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Canon IXUS 230 HS Digital Camera - Silver (12.1 MP, 8x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

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  • Get close with 8x optical zoom or get everyone in with 28mm wide-angle lens
  • Premium image quality even in low light using HS System with 12.1 Megapixel CMOS
  • Slim metal body with 7.5 cm (3.0"), strong and clear PureColor II G LCD
  • Intelligent IS adapts the optical Image Stabilizer to the scene (7 modes)
  • Detailed, clear Full HD movies (1080p) with optical zoom, stereo sound, Powered IS and HDMI-CEC


Product details

Colour Name: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 9.6 x 5.7 cm ; 141 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 608 g
  • Item model number: 5270B006AA
  • ASIN: B005I8XM5Y
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,935 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Colour Name: Silver

Product Description

Canon Ixus 230 HS Camera Silver 12MP 8xZoom 3.0LCD FHD 28mm Wide

Manufacturer's Description

Zoom into life

The IXUS 230 HS is a small yet powerful compact camera – in fact, at just 22.1 mm, this is the first Canon camera to offer an 8x optical zoom in such a slim and compact body. With its 8x zoom lens, Full HD movie capability and the low-light skills of the HS System, this fashionable, elegant addition to the IXUS range is the perfect partner for nights out. Smart Auto lets you focus on living life to the full, safe in the knowledge that the camera will do all the hard work choosing the right settings for you to capture the best images.

Features include:

  • 28 mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens
  • Canon’s unique HS System for excellent low-light performance
  • Smart Auto detects 32 different scenes for the ultimate in “point and shoot”
  • Full HD movies (1080p) with optical zoom, stereo sound, Powered IS and HDMI-CEC
  • High-speed Burst and Super Slow Motion Movie help capture fast action scenes
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Slim metal body with a 3.0" (7.5 cm) PureColor II G LCD screen
  • Intelligent IS automatically adapts the optical Image Stabilizer to the scene
  • iFrame movie (720p)
  • Handheld Night Scene for clear nightscapes
  • Face Detection including Smart Shutter with Smile Detection and Wink Self-Timer
  • Creative shooting modes including Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome and Miniature Effect
  • Movie Digest records before each shot to create a bonus movie
  • Onscreen Hints & Tips explain all functions

Compact but powerful zoom

The impressive 8x optical zoom capability in a camera as compact as the IXUS 230 HS makes it one of the slimmest, super-zoom cameras of its kind. The zoom lens features Canon’s precision optics and a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which means significantly reduced blur and ultra-sharp images, even in low-light conditions and when the zoom is fully extended. You can therefore capture truly unique scenes in any light conditions and detailed close-ups, even from afar.

The lens is the most important part of any imaging device and all Canon cameras incorporate lenses designed and manufactured by Canon to the most exacting standards - based on over 70 years of experience. Although initially designed for Pro and EF lenses, Canon’s award-winning technology has been adapted for its range of IXUS and PowerShot digital cameras for outstanding results. So you can be assured that the same quality that professionals so admire is at the heart of every Canon camera.

Striking, super-slim, elegant camera

The IXUS 230 HS fuses leading optical technology with stand-out design. This elegantly-styled compact camera features an ultra-slim stainless steel body available in a range of vibrant colours so you can select the shade which best suits you. It also boasts a large 3.0" (7.5 cm) PureColor II G LCD screen with toughened scratch resistant glass, meaning it’s not only stylish but practical too.

Capture the scene exactly as you see it with the Canon HS System

The IXUS 230 HS features the powerful Canon HS System, which combines a 12.1 Megapixel high sensitivity CMOS sensor with Canon’s advanced DIGIC 4 processor. The system allows for incredibly high image quality, especially in low-light conditions. The increased sensitivity of the HS System allows it to capture a wider dynamic range, reducing over-exposure of highlight areas and loss of detail in shadows. It all adds up to a remarkable quality of image in all light conditions – enabling you to preserve your memories in perfect detail, whether in stills or video.

In low-light, camera shake is controlled
In low-light, camera shake is controlled
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Low-light

The Canon HS System truly excels in low-light conditions. Capturing well exposed subjects inside, against dark backgrounds or outside in low-light can be difficult. The flash range is not sufficient to light up the background but turning it off can cause blurring from the instability of handheld shooting. With the Canon HS System, background illumination is improved, dark areas are reduced, and camera shake is controlled – maintaining complete image clarity and eliminating blur.

