The main Features of Powershot SX230:
- 12 Megapixels
- 14x Optical Zoom
- Image Stabilisation
- GPS Image Tagging
- Digital Filters
Powershot SX230 offers 14x zoom with focal range of 28-392mm. The GPS function of Powershot
SX230 is able to record accurate location data into individual image files.
The Powershot SX230 HS is built around a 1/2.3in backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and Canon’s
DIGIC 4 processor. The SX230 isn’t just built for near or far photography, but for low-light
photography too. The standard sensitivity is from ISO 100 to 3200, with an additional ‘Low
Light’ option in the Scene mode sub-menu that’s capable of extending sensitivity up to ISO
6400 at a reduced resolution of 3-megapixels.
Photographers who prefer to work in fully manual mode will be pleased to note that the SX230
offers manual shooting modes. Aperture-priority and Shutter-priority modes that taken together
will be instantly familiar to regular DSLR users.
Fully automatic shooting options extend to a Smart Auto mode that analyses the scene and
automatically selects an appropriate scene mode, plus an Easy mode that delivers hassle-free
point-and-shoot photography with the camera automatically selecting absolutely everything. In
addition there’s also a Scene mode access point from where you can choose one of the 12
individual scene modes, along with direct-access stops for Landscape, Portrait and Kids &
The Powershot SX230 offers a selection of Creative Filters, with a single stop on the shooting
mode dial acting as the access point to a sub-menu of eight individual effects: Fish-eye,
Miniature, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Colour Accent and Colour Swap.
There are two levels of compression – Fine and Normal – the SX230 also offers a choice of 4
output sizes for each aspect ratio – Large, Medium1, Medium2 and Small. Used at maximum
settings in its default aspect ratio of 4:3, the SX230 outputs at 4000 x 3000 pixels. High definition movie recording with 1920 x 1080 Full HD at 24fps or 1280 x 720 HD at 30fps.
In addition the SX230 can also be set to record 640 x 480 VGA and 320 x 240 QVGA movies, both
at 30fps. Sound is recorded in stereo through two built-in microphones located to either side
of the lens. Movies are recorded in the .MOV (.H264) format.