Canon IXUS 230 HS review

  • £229
  • $250

A slim 8x zoom compact with high sensitivity sensor

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Editor's Choice

Our lab data shows that the Canon IXUS 230 HS handles noise well across the sensitivity range, with results that better both the Samsung PL170 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22. As with the Canon IXUS 1100 HS dynamic range results are high, outperforming the Samsung PL170, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 and Nikon Coolpix S8200.

Resolution charts

As part of our image quality testing for the Canon IXUS 230 HS, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Canon IXUS 230 HSis capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 100
Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso

Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 100
Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 200
Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 400
Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 800
Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 1600
Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 18 (see full image)

Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 3200
Canon ixus 230 hs resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 16 (see full image)

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