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Canon PowerShot SX230HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with HS SYSTEM and DIGIC 4 Image Processor (red)
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- Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash
- Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access.
- Remember where you were and when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker that records your location,
- Powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens.
- Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
- 12.1 effective megapixels, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS; 14x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
- 3.0 in pure Color System LCD display with wide angle viewing; Built-in flash; Full 1080p HD video with Dynamic IS
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||210 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3.2 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||461,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|HDMI Type||Mini Connector|
|ISO Range||Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 1.3 x 4.17 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.49 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.996 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.355 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.1 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||392 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/3200 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Processor Description||DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NB-5L rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)|
|Zoom Type||Optical, Digital|
Canon PowerShot SX230HS 12 MP Digital Camera with HS SYSTEM and DIGIC 4 Image Processor (Pink)
From the Manufacturer
Experience the Power.Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.
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.
Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD.Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access. Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.
Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button. You can also operate the optical zoom while shooting video so you can get in close–but don't worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady!
Remember where you were and when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker that records your location, and a logger lets you view the locations on a map via Canon's software.
The new PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera is the first PowerShot digital camera to come equipped with Global Positioning System (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.
* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country.
As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
This software uses Google Map for displaying maps.Incredible Zooming Power.
Powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens. Great overall zoom for a family vacation to your favorite tourist 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. The versatile 14x Optical Zoom will let you get the shot you want, whether it's a close-up or a subject that's far away. 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.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
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. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera has you covered whether you're shooting stills or videos.
- Smart AUTO
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
- P Program
Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
- Av Aperture-priority
You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
- Tv Shutter-priority
You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
- Movie Digest Mode
Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video.
The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject pop.
- Kids & Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
- Smart Shutter
The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
- High-speed Burst
The camera shoots continuously at a high speed of approx. 8.2fps while you hold down the shutter.
- Best Image Selection
The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
- Handheld Night Scene
Suppresses image blur even without the help of a tripod.
- Low Light
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
- Fisheye Effect
Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
- Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills
Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.
- Toy Camera Effect
Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
- Creative Light Effect
Transform background bright spots to stars, hearts, music motes and more.
Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
- Super Vivid
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
- Poster Effect
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
- Color Accent
Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
- Color Swap
Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
- Stitch Assist
Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
Shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps for up to 14 min. and 34 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in HD (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 20 min and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip. Also shoot in iFrame Movie format (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 13 min. and 35 sec. or 4GB per clip.
Super Slow Motion Movie
Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition. Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos.
Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.
Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) 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 Ð Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!Add some Fun to Your Photos!
New scene modes, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, add an artistic look to your photos.
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.
Monochrome lets you sway away from the usual black & white combination. Now you can choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia or Blue to really give your photos the effect you're looking for.
See the Image on a Big Screen.
Large, bright 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD with high resolution and wide viewing angle.
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.
3.0-inch with PureColor System LCD Screen
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Top customer reviews
 Very advance camera in a small package. Has a lot of the features of the Canon DSLRs.
 You can edit the pictures within the camera (color, cropping, filters)
 HD video recording is awesome.
 14X zoom plus 56X digital zoom.
 Trigger shooting with smile or wink
 Mini HDMI out put
 Many modes to choose from. Tv, Av, M, P, Portrait, Landscape...just to name a few
 Adjustable shutter up to 1/3200
 Adjustable ISO from 100-3200
 HS and IS makes this thing worth the money
 Menus are easy to navigate (because its similar to the Canon DSLRs)
 The mode selector dial goes all the way around without stopping.
 Too many to list...
 Get your finger off the flash. The location of the flash takes a little to get used to
 Battery life is terrible
 I have big hands so it's hard for me to grip it.
 Aperture is only F3.1 wide open
 Flash charges slow, but is decent for a point and shoot (I'm so used to my Canon 430 EX ii speed lite on my DSLR)
 Shutter speeds of 1 second or longer is limited to only ISO 100.
 Canon makes some of the best Cameras if not the best. You get a lot of the DSLR technology compacted into this little thing.
 If this camera had a F2 Aperture like the Canon S95, it would be Canon's best point and shoot camera released to date, but there's a trade off when you want zoom. Both cameras are neck and neck in my book with the S95 edging it out by a hair because of the F2.
 The biggest difference between the SX230 and SX220 (UK) is the GPS. Why isn't there a SX220 in the US? If you feel like importing one, it's about $80 less.
 Love this camera so far. If you have a Canon EOS camera, it will be a sinch to use. I didn't even read the manual. Otherwise, if this is your first time using features like Tv and Av mode, then you'll want to read a book.
 The price is just right, but could be just a tad lower. You get a great feature rich compact camera for this price. Don't get fooled by the touch or dual screen cameras. They are only gimmicks. If you don't want to carry around a huge DSLR, this is the one for you.
 This camera is for my wife to replace her crappy Sony Cyber Shot. I own a Canon 7D.
 The pros clearly out weigh the cons and there are really no deal breakers in the cons so if I were you, I would stop reading reviews on this camera and just buy it.
It's not the most ergonomic camera ever; I'm sure you'll read about the flash positioning and small controls. The pop up flash is fine since 95% of the time I don't use flash. I simply hold it down while I turn on the camera and it's out of the way. But when I do need it, I have to turn the camera off and back on; a small inconvenience. The size is on the edge of being too big and heavy for a "back pocket" camera. I use a small neoprene bag with a carabiner clip. The LCD is beautiful, but the image frame is smaller than the whole LCD to make room for control displays; a little deceiving but it's high resolution makes up for the size.
Some of the other controls take some getting used to; finding the manual controls and many modes. With that said though, the features of this camera are GREAT. Tons of diverse shooting features that meet all average user needs. There is an "easy shoot" mode which I find myself using if I am in a rush for a shot. I didn't find the problems one of the reviewers had with consistently blurry shots at all; when I put it on easy mode, pictures were crisp in most condition unless there was a ton of movement; at that point you're simply limited by physics... not enough light and too much movement = blur. With that said, my low light shots are exceptional for a point and shoot. I was so pleasantly surprised with fireworks.
I don't really do videos but one very difficult video I did take in very low light very far away was jittery and the color was off. But in normal light and distance it's fine.
Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. To give you an idea, I ran out of juice from a full charge from mid morning at the wedding to the beginning of the reception. I shot about 150 pics but kept the camera on a lot, zooming in and out. HOWEVER, I got a recharge and it does do that quite quickly. I would buy at least one if not two spare batteries for long trips with no power availability like backpacking or 3rd world travel.
Anyway, this camera is really good enough for me to buy a second one as a gift to my brother. If you want a high end point and shoot that's still small enough to carry around in a jacket pocket, this is a great choice.