06-14-2013 09:45 PM
06-15-2013 12:33 AM
Well I purchased the Sx280 for my daughters birthday three weeks ago. Her first new camera and she wanted to use it for a school project Video and stills. We discovered the video issue right away, and I saw that canon was working on a firmware update. So since she loved the stills... I loaned her my new SX50 to shoot the video for her project and waited for the firmware fix.
Just downloaded the fix today... I had not followed any of the posts here as I just assumed it would fix the problem.
With new firmware and a full battery... I get 2 1/2 to 3 minutes of video before the light flashes. With my camera it only seems to go another 30 secs and the camera shuts down in the middle of a video shoot. I can then switch to any camera mode and turn on the camera and it shows full battery power. Switch back to video and it does maybe 30 seconds and it shuts down again.
Sadly I am past the 15 day window of return with Bestbuy.. (although I am going tomorrow to try and get my money) I am past the 15 days because in good faith I assumed that if Canon said they had a firmware fix, that they really did. My young daughter loves the camera part of this 280, as do I. But since she wants to shoot video of her and her friends...
I really wanted this to work. I love my SX50 and was hoping this 280 would be as nice for her.
So if anyone is really counting... I did the firmware and have seen no real improvement in the video / battery issue.
06-15-2013 04:56 AM
getting annoying this is now.... I turned subscriptions off, it says no posts to show. Yet, I get back from my hols to be greeted with over 100 emails from this site telling me about posts on this thread.
How the hell do I delete my account?
06-15-2013 05:01 PM
Here, here. I have the very same problem, unticking all the options didn't do anything, so I complained to Admin - that didn't do any good either... so what did I do?
I went into my settings and reset my Email to anything but not mine. I don't like doing this but I was receiving Newsletters I didn't ask for , since my complaints fell on cloth ears what else can I do?
This was after I was told it would be looked into.... just like their SX280HS I guess.
06-16-2013 10:02 AM
So I made my first significant use of my SX280 yesterday, taking 703 pictures as well as multiple videos. Pictures look great, however, There are still some quirks with video (I did get 24 minutes as you can see in a previous post).. but I have come to the conclusion, that if the battery is anything less then 100% full when you start recording video, it seems that you will get the red flashing battery almost immediatly and the camera will shutdown..
It's not perfect, but the pictures are incredible for what it is!.. I guess ill leave video to my Canon XA10
Picked up the Wasabi batteries and charger too.. I could have probably used a single battery to capture the 650 or so pictures.. a lot of the pictures were multiple burst photos.. all in all I'm pretty happy with the battery life for taking pictures.
06-16-2013 10:03 AM
hmm.. I always just click the Topic Options pulldown at the top of this page and select unsubscribe.. works every time, but resubscribes you everytime you make a new post.
06-16-2013 12:21 PM
tprevett: Just to clarify for other users still experiencing problems (and Canon, which has been monitoring this thread), the firmware update did NOT fix the video problem on your camera, right? That is to say that anything less than 100 percent charge, you get the flashing red light and the camera shuts down prematurely. Correct?
06-16-2013 12:25 PM
Thats what I did, clicked unsubscribe.
I'm not so happy about Canon now... they seemed to have become 'sloppy' - just like their ink tanks getting smaller and smaller!
For the price of the camera they could have had very least checked the entire functions before release, three or 4 AA cells side by side would have given more room for the cramped controls.... and help to move the flash out the way in the process.
Sack the designer I say, thanks, I've done here!
06-16-2013 12:38 PM - edited 06-16-2013 12:39 PM
I have been thinking about getting the 280 but am now wondering about Canon in general. Today, my EOS 40D USB port broke and broke from normal use. It should last a lot longer. Yes, I could use a card reader but right now I do not have one that reads CF cards. In any case, why should I expect daily use of a CF card on a piece of crap to last any longer!
06-16-2013 01:11 PM
rft_canon, I doubt many here would suggest you buy the sx280. There are 60+ pages of reasons here not to do so. You can do better with your money, but if you do decide to buy it, at least you do so knowing this camera's considerable shortfalls.