03-09-2014 05:52 AM - edited 03-09-2014 05:52 AM
Problem is, if the new camera proves to be good, then everybody forgets the SX280 story and all of us who suffered it?
I think it means we learn from our experience and tread very carefully with any subsequent purchase from Canon or from any company with a damaged reputation that CAN produce good products. No pre-orders, no assumptions, just test it when its in store and if it meets your needs then purchase. BUT, no hesitation to demand a refund if it falls short. No messing around. People need to be aware of their rights and exercise them.
The only problem is for those who dont have access to a store. Then they will have to rely on forums to see if the majority of people are happy with it and judge the user's comments and samples for themselves.
This is probably sound advice with most products really.
03-09-2014 05:52 AM
Yeah I agree. Also, if you had an extremely bad experience with the sx280 and what you got as a response from Canon isn't satisfactory, why reward them by buying another Canon? There are so many others out there. Granted, I was lucky not to get a lemon, but I wouldn't ever buy another after returning it had it been a lemon.
03-10-2014 06:35 PM
Thanks for the post on the SX700. I suspect the digic6 and or the motor are power hogs and this is why you see the low battery indication when in video mode. IMHO, 40 minutes of video on a pocket cam is not bad if you get decent pictures and movies. Buy a couple of after market batteries for $15 and you are good for a whole day of shooting.
Can you please check to see if the camera is continuously focusing in video mode even when you are not recording.
btw, how is the video quality in 60fps - this is one of the reasons I want this camera
I had the SX40 which we took on a 3 week trip and I do remember shooting at least 15-20 minutes of video & ~150 pictures everyday. The battery would be down to 1 bar or flashing by the end of the day.
I have the SX50 now and I have taken a single 20 minute video with some zooming and the battery level was still showing full. I use a Vivitar 1200mah aftermarket battery.
Both the SX40 and SX50 have the digic5. If the problem is in the digic6 processor, then they must have fixed it on the SX700 and from JKS3's experience, I wonder if they released an updated version of the SX280.
03-10-2014 07:53 PM - edited 03-10-2014 07:54 PM
I'm on #5, canon has no intention of fixing the problem, just keep sending refurbished ones with the same problem, don't buy canon. I missed several photo opportunities because of this heap, now it's doing it on stills!!!
03-11-2014 03:10 AM - edited 03-11-2014 03:21 AM
where to find the manufacturer date?
I believe my camera is a China market model. It is not supported by Canon Image Gallery (since Facebook, Twitter etc aren't available in China). I use the wifi for transfering photos to phone only. I ordere it from Hong Kong and the language options are Mandarin and English only. It is made in Japan.
Note that like most of the users have shared here, my camera absolutely requires a fully charged battery to get 40-50 minutes of video. If it is less than full, zooming during video will cause it to auto-shutdown. This means that if I were to take a hundred photos during the day, then decide to shoot video, I'd run into the auto shutdown problem. This is why I keep some cheap compatibles with me. Video without zoom goes on normally and can go for a while. I got this camera to complement my mirrorless camera (Olympus). I wouldn't ever buy another Canon, no.
03-15-2014 10:32 AM
I managed to get an early SX700. It arrived today (a few weeks before it is generally available I think).
Some photos of the unboxing
Quite a few sample images
After a full charge, I took the camera out for a spin today. Wanting to confirm whether the camera suffered from the same battery problems as the SX280. It was well suited to a family trip we had planned to Dreamworld.
I took around 200 photos and about 8 mins of videos. Battery is still showing as 2/3 full and initially had no red battery warnings when using video / zoom. Later in the day, the flashing red battery symbol started to flash, but I never had a shutdown from lack of battery and as mentioned its still showing as 2/3 full. Zoom at 30x (tiger, Koala,..) shows some usable results.
I also took a few videos - all at FHD 60p :
Apart from a High speed video which bumps the framerate up to 240fps iit drops the resolution to 320x240 :
03-15-2014 12:13 PM