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Canon SX230 HS
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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 Canon camera has received nine awards from expert review sites.

The experts at four expert review sites all concluded that this camera would make a great purchase. This Canon camera received a "Best Buy" award from Expert Reviews, Ljudochbild.se and IT Reviews.com and it received a "Best Buy 4 Star" award from Lydogbilde.no.

This low megapixel digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all of whom said that this digital camera was good.

The writers at two more expert review sites endorsed this camera. The expert at review website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would definitely endorse this digital camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and the author at website Buy-n-shoot.com gave it a "Gold" award and concluded it was superb.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on fourty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this low megapixel digital camera is 79 out of 100.

Excellent Brand

We checked 34,085 expert and user reviews (including 1,203 verified purchases) for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon SX230 HS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-LX7 ($419.95) is also worth considering.

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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 comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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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 that are a comparable age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). The still image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4032 x 3024 (best).

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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 age and spec. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Four Canon SX230 HS owners who purchased it mentioned that it had good features. Expert website Buy-N-Shoot.com said in their review of this digital camera “This camera provides equal image and video quality and has many of the features present in th” . Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “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”.


Display

Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Canon SX230 HS has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (461,000 pixels) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the SX230 HS has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the SX230 HS is more than most low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec cameras that have been available 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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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The SX230 HS features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

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

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The SX230 HS features connection to PC. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature connection to PC.

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Supports PictBridge

The SX230 HS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of digital cameras of this age and type range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.5x. At 14 times zoom factor, the SX230 HS has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 ($493.16) (24x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 230mm. At 392 millimeters, the SX230 HS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the SX230 HS has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SX230 HS supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also support video capability.

There are a number of other cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II, or the Nikon Coolpix 8800 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 this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix 8800 which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon SX230 HS has an HDMI port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SX230 HS has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Seventeen Canon SX230 HS owners considered that it was compact. Dpreview.com said on DP Review “The Canon PowerShot SX260 is a travel zoom camera that packs a 20X zoom lens into a compact and stylish package” in their review of this digital camera. Steves-Digicams.com scored the Canon SX230 HS 5 stars and said on Steve's Digicams “The latest addition to Canon's powerful SX-series line of compact super-zooms” in their review of the Canon SX230 HS. Expert review site Firstpost.com mentioned “The size of the camera makes a huge difference and this is where compact point and shoots” in their review of this digital camera.

Two Canon SX230 HS owners who reviewed it considered that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com wrote “Highly useful for travel heavy vacations or trips” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Firstpost.com said 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”.

One Canon SX230 HS reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was thin. Pcmag.com wrote in their Canon SX230 HS review on PC Mag “This digital camera offers ridiculously sharp images and a 14x optical zoom in a slim body”.

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Average Weight

The Canon SX230 HS has a relatively standard weight (223 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The SX230 HS has a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago which do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has a Custom Colour

The SX230 HS has a custom colour. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera also have a custom colour.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The SX230 HS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The SX230 HS features multi burst mode. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Histogram

The SX230 HS features histogram. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon SX230 HS supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Canon SX230 HS supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon SX230 HS supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This camera also 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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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 that were launched more than two years ago.

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Support

Good Support

Two Canon SX230 HS owners said in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Six years ago expert website Techreviewsource.com said in their review of the Canon SX230 HS “It has both automatic and manual controls, speedy performance”. Expert website Asia.cnet.com said also six years ago “If you want a compact megazoom with manual controls, GPS” in their review of the Canon SX230 HS and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.


Design

Nice Design

Two Canon SX230 HS owners concluded that the product was good looking. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.ph said “The SX230 HS is capable of automatically determining the geographical details of your subject, like a beautiful landscape, such as latitude, longitude, elevation”.

One Canon SX230 HS reviewer considered that this digital camera was well designed. Digitalversus.com mentioned “The interface and controls are nicely designed”.

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Easy to Use

Two Canon SX230 HS reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. Pcadvisor.co.uk gave the product a rating of 8 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Advisor.co.uk “The camera can be as easy to use or”.

One customer considered that it had a good interface. One Canon SX230 HS owner who bought the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus.

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Robust

One Canon SX230 HS owner who reviewed it mentioned that it was well made.

Good Product Quality

Three Canon SX230 HS owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk wrote six years ago “Impeccable image quality and quick, comprehensive controls more than make up for the relatively modest zoom range” in their Canon SX230 HS review and rated the product 7 stars. Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “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” . Expert review site Asia.cnet.com mentioned “Excellent photo quality” in their Canon SX230 HS review and rated the product 7 stars.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Seven Canon SX230 HS owners thought it had gps. Expert website Pcworld.co.nz wrote in their Canon SX230 HS review “Cameras with built-in GPS receivers once seemed frivolous”. Hardwarezone.com.ph wrote in their Canon SX230 HS review “Tipped as Canon's first PowerShot camera with built-in GPS”. Expert review site Techreviewsource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “A 14x optical zoom and a built-in GPS”.


Good Quality Pictures

Nine Canon SX230 HS owners who reviewed it thought it was able to produce good images. Six years ago Digitalversus.com said in their Canon SX230 HS review “It takes high-quality photos, films great video”. In the same month expert review site Techmagnifier.com said “The masses have always wanted a powerful camera which would enable them to click distant things and yet get clear images”. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is the latest travel-zoom camera to hit the market, offering a 14x zoom lens and a sensible 12 megapixel back-illuminated image sensor” in their review of the Canon SX230 HS.

Two Canon SX230 HS owners who reviewed the Canon SX230 HS thought it was good in low light. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “The Canon SX230 lives up to its "HS" High Sensitivity designation with improved low light performance over its SX210 predecessor” in their review of this digital camera. Cameralabs.com said on expert website Camera Labs “The HS suffix stands for High Sensitivity, providing enhanced low light perfor”.

Two Canon SX230 HS owners who purchased the product thought it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “The SX230 has slower continuous shooting” .

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “It would be nice to see a more extensive aperture range, greater ISO span and performance, as well as the inclusion of raw capture” in their review of the Canon SX230 HS.

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Good Video Capture

Five customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good for video recording. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “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” and scored the Canon SX230 HS 6 stars. Rytis G. wrote “The h.264 video only plays back smoothly on my macs”.

Good Quality Lens

Ten people mentioned in their reviews that the Canon SX230 HS had a good zoom. Six years ago expert review site Techmagnifier.com scored the Canon SX230 HS 7 stars and said “The problem with most of the super zoom models is their bulk” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Tomsguide.com scored it 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The camera can shoot 1080p video and utilize that 14x zoom smoothly at the same time (a rarity”. Trustedreviews.com gave it a rating of 6 stars and mentioned on expert website Trusted Reviews six years ago “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”.

One Canon SX230 HS owner concluded that the product had a good lens.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said “The SX230 drops the "IS" (Image Stabilization” in their review of this digital camera yet they only gave the product a rating of 62.263792747378 out of 100.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Canon SX230 HS reviewer concluded that it had a good screen. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Other key features of the Canon SX230 include built-in GPS< a 3 inch LCD screen, full”.

Good Geotagging

One Canon SX230 HS reviewer thought this digital camera had good geotagging. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk mentioned “With the added bonus of a built-in GPS system for geotagging photos” in their Canon SX230 HS review.


Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Canon released the SX230 HS.


Product Identifiers

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