quality of the pictures is excellent my problem is the on off button doesn't work at least half of the time."
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"This is the first time I've ever been disappointed in Canon and I wonder if their quality control is slipping."
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"I'm sure there are better cameras on market, but for the features, the pic quality, and price, I'm satisfied."
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"The compact body is sturdy and has a great build quality but very poorly designed."
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"I carry a camera at all times and this one is easy to use and takes quality pictures."
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"The picture quality is good for casual photography I am doing now (birds, scenics)."
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"Photo quality is excellent."
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Quick

Quick:
"Very frustrating, especially when you want to take a quick grab photo."
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"I contacted Canon, they replaced the camera and were very quick about it, but the new one is still not perfect, and I am completely afraid to ever remove the memory card that's in there now because the new one also started having errors and issues with the card."
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"Below is the message that I senr to Canon, I hope I get a quick response that resolves the big problem!"
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"It dies off quick enough to upset your partner."
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"I wanted a camera that was quick and easy to operate."
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"Easy to use...especially for quick transitions between photo mode and video mode by using shutter release button or record button without having to change anything."
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"The camera does take good pictures and is quick, but the battery issue kills all the positives for me."
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"Reliable, quick, simple."
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"Very smart, quick and the pictures are of very good quality."
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Range

Range:
"- the wireless range is not great (compared to an iPad for example),-if you want to transfer your pictures wirelessly it will take forever, since it first upload them to a Canon server."
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"Love the zoom range on this camera!"
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"The camera is great, I personally shoot a Canon 60D, but the range is good."
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"I own a Sony RX-100 and wanted a superzoom for shooting long range in good lighting conditions."
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"Its a great investment at this price range with great options other than literally just pointing and shooting it! "
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"best one for this price range..."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"In addition, Canon has something wrong (I suspect) with the battery life sensor indicator."
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"The low light performance without flash is impressive (considering the small aperture and small sensor size in this compact camera) - it is surprising how many low light shots I take in AUTO now and the camera doesn't even want to turn on the flash."
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"I was aware of the battery sensor camera shutdown problem in video mode before purchasing, but was comfortable installing the firmware update from Canon to address the problem."
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"After reading the ratings, the issue some people had with short battery life appeared to be a non-issue because the problem was actually the sensor, not the battery."
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"Focusing on image quality instead of megapixel count is a much welcomed approach in my opinion, and I hope the ridiculous megapixel race slows down in order to focus on the sensor quality lenses that can be crammed into a P&S size camera."
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"The picture quality is generally great for a small-sensor P&S camera and takes full advantage of the 12 megapixel sensor."
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"The camera performs well for a 1 2.3 sensor, maxing out at ISO 1600 for a decent image."
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"So I started looking I for a true shirt pocket sized camera with a long zoom range and good image quality for its sensor size."
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"The image quality is very good when compared to other camera with a sensor this size."
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"- The 12 MP sensor and lens combination is clear and sharp with snappy colors."
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Service

Service:
"I'll contact Customer Service again....very frustrating! "
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"I'm angry with Canon customer service that they have failed to address this claim and deny its existence, returning to me a poorly functioning camera."
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"Very disappointed in Canon customer service."
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"Very disappointed in Canon quality and their customer service leaves much to be desired."
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"Excellent service."
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"One thing I want to point out is that Canon customer service is excellent."
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"I'm returning it to Best Buy where I also purchased the 1 year service agreement."
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"Amazon's service was exceptional as usual and the camera is great as well."
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"5 stars to Amazon and its customer service as well! "
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Sharp

Sharp:
"Good camera sharp and takes a beating when you travel."
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"You can be driving and take a picture and the photo comes out nice and sharp."
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"Pictures are amazingly sharp, video playback was excellent, but this camera has a notorious battery issue that Canon has yet to address which makes the camera useless."
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"The photos it produces are all Canon with sharp details and good color reproduction."
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"I wanted a camera that produced sharp photos, easy to use, and could take telephoto shots."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"My complaint is that low light results in a very slow shutter speed and or a high ISO setting so anything moving (like children) is blurred or grainy."
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"The flash mode is called Slow-Synchro and it slows the shutter speed to brighten the background, I found it was best used if you were taking a photo of something in the shade that required flash while still capturing the scenery in the background."
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"When my Canon SX210 died due to shutter error, I investigated the upgrades to lessen the learning curve and found the SX280 HS to be a good choice."
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"If you attempt to shoot a longer shutter and narrow aperture to increase your depth of field or blur water or action, the camera will blow out the scene."
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"If you want to take a picture after viewing just press the shutter button to activate the lens and you are good to go."
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"Camera takes great pictures when the shutter will open."
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"I suppose that you can play with aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity to get good pictures in low light conditions or at night... nevertheless, who has the time to experiment with that?"
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"The optional shutter priority setting is great when you having moving objects in your shot or are zoomed in."
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"I took 2 shots, one normal, and as expected it was a terrible typical flash on camera shot, and the background disapeared, and then used the shutter feature and the background came out fantastic showing all the lit area nicely and warm while the flash had lit the object I was taking."
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Size

