gug wrote in post #16100985
I have the SX280. First off I want to tell you that the battery life is poor. But I am more than willing to sacrifice this for the video this camera is capable of. It shoots 1920x1080 at 60fps, I don't believe there is another camera out there that does this and the video is awesome to say the least. I carry 4 batteries (Amazon aftermarkets, $10 each and work as well as the stocks), they are smaller than a pack of matches, so putting a couple or 3 in your pocket is no issue. At 60fps speed you can run video non-stop maybe 150 minutes. The zoom works all the way through up to the equivalent of a 500mm lens, but once you transcend optical to digital it pixelates quite fast. But through the optical range it is awesome.
The pictures this camera takes are actually quite good for a point and shoot as well. Again the zoom is awesome for a point and shoot. The firmware update fixed my issue with the battery light and it even seems to have extended the battery life. Did I say the zoom is impressive>... I attached a couple pics to show detail. The jet ski's are about 400' away and this is on digital zoom and handheld. I tripod or mono does wonders, but the pics are also much clearer on optical zoom.
Thank you! I'm not really worried about battery life as I probably won't be using it for extended lengths of time in one sitting, but it is something to keep in mind if I take it on trips. And lol, I'm very familiar with the zoom capability....my dad has the SX230 (I think), and he and I came across our very first Mountain Goat last summer that was really really far away. I had at the time a 250mm zoom lens on my SLR, and he had his SX230. I got some horrible, pixelated, CA'd tiny pics of the goat when I cropped with my SLR, he got some awesome, fully-zoomed, clear pics with his P&S. I was kinda jealous lol! Now that the prices have dropped and I've got more money available, I think it's time to upgrade my own P&S.