Canon IXUS 230 HS review

A slim 8x zoom compact with high sensitivity sensor

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to create these graphs.

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Canon ixus 230 hs signal to noise ratio
Canon ixus 230 hs signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Canon IXUS 230 HS have a good consistent signal to noise ratio throughout the sensitivity range, with the results closely relating to the Nikon Coolpix S8200 upto ISO 1600.

Dynamic range

Canon ixus 230 hs dynamic range
Canon ixus 230 hs dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Canon IXUS 230 HS's JPEGs dynamic range results are consistently high beating the Samsung PL170, Nikon Coolpix S8200 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22. This shows that the Canon IXUS 230 HS is capible of resolving a higher than average amount of shadow and highlight detail across the sensitivity range.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourSilver
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 Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
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