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Canon PowerShot S230 / Digital IXUS v3 / IXY Digital 320

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1585 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and size. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, but the manual image adjustments and control panel get mixed views. There are some negative opinions about the zoom and viewfinder.

portability, usability, image quality, size, battery

flash, features, shutter, viewfinder, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S230 / Digital IXUS v3 / IXY Digital 320 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS Review


The Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS is an outstanding ultra-compact digicam that is loaded with high quality features and the powerful HS system. It produces amazing image quality while still being easy enough for anyone to use. Read more in our Full...

Ultra-Compact frame makes it easy to carry with you at all times ; Incredibly easy to use ; Loaded with useful features ; Outstanding image quality ; Excellent 1080p HD videos ; High quality 3-inch LCD screen ; Versatile 8x optical zoom lens with great...

Can be hard to operate with one hand ; Did struggle slightly in high dynamic range situations ; Short flash range ; We were not able to achieve 3.5fps or 8.7fps using the burst modes

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS is an outstanding ultra-compact digicam that is loaded with high quality features and the powerful HS system. It produces amazing image quality while still being easy enough for anyone to use. Read more in our

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Canon USA Powershot S230 Digital Elph Camera


WHAT'S HOT: The latest model in the popular Digital Elph series packs a lot into a small package. It has a 3.2-megapixel image sensor, a 2X optical zoom, and a tough aluminum case that should protect the camera if you ever accidentally stuff it into a...

The camera produced very appealing images, with accurate colors on both indoor and outdoor shots. Shots using the built-in flash looked good, too, and the camera helps prevent red-eye by using a bright LED illuminator, which many subjects find more...

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Canon PowerShot S230 Digital Elph


The S230 is a great camera in a small package with a number of easy-to-use features.


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Canon Powershot S230


The S230 captures high-resolution still images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels for printing or you can select 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768 or 640 x 480 size for screen or web use. For creative control it has a Photo Effects mode; a shutter speed range of 15...

A new Intelligent Orientation sensor has been added to both models to detect whether an image has been recorded horizontally or vertically. During image playback, the sensor detects the proper orientation of each image, and previews them accordingly...

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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot S230 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Camera Operation The S230's user interface is very straightforward and relatively uncomplicated to use, although the host of external controls may seem daunting at first. Most of the camera's functions are controlled by the buttons on the top and the...

The S230 has a 2x, 5.4-10.8mm glass zoom lens, equivalent to a 35-70mm zoom on a 35mm camera. Aperture is automatically controlled, but the maximum setting ranges from f/2.8 at full wide angle to f/4 at full telephoto. A maximum 3.2x digital zoom...

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Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH


The S230 isn't just a higher resolution ELPH -- it also incorporates the new DIGIC image processor and iSAPS technology, also found in the more expensive PowerShot G3

Very good photo quality in most situations ; Small, elegant metal body ; Super fast performance ; Impressive movie, playback modes ; Has an AF illuminator lamp ; Above average battery life for a small camera ; Great software bundle

Major redeye problems ; Wish it had a 3X zoom lens

On the whole, I'm pleased with how this latest Digital ELPH performed. The PowerShot S230 is a very responsive camera in terms of startup, shutter lag, and shot-to-shot speed. It offers quite a few manual controls too, including white balance and...

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Canon PowerShot S230


The PowerShot S230 Digital Elph is one impressive little Canon. Note the above is the name used North America, mine is called a Digital IXUS v3, which is the named used in Europe and Australia. It doesn't have any aperture or shutter priority modes,...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S230 (Jim Cook, 24 Nov 04)


Excellent little camera. I have been using the S230 since first released.


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great product


Great pics, easy to use, metal casing(durable),small,quality

ok zoom, pics look alot worse on cam than computer

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S230 (Sven Lundquist, 22 Jun 04)


It is one fantastic camera with superior image quality.The moment I got it I fell in love with it. It is compact yet powerful companion for any vacation. The metal body isrigid enough to withstand minor abuse. I say there is no competition for Canon...

Second battery pack is a must. One small thing that bothers me is the battery indicator. It starts flashing very shortly before running out of power, other than that absolutely no problems

Product Specifications

With the PowerShot S230, you've got the best of both worlds - the compact size and high style of the Digital ELPH series plus the higher resolution of a 3-megapixel camera. It's the combination you've been looking for! With its 3.2 megapixel CCD, the PowerShot S230 offers the superior resolution you need to create images of extraordinary depth, detail and brilliance. Canon's high-quality 2x optical zoom lens allows you to close in on the action, while the 3.2x digital zoom allows for a combined 6.4x zoom letting you capture intimate details that might have been missed with another camera. The factors that attribute to the S230's outstanding image quality doesn't end with the high resolution CCD or the superior optical zoom lens. Canon has packed into this camera's compact body the new DIGIC Imaging Processor, for even greater picture quality and faster processing speed. Then, Canon took it a step further by incorporating iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology for more accurate autofocus, auto exposure, and auto white balance. The PowerShot S230 is one of the few digital cameras to feature wide area 9-point autofocus for taking crisp, sharp images no matter where the subject appears in the image frame. Now take movie clips up to 3 minutes long with the S230! Both picture and sound quality have been improved and an editing feature allows you to delete unwanted scenes during playback. The S230's Photo Effect mode lets you do more with your still images. Choose from Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Sepia, Neutral, and Black & White. The S230's Intelligent Orientation Sensor senses whether your images were shot horizontally or vertically. So, when you play them back on the LCD screen or download them to your computer, your images are always right side up. Forget about connecting the S230 to a computer just to print. You can choose from Card Photo Printers CP-100 or CP-10, or from Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers S830D and S530D for full color and full size prints. One connection is all that's needed.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night mode / Stitch assist/Landscape / Macro / Slow shutter / Stitch assist/Night mode / Macro / Stitch assist / Landscape

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB/32MB


Model:S230 Coach Edition Gift Pack/S230 Digital ELPH/V3
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.0
Max Focal Length:10.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:2
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7 / 1/2.7"/1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Low Sharpening / Vivid/Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical