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CanonPowershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.4

(based on 201 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (106)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (170)
  • Easy to use (162)
  • Zoom range/performance (159)
  • Compact (128)
  • Large clear LCD (128)

Cons

  • Short battery life (52)
  • No viewfinder (35)
  • Poor flash (17)
  • Lag / shutter delay (14)
  • Limited zoom (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (143)
  • Family photos (135)
  • Low light (106)
  • Landscape/scenery (104)
  • Video (85)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (88), Casual photographer (67), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (149), Yes (40)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fun little camera! Great results.

I am a professional photographer who absolutely hates hauling his Nikon D3s around for family events. I also don't particularly like carrying a still camera AND a video camera.

After doing my...Read complete review

I am a professional photographer who absolutely hates hauling his Nikon D3s around for family events. I also don't particularly like carrying a still camera AND a video camera.

After doing my homework, I decided to give this little camera a try. I have to say that I have been blown away by the quality of the stills, and mostly by the high definition video! And it's SO freakin' small! Fits in my pants pocket easily.

You have to understand that I'm coming off of an "old" mini DV TAPE video camera. So, to go from that to this digital camera is totally like night and day.

I bought three new digital SDHC cards, and the best value of the three is the Lexar Platinum II 32gb 100x card. It is fast enough to record video at 1080p without a single hiccup. I did get a Sandisk 32gb Extreme card too, but I really wasted my money on that one only because the 200x speed is just not needed with this camera.

My main gripe is that the Canon batteries don't last long AT ALL! I bought a few extra $3.00 generic batteries that work as well or even better! You can find them on that online auction site and other e-tailers.

The image stabilization feature works superbly, but I do notice some "jittery" effects when panning the camera. I'm sure this is due to the camera trying to keep the image stabilized.

Man, with a 32gb card, you can shoot like forever with this camera! And hours of video will fit on the card. I'm in heaven! No more transferring poor-quality tape imagery (which takes forever) to my computer.

I decided to get a compact monopod for this camera because when doing video, it gets difficult to hold the camera for so long. I also bought the underwater housing for it to take it diving. Stills AND video under water! I can't wait to try that out!

I also got the little Canon HF-DC1 flash to go with my new system. It works well most of the time (it has to "see" the flash firing on the camera, so it pretty much won't work in bright light). It is also quite powerful even at its lowest power setting, so it works best on subjects kind of far away. Too close and you'll blow 'em out!

I hope this review helps!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

I've owned nearly every version of the Canon Digital ELPH SD Series since it first came out. I've also owned a 10D, 20D, 50D, T2i and 5DMII. I like the SD series...Read complete review

I've owned nearly every version of the Canon Digital ELPH SD Series since it first came out. I've also owned a 10D, 20D, 50D, T2i and 5DMII. I like the SD series P&S for when I don't want to carry my SLR. In the past, I've had great results with all the SD series for point and shoot photos. I decided to try the megazoom this time, instead of the smaller SD series assuming that the newer P&S camera would be at least as good as the SD cameras I've had in years past.

Unfortunately, I've been very disappointed with the results. In AUTO mode, the camera chooses a high ISO (1600) and slow shutterspeed (1/15 or slower) unless there's a ton of light (bright sun only). Most of the photos are very grainy or have motion blur. AUTO mode also rarely uses the pop up flash in low light conditions (even when not blocked by your left finger). Fortunately I understand the manual settings and can override these issues most of the time. For decent results, I won't shoot anything higher than ISO 200 or Shutter Speed slower than 1/60. Yet with those settings, the camera has very poor medium to low light results. The pop up flash is weak, so unless you're close to your subject in low light, you will not get high quality images.

My older Canon SD point & shoot cameras take much better quality photos, and without all the hassle of trying to use manual mode all the time. Ignore the resolution, it doesn't matter when the photos are so grainy or blurry.

A few other minor complaints as well: there's no easy way to delete the last photo taken, you can have to go into play mode then into the menu. As others have mentions, the pop-up flash is often blocked by where you'd naturally place your left index finger. It's slow to focus. Flash is just weak, period. The zoom is slow and not smooth. I've also inadvertently bumped the mode dial several times away from the mode I wanted. It's also somewhat bulkier than the SD series, so I had to buy a different case. For more bulk, I expected better results.

I've been so frustrated with this camera compared to all my previous Canon's. I expected much better results, especially considering it got decent reviews. It seems very uncharacteristic for Canon. I didn't keep the box, wish I did, I'd return it.

