Canon PowerShot SX230 HS review

The big-zoom camera that remembers where you've been

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When it comes to performance, the SX230 HS impresses. This stout compact may not be the prettiest thing to look at, but it won't let you down when it comes to image quality. The range of exposure modes on offer - coupled with its highly useful 14x optical zoom and Full HD movie features - make this a highly desirable camera, but it's not without its faults. The GPS module works brilliantly outdoors, but loses its lock when you move undercover, and to cap it all - activating the feature worsens the already-unimpressive battery life.

So, the SX230 HS is a bit of a mixed bag, which leads us to recommend that - if you don't really need the GPS functionality, you're better off saving some cash and plumping for its cheaper doppelganger - the SX220 HS instead.

We liked

Excellent image quality with a good level of sharpness and detail overall, as well as excellent stereo sound quality when shooting Full HD movies. The array of exposure modes on offer is excellent, as is the focal length range offered by the 14x optical zoom lens.

We disliked

Battery life is pretty poor and the constant battle with the pop-up flash can get a little tiresome. Results from the GPS system are patchy, with the camera struggling to find a lock when not out in an open space.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPowerShot SX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom14x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Smart Capture, Manual Control, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)223 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height61.6 mm
Width105.7 mm
Depth33.2 mm
Product SeriesSX
Focal Length5 mm to 70 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX230 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX230 HS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSX230HSBK?
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PowerShot SX230 HS is the first Canon digital camera to feature GPS technology which is perfect for travelling. It also offers versatile shooting in a slim body with a 12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor perfect for low light situations and Full High Definition video. The 14x Optical Zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens lets you get close to the action and also capture sweeping panoramic landscapes or large group shots. Simply switch to Manual Control and have the flexibility in your shooting settings to get more creative.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX230 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-5L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LXE
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable AVCDC400ST
  • Wrist Strap NS-DC11
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year