Although Canon introduced two new DSLRs today (the EOS Rebel SL1 and T5i), the company decided to unveil its new DIGIC 6 image processor in a point-and-shoot camera. The new PowerShot SX280 HS, of course, is more than just your basic shooter. The latest version of Canon’s long-zoom SX-series, the SX280 has been upgraded from its predecessor, the SX260 HS, with a few enhancements, including Wi-Fi.
Besides the new DIGIC 6 processor, Canon has improved the ISO range (80-6,400); Canon said that, compared to the SX260, shooting at 1,600 on the SX280 is equal to 400 on the SX260. Video capture has also gotten an upgrade: the SX280 can record Full HD 1080p video at 60 and 30 frames per second, in MP4 format. Burst mode is now 3.8 fps (versus 2.4 in the SX260), 14 fps in High-speed Burst HQ mode. Autofocusing is also faster. The SX280 now includes Canon’s Hybrid Auto mode for creating steady high-definition video, and an Eco mode for enhanced battery life.
While the SX260 came with built-in GPS, the SX280 offers both GPS and Wi-Fi for transferring images and video to a smartphone or tablet; the Wi-Fi feature also lets you connect to a computer or print to a compatible printer.
Otherwise, the specs remain the same as the SX260. The SX280 has a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a long 20x zoom (25-500mm, f/3.5-6.8), and a 3-inch LCD (461K dots). Battery life is rated at 210 shots.
The PowerShot SX280 HS will go on sale in April for $330.