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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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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Explore our gallery of 48 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
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$169.99 vs $229.88
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 30% 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
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
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
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
106×59×33 mm vs 113×73×46 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 2 f-stops 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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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

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

              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
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $232 - $242

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $180

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $204

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot SD400

              Ultra compact

              $352

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $119

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $282

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $239 - $252

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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