Support me when shopping by clicking here first!
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Gordon Laing, May 2013
 
 

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Handheld Night Scene

Support me by
shopping below


  Canon PowerShot SX280 HS results
1 Canon SX280 HS Quality
2 Canon SX280 HS Noise
3 Canon SX280 HS Handheld Night Scene
4 Canon SX280 HS Sample images

Like most recent compacts, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS offers a composite mode which stacks multiple images taken in a burst into a single image to reduce noise or shake.

Canon calls this Handheld Night Scene, and it's available through the Scene menu. It selects the sensitivity automatically, and for this scene opted for 800 ISO. So for comparison I reshot the composition in Program mode, manually selecting 800 ISO to match.

Note the Handheld Night Scene crops the image to give it some leeway to compensate for movement between frames, so the crops below show a smaller area than the single frame version.

Like most recent compacts, the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS offers a composite mode which stacks multiple images taken in a burst into a single image to reduce noise or shake.

Canon calls this Handheld Night Scene, and it's available through the Scene menu. It selects the sensitivity automatically, and for this scene opted for 800 ISO. So for comparison I reshot the composition in Program mode, manually selecting 800 ISO to match.

Note the Handheld Night Scene crops the image to give it some leeway to compensate for movement between frames, so the crops below show a smaller area than the single frame version.

At first glance there's two major differences between the Handheld Night Scene and the single frame version: the image size and the smoothness. As I mentioned earlier, the size is due to the Handheld Night Scene cropping the image during the compositing process, hence the smaller area. The smoothness is the compositing and processing in action, with the Handheld Night Scene version eliminating almost all visible noise textures compared to the single frame version.

While the absence of noise at 800 ISO is impressive, there isn't actually any more detail captured or retrieved from the data. All that's happened here is the noise has effectively been smoothed out, but with no further loss of detail as a result. In this respect, Handheld Night Scene mode works like equivalent modes on rival cameras. Think of it as sophisticated noise reduction which can smooth out the textures without losing any more detail in the process. Again though there's no extra detail captured and also watch out for the image crop in the process.

Now let's check out a broad selection of Canon SX280 HS sample images!


Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Program mode at 800 ISO
 
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Handheld Night Scene at 800 ISO
Program Mode at 800 ISO
Handheld Night Scene at 800 ISO
Program Mode at 800 ISO
Handheld Night Scene at 800 ISO
Program Mode at 800 ISO
Handheld Night Scene at 800 ISO
Program Mode at 800 ISO
Handheld Night Scene at 800 ISO


Canon PowerShot SX280 HS results : SX280 HS quality / SX280 HS Noise
/ SX280 HS Handheld Night Scene


If you found this review useful, please support me by shopping below!
 
Living Landscapes eBook
By Todd and Sarah Sisson
Price: $29.99 USD (PDF download)
More details!

Todd and Sarah Sisson are two of my favourite landscape photographers and in this superb ebook, they'll reveal the secrets behind their wonderful photos. Over 130 pages, it combines tutorials, field guides and technical advice, using the beautiful scenery of New Zealand as a backdrop. An informative and attractive ebook that's highly recommended for anyone wanting to improve their landscape photography! Well worth the price.
     

 

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2014 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs