Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Last Updated (21 November’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DCR

Canon SX230 HS is a 12 MP Digital Camera features 14x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-392mm), ISO 100-3200, Full 1080p HD Video, Dynamic Image Stabilizer, Smart AUTO, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, and a large, bright 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD with high resolution and wide viewing angle. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.16 x 2.42 x 1.31 in. / 105.7 x 61.6 x 33.2mm and weighs 6.88 oz. / 195 g (camera body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info: discount up to $89.01 (30%)

Expert Reviews

Canon SX230 HS Reviews

DCR reviews the Canon SX230 HS and writes;
“The image quality of the SX230 is very good, and by far one of its best selling points….So is this camera worth the upgrade if you already have the SX210 IS? Maybe. If you want a camera and are stuck between the two, spend the extra fifty bucks more and get the SX230 HS, you get more bang for you buck and you won’t be disappointed with the images you capture or video you record.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“Image quality is slightly improved on the previous SX210, that is to say excellent. The employment of a back-illuminated sensor helps the SX230 to perfrom well in low light, with a usable ISO range of 100-800 and even the higher settings proving adequate for web use and smaller prints. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Cameralabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“the SX230 HS offers an excellent range of shooting modes, great video features, a lot of fun unique stuff like Creative filters and smart shutter features, and the best quality images of any pocket super-zoom in its class. If you can live with the fact that it lacks the super wide angle view and fast shooting modes of its competitors, then it has a lot going for it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“Color performance is a strong point with the SX230 HS. Everything turns out bright, well-saturated, and reasonably accurate. Exposure is generally good, though it really struggles with highlights, blowing them out every chance it gets. White balance is fairly accurate, too, but Auto goes warm indoors. You’re better off selecting the appropriate preset for your lighting or using a custom setting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Techradar reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“Excellent image quality with a good level of sharpness and detail overall, as well as excellent stereo sound quality when shooting Full HD movies. The array of exposure modes on offer is excellent, as is the focal length range offered by the 14x optical zoom lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Trustedreviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“Edge sharpness and resolution of fine detail are both very impressive, with the SX230 delivering above average results on both counts. At lower sensitivities, where image noise is completely absent detail is especially impressive – easily good enough to print at A3 size with no discernible loss in quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS captures a lot of fine detail with strong definition at ISOs 100, 200 and even 400, though details are a hint soft here. Even results at ISO 800 are better than expected.”
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Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“The controls are all clearly labeled and have unique shapes and feels to them, while the in-camera menu system itself is legible and easy to get around. The camera also uses Canon’s typical “function menu” which, with a single key press, brings up a whole menu of typical shooting options that the user can scroll through on the edge of the screen.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMAG reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“With impressive image quality, good speed, a high-powered zoom lens, and a GPS module, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is easy to recommend.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and writes;
“Canon consistently makes some of the best-performing point-and-shoot cameras in our tests, and the PowerShot SX230 HS is no exception. Its image quality puts it among the top tier of 2011’s pocket-megazoom class, and the camera can be as easy to use or as manual-oriented as you want it to be.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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User Opinions

Canon SX230 HS User Reviews

Looks to be a winner for vacation pictures
“It’s not that much bigger than an S95, though it’s significantly larger than some of the new Elphs. However, I don’t need a featherweight camera. The SX230 fits in most pants pockets or in a belt case.. 1080p video with optical zoom. S95 has 720p with digital zoom only. Most people won’t need a dedicated camcorder if they get this camera.” – By bevorules77
Rating: ★★★★★

Love my travelcam
“The main reason I wanted this camera is I wanted a big zoom in a compact camera and I wanted great image quality. I love the zoom. I love the portable size. And I have found the image quality to be a big boost over my previous digital cameras, especially in low-light.. I would definitely recommend this camera to others.” – By scrapmaniac
Rating: ★★★★☆

Picky photographer loves this camera
“Great low light capability. By that I mean it takes great shots in a dimly lit room. Great wide angle of 28mm. Fantastic for a camera this size and weight. Perfect zoom length of 14x. Image stabilizer works great! Excellent color. Great features all around – and I haven’t even played with it nearly enough to find all the bells and whistles. Fits in your pocket. Good flash. Quick all around.” – By Lit Critter
Rating: ★★★★★

A Great Camera All Around
“Photo quality is excellent. With all of the different shooting modes, it is very easy to take great shots. Colors are accurate. Indoor shots have turned out great, often times without need of a flash. The camera has a CMOS sensor, touted to allow better low-light shots and it seems to work brilliantly. Outdoor shots have been excellent as well. ” – By B. Sullivan
Rating: ★★★★★

Exceptional Performance
“The low light performance is really impressive; I can only imagine the S95 would be even better with a full F-stop wider lens. However, I have to say that the long lens on this SX230HS has really been more useful on multiple occasions. It’s just fun to be able to get closer in certain conditions like on the paintball field or shooting details on buildings..” – By hkwan
Rating: ★★★★☆

Decent Point N Shoot
“The SX230HS is a definite improvement: It does have higher sensitivity, higher resolution and a wider zoom range. The images are reasonably noise free up to an ISO of about 400. The flash range is short, but decent for group shots up to about 10 or 11 feet away. Auto focus is fast and accurate.” – By Lotus-Seven
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nice camera but somewhat flawed
“The 12MP SX230 HS seems to retain about the same level of detail as the 14MP SX210 IS in low light conditions at ISO 800. I also own the SX210 IS. The SX230 seems to be slightly more light sensitive but seems to have more agressive noise reduction than the SX210.” – By Mr Todd
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent camera
“I find the sx 230 weighs about seven ounces compared to the about 14 ounces of the G12. The G12 is very sharp but the sx 230hs is almost equally sharp indoors and outdoors. The zoom control on the sx230 is far smoother than the one on the G12. Photos seem perfectly exposed, in sunshine and in rain, and in artificial light.” – By E. Dowd
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent camera
“I find the sx 230 weighs about seven ounces compared to the about 14 ounces of the G12. The G12 is very sharp but the sx 230hs is almost equally sharp indoors and outdoors. The zoom control on the sx230 is far smoother than the one on the G12. Photos seem perfectly exposed, in sunshine and in rain, and in artificial light.” – By E. Dowd
Rating: ★★★★★

First Canon with GPS
“Overall, I’m very happy the photo quality and manual features offered (control over exposure level, aperture setting, flash level, etc.) Having a single button to shoot video is great.. GPS feature generally works well, photo locations show fine in Apple Aperture” – By Jeff Wright
Rating: ★★★★☆

Avant garde performer, low light champion
“Low light support: This is the most talked about feature, and this was be one of ‘THE reasons’ I chose this camera and it really worth a pat on back for this . The results are really amazing for a point and shoot category camera.” – By NJ’s dad
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon SX230 HS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon SX230 HS Features

Experience the Power.
Canon’s HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.

The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon’s advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.

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Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD.
Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access. Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.

Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you’ll be able to instantly record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button. You can also operate the optical zoom while shooting video so you can get in close–but don’t worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady!

Canon SX230 HS

The Ideal Travel Companion.
Remember where you were and when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker that records your location, and a logger lets you view the locations on a map via Canon’s software.

The new PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera is the first PowerShot digital camera to come equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos for you to vividly remember time and time again! You can also maximize the usefulness of this GPS technology by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes sharing the memories of your worldly adventures very fun. Besides displaying all your photos’ locations on a world map, the SX230 HS digital camera’s GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo–a great way to visualize how much you’ve traveled during a particular trip! You can also create and share custom maps–like a personal mini-travel guide!–with friends and family members to give them ideas on what to see and do when they visit a particular destination.

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* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country.

As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

This software uses Google Map for displaying maps.

Incredible Zooming Power.
Powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens. Great overall zoom for a family vacation to your favorite tourist destination.

A powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens provides a wide range of shooting possibilities that are great for traveling and everyday photography. The versatile 14x Optical Zoom will let you get the shot you want, whether it’s a close-up or a subject that’s far away. An ultra wide lens will let you photograph large groups, beautiful landscape and tall buildings, while the Optical Image Stabilizer will help keep images steady and clear.

Advanced Smart AUTO for Stills and Videos that Shine.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.

The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level – automatically. The camera’s advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you’re shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you’re looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera has you covered whether you’re shooting stills or videos.

* Smart AUTO
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
* P Program
Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
* Av Aperture-priority
You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
* Tv Shutter-priority
You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon’s noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
* Movie Digest Mode
Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.
* Portrait
The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject pop.
* Kids & Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won’t miss those special shots.
* Smart Shutter
The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
* High-speed Burst
The camera shoots continuously at a high speed of approx. 8.2fps while you hold down the shutter.
* Best Image Selection
The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
* Handheld Night Scene
Suppresses image blur even without the help of a tripod.
* Low Light
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
* Fisheye Effect
Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
* Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills
Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.
* Toy Camera Effect
Simulates photos taken with “toy” or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
* Creative Light Effect
Transform background bright spots to stars, hearts, music motes and more.
* Monochrome
Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
* Super Vivid
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
* Poster Effect
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
* Color Accent
Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
* Color Swap
Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
* Beach
Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
* Foliage
Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
* Snow
Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
* Fireworks
Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
* Stitch Assist
Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.

Shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps for up to 14 min. and 34 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in HD (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 20 min and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip. Also shoot in iFrame Movie format (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 13 min. and 35 sec. or 4GB per clip.

Super Slow Motion Movie

Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition. Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos.
Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into one video.

Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day’s worth of clips into a single video. No editing required Ð Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!

Add some Fun to Your Photos!
New scene modes, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, add an artistic look to your photos.

Add some vintage nostalgia with Toy Camera Effect. Toy Camera Effect recreates this look by darkening the edges to make them appear as if they were photographed through a pinhole lens and adding contrast.

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Monochrome lets you sway away from the usual black & white combination. Now you can choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia or Blue to really give your photos the effect you’re looking for.

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See the Image on a Big Screen.
Large, bright 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD with high resolution and wide viewing angle.

The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera’s high resolution (461,000 dots) 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

2 Responses to “Canon PowerShot SX230 HS”

  1. Toni Aull says:

    You Guys are AMAZING!!!
    Affordable Prices 🙂

  2. Superb image quality. Any doubt about it.
    Superb and natural color.
    Superb definition.


    1920x1080p video is simply … well… bad; very bad.
    The Panasonic Lumix TZ10 1280×720 video is better.
    And, yes the image quality is really amazing. Color, definition, sharp as a razor blade but… terrific NOISY.

    Tree days with this camera. Very impressed with all the features. But, also very sad for the noise even at ISO100.

    My humble and honest opinion.

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