Features & Controls

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canon_SX230_HS_lens.jpgCanon has packaged the SX230 with a powerful 14x optical zoom lens, which also boasts  their Optical Image Stabilization system. This lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 28 - 392mm, with a maximum aperture range of F/3.1 - 5.9 (Wide - Telephoto). When the camera is powered down, it will fully retract into the body of the camera and is protected by an automatic lens cover. With Canon's IS system, they claim you get up to 2-3 stops of shake compensation when compared to cameras with the same focal range that do not offer IS.  

Focus Range:

Normal: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W) ; 3.3 ft (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 2.0 in - 1.6 ft (5 - 50cm) (W)

canon_SX230_HS_flash.jpgShown here is the built-in flash that pops up anytime the camera is powered on. The SX230 HS has a range of up to 11.5 ft. (W) or 6.6 ft. (T). Flash options include: Auto, Manual (3 levels), Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE Lock, Safety FE, and Slow Synchro.



canon_SX230_HS_top.jpgThe only controls on the top of the SX230 are the shutter release and the zoom control toggle that is wrapped around it. You'll also notice the the top of the flash when closed, along with the the built-in speaker and GPS unit.



canon_SX230_HS_back.jpgFraming and viewing your images is accomplished on the 3-inch wide screen LCD with approx. 461,000 pixels. This unit offers 100% frame coverage, and automatic brightness adjustment. You can also manually adjust the brightness via the setup menu.


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Controls on the back of the SX230 are all on the right hand side starting with the On/Off button at the top. Next you will see the Mode dial, that is used to select which shooting mode you would like to use. Underneath the Mode dial is the red Movie Record button that starts and stops video recording, and the blue Playback button that sends the camera into Playback mode. Next is the 4-way control dial which surrounds the FUNC/SET button. This is used to navigate through all camera menus and the set button will select any desired options. This is also used as a shortcut dial when in record mode. Up will access the exposure compensation, down is the self-timer, left is the focus mode, and right will access the flash settings; depending on the exposure mode being used. On the bottom are the DISP button and the MENU button. The Display button will change the amount of information shown on the LCD in any mode and the menu button will grant you access to all menus that correspond to what mode the camera is in.





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The SX230 is equipped with a standard AV port (top) for displaying SD (Standard Definition) video on a TV set with the supplied cables, as well as USB connection to a Mac or PC, and direct printing with compatible printers. It also has an HDMI port (bottom) which will stream HD video to any television with HDMI set up.













canon_SX230_HS_memory.jpgThe SX230 HS accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus, and HC MMC Plus type memory cards. Canon also notes this camera is Eye-Fi compliant. The camera is shown above with a SanDisk Extreme, 30MB/s, 4GB SDHC memory card.

Image data

  16:9 3:2
File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB
Large (1) F 2,311 1,630 6,677 2,738 1,386 5,680
N 1,105 3,352 13,727 1,309 2,873 11,766
Medium (1) F 1,210 3,094 12,671 1,436 2,623 10,743
N 585 6,034 24,709 694 5,247 21,486
Medium (2) F 604 6,034 24,709 496 7,099 29,070
N 300 10,972 44,927 246 13,410 54,911
Small (S) F 113 24,139 98,840 133 20,116 82,367
N 63 40,233 164,734 75 30,174 123,550
Medium* (M) F N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

  4:