As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot S230 is also often compared to travel zooms. The Canon PowerShot S230's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS20) and Canon (such as the PowerShot S120)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S230 compared to other compact competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (87×57×27 mm) vs compact (100×59×29 mm)) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes much lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 12 MP).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
11 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the S230)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the S230)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S120 and S230

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon S230 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is slightly smaller (compact (87×57×27 mm) vs compact (105×59×28 mm)) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (2x vs 20x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3") and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
9 years newer

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the S230)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the S230)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ZS20 and S230

  • Very small: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Compact (87×57×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 206 g vs 250 g