Less noise, clearer detail

The HS System allows for significant noise reduction at all ISO levels while maintaining accurate colours and crisp detail. The camera also supports a maximum ISO speed of 3200 at full resolution, while an extended maximum ISO speed of 6400 is available at 3.0 Megapixel resolution, allowing the camera to capture the natural ambience of dimly-lit environments without the flash.

Meanwhile, Canon's i-Contrast feature also offers improved contrast and greater detail in tricky lighting conditions. Available in either shooting or playback mode, i-Contrast analyses the exposure, dynamic range and other image characteristics of a shot then adaptively increases the contrast in dark areas to produce heightened detail in those regions. It does this without over-exposing correctly exposed parts of the image, while the camera's noise reduction technology ensures minimal noise in the adjusted areas.

Effortless shooting for the whole family with Smart Auto

Smart Auto mode allows the IXUS 230 HS to automatically analyse conditions and select the optimal setting so you can concentrate on your subject, confident that the camera will produce superb results. Advanced Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses shooting conditions, detecting people, distance, brightness, colour and movement, then selects the perfect setting from 32 specially defined scenes. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or friends in the park you can be certain you'll get the image you want.

Smart Auto is also more than just scene detection. Servo AF/AE detects moving subjects to ensure focus and exposure is always correct, while Smart Flash Exposure optimises exposure and flash controls to ensure your subject is perfectly lit whilst dark and light areas are accurately reproduced. Or if you want to add a completely new dimension to your footage select Miniature Effect for dramatic and compelling miniature-style videos.

Without Intelligent IS close-up shots can be blurred
Without Intelligent IS close-up shots can be blurred
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Blur-free images whatever the situation with Canon’s Intelligent IS technology

The IXUS 230 HS benefits from Canon’s Intelligent IS technology using optical methods (lens shift) which is renowned as the most effective method of hand-shake correction. So whether you’re shooting stills or movies, Intelligent IS automatically identifies the shooting situation and then selects the most appropriate type of image stabilization from seven possible modes. For example, when capturing a close-up of a flower the camera will automatically select Macro IS with Hybrid IS technology, but then it will switch to Powered IS when filming distant subjects with the zoom. This allows you to focus on framing the image you want, safe in the knowledge that the camera is working to eliminate as much camera shake as possible, even if you need to move with your scene.

Record fast-paced, Full High Definition movies with stereo sound

For moments that are best caught on video, the IXUS 230 HS offers the capability to record HD movies at 1080p with HDMI-CEC compatibility. The full 8x optical zoom is available during shooting and stereo sound guarantees clear, CD-quality audio every time.

In addition, the IXUS 230 HS benefits from an HDMI port, allowing you to display your stills and videos on your HD TV or monitor directly from your camera. Additionally, if you have an HDMI-CEC compatible TV then you can even use your television remote control to browse through your images from the comfort of your sofa.

The lens’ quiet motor allows you to use the full range of the optical zoom during recording with minimum audio interference plus a dedicated movie button allows you to instantly start movie recording so not a moment is missed. And in most modes, the movie will take the settings from the particular stills mode you are in – e.g. monochrome, sepia or even Miniature Effect.

The IXUS 230 HS also supports a different format for recording its HD movies too - iFrame Movie. This Apple™ format is designed to speed up the editing and importing process by keeping the content in its original recorded format. Of course, if you have a PC with Microsoft® Windows you can still upload your movies onto that as well.

High Speed Burst allows continuous shooting up to 7.8 shots per second
High Speed Burst allows continuous shooting
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High-speed shooting

Canon’s high sensitivity CMOS sensor also offers the capability to shoot at super high speeds which provides excellent benefits in a range of situations.

High-speed Burst

In High-speed Burst mode the IXUS 230 HS can either take 8.7 shots per second at 3.0 Megapixels, or 3.5 shots per second at full 12.1 Megapixels resolution. This allows you to capture fast-moving subjects, so whether you’re shooting sports events or life in motion you will never miss a moment of the action.

Super Slow Motion Movie

Super Slow Motion Movie mode slows down fast-moving subjects by capturing QVGA resolution video at a staggering 240 frames per second (VGA resolution at 120fps) - they can then be played back at normal speed for a spectacular slow motion effect. This is perfect for analysing a golf swing, recording a bird in flight or just for a bit of fun. The free software included with the camera supports multi-speed playback, allowing for your footage to be viewed both at real or slow motion speed, so you’ll never miss a moment.

