Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera, 12.1MP, 14x 28-392mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens, 3 inch LCD Monitor, Black

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About Canon SX230 HS

Travel the world with the new PowerShot SX230 HS (5043B001) digital camera. It's the first Canon PowerShot to come with GPS technology that'll automatically tag your photos with time and locations. You can even view all the photos' locations on a map by using special bundled software. And with amazing features, such as the HS system, 12.1 Megapixels, 14x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 1080p Full HD Video, the stylish PowerShot SX230 HS is your essential traveling companion!

The Canon SX230 HS is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel and more.The Canon SX230 HS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon SX230 HS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SX230 HS: Compact, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Nice body color, Short lag time and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (31),Large clear LCD (21),Easy to use (20),Good image quality (20),Compact (18),Zoom range/performance (17),Fast / accurate auto-focus (16),Good in low light (16),Nice body color (14),Short lag time (9)
No viewfinder (5),Lag / shutter delay (3),Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (21),Travel (18),Landscape/scenery (17),Low light (16),Sports/action (8),Weddings (6),Wildlife (4),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (10),Photo enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Canon SX230 HS Features

  • The Canon HS system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot
  • The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas
  • Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS system is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing
  • Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH has never been easier. You'll be able to record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button and you won't have to worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady
  • The new PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera is the first PowerShot digital camera to come equipped with GPS technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos for you to vividly remember time and time again
  • You can also maximize the usefulness of this GPS technology by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes sharing the memories of your worldly adventures very fun
  • Besides displaying all your photos' locations on a world map, the SX230 HS digital camera's GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo-a great way to visualize how much you've traveled during a particular trip
  • You can also create and share custom maps-like a personal mini-travel guide!-with friends and family members to give them ideas on what to see and do when they visit a particular destination
  • A powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens provides a wide range of shooting possibilities that are great for traveling and everyday photography
  • An ultra wide lens will let you photograph large groups, beautiful landscape and tall buildings, while the Optical Image Stabilizer will help keep images steady and clear
  • The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level - automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you
  • Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for
  • Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approx 4 sec) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required - Movie Digest Mode does all the work
  • Add some vintage nostalgia with Toy Camera Effect. Toy Camera Effect recreates this look by darkening the edges to make them appear as if they were photographed through a pinhole lens and adding contrast
  • The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera's high resolution (461,000 dots) 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images
  • This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it features Night Display for easy viewing in low light

Canon SX230 HS Specifications

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash
1/2.3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
5.0 (W) - 70.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 392mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal AF: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 2.0 in - 1.6 ft (5-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT LCD with wide viewing angle and Touch Panel Technology
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.1 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, i-Contrast, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Manual (3 levels), Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE Lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
2.5 - 11.5 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft (T), 75cm - 3.5m (W), (1.0 - 2.0m, (T))
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Easy, Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, SCN, Creative Filter, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous Shooting
Normal (P Mode): 3.2 shots/sec.
High-speed Burst: 8.1 shots/sec.
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, Eye-Fi Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
16:9: 4000 x 2248 (Large), 2816 x 1584 (Medium 1), 1920 x 1080 (Medium 2), 640 x 360 (Small)
3:2: 4000 x 2664 (Large), 2816 x 1880 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1064 (Medium 2), 640 x 424 (Small)
4:3: 4000 x 3000 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small)
1:1: 2992 x 2992 (Large), 2112 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1200 x 1200 (Medium 2), 480 x 480 (Small)
Playback Modes File 1
Stills & Videos: Easy, Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Filter Playback, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Playback Modes File 2
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Location Information Display, Resume, My Colors, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, i-Contrast
Videos: Normal Playback, slow motion, skip backward, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind, editing, resume
Erase Modes
Select image, select range, all images
Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Mini-HDMI connector
Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Supply
Battery Pack NB-5L, AC Adapter Kit CA-DC10 Approx. 210 shots Approx. 4 hours
Power Source
Battery Pack NB-5L, AC Adapter Kit CA-DC10
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 210 shots
Playback Time
Approx. 4 hours
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.16 x 2.42 x 1.31 in. / 105.7 x 61.6 x 33.2mm
7.87oz / 223g (including the battery and memory card)
6.88oz / 195 g (camera body only)
Mfr #

Canon SX230 HS Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Super Zoom with VR

For those times carrying a SLR isn't an option. The image stabilization is very good for a compact point and shoot.


Most Liked Negative Review


Average compact superzoom camera

Camera flash doesnot always pops out automatically, automatically turns off

Reviewed by 27 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Sweet camera!


from Upstate NY

What a bargain this is! This is a sweet little camera with 14x zoom, shutter/aperture priority or full manual control, GPS, wide angle lens, and bright display. I love the manual control including ISO from 100 to 3200.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Love this camera


from Atlanta, GA

This is a great portable camera for taking to events.


Best Deal ever


from Nashua,NH  -  Casual Photographer

This camera has got all the features a casual photographer like me needs. As somebody said, this is truly a Mercedes in point in shoot. Though not that good during night shoot (no other point in shoot are good either, go 4 DSLR), at [$] I dont think I can find anything better than this.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


great camera


from VA  -  Photography Student

I bought this camera for my daughter, she loves the color.


Very happy with it!


from Hebron, CT  -  Casual Photographer

Got it to take photos of my daughter, pets and family members, mainly, and have been very happy with it. Will use it for travel and events also, but haven't had a chance to really evaluate it for that purpose.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic camera-- love the zoom!


from Cleveland, TN  -  Casual Photographer

I especially like the ability to zoom. Very easy to use--and I love the color!


very good little camera for the money


from Bethesda, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wanted a compact, reliable travel camera to use and not have to drag my heavy professional gear. This camera performs that function very well. Not top notch gear of course but well worth the money.


Nice Shots


from TN, India  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this product through my brother from US to India. But the major fault is the Flash unit not worked from the first day. I approach the service center in India but the cost of Flash Unit is tooo high.


Greate camera


from Reykjavik, Iceland  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this to use alongside SLR camera. Its light and fit well in pocket. Very good picture quality in most cases. Battery life is not bad but using the GPS feature drains battery a lot. Overall this is a fine camera with a lots of fine feature and easy to bring along everywhere you go.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


My Little Work Horse


from Bellingham, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This camera lives in my purse because I wanted a great quality, but compact and easy to bring with me, camera. Thank goodness, because I have been able to catch some great moments with it, from amazing sunsets and nature shots, to photographing my child playing. I am particularly impressed by the zoom when in video mode. This new model lets you have an actual optical zoom in video mode- not just a little digital zoom that the previous models had. For a compact point and shoot camera, I am impressed by the picture quality, range of features, and ease of use. And the software lets you upload your video right to YouTube. Excellent camera.


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Shopper  is this new or refurbished ?
VENKATARAMANA N  Hello, I purchased a Canon power shot SX230 from Adorama, I got the package with an opened box, it is not a factory sealed box, not sure it is refurbished or new item.
Shopper  How long does the battery last when using GPS, vs. when not using it?
MARILYN W  The GPS does run the battery down fairly rapidly. On a two-hour bike ride, taking a few photos along the way, one battery was essentially used up by the GPS. Otherwise, a battery lasts through many photos. It was fun to position the photos exactly on the GPS track to illustrate the bike ride. If the intention is to document a very specific location, then turn the GPS on for the photo session and wait for it to capture the sattelite. Don't forget, you're capturing the lat and long where you are standing. The objective you're photographing may be some distance away, across a river or canyon, for example.
Shopper  is this new or refurbished ?
VENKATARAMANA N  Hello, I purchased a Canon power shot SX230 from Adorama, I got the package with an opened box, it is not a factory sealed box, not sure it is refurbished or new item.
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