Summary Canon SX230 HS

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Screen size
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Screen resolution
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Wide angle
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Movie format
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"great-looking video quality." | talking about the camera's video-quality
"The camera's controls are a mix of good and bad" | talking about the camera's button-layout
"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." | talking about the camera's overall-performance


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The Canon SX230 HS vs other recent compacts

GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/3200 of a second
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
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The Canon SX230 HS vs other recent travel zooms

Size Really small Help
Compact (106×59×33 mm)
Weight Very light Help
215 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Canon SX230 HS vs other recent compacts

Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.2 fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.8 MP
Announced Old Help
February 2011
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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The Canon SX230 HS vs other recent travel zooms

Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
461k dots
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Zoom Poor zoom Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Battery life Very short battery life Help
210 shots
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds


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Avatar for faizanulhaqq faizanulhaqq (7:26 PM, February 03, 2013)
The buzz kill for me while taking shots is the blur. I like the Canon SX230 and Canon IXUS 510 but dont know if these will help me out or not or should i look for any Model with "IS" feature. So what do you recommend? thanks in advance
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:07 PM, March 13, 2012)
Thanks we will fix that up soon.
Avatar for Abhilash Krishnan Abhilash Krishnan (2:36 PM, March 13, 2012)
Snapsort, I read your comparison of SX230HS and SX220HS. It points out that SX230HS have GPS builtin and 8.1fps continuous shooting but SX220HS have 3.2fps. According to Canon site these two camera's have only one difference, GPS. Please correct this by entering same fps in both cameras.
Avatar for Joe Joe (3:48 AM, February 07, 2012)
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS or Casio Tryx, please I need your recommendation.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:38 PM, January 21, 2012)
Hi Ajay, yes it does, check out the Canon SX230 HS specs page, it includes several slow motion video modes up to 240fps.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:37 PM, January 21, 2012)
High speed movies is when the camera shoots movies at > 60 fps, say 120fps.  Then video can then be slowed down to 30fps, and it looks like slow motion.
Continuous shooting describes the camera's ability to take still photos in rapid succession.
ajay (5:53 AM, January 21, 2012)
is canon sx 230 come with slow motion video mode ???
Goro (10:55 AM, January 03, 2012)
I have the SX210 IS, with which I am very happy.  However, considering that the SX230 is better at low light situations. I am not sure if it is worth getting it for taking pictures at low light moments that are not still (concerts for example). Any recommendations here? 
Skbitta (9:09 PM, December 29, 2011)
Based upon review I purchased Canon PowerShot SX230HS While taking Video for more time I found this camera was hot from the button sides. Is it a normal phenomenon of this camera? Did any body noticed? Please share your experience@gmail:disqus with my experience at
guillermroig (1:38 AM, December 17, 2011)
It's a very good camera, the main problem with it, is that dust accumulates quite easily beneath the lens, but actually this doesn't affect image quality... I don't find any problems with the location of the flash, most people exaggerate about it. Another problem is that in-video focusing is very slow...But it's still a great camera. I was actually surprised at its results, the image quality is great!
Panjang (6:38 PM, December 02, 2011)
When you use this spec to compare to other cameras, ie. Canon 300HS, it's like comparing apples to oranges. The 300HS shoots at 3.4fps but with focus only locked on the first frame which isn't much difference compared to 3.2fps on the SX230HS. If anything, this 0.8fps spec is a pro on the SX230HS because it gives you the autofocus ability in continuous shooting mode, which is lacking in some of the cameras you compared. 
AaBoy (2:26 PM, November 25, 2011)
I'm looking to buy a camera and I'm considering Nikon P300, Sony hx9v or Canon SX 230 HS. Wich should i buy? Or do you recomend another camera for about 280$?
Poit2 (3:06 AM, October 14, 2011)
What is it most closest competitor? Im split between this and the Sony HX9V?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:35 PM, August 23, 2011)
Also, according to Canon, the SX230 shoots 0.8fps at full resolution with autofocus, but without focus locked on the first frame it shoots at 3.2fps (from page 87 of the manual)
Vysakh (9:33 AM, August 13, 2011)
I am planning to buy Canon SX230 HS. Hope it will be a good decision.
Guest (1:05 AM, August 12, 2011)
What is the difference between High speed movies and Slow continuous shooting?
Faraz E (11:07 AM, July 18, 2011)
the bigget hassle is the flash place which is exactly where you want the hold the camera from
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:38 PM, July 13, 2011)
Here is our comparison of the Canon PowerShot SX220HS and the Casio TRYX, Snapsort recommends the TRYX.
Boss (9:21 AM, July 13, 2011)
Which one is the best
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS or Casio Tryx, please I need your recommendation.
Vineet Dhar (6:14 AM, May 28, 2011)
Hello, please guide me to the best camera for casual outdoors / vacation shooting purpose..i am curently oscillating between the Nikon S9100 / Canon SX 230 and the Sony HX9V...any suggestions would be welcome!
Vicki (2:33 AM, May 19, 2011)
Can someone help me here---I have the SX230 in my hands---what I am wondering is where are all the Shooting Programs located at---I think I have been all through that camera and all I see is the ones on the dial on the camera---however there is supposed to be hand held night shot, snow, beach, underwater, foliage, low light, fireworks, etc.........all I see is portrait, landscape, kids & pets, shutter smile which is on the dial on back.  There is also something called Special effects which I would imagine is put on your computer with the software---which I haven't downloaded as of yet cuz I am just trying out this camera.  Can someone please help me find the other Shooting Program modes!!  Thanks so much.  Vicki
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:16 PM, March 30, 2011)
I am not sure we can answer that, but I would guess that low light features would be important, so that Canon 95 IS might be the best choice.
Scott (0:29 AM, March 30, 2011)
If you were to use either product underwater about 60 to 100 ft depth in clear ocean water with the canon UW housing, which would you believe would be better overall. I believe the 230 HS which is newer would shoot better video at 1080P, but the 95 (about 7 months old now) would be for better photography for the lower F stop?
nomie (8:42 AM, March 27, 2011)
Granted, but as listed on page 87 of the manual, it can shoot at 3.2 fps in full resolution. 0.8fps is only if it has to auto-focus in-between frames.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:06 PM, March 21, 2011)
The Canon S95 will have better image quality because of its larger sensor.