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4.0 out of 5 stars First Canon with GPS, March 28, 2011
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX230 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Black) (Camera)
I bought this camera as a replacement for my Canon SD800IS, where I was very interested in getting the new GPS capabilities. I also have a professional camera with my Canon 7D, so this is more of a family/trip camera.

Overall, I'm very happy the photo quality and manual features offered (control over exposure level, aperture setting, flash level, etc.) Having a single button to shoot video is great. However, the battery life is much shorter than my old camera. I'm getting around 200-220 photos (instead of 600+), with a few videos thrown in, per battery with the GPS feature turned on. Buy an extra battery. For the GPS: it takes about 1-2 minutes for the camera to lock on the satellites once outside. I think it's cool to see exactly where you took a photo and this will be neat for vacations (wish I had it for an Italy trip a few years back).

I recommend this camera for anyone needing a super zoom with GPS. Just note the slightly bulky size and need to carry an extra battery.

Pros:
*Excellent daylight photos
*Very good inside photos w/o a flash, for a compact camera
*GPS feature generally works well, photo locations show fine in Apple Aperture
*Zoom works quickly and they finally show a screen indicator for the zoom position
*HD video works well
*HDMI out is handy, but the cable is sold separately

Cons:
*Battery life is not great with GPS on (about 200 photos/battery). The low battery indicator starts flashing red pretty early (with 25-30% left), so that could be a pro or con.
*Camera is bulky compared to my old SD800IS, so get a case that will hold it. It is 4.16x2.42x1.31in
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2012 6:33:07 PM PST
RC says:
Hi, thanks for writing your review. Is the shutter lag as low as that of the SD800IS? Does it feel as quick as the SD800IS overall?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 6:40:23 PM PST
Jeff W says:
Hi there, thanks for your question. I would say the shutter lag is about the same between the two cameras--not something I have noticed as a problem with the new model.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 4:26:59 PM PDT
I don't have the need for a GPS in my camera, so I was wondering if the GPS in this Canon can be left off?
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