Canon PowerShot SX230 HS


The PowerShot SX230 HS takes great images anywhere with HS System, a 28mm wide-angle 14x optical zoom and Full HD movies. GPS tags your shots and logs your journey making it the ultimate travel compact.
Features

  • HS System (12.1 MP)
  • 28mm, 14x zoom. Optical IS
  • GPS
  • Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS
  • Wide 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
  • Movie Digest & iFrame movie
  • Manual Control
  • Waterproof Case

Capture your travels. Anytime. Anywhere.


HS System (12.1 MP)
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 image sensor give superior image quality in all situations.

28mm with 14x zoom and Optical IS
A wide-angle lens with a huge 14x telephoto reach allows you to frame exactly the shot you want. From panoramic landscapes to distant subjects, an advanced optical Image Stabilizer keeps shots steady.

GPS* with Logger function
With GPS tagging, every picture you shoot contains key data on where and when it was taken while the GPS Logger can record your journey. Using the supplied software you can review your images and journey on a map.

Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS and Stereo sound
High quality movies can be recorded in Full HD 1080p format with stereo sound. The optical zoom can be used for filming while Dynamic IS reduces the effect of shake and movement when shooting on the move.

Wide 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
Images are easy to frame thanks to a large 7.5 cm (3.0”) high resolution PureColor II G LCD. A tempered glass outer layer offers increased strength and excellent visibility.

Smart Auto
Smart Auto automatically detects up to 32 different shooting scenes so you can take great pictures in complete confidence, knowing that the camera will take care of everything for you.

High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
Capture fast-paced action using the High-speed Burst mode or slow down movement using Super Slow Motion Movie mode. Both modes provide dramatic and spectacular ways of recording fast-moving subjects.

Movie Digest & iFrame movie
Movie Digest captures up to 4-seconds of the action before a shot is taken, joining all the clips together from the same day into a single VGA movie to add to your collection of photos. The iFrame video format is a simple way to quickly import, edit and share video.

Manual Control
From semi-automatic Av and Tv modes to Full Manual you can control one single aspect of the exposure or take complete control.

Waterproof Case
An optional waterproof case (WP-DC42) allows you to go down to depths of 40m.

*GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of electronics.

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IMAGE SENSOR

Type

1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 12.1M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

 

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology

 

LENS

Focal Length

5.0 – 70.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 392 mm)

Zoom

Optical 14x. Digital Approx. 4.0x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 56x

Maximum f/number

f/3.1 – f/5.9

Construction

12 elements in 10 groups (1 UD lens, 1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 single-sided aspherical UA lens)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)

 

FOCUSING

Type

TTL

AF System/ Points

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

AF Modes

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

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

On/Off Selectable

AF Assist Beam

Yes

Manual Focus

Yes

Closest Focusing Distance

5 cm (W) from front of lens in macro

 

EXPOSURE CONTROL

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.
i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction

ISO sensitivity*

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

 

SHUTTER

Speed

1 – 1/3200 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/3200 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

 

WHITE BALANCE

Type

TTL

Settings

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

 

LCD MONITOR

Monitor

7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G (TFT), 16:9 aspect ratio, Approx. 461,000 dots

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Brightness

Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

 

FLASH

Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash

Built-in Flash Range

75 cm – 3.5 m (W) / 1.0 m – 2.0 m (T)

External Flash

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

 

SHOOTING

Modes

Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy, Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, 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), Creative Filter (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap), Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist

Modes in Movie

Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Program AE, Portrait, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, 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, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 3.2 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec.¹, High-speed Burst (3.0MP): Approx. 8.1 shots/sec.¹, (until memory card becomes full)²

 

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

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

Compression

Fine, Normal

Movies

(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 120fps, (M) 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)

Movie Length

(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.

 

FILE TYPES

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

Movies

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

GPS Log

LOG [NMEA 0183 message format compliant¹]

 

DIRECT PRINT

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)

PictBridge

Yes

 

OTHER FEATURES

GPS

Yes, GPS tagging, GPS Logger¹

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

Yes

Histogram

Yes

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

 

INTERFACE

Computer

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

Other

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

 

MEMORY CARD

Type

SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus

 

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh

Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.5 – 10.6

 

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing

ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Other

PhotoStitch, Map Utility

 

POWER SOURCE

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L (battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 210 shots¹
Approx. 240 min. playback
(Battery life is measured with GPS features off)

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30

 

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps

Soft Case DCC-1500

Waterproof / Weatherproof Case

Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC42
Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

Flash

High Power Flash HF-DC1

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30

Other

Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

 

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

105.7 x 61.6 x 33.2 mm

Weight

Approx. 223 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)

 

Zoom

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.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

GPS Log

¹ Complies with the NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association of the U.S.) 0183

GPS

¹ GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of electronics.

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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