Size:
"Biggest plus is it's size as I don't enjoy carrying a case."
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"My only complaint with this camera is the size."
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"I have small hands and it doesn't bother me but my hubby hates the flash location, He can't work the camera without his finger getting in the way."
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"It is not the perfect camera but for a small pocket camera that takes great pics it is just right."
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"The low light performance without flash is impressive (considering the small aperture and small sensor size in this compact camera) - it is surprising how many low light shots I take in AUTO now and the camera doesn't even want to turn on the flash."
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"Pros:1) The camera is a perfect size to carry around."
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"It is small, light-weight, and easy to use."
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"The camera is reasonably small but heavy for its size, seemingly mostly metal and with an obviously good build quality."
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"I've owned many small cameras such as this one, and it's the best."
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"good camera, takes good quality pictures, is nice looking and a good size."
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Speed

Speed:
"The battery drains very fast and sometimes the camera thinks it's dead and sometimes it doesn't... Also images at higher zoom are just not as good of quality and much more susceptible to blur than my older version of this camera...."
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"My complaint is that low light results in a very slow shutter speed and or a high ISO setting so anything moving (like children) is blurred or grainy."
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"Battery problem when shooting video, pretty annoying because it has some cool shooting options and slow motion setting."
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"However, the SX160 is a VERY slow camera, not good for action shots."
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"It's only drawback is it's speed from shot to shot, even with the fastest (10) SD card...it's slow."
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"Fast, great photos."
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"Battery problem when shooting video, pretty annoying because it has some cool shooting options and slow motion setting."
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"Very good camera but default setting on speed is conducive to burred pictures."
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"I'm still not a photog expert but have learned a good deal about light and speed as I've learned to use this camera."
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"This camera replaces a Canon PowerShot SX130 12 MP Digital Camera that took great photos but was slow, used batteries quickly and took a long time between shots."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"I sometimes don't hold it very steady (see a hate it item below), but the image stabilization works well."
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"The 20x optical zoom is truly incredible, and the true natural Image Stabilization (*not* digital) is fantastic: you can actually take a 20x zoomed picture without it being blurry!"
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"The stabilization feature was good because most shots were from a moving canoe."
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"The best photos are (of course) when you are able to stabilize the camera on a surface or with a tripod.3) Extremely crisp edges and detail!"
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"This camera fills the bill and the Stabilization Control is outstanding."
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"The 20X zoom is truly impressive, and the stabilization is fantastic -- handheld pics at full extension (500 mm equiv.)"
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"- The WiFi is useless (extremely difficult to connect and the interface is horrible if you are able to connect)The camera does take some great pics - love the low-light sensitivity, the image stabilization and the 20x optical zoom."
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Travel

Travel:
"Good camera sharp and takes a beating when you travel."
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"This is great if you want to travel or share pics on facebook, instagram, etc."
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"perfect for travel"
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"Much smaller for travel than my D60' with almost as good pics."
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"If you photo expectation is to record life events, your travels and people(including movies of grandchildren) this is a great choice at a modest price."
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Video

Video:
"The only drawback is that the video does chew up battery, so be sure to have a spare or two if you plan to shoot a lot of video."
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"This SX280 got less-than-good reviews because of its movie mode problems (draining the battery) -- but I don't do movies."
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"This camera would be a 4-5 start camera, if not for the well-known battery issues filming video."
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"I hate the battery life, and the impossibility of taking a video -- the battery dies within seconds."
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"The GPS works fine but the Wi-Fi setup and use seem overly complex (haven't tried it yet).BUT...the battery problem with video is as others have stated."
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"Excellant telephoto and video."
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"I also took videos at a concert and they came out great, even the sound's OK."
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"I rarely use video, which is why I bought this camera, which is otherwise excellent -- especially at the price I paid."
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"If you don't plan to use video, I can recommend this camera, especially if you can find it at a good price."
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"Great pics and awesome video, but I'm seeing the same problem as everyone else with the low battery indicator coming on shortly after shooting video."
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Weight

Weight:
"But without all the extra weight, hassle and STEAL ME appeal of the Cannon 60D."
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"I wanted something that would give me at least occasional DSLR-quality photos without the bulk and weight, and I've been quite happy with it.2) Pictures in low light can be quite clear."
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"It is small, light-weight, and easy to use."
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"Light weight and easy to use."
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"It performed great , easy to use and light weight with a great telephoto lens."
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"Great shots, light weight, vivid colors."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"For example, the old one had a digital zoom, missing on the new one."
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"The battery drains very fast and sometimes the camera thinks it's dead and sometimes it doesn't... Also images at higher zoom are just not as good of quality and much more susceptible to blur than my older version of this camera...."
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"I am a little disappointed that the photo viewing option only zooms in and out."
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"I've missed so many once in a lifetime pictures because of this.. Its zoom is still flabbergasting."
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"Was disappointed in the zoom."
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"There's a computer in there, you know)Lithium batteries (I prefer the A1100's NiMH AAs so you can get a new set at any Staples for cheap or use alkaline AAs in a pinch)So, with all of 2 days of experience under my belt:1) Nice easily-portable camera at a low-ish price2) Power hog, due to inefficient GPS, big zoom, and powerful microprocessor being pushed by video, etc."
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"Has many nice features such as the 20X zoom, manual capabilities, and ease of operation."
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"The zoom is excellent."
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"Takes pictures well, and the zoom is great."
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"The zoom in and out are great."
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"Love the zoom range on this camera!"
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