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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2011
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
on 25 October 2011
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. I am so pleased with the camera that I am tempted to buy another one as back up because the amount I am going to use it on everyday use and on holidays I do not want to over work this one and not have another one as back up if it was to get worn out like other ones I have had in the past.

I definately recommend this camera if you want an easy camera, a reasonable zoom range and creative filters.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2012
Was unlucky to get a terrible example of this camera. First impressions good. Took great shots indoors, much brighter than my previous panasonic. Unfortunately outdoors there was terrible corner softness on wide angle and lots of chromatic aberation. Results were closer to a mobile phone than the panasonic. Was also very noisy on video when zooming. Reading some forums I found that they are built in two places. China and Japan. Very few people had problems with Japanese one but people with Chinese ones often had quality issues. I took it back to store I bought it from and got it exchanged for another. This time it was (luckily - I didn't check) made in Japan. Quality of the 2nd example is very good. No softness or chromatic aberation (there is some in high contrast scenes but its not that noticable) issues.
Pictures are now very good with nice colours and decent sharpness. Very easy camera to use and full auto seems to produce the best results overall but nice to have a few other scene modes and adjustable ISO/metering modes etc.
Video is good. Zooming is noisy on video but at least you can do it. Can't on all cameras.
The HS system on this camera is great for speed but also for low light quality. It really is a cut above other compacts here although we're not quite talking SLR quality. The flash will still be needed in very dark situations. Indoor daylight or indoor well lit room will be possible with no flash though. Overall I'm impressed with the 2nd example, so if you are disatisfied with this camera chances are you have a dud.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2012
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
on 6 January 2012
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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118 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2011
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!). As such, I'm still giving the 230 HS five stars, as it is genuinely a good camera; in all other respects it's at least as good at the 220 HS (there's been some firmware tweaks which may have improved low-light handling, though I haven't done any serious comparisons between the two cameras).

What it boils down to: if you mostly use your camera at pubs, bars, gigs and house parties, the 220 HS is probably better. If you want a camera to take on holiday, the 230 is probably better. It's all horses for courses...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2012
Bought this camera to take on a trip to the Gambia - replacing an 8 year old samsung! Buying on line is always a a bit of a shot in the dark so was surpised and a bit worried by how small and light it was. However I am really pleased with the results I have come home with. I am very much a point and shoot user, so perhaps haven't challenged the camera much, but it was easy to use and fast; I was able to take quick clear snaps of passing scenes - such as moving past animals, birds and people from a vehicle, or birds before they flew off, often using the zoom and sometimes in quite difficult light. Only did one movie - and didn't use the sound, but it is really clear and good. Because it is so small and light it was easy to tuck in a bag out of sight. Very happy with it so far.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 January 2012
Although our Panasonic Lumix FS62 had served us well for the last 18 months it had only ever been a budget camera, albeit a very good one.

I always spend quite a while reading as many reviews as possible before making a purchase of this nature and although I found very few user reviews (I'd assumed because it hadn't been out for very long) various online review sites made strong cases for this being one of the, if not the best compact around right now.

So instead of opting for a camera already heavily reviewed on amazon I took the (minor) risk of believing a small handful of user and professional reviews.

In short, I'm happy I did!!

We had always been impressed with the photo quality of the FS62 but I think if we went back to this model now it would no longer be the case. The test shots I took in poor/overcast outdoor light earlier today look simply amazing when viewed on a laptop, almost on a par with a 4 year old Nikon SLR we had owned up until recently (but with the added bonus of easier usability and transportability!).

Only time will tell if it can continue this kind of performance, but my initial impression is we've got ourselves a truly great little camera.

In all honesty I have never really fiddled around with settings on any camera we have owned so the fact that this camera is well suited to that is also a bonus.

I chose the black colour, but would have been equally happy with the silver. I actually think they look a little better in real life than the stock photos show.

I think if you are looking for a camera at around the £150/£200 mark this should be on your short list if it isn't already, and to save yourself the couple of hours research I did I would just go ahead and buy this one safe in the knowledge you can't really go too wrong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2012
Love this camera. This is perfect for pointing and shooting.
Went on a trip to London and got some really clear pictures. Had a Nikon cool pix before this camera and to compare this gave less blurry shots and clearer images.
It also made peoples skin look luminous in pictures and even in nightclub dark settings it did not blur like my last camera.
I got the pink camera which colour is vibrant. It's also metal and doesn't feel cheap at all.
Overall I love this camera and would recommend it for anyone wanting better quality images without spending loads of money on higher end digital cameras. Perfect for people wanting to point an shoot without the fuss of fiddly manual settings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
I wont be buying Canon Ixus again! This week my Ixus 230HS seized up with exactly the same ailment as previously. My Ixus 230HS has seized with the lens unable to retract and an error message on the screen. The first time the camera was repaired (new lens assembly) under warranty but it is now out of warranty and I assume it will cost more to repair than it is worth. The delicate lens cover fails if the tiniest speck of dust gets in it, it fails to close properly, eventually the lens get stuck and is unable to retract. Exactly the same problem as before, ergo a design fault. Internet search shows many other users report exactly the same fault. Good camera and excellent pics, but the lens cover is the Achilles heel so steer clear if you don't want the same problem.
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