Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$176.79 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $53 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
210 shots vs 110 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
106x59x33 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX230 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
215 g vs 306 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.8"
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Around 30% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX150 IS110 shots
              SX230 HS210 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX150 IS0.9 fps
              SX230 HS3.2 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX150 IS1,600 ISO
              SX230 HS3,200 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
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              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $180

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $144

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $286

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $150

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $213

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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