12-28-2013 02:55 PM
Ruko was one of the few people in this thread who believed Canon's fix even came close to working. It appears he's now joined the multitude of us who feel completely burned by Canon and this lemon of a camera. If you got this camera for Christmas, my advice is to RETURN IT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!! Canon won't even acknowledge there's a problem - so don't bet your money on a fix that will probably never come.
12-29-2013 01:00 PM
Sony ZS-30. Very interesting. My next camera. Shame shame shame on you Canon !!
If you've got the money and are interested in low light video like indoor basketball, look at the Panasonic FZ200. The fixed length 2.8 lens is worth the money.
12-29-2013 01:20 PM
Yes I believed in Canon because Canon has been very good to me in the past. In fact the firmware download did work initially, but after about a month of intermittent battery charging, wife takes hundreds of pics, the camera now shows low battery all the time during video. It also now will not turn on unless the button is pushed several times and sometimes she has to remove/install the battery to get it to come on. Also a slight jar will turn off the camera. Canon really should do something about their lemon..
01-01-2014 10:30 PM
After extensive research, I purchased the SX 280 camera for my honeymoon to Jamaica. I was completely aware of the battery issues, but purchased the camera anyways for all of its other features. Unfortunately, the battery glitched on several occasions when timing was crutial for taking a picture/video on the honeymoon. I fumbled with taking the battery and memory card out of the camera and trying to reset it, only to miss my opportunity for capturing the shot. There were other times when the camera would shut off randomly even though the battery was 100% charged. These experiences were so frustrating that I've decided to return the camera.
I would like to buy a camera that matches in picture quality for a similar price. I know several people recommended the Panasonic ZS30, but I read that the picture quality wasn't nearly as good. Has anyone returned their SX280 and found a camera that compares on picture quality for a similar price?
01-01-2014 11:22 PM
The ZS-30's video isn't as good as Canon,IMHO, but you can make a few tweaks in post production to make it entirely acceptable. The ZS-30 tends to over-expose but that can be corrected if you abandon the full auto function. The footage it produces for a blu-ray looks great on HD TV and I promise it looks much better than the footage you didn't get with the SX-280. If you want great Canon video buy a SX-260 if you can find one or perhaps a used DSLR like the T2i.
01-02-2014 12:41 AM - edited 01-03-2014 05:35 PM
Anyone thinking about buying or keeping an SX280, PLEASE learn from nattypattyo's experience - this camera is unfixable. Despite the great features you think it has, the whole "not working when you need it" thing tends to be a bit of a drawback.
01-02-2014 11:13 PM
UnionStation, I can tell you're incredibly upset about purchasing the camera. I didn't mean to further upset you with my post, but hopefully you found some solace in your rant against me.
Flyingski, thank you for the information about the ZS-30 and the SX260. Both of these seem like good options.