Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Review

Overall Score

44

Main Features

  • 12 MP 1/2.3 BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • 28-392 mm (14x) F3.1-5.9 Zoom Lens
  • 100 - 3200 ISO
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • Built-In GPS
  • 106 x 62 x 33 mm, 223g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: PowerShot SX210 IS
  • Replaced by: PowerShot SX240 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Overview


First introduced in July, 2011, Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a 12 MP Compact with a 1/2.3 (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor. Canon replaced the older Canon SX210 IS with PowerShot SX230 HS. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Canon SX230 HS with Canon SX210 IS

Canon replaced PowerShot SX230 HS with Canon SX240 HS. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Canon SX230 HS with Canon SX240 HS


Canon SX230 HS comes with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm BSI-CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 7.7 mm (0.3").

- Full Frame
- Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Sensor resolution of Canon SX230 HS ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Canon SX230 HS has Crop Factor: 5.62

The sensor has a surface area of 28.5 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Canon SX230 HS


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Canon PowerShot SX230 HS with competitors in small sensor superzoom cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
AF Face Detection
1/3200s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
28 mm Wide Angle Lens
Optical Image Stabilization
3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
3.1 Lens at Wide
9 Focus Points
2 AE Bracketing Range
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Built-in Viewfinder
Slow Lens at Wide: F3.1
Low Screen Resolution: 461k dots
Low Battery Life: 210 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
No External Flash
Slow Lens at Tele: F5.9
Slow Continuous Shooting: 461 fps
Type Scores

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS has an Overall Score of 44/100 and ranked #286 out of 801 in Compact cameras, and ranked #636 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Canon SX230 HS Scores
Imaging score
20
Features score
49
Value for money score
61
Portability score
95
Overall score
44
Average Scores in Small Sensor Superzoom
Imaging Score
24
Features Score
50
Value For Money Score
61
Portability Score
85
Overall score
45

Physical Dimensions of Canon SX230 HS


Canon PowerShot SX230 HS weighs 223g and has external dimensions of 106 x 62 x 33mm (4.17 x 2.44 x 1.3"). Considering that the average weight of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras is 388g, Canon SX230 HS is 165 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Canon SX230 HS is less by 7mm more than the average length in Small Sensor Superzoom.

Weight Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Canon SX230 HS
223g
Average weight
388g
Min weight
136g
Max weight
1415g

Thickness Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Canon SX230 HS
33mm
Average Thickness
65mm
Min Thickness
0mm
Max Thickness
181mm

Here is the front and top view image of Canon PowerShot SX230 HS with the dimensions:

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight PowerShot SX230 HS Dimensions PowerShot SX230 HS
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Canon SX210 IS 220 g 223 g 103 x 61 x 38 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Canon SX240 HS 224 g 223 g 106 x 61 x 33 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Canon SX260 HS 231 g 223 g 106 x 61 x 33 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Canon PowerShot S120 Canon S120 217 g 223 g 100 x 59 x 29 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Canon SX610 HS 191 g 223 g 105 x 61 x 27 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Canon SX270 HS 233 g 223 g 106 x 63 x 33 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS Canon SX720 HS 270 g 223 g 110 x 64 x 36 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Canon SX510 HS 349 g 223 g 104 x 70 x 80 mm 106 x 62 x 33 mm

Specifications of Canon PowerShot SX230 HS


General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SX230 HS
Announced July, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Lens Mount fixed lens
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier
Number of Lenses 0
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 461k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder None
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/15 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/3200 sec
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 3.50
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size 1/2.3
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 6.16 x 4.62 mm
Sensor Area 28.5 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3200
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS Built-In
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 210 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NB-5L
Physical
Weight 223 g
Physical Dimensions 106 x 62 x 33 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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