Canon Powershot S230 Review

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Canon PowerShot S230

Review posted 10/19/02


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Canon's PowerShot S230 "Digital ELPH" is the 3-megapixel upgrade to the PowerShot S200 camera. It retains and improves upon the stylish and elegant design that made the S200 one of the most popular digital cameras of 2002. Packed inside of the highly compact and durable stainless steel case is a 2x optical 35-70mm f/2.8-4.0 zoom lens and a 3.0 megapixel CCD sensor. The menu interface and camera controls have been improved to make it easier to use. It features direct print capability with Canon's CP-100 and CP-10 Card Photo Printers and S830D and S530D bubblejet photo printers.

The S230 captures high-resolution still images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels for printing or you can select 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768 or 640 x 480 size for screen or web use. For creative control it has a Photo Effects mode; a shutter speed range of 15 seconds to 1/1500 second; spot metering; selectable ISO settings from 50 to 400; built-in red-eye reduction light-guide flash; and zoom playback up to 10x for convenient image review.

A new Intelligent Orientation sensor has been added to both models to detect whether an image has been recorded horizontally or vertically. During image playback, the sensor detects the proper orientation of each image, and previews them accordingly without the need to rotate the camera for image viewing. It is also adjusts AF, AE and white balance accordingly. Similarly, when using the ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser software included with the cameras, vertical and horizontal picture orientation is automatically detected and appropriately displayed.

When powered down, the lens is safely tucked away inside of the highly durable stainless steel body that measures just 3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches. This is truly a "pocket size" camera that weighs a scant 6.4 ounces. As with all the Canon compacts, the S230 has a light-assisted autofocus that even works in the dark. An advanced TTL AiAF nine-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center.

The PowerShot S230 can also record movies with sound in VGA (640 x 480 pixels), QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) and Q2VGA (160 x 120 pixels) at 20 frames per second. Up to 30 seconds of continuous recording is possible in VGA, 3 minutes in QVGA or Q2VGA format.

The S230 comes with a comprehensive suite of programs enabling image management, editing, compositing and printing. It's compatible with both Mac and PC computers, including Windows XP and Mac OS X. Included is Apple QuickTime 5.0, Canon RemoteCapture 2.4, and PhotoStitch 3.1 for both Macintosh and Windows, as well as Canon ZoomBrowser EX 3.3, PhotoRecord 1.4 and WIA and TWAIN drivers for Windows, plus ImageBrowser 2.3 and a Photoshop-compatible plug-in for the Mac.


PowerShot S230 Features

  • 3 Megapixel CCD imager for up to 2048x1536 pixel images
  • 2x optical 35-70mm f/2.8-4.0 zoom
  • 1.5" color LCD with up to 10x playback zoom
  • Highly compact and durable stainless steel body
  • Advanced TTL AiAF nine-point autofocus system
  • Program AE automatic and Manual exposure modes
  • Movie mode w/sound, 20fps 640x480 / 320x240 / 160x120
  • 2.5fps Continuous exposure mode
  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot
  • Stitch Assist mode for perfect panoramas
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Photo Effects: Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Neutral, Sepia and B&W
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/1500 second
  • Selectable ISO settings from 50 to 400
  • Intelligent Orientation sensor
  • Builtin microphone
  • Lithium rechargable battery and charger included
  • Direct print to CP-100 and CP-10 printers
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac

The PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH has a suggested retail price of $399.


Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100

The S230 connects directly to the Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100, a very compact 4 x 6-inch dye sublimation printer made exclusively for use with compatible PowerShot digital cameras.



Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH

The optional Waterproof Case for the S230 is rated for underwater use to a depth of 100 feet (30 meters.) It's also perfect for use when snow skiing or using the camera out in the rain or other inclement weather.





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Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH





Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH

The Powershot S230 compared in size to a normal CD disc.






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PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH