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2.0

Battery Life

By Paulette

from New England

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

    Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

    Like the feel and compact size, this is not my main camera, wanted something small to take alone.The worst part on this camera is the battery life is to shot.I have two batteries and I seem like I'm always charging one.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    E Z to use

    By Skier

    from Powell, Oh

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • My SLR substitue
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

      My every day camera and it is great

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great camera for a birdwatcher

      By Matt

      from OKC, OK

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Red):

        My girlfriend wanted something she could put in her purse and use everyday, which means with her students or just birdwatching. I wanted something with great image quality also. Canon performs well with a reasonable zoom and good image quality in a small package.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Worth buying this product & that too fro

        By G007

        from NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

        It does its job what it was meant to be as a point & shoot. And as usual the trusted B&H service was excellent. Good with it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        1.0

        Lens Covered Failed after four months

        By Twilight Photographer

        from Georgetown, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

          I wouldn't buy this camera. I gave one to my wife for Christmas and the lens covered failed to open properly within four months. I sent it into Canon for a warranty covered repair. The labor cost for a warranty repair and to send it back is $120.16. The flat labor cost is $100 for a warranty repair! Ouch. I love Canon. I have a 5D MarkIII, a 7D, and four L series lenses. But I won't buy another Canon point and shoot.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Lot of features in small package

          By AlexM

          from Tel-Aviv

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color

          Cons

          • Mode dial button is hard
          • Poor Flash ergonomy

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Red):

          Image quality is very good. Lots of features allow great flexibility for those who need.
          On the low side: flash ergonomy is not the best. It is being blocked by your fingers at power up and therefore doesn't open. Not very good grip.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 6
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          great camera for what it is...

          By Cunninghamster

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lcd in bright light
          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

          The video was amazing for such a small and inexpensive camera. I purchased it as a pocket "walk-around" camera that has a longer zoom than my Panasonic LX5. The image quality is great - my only complaint is how poor the LCD visibility is in bright sunlight. I'd suggest looking for an accessory LCD screen hood, shade, loupe, or whatever you want to call it.

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          • No

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          4.0

          A great All Rounder !!

          By Abhinav

          from Mumbai, India

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            A great product from the industry leader in Imaging products. Superb build quality, great lens, very user friendly menus. Supers IQ and Full HD movies.
            Overall, a perfect compact camera with a super zoom lens.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Love it

            By Enviro Tech Team

            from WY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Red):

              Great camera, fast response to all functions. Pictures are amazing for a compact system. Time and gps data is very helpful for our business use. Only thing I'd warn someone is that Red is actually a hot pink magenta type color on the camera body. We had to rename an employee Glenda when he takes this camera :)

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great compromise relfex/pocket cam

              By Florent

              from New York City

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                If you don't want to buy a big reflex camera but you want to be able to use ypur camera manually, this is a great choice. I own a canon 450 eos, and i don't always want to carry it with me especially when light is not good. However i want to have a good camera withme all the time and not just a tourist camera, a good one. This is the ideal product. I

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                • No

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                5.0

                Really nice camera

                By Bud

                from Clarendon, Vt.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                I love the small size of this camera, and the fact that it has a really good zoom.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great Point and Shoot

                By PA

                from Denver/Boulder

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                I use this camera without hesitation whenever I'm unable to take my DSLR.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great point and shoot

                By imagesbyageek

                from avon lake, ohio

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                I purchased product to eliminate taking my dslr to parties and outing but still wanting to take pics. Excellent low light. Love the Gps feature and the mode settin Hz like movie digest. The fact it has a 14x zoom gives me the ability to.get get telephoto shots when I have left my dslr in at .

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again

                By litGod

                from Riode Janeiro, Brazil

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                  Easy to focus, great quality pictures.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  it is a beautiful cam

                  By tito

                  from new york

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Red):

                      very easy use and very beautiful pictures

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great Camera!

                      By Ofer

                      from Israel

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Nice Body Color

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                        I took some pictures, showed to my friend and he bought the same camera too!! the GPS is very cool feature too...
                        excellent picture quality.

                        some reviews said that the battery runs out fast, but it didnt happen to me :) anyway i bought another one just in case...

                        The Flash location is a little bit annoying but its still fine :)

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                        5.0

                        Excellent point and shoot and video

                        By Shereen

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Small lagshutter delay

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Red):

                          We use our SX230 for vacation, marching band competitions, night & day stills and videos. The quality is quite clear, the software easy to use, and the camera is a dream. An 8G memory card, (16G is even better) will hold more than an entire 7 day vacation with multiple shots and videos. I recommend buying a backup battery to hold in your case already charged.

                          This is our second SX230 purchased...as a gift for our college-bound child.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          3.0

                          I would buy yhis product again and again

                          By pau

                          from comodoro rivadavia argentina

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                            very simple use ,exelent images...

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Great Camera

                            By Gpotter

                            from Warwick, RI

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Red):

                              this camera is a great camera for the money. The ISO settings allow for easy indoor sport shooting it is great for outdoor shooting and portraits I am a semi pro photographer and i wanted something small that i could fit in my pocket and take with me this fit the bill perfectly and i am extremly happy with the results great for first time shooters i even tought my mom to use it. Great camera

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 10
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              3.0

                              could have been sharper

                              By vinny

                              from louisiana

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Powershot SX230 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                                    took camera to disneyworld.
                                    pics very good but not as sharp as my canon 570
                                    zoom very good.

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