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.
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.
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.