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Canon SX230 HS Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 14x Sep 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Nine industry awards
Good size
Good quality pictures
64 Reviews + 9 Awards
Ephotozine Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy

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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This low megapixel camera has received nine awards from experts.

The experts at four expert review sites all thought that this Canon camera was good. Expert Reviews, Ljudochbild.se and IT Reviews.com all gave this camera a "Best Buy" award and Lydogbilde.no gave it a "Best Buy 4 Star" award.

The experts at three other expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this low megapixel camera. Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all gave this digital camera a "Recommended" award.

Another two expert review sites both thought that this camera was good. The writer at website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would highly recommend this low megapixel camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and it received a "Gold" award from website Buy-n-shoot.com who concluded it was brilliant.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 79% based on fourty-four expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine.

Canon Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 34,684 expert and owner reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Quality Pictures

Nine customers who bought it thought it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digitalversus.com rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned six years ago “It takes high-quality photos, films great video”. Also six years ago expert website Techmagnifier.com wrote “The masses have always wanted a powerful camera which would enable them to click distant things and yet get clear images” but despite that they rated the Canon SX230 HS 3 stars out of 5. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com mentioned also six years ago “The SX230 drops the "IS" (Image Stabilization” .

Two customers considered that it was good in low light. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned six years ago “The Canon SX230 lives up to its "HS" High Sensitivity designation with improved low light performance over its SX210 predecessor”. Cameralabs.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Camera Labs “The HS suffix stands for High Sensitivity, providing enhanced low light perfor”.

Two people who reviewed it thought it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “The SX230 has slower continuous shooting” and scored it 80 out of 100.

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Good Video Capture

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Six years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “In particular the addition of full 1080p HD movies makes the new SX230 a more than competent all-in-one camera for both photos an”. Rytis G. rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of the Canon SX230 HS on expert review site Newegg.com “The h.264 video only plays back smoothly on my macs”.

Good Quality Lens

Ten people concluded that it had a good zoom. Expert website Techmagnifier.com wrote “The problem with most of the super zoom models is their bulk” in their review of this digital camera although they gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said “The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a 12.1MP compact travel zoom that packs a 14x optical zoom, along with a wide range of shooting modes” and rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Expert website Tomsguide.com mentioned “The camera can shoot 1080p video and utilize that 14x zoom smoothly at the same time (a rarity”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Seven customers who reviewed the Canon SX230 HS concluded that it had gps. Expert website Pcworld.co.nz mentioned six years ago “Cameras with built-in GPS receivers once seemed frivolous” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.ph wrote in their review of this digital camera “Tipped as Canon's first PowerShot camera with built-in GPS” . Expert review site Techreviewsource.com said six years ago “A 14x optical zoom and a built-in GPS” .


Price

Reasonably Priced

Three owners said that the Canon SX230 HS was good value for money. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “This is a practical and affordable travel compact with plenty of features to keep the more advanced user occupied” but even so they scored it 60 out of 100. Expert review site Firstpost.com said “The Canon PowerShot SX230HS is priced slightly higher than most compact cameras found in the market” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Expert review site Photographyblog.com scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS improves on the previous SX210 model primarily by offering more features at a cheaper price” in their review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixteen people who reviewed the Canon SX230 HS agreed that it was compact. Expert review site Dpreview.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Canon PowerShot SX260 is a travel zoom camera that packs a 20X zoom lens into a compact and stylish package”. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The latest addition to Canon's powerful SX-series line of compact super-zooms”. Six years ago expert review site Firstpost.com said in their review of this digital camera “The size of the camera makes a huge difference and this is where compact point and shoots”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Steves-Digicams.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Steve's Digicams “Highly useful for travel heavy vacations or trips”. Expert website Firstpost.com rated it 75 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Many travellers usually prefer a compact camera as opposed to the rather bulky superzooms or DSLRs, for obvious reasons”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 223 grams, the SX230 HS has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Design

Nice Design

Two people who bought the product reckoned that it was good looking. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned “The SX230 HS is capable of automatically determining the geographical details of your subject, like a beautiful landscape, such as latitude, longitude, elevation” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Six years ago expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk said “The camera can be as easy to use or” in their Canon SX230 HS review.

Good Product Quality

Three owners who purchased the product agreed that it was good quality. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews six years ago “Impeccable image quality and quick, comprehensive controls more than make up for the relatively modest zoom range”. Expert website Digital-Photography-School.com said also six years ago “I liked the longish zoom and Full HD movie capability … I am a great fan of these compacts that can shoot high quality home movies” in their Canon SX230 HS review. Expert review site Asia.cnet.com mentioned “Excellent photo quality”.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

Canon released the SX230 HS in September 2011.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The SX230 HS supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SX230 HS supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SX230 HS is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Canon camera support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The SX230 HS has a fairly standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 640 pixels and 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 461,000 pixels, the SX230 HS has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SX230 HS supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Fujifilm X100 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SX230 HS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon SX230 HS has an HDMI port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon SX230 HS has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 7.4x, and the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x. With an optical zoom of 14 times zoom factor, the SX230 HS has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (£100) (20x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

The SX230 HS has a pretty typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 392 millimeters, the SX230 HS has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.28mm, the longest is 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 230mm.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The SX230 HS has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Canon SX230 HS features multi burst mode. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also feature multi burst mode.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon SX230 HS has an orientation sensor. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an orientation sensor.

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Has a Custom Colour

The SX230 HS has a custom colour, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The SX230 HS features histogram, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX230 HS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of this spec and age. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Canon SX230 HS has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). The still image resolution of all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 4032 x 3024.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels camera.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Canon 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II (12.2MP and higher rated), or the Fujifilm X100 (12.3MP and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Canon SX230 HS features connection to PC, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports PictBridge

The SX230 HS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The SX230 HS features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The SX230 HS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The SX230 HS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "100", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Four owners agreed that it had good features. Expert review site Buy-N-Shoot.com said “This camera provides equal image and video quality and has many of the features present in th” in their review of the Canon SX230 HS. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a top choice if you want a long zoom lens, plus bonus features like GPS, in a camera that can fit in your pocket” .


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon pssx230hsbk, pshotsx230hsblw, pshotsx230hsroz, 5045b001aa, 5045b013aa, 5045b009aa, 5045b010aa, 5045b020aa, 5045b011
Barcodes 00013803133929, 00013803135022, 00013803135169, 00138031350228, 00138031351690, 00714574565835, 00714574571294, 03610170014348, 03610170021438, 03610170531029, 04960999780405, 04960999780429, 08714574565651, 08714574565668, 08714574565675, 08714574565699, 08714574565743, 08714574565750, 08714574565767, 08714574565781, 08714574565835, 08714574565842, 08714574565859, 08714574565873, 08714574571294, 08714574571300, 08714574571317

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