Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Significantly smaller 106x59x33 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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4.7x smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weight Much lighter 215 g vs 600 g
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2.8x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.4"
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2.6x thinner
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Macro focus Much better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SX20 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 340 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Zoom Slightly more zoom 20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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recommendations

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

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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX230 HS:3.2 fps
        SX20 IS:0.7 fps
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $149 - $180

        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Travel zoom

        $484 - $526

        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $149

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $320

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $368

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Super zoom

        $649

        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $395 - $479

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $160

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $323 - $405

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker

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