Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review

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Colours are represented well straight from the Canon SX280, being bold and vibrant without being overly saturated.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review

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Generally, evaluative metering does a good job of producing well balanced exposures.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS review

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The Canon SX280's lens offers a good wide angle of view, giving you plenty of flexibility when capturing different scenes.

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With a 20x zoom range on offer, you have a variety of focal lengths to choose from, making this an extremely flexible proposition for travelling photographers.

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You can choose to shoot in different aspect ratios. By default, the camera shoots at 4:3, but 1:1 is also available.

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For a cinematic look, a shooting ratio of 16:9 is also available.

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You might find yourself using some of the digital filters more often than others. Toy Camera was probably our favourite, giving a distinctive vignette and altering the colours of the images.

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The 20x zoom capability of the Canon SX280 is its standout feature. Here this scene is shot at the fully wide angle end of the lens.

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Here is the 20x optical zoom function at its fullest, which is probably more than enough for most scenarios.

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However, should you want to push the camera even further, Zoom Plus enables you to increase this functionality up to 40x.

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Even at the full 80x zoom, the Canon SX280 is capable of producing images that are useable at small sizes. This is essentially a crop of the higher resolution images, so large scale printing won't be possible.

Digital filters

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Soft Focus

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Monochrome

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Super Vivid

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Poster Effect

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Miniature Effect

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Fish-Eye Effect

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