Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Review


  • Image quality
  • Ease of use
  • Massive focal range


  • No ability to record Raw files
  • No finger grip
  • GPS is a drain on battery

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £250.00
  • 12.1-megapixels
  • 14x optical zoom (28-392mm)
  • Built-in image stabilisation
  • GPS image tagging
  • Creative digital filters

Announced at the beginning of the year, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a 12.1MP compact travel zoom that packs a 14x optical zoom, along with a wide range of shooting modes and 1080p Full HD movie recording. 

The SX230 HS sits alongside the SX220 HS within the PowerShot range. The two models are absolutely identical in terms of specifications and features, with the only difference being that the SX230 gets GPS functionality and costs an extra £30 or thereabouts. The two models are direct replacements for the 14MP PowerShot SX210 HS that scored a credible 8/10 when we reviewed it just over a year ago.

Canon SX230 HS 4
Throughout this review we’ll refer to the actual PowerShot SX230 HS production sample that we tested, although given the identical nature of the SX220 HS it’s perfectly possible to read all that follows as a review of that model too, before deciding for yourself whether GPS functionality is worth the extra outlay.

While Canon’s IXUS range has always been the more obvious choice for younger, more style-conscious photographers, the workhorse PowerShot range rarely fails to deliver in terms of useful shooting features and fantastic image quality. Falling within the PowerShot range, the SX230 offers a 14x zoom that offers a focal range of 28-392mm (35mm equivalent, making it every inch a travel compact. The addition of a GPS function only serves to confirm this, with the SX30 able to record accurate location data into individual image files once the camera has locked-on to a passing satellite.

Canon SX230 HS

Of course, the travel compact segment is a busy market with plenty of rival models offering long zoom ranges, useful shooting features and clever technology. Does the SX30 have what it takes to compete with the likes of the Panasonic TZ20, or Fujifilm F550 EXR and Nikon Coolpix S9100? Let’s take a closer look at exactly what’s on offer and find out.

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