Canon IXUS 230 HS

With an 8x zoom lens, Full HD and the low-light skills of the HS System, the fashionably slim IXUS 230 HS is the perfect partner for nights out. Smart Auto lets you focus on living life to the full.


  • 8x zoom, 28mm wide lens. Intelligent IS
  • HS System (12.1 MP)
  • Smart, thin metal body
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Full HD, Powered IS
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
  • iFrame movie. Movie Digest
  • Creative modes
  • Hints & Tips

Zoom into life

Sharp, versatile, intelligent
A powerful 8x optical zoom lets you home in on details of far away objects or fit more in the frame with the 28mm wide-angle lens for great group shots and landscapes. Intelligent IS automatically adjusts the optical Image Stabilizer to the scene from 7 modes to prevent blur and deliver sharp and detailed photos and videos.

HS System
HS System excels in low light allowing you to capture the real atmosphere of the moment without flash or tripod. A high performance DIGIC 4 processor and high sensitivity sensor combine to give superior image quality in all situations.

Smart and compact
One of the slimmest 8x zoom cameras available, the IXUS 230 HS has a compact, elegant metal body that’s small enough to carry in your pocket.

7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
A large, high quality 460k dot LCD screen allows easy framing and reviewing of images from any angle and effortless menu navigation. A tempered glass outer layer gives excellent durability.

Full HD movies, Powered IS
Create Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound you’ll be proud to share. Use the optical zoom to get close to the action while the optical Image Stabilizer keeps your movies steady. A dedicated movie button lets you switch instantly from stills to movie mode; an HDMI-CEC connector allows easy playback on an HDTV.

Smart Auto
Effortlessly shoot high quality photos or movies with Smart Auto, which detects the scene and selects the perfect settings from 32 variables (21 in movie). All you have to do is point and shoot.

High-speed Burst. Super Slow Motion Movie
High-speed Burst delivers non-stop photo shooting, capturing 8.7 shots per second (3.0 MP), so you never miss a thing. Super Slow Motion Movie slows fast-paced action up to an 1/8th of the real speed.

iFrame movie (720p). Movie Digest
Shoot PC and Mac friendly HD video (720p) in the optimised Apple iFrame format for fast importing, easy editing and simple sharing. Movie Digest records up to 4-seconds of action before each still shot, joining the day’s clips into a bonus VGA movie.

Creative modes
Explore your creativity with fun shooting modes. Effects include Toy Camera for an older style camera look, Miniature to transform a photo or movie scene into a scale model and Monochrome.

Hints & Tips
Simple Hints & Tips interface messages offer step-by-step menu guidance making it easy to understand camera features and settings.

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1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 12.1M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour




DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology



Focal Length

5.0 - 40.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 224 mm)


Optical 8x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 32x

Maximum f/number

f/3.0 – f/5.9


8 elements in 7 groups (1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 single-sided aspherical UA lens, 1 single-sided aspherical lens)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (lens shift-type), Approx. 3.5-stop. Intelligent IS





AF System/ Points

AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)

AF Modes

Single, Continuous (only available in Smart Auto mode), Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

On/Off Selectable

AF Assist Beam


Closest Focusing Distance

1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro



Metering modes

Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)

AE Lock

On/Off Selectable

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction

ISO sensitivity*

AUTO,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200




1 - 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
15 - 1/2000 sec. (total range - varies by shooting mode)






Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom




7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD (TFT), Approx. 461,000 dots


Approx. 100%


Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD




Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.

Red-Eye Reduction


Flash Exposure Compensation

Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure

Flash Exposure Lock


Built-in Flash Range

50 cm - 4.0 m (W) / 50 cm - 2.0 m (T)

External Flash

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1,
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2




Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst (3.0MP), Best Image Selection (3.0MP), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (3.0MP), Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist

Modes in Movie

Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

Drive modes

Single, Continuous, Self-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 3.5 shots/sec., High-speed Burst (3.0MP): Approx. 8.7 shots/sec., (until memory card becomes full)¹²



Image Size

4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480

Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)*
*XS is half the length and width of S


Fine, Normal


(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps

Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)

Movie Length

(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 10 min. 00 sec.¹
(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.



Still Image Type

JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant


MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]



Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)





Red-Eye Correction

Yes, during shooting and playback

My Camera / My Menu

Start-up image and camera sounds customisation

My Category

Image tagging feature

Intelligent Orientation Sensor




Playback zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi




Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)


HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible), A/V output (PAL/NTSC)







PC & Macintosh

Windows 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.5 – 10.6



Browsing & Printing

ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser


PhotoStitch, Movie Uploader for YouTube, CameraWindow




Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L (battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 210 shots¹
Approx. 240 min. playback

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60



Cases / Straps

Soft Leather Case DCC-1300, IXUS Metal or Leather Strap


Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1,
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60


Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100



Operating Environment

0 - 40 °C, 10 - 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

95.8 x 56.8 x 22.1 mm


Approx. 140 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)



¹ Depending on the image size selected.

AF Modes

¹ Some settings limit availability.

Continuous Shooting

¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Movie Length

¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Battery life

¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.


* Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

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