Canon IXUS 230 HS review

A slim 8x zoom compact with high sensitivity sensor

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Canon ixus 230 hs

The 12.1MP rear-illuminated CMOS sensor used in the Canon IXUS 230 HS does a superb job of retaining detail levels and low noise at high sensitivities.

Pictures taken between ISO 100 and ISO 400 are incredibly difficult to distinguish from each other, and the slight softening that occurs at ISO 800 is only noticeable on very close inspection.

Canon ixus 230 hs

Images taken at both ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 show signs of noise on close inspection and a slight drop in colour saturation, but the noise is fine grained with no obvious colour speckling and should still be suitable for prints up to 10x8 inches.

This is superb performance for a compact camera at this price point.

Canon ixus 230 hs

In its default settings the Canon IXUS 230 HS produces vibrant, but natural looking colours. Reds and warm tones tend to come across a little stronger than cooler tones, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If colours need a boost, then the Super-Vivid picture style bumps the colour saturation up to unnatural levels, and other effects such as the Toy Camera mode can result in a more subdued palette.

Canon ixus 230 hs

Evaluative metering strikes a good balance between retaining detail in highlights and shadows and is incredibly hard to fool, providing adequate exposures in very challenging conditions. The balance struck between flash and ambient exposures in low light conditions is also very good, resulting in natural looking images.

Canon ixus 230 hs

Whether Face Detection or normal focusing is enabled, autofocus is blisteringly fast, even in low-light conditions, which enables quick snapshots to be taken confidently. The built-in image stabilisation system also helps to tame camera shake at the telephoto end of the zoom, and in low light conditions.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.8 mm
Width95.8 mm
Depth22.1 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model230 HS
Product NameIXUS 230 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5270B006
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With an 8x zoom lens, Full HD and the low-light skills of the HS System, the fashionably slim IXUS 230 HS is the perfect partner for nights out. Smart Auto lets you focus on living life to the full.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 230 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year