Camera effective pixels : Approx. 3.2 million
Image sensor : 1/2.7 in. CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 3.3 million)
Lens :
5.4 (W) - 10.8 (T) mm
(35 mm film equivalent: 35-70 mm)
F 2.8 (W) - F 4.0 (T)
Digital Zoom : Maximum 3.2x (Maximum 6.4x with optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder : Primary imaging real-image optical zoom viewfinder with 82% coverage
LCD monitor : 1.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 120,000 pixels
Autofocus : TTL 9 point AiAF/ TTL AF (user-selectable point)
Focus lock possible
Focusing Range :
(from tip of the lens barrel)
Normal: 57 cm (1.9 ft.) - infinity
Macro AF: 10 - 57 cm (3.9 in. - 1.9 ft.) (W)
27 - 57 cm (10.6 in. - 1.9 ft.) (T)
Shutter : Mechanical + electronic
Shutter Speed : 15 - 1/1500 sec.
* 1- 1/ 6 sec. possible at flash-off or slow-synchro in manual mode.
* 15 - 1 sec. possible in long shutter mode.
* Noise reduction processing on speeds between 15 - 1.3 sec.
Light Metering Method : Evaluative metering (linked to focusing point)/ Spot metering
Exposure Control : Program AE
Exposure Compensation : +-2 EV (in 1/3-stop increments)
Sensitivity : ISO 50/ 100/ 200/ 400 equivalent and Auto*
* Camera automatically adjusts sensitivity in the range of ISO 50 to ISO 150 equivalent.
White Balance : TTL auto/ preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H) or custom white balance
Flash : Red-eye reduction auto/ auto/ on/ off / slow-synchro
Flash Range :
Normal : 57 cm- 3.0 m (1.9- 9.8 ft.) (W),
57 cm- 2.0 m (1.9- 6.6 ft.) (T)
Macro : 27 - 57 cm (10.6 in.- 1.9 ft.) (W/T)
Shooting Modes : Auto/ Program/ Manual/ Stitch assist/ Movie
Continuous Shooting : Approx. 2.5 images/sec. (Large/ Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-Timer : Shoots after approx. 10 sec. or approx. 2 sec.
PC Connected Shooting : Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program RemoteCapture is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media : CompactFlash card (Type I)
File Format : Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format :
Still Images : JPEG (Exif 2.2)*
Movies : AVI (Image data : Motion JPEG, Audio data : WAVE [monaural])
Compression : Superfine/ fine/ normal
Number of Recording Pixels :
Still Images :
Large : 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium 1 : 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium 2 : 1024 x 768 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies :
640 x 480 pixels (Approx. 30 sec.)**
320 x 240 pixels (Approx. 3 mins.)**
160 x 120 pixels (Approx. 3 mins.)**
Approx 20 frames/ sec.
** The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting
Replay Modes : Single image view/ index view (9 thumbnails)/ zoomed view (LCD monitor zooms images up to 4 x ) / slide show / printing with Card Photo Printer CP-100, CP-10 or S830D or S530D
Interface :
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 1.1
Audio/ Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source :
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: NB-1LH/ NB-1L)
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500
Car Battery Charger CBC-NB1
Operating Temperatures : 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity : 10 - 90 %
Dimensions
(w x h x d) :
87.0 x 57.0 x 26.7 mm (3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Weight : Approx. 180 g (6.4 oz.)
(camera body only)

(W): wide angle (T): telephoto

* This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

These Specifications are as supplied by Canon.
All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

Battery Pack NB-1LH

Type : Rechargeable Lithium Ion Cell
Nominal Voltage : 3.7 V
Typical Capacity : 840 mAh
Charge Life : Approx. 300 times
Operating Temperature : 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Dimensions : 32.3 x 49.8 x 10.6 mm (1.3 x 1.9 x 0.4 in.)
Weight : Approx. 29 g (1.0 oz.)

Battery Charger CB-2LS

Rated Input : 100 - 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
0.075 A (100 V) - 0.045 A (240 V)
Rated Output : 4.2 V DC / 0.5 A
Charging Time : Approx. 130 minutes *
Operating Temperature : 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Dimensions : 90.4 x 56.0 x 28.0 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 1.1 in.)
Weight : Approx. 78 g (2.8 oz.)

* When charging Battery Pack NB-1LH

Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500

Included with the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK500

Rated Input : AC 100 - 240 V (50/60 Hz)
0.17 A
Rated Output : 4.3 V DC / 1.5 A
Operating Temperature : 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Dimensions : 42.6 x 104.4 x 31.4 mm (1.7 x 4.1 x 1.3 in.)
Weight : Approx. 180 g (6.3 oz.)

Car Battery Charger CBC-NB1

Optional

Rated Input : DC 12 - 24 V, 4.3 W
Rated Output : 4.2 V DC, 0.55 A (average)
Charging Time : Approx. 130 minutes *
Operating Temperature : 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Dimensions : 90.4 x 56.0 x 28.0 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 1.1 in.)
Weight (body) : Approx. 106 g (3.7 oz.)

* When charging Battery Pack NB-1LH



Package Contents (U.S./N. America)

  • Digital Camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-110
  • Battery Charger CB-2LS
  • Battery Pack NB-1LH
  • Case for Battery Pack
  • CompactFlash Card FC-16M
  • Case for CompactFlash Card
  • AV Cable AVC-DC100
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk
  • ArcSoft Camera Suite Disk
  • Camera User Guide
  • Software Starter Guide
  • System Map






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