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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1101 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and usability. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas the shutter and viewfinder get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Camera


Many travellers usually prefer a compact camera as opposed to the rather bulky superzooms or DSLRs, for obvious reasons.When a person goes trekking or hiking, the size of the camera makes a huge diffe

The Canon PowerShot SX230HS is priced slightly higher than most compact cameras found in the market. However, it provides the user with a wide array of features that really made this camera stand out amongst other compacts. We were hard pressed to find...

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HSDigital Camera Review


The Canon SX230 HS is the 2011 update to Canon's line of compact travel-zoom cameras, combining GPS functionality, a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and 14x optical zoom lens in a slim body. The camera benefits from optical image stabilization,...

At the time of this writing, the PowerShot SX230 HS has already been replaced by the SX260 HS. The newer model is $50 more, and we recommend either saving up the extra cash or, if you’re a really thorough shopper, waiting until we finish our review of...

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS


The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS was one of our highest-rated pocket megazoom cameras of last year. Its successor, the PowerShot SX230 HS ($350 as of May 1, 2011), keeps its core strengths while adding a few notable features.

Very good image quality ; Manual exposure and focus controls ; Compact for a pocket megazoom camera ; Good high-speed shooting performance

Mediocre macro mode ; GPS drains battery quickly

Building on an already-excellent camera, the 14X-optical-zoom PowerShot SX230 HS adds a new sensor, 1080p video capture, high-speed shooting, and in-camera GPS to the mix.


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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Review


Excellent High ISO performance up to the maximum 3200 setting.

Well built body that is also stylish with several color choice options ; Excellent outdoor image quality ; Versatile 14x optical zoom with a 28mm - 392mm equivalent range ; Upgraded 3.0-inch LCD is a welcomed addition ; Excellent High ISO performance...

Pop-up flash not in the greatest position; easily blocked by your left index finger ; Flash Pops up automatically in all modes, which is not always wanted ; Non-existent labeling on the 4-way controller ; Indoor image quality not up to par with other...

The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS offers some very appealing options stuffed inside its petite frame. We were pleased with the camera's overall image quality and shooting performance, with only a few annoyances, many of which have been carried over from its...

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (Red)


The PowerShot SX230 HS is Canon's top compact megazoom featuring a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 14x zoom. It's the same lens used in 2010's SX210 IS and the body is for the most the same, too. The major change is to the camera's imaging...

The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS has good low-light photo quality for its class; excellent color; shooting options that encourage experimentation; and great-looking video quality.

Its shooting performance, though good, lags behind the competition as does its GPS functionality. The battery life is short and the overall design could use some help, too.

If you want a compact megazoom with manual controls, GPS, and excellent photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a good place to start.

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS First Impressions Review


The SX230 HS is Canon's highest-end new PowerShot camera for 2011. The camera is not quite as compact, nor as cheap, as the new Canon ELPH models (the 500 HS, 300 HS, and 100 HS), but it does manage to stuff a ton of features into its small frame. We...

The PowerShot SX230 HS has more controls and features than its small frame suggests, but, at this point, we have no idea if it has the performance to match its enticing specs. With our first look at the camera, we came away impressed by the Full HD...

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS


Canon took an already excellent pocket long zoom digital camera and added GPS and Full HD video capability, resulting in an excellent travel camera that can both see far and wide, and can map your route along the way.

Great zoom range from 28mm to 392mm equivalent; Full HD and slow-motion video; excellent print quality

Low battery life; some chromatic aberration; flash pops up when powered on every time

Pro:Con: 14x zoom ranges from 28-392mm Clean design with metal body Dedicated Record button for instant-on Movies Stereo recording for movies Full HD video recording with optical zoom Slow-motion video Enhanced low-light shooting Full PASM exposure...

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Canon SX230 HS


The SX230 boasts an amazing 14x lens, but image quality suffers for it.

14x optical zoom; Intuitive menu interface

Below average color accuracy; Insufficient noise reduction

At the time of this writing, the PowerShot SX230 HS has already been replaced by the SX260 HS. The newer model is $50 more, and we recommend either saving up the extra cash or, if you’re a really thorough shopper, waiting until we finish our review of...

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Best compact ultra-zoom camera


At less than 8 ounces and just over an inch thick, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (*Est. $295) is one of the slimmest, lightest ultra-zoom cameras you can buy. Its lens telescopes from 28 mm to 392 mm -- a 14x zoom -- and reviewers say it's...

14x zoom lens, very small and light for an ultra-zoom, good image quality, even in dim rooms, full HD video, generous manual and automatic settings

Mixed reviews for GPS feature, flash always pops up when camera is turned on, weak battery

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PowerShot SX230 HS


One of the most popular digital camera genres in recent years has been what some have called the "travel zoom". These compact cameras have typically featured lenses of around 10X - 14X, large LCDs, and HD movie modes. In 2011, camera manufacturers...

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Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/3200


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-5L
Battery Type:Canon NB-5L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes