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Canon SX230IS HS Red 12.1 MP 14X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and performance. The low light performance and value for money are also mentioned favorably. The energy efficiency and exposure get less positive views. There are some mixed views about the battery.

image quality, value for money, low-light, performance, color

flash, exposure, energy

On average, users rate this product 73/100.

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A huge waste of time & money


Not being a photo buff, I have (not unreasonably) come to expect that a point and shoot camera will take much of the need to think about which settings will be required to turn out an ok or even good photo... this camera fails to deliver. I purchased...

A good zoom, makes the camera on my cell phone seem good (by comparison to this device)... and... is an expensive paper weight

Poor image quality, poor build quality (cheap painted pastic), horrible customer service, poor communication

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Awesome Camera


I did not buy it from Newegg and I feel bad now. I actually paid almost $350 not too long ago. The camera is an incredible value for the price, the quality of the pictures professional. Based on reviews, I picked this model instead of a DSLR with zoom....

Very powerful Zoom, fast sequential picture taking, GPS, simple UI, small size, superb quality

Direct sunlight exposure adjustment could be better when used in automatic mode

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Fabulous camera


It was time to upgrade from my 2004 point-and-shoot camera. Especially needed a longer optical zoom. Had originally intended to get the SX230 plus a DSLR in order to have broad-based capabilities. But the SX230 has been so versatile that now I'm...

This is an extraordinary camera. Excellent optics. Very long zoom. Good image stabilization. Good colors. Takes good videos. Lets you zoom during video. Flash is plenty adequate. On several occasions I have been amazed with the excellent pics...

Some of the controls can be a bit confusing. One can always use in "idiot proof" mode. But overall there a lots of modes and lots to learn to really use all of the features


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Great camera


Over all I really like this camera. I did a lot of research on line and the digital photography sites I went to rated this as a if not the top choice. I would buy it again.

I took over 2000 photos in 7 days in Rome and had no problems. I had long battery life taking photos and the GPS off. I did buy an extra battery because of excessive zoom use and on/off. Quick start up. Photos are beautiful, clear and the good color. ...

The super vivid mode can make green look a bit too yellow but there is a foliage mode to use. While shooting video if you rotate the camera vertically the video does not rotate like when reviewing photos

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Not a good deal!


Great camera from Canon

in the Encore Tuesday sale at $50 higher cost then every other competitor

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Bought this for my wife to upgrade from our Canon PS A560. I looked at nikons and sonys, but I wanted to get a similar interface to minimize the learning curve. She loves this camera, uses auto mode almost exclusively. I like to get into all of the...

This Great color and resolution, great manual mode features. HD video. Cool looking. Nice zoom. Lots of powerful features like CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4. I like the wheel to scroll though pictures. GPS is a nice feature for travelers. Nice accessories...

Canon calls this camera "Red". It's closer to magenta. Definitely a "girls" camera in this color. The popup flash takes some getting used to

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Awesome Camera!!!


I don't consider myself to be a camera pro, but this camera performs much better than what I expected from any point and shoot camera. I bought it for pictures and videos at concerts and it does an excellent job. Get extra batteries online from...

Amazing quality zoom, auto focus, image stabilization, low light quality, lots of adjustable settings, small form factor that fits in your pocket, picture editing, auto rotation on image review, mini HDMI, and extremely minimal lag for saving pictures....

I turned down the LCD brightness to the lowest setting and I still run through batteries pretty easily. I can record about 4-5 songs at 4 minute length at a concert on a full charge. Battery life is the only reason I'm giving it 4 stars and not 5 ; The...

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Dust in the lens


Within one week I had three big dust particles/lint in the lens. Not sure if this had an impact on the facus, but after a couple of weeks the focus woudl not work properly in either photo or video mode. Had to return it for a refund. This woudl be...

Low light, 1080P, manual focus

menu is somewhat hard to get used to