Handheld Night Scene

Handheld Night Scene mode allows you to capture clear, detailed night scenes. With this mode selected the camera takes consecutive high speed shots and then combines the image data into a single image, ensuring the best possible exposure with the least amount of blur – perfect for handheld shots taken at night.

Explore your creativity

In addition to being the ultimate stylish super-zoom compact, the IXUS 230 HS also features several creative modes for fun and exciting results. These include Miniature Effect (also available when shooting movies), Super Vivid, Poster Effect as well as Fish-eye Effect, which distorts the image to offer a unique view on a more traditional scene. With Toy Camera Effect you can capture colourful shots that look as though an early pinhole camera has been used. With Monochrome you can achieve black and white, sepia or blue monochromatic tones for more atmospheric images.

The IXUS 230 HS also allows for multi-aspect shooting, which means you can produce images of different shapes and sizes, including square and widescreen 16:9 format. Plus, if you want to create photobooks, the Photobook Setup mode will help you to select the most suitable images when creating a unique album.

Fast, intelligent processing for superb image quality

Face Detection Technology
Face Detection Technology
Face Detection

With Face Detection, up to 35 faces can be detected in each shot - focus, exposure, flash setting and white balance are then automatically adjusted for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones.

Face Select & Track

Face Select & Track allows a single face in a crowd to be selected and tracked as the main subject.

Smart Shutter mode for effortless group shots

Canon’s Smart Shutter mode uses Face Detection Technology to allow users to take both group shots and self-portraits more easily and in a more relaxed way. The shutter can be triggered remotely in three different ways:

  • Smile Detection - the shutter is triggered when the camera detects a smiling face within the frame.
  • Wink Self-Timer - the shutter is triggered two seconds after the subject in the frame has winked, removing the need for a remote control.
  • FaceSelf-Timer - this enables perfect group shots or self-portraits by automatically triggering the shutter two seconds after a new face has entered the frame.

Capture everything with the Movie Digest feature

Unique to Canon cameras, Movie Digest allows you to create a VGA quality film telling the story behind the images you’ve captured that day. Every time a still image is captured, the preceding 4 seconds is automatically recorded as a movie clip - these are then automatically collated into one complete video showing the highlights of the day.

Shoot with confidence

Easy Hints & Tips provides onscreen guidance so even beginners can operate the camera with confidence straight from the box. Menu explanations are always easy to understand and when settings are changed the relevant icon displays in an easy-to-see orange colour delivering a sophisticated and pleasant operating experience.

Power efficient with quick recharge

The IXUS 230 HS runs off an intelligent rechargeable Li-Ion battery that will give you hours of shooting pleasure and is quick and easy to recharge.

Automatic Red-Eye Correction

Automatic Red-Eye Correction is available in both shooting and playback mode and accurately removes the red-eye effect that can be caused by a flash.

Upload to YouTube

For fast and easy uploading of your clips to social websites like YouTube, Easy Web Upload software is included free in the box. This will display your movie clips and can also store your YouTube login details – so you can simply select your clip and upload with just one click.

Accessories

The IXUS 230 HS is compatible with a range of accessories including an AC adapter kit, a battery charger and a battery pack, an HDMI cable and a high power external flash unit, the HF-DC1, which can be used to supplement the built-in flash giving you more flexibility to explore your creativity.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By anne on 28 Dec 2011
Colour Name: Pink
I take many photographs and have had a few cameras over the years but am not a professional on cameras. However i am always careful and check reviews etc before buying and eventually decided (over two weeks) on the canon ixus 230 as I felt it met my requirements. I use it for personal use only but use it a lot outside hill walking etc as well as inside. i have not been disappointed. I chose the pink colour which is lovely and also bought a pink matching case from amazon which fits nicely. the camera is compact and can easily fit into a pocket and is easy and quick to start up. The camera is easy to understand and the buttons are all straight forward, easily accessible and self explanatory which i like. The zoom is quick and very clear as is the quality of all photgraphs which impressed me immediately. There is an automatic flash built in so no "pop up flash" required. There is a gps function but so far have not used this but might when out hillwalking or on holiday. The battery is charged on an external charger and so ordering an extra battery means you won't run out of charge. So far the only down side is no panoramic views unless i have just not found it yet!

So for anyone wanting a small quality camera with easy to follow features and excellent quality photographs while pocket sized and allows extra batteries so you don't run out of charge then i would highly recommend this camera. You won't be disappointed and is excellent value for money.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Janet on 25 Oct 2011
Colour Name: Silver
I am only an amateur so I cannot advise on the technical side of the camera. For the more technical stuff you would want to look up a professional review. I have however quite a few cameras, some still working and some I have worn out.....a Canon 40d, Canon SX10 & 20, Nikon Coolpix, Pentax 90, APS Nikon, Fuji s7000, 3 fuji compacts and probably 6 35mm cameras. I enjoy taking photos and have worked my cameras to the limit. I wanted a camera to keep in my handbag because many times I have gone somewhere and missed a photo opportunity and carrying a bridge camera round I soon got shoulder ache as well as half my handbag taken up. I was looking on Amazon at cameras and was drawn to the Ixus 230 because it had a reasonable optical zoom range. I saw online a couple of photos taken with the ixus 230 and the photos looked good so brought it. I have had the camera now 2 weeks and so far so good, I am pleased with it and it has to be one of the best I have owned. It took me all of 5 minutes without looking at the manual to work out where the settings were, where the creative filters were and the camera has taken some impressive shots. I tested it on Firework night. I have never taken any half decent photos on firework night even on cameras with firework settings so was very sceptical I would get any good photo. I was surprised. The photos I took were excellent. I have not got a steady hand and did not use a tripod and putting the camera onto firework mode I was expecting a disaster especially as one shot was between 3 and 10 seconds. How it did it I do not know but each photo came out near perfect. I had people walking through the photo as it was being taken, car lights as cars drove past and shaky hands and you would never have known.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rach on 18 Jan 2012
Colour Name: Black
I think I have fallen in love! I ordered my camera on Saturday and it arrived today (Wednesday - two days earlier than delivery estimate) and I've spent the whole evening snapping away.
As a keen amateur photographer I had wanted to save up for an SLR, but being a clumsy 18 year old I cracked the screen on my old camera and needed a replacement pretty quickly, so I went for this, as it seemed an excellent quality camera for a descent price, and that's exactly what it is! The quality of photos is brilliant - I can't wait to use it in a few weeks for my trip to Venice!
This is a good investment, and I no longer feel the need to buy an SLR!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Dos Ramos Garcia on 6 Jan 2012
Colour Name: Silver
Great little camera. It is perfect for some that just wants to take good pictures without knowing very much about photography and don't want to carry an heavy camera. As you can find on professional reviews this camera takes great vivid pictures, has a great 8x optical zoom and it fits all your pockets. The battery life till now its been a very good surprise. I think its a great buy!
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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful By juice on 14 Nov 2011
Colour Name: Purple
I've owned an Ixus 220 HS since it was launched in the UK; the lil' red beastie has been to various exotic places such as China and Germany, as well as dozens of gigs, festivals and events. Alas, it's now somewhat bruised and battered, so I was instantly interested in its successor, the Ixus 230 HS. Partly because it has an 8x zoom (rather than 5x), but also because it's available in purple ;)

As far as successors go though, there isn't much between the two cameras. The 230 HS is slightly bigger and some of the controls have been moved around (to accommodate the slightly larger LCD), but fundamentally, the differences between the two cameras can be summarised as follows:

The Ixus 220 HS has a 24mm lens (wide-angle) and a 5x optical zoom
The Ixus 230 HS has a 28mm lens (ultra-wide-angle) and an 8x optical zoom

This then begs the question: is the extra optical zoom a worthwhile trade-off for the loss of the ultra-wide-angle lens?

Well... for me, the answer is sadly "no". Having taken both cameras out over the weekend (two separate events; 800 photos in total), it soon became clear that the difference between 24mm and 28mm is nearly as dramatic as the difference between 28mm and 35mm: with the 220 HS, you can stand closer to your subjects, making it easier - and quicker - to compose your shot. While I initially started off with the 230 HS, by the end I found myself defaulting back to the 220 HS for most shots.

To be fair, my "use-case" is fairly unique: the events were held in relatively small, enclosed spaces and I was mostly "capturing the moment", rather than getting people to pose for the shot (for staged shots, I switched back to a bridge camera!).
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