- Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.6 x 6.2 cm ; 222 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: 5043B009
- ASIN: B004MKNBRI
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Feb. 2011
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,099 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) black
- Building on the success of the SX220 HS, the PowerShot SX230 HS hasloads to offer, including a 14x optical zoom and a built-in GPSreceiver.This stylish, compact camera is suitable for use in awide range of environments. Plus, it's comfortable to grip and use,thanks to its Smart Auto mode.
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After a lot of deliberation between a variety of other cameras (Sony HX9V, Panasonix Lumix TZ-20 etc) and online review comparisons I finally jumped on this for its better image quality, especially in low light situations. Without having the various other cameras to compare against myself, I am still pleased with my choice and am still having fun tinkering with all the settings and features of this superzoom compact. The image quality is impressive capturing natural looking photos by default, while still allowing you to customise colour vibrance and select appropriate scenes (such as Beach, Snow, Foliage, Portrait etc) via the menu. Additional features include smart shutter, where you can take self-photos that are triggered by your smile or even a wink, miniature effect that makes everything look smaller than they are, and toy camera. Of course, all features are listed in the product description, so I won't go too much in to those.
Out of the box the camera feels good to hold, although lacking a rubber grip. It's got a bit of weight behind it even without the battery, but this is likely to be down to the 14x optical zoom lens that the camera is equipped with. By no means is this weight awkward or overbearing, it feels just right. Inserting the battery and memory card is straightforward, so set yourself to Auto and you're good to go.Read more ›
Generally speaking it's good. The low light performance is inevitably not perfect, but having attended the same gig over two successive nights - firstly with the TZ3 and then with this - the performance was markedly improved. I went from mostly blurred shots to a 50/50 mix of crisp and blurred shots. I also took my Canon 450D to the second night, with the 50mm prime lens, and was still getting faster shots from this, so used it in deference to the 450D. The ISO performance tends to get noisy around 1200+, but rather than introducing the standard noise it almost looks like cotton wool on the noisy areas. Different!
It has a lot of features designed to make taking photos easy, so is ideal for the beginner, or those that don't want all the fuss. Equally it still has manual modes for those that want more control. Among other features, it has a "wink timer" which takes photos when you wink at the camera - rather than using a timed countdown. It also has blink detection, to try and avoid this in photos.
I fail to understand the criticisms of the GPS. It does state clearly in the manual that leaving GPS logging on will drain the battery in around half a day, unsurprisingly. Even leaving the GPS enabled for just photos is bound to provide some drain on the battery. I have used the GPS a bit, but mostly turned it off for my gig shots. At the gig I took over 150 photos, without flash, and the battery life dropped a third. I only bought with the GPS feature as a fun option, not for serious usage all the time, unless close to a charger.
The video mode (Full-HD) is indeed a blessing. It's noticeably better than HD. Especially when you hold the camera still and avoid any potential shock, since Full HD is shock sensitive because of the pureness in it's motion.
The menu has a easy friendly user structure which takes my grandma to learn it in less than 10 minutes. Given the fact that I've also got a Leica M8 with some sexy lenses, I'm an apperture-priority mode addict photographer. Hence, I tried the same spirit with SX230 and honestly for the size, price and lens of the camera I'd say it's a great bargain compared to Leica M8.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BEST LITTLE CAMERA IV HAD THOUGHT MY OLYMPUS WAS GOOD BUT THIS TAKES OVER IN EVERY WAYPublished 3 months ago by BITCH21
Navigating through options is not easy. For instance accidentally closing the flash does not automatically re-open when required even if in AUTO mode. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aaron Gusman
I bought this to use occassionally when carrying my DSLR was inconvenient, and for impromptu snapshots, but I've used it a lot more than that. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by TheTimeBeing
Bought this one based on all of the positive reviews all around for a friend's birthday. She has really been enjoying the camera :)Published on 8 Sept. 2013 by Veronika Baranovska
For this price you get all you need: 14x optical zoom lens, in a small pocketable body. Sharp images. Good low light performance. Fast. Includes GPS for geotagging photos. Read morePublished on 7 May 2013 by Oksana Bileviciene
Nice compact camera with great picture quality. It was a present for my wife's birthday she finds it very easy to use just point and shoot and the video quality is good as well!.Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by Mr A Grant
I bought one of these last year but am not a technical expert.I was so pleased with reults and quality I sold my Canon EOS Digital SLR because I thought pictures were as... Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2013 by john morris
After spending hundreds and thousands on top quality camera equipment (SLRs, lenses and accessories), I found myself missing some great photo opportunities due to the less portable... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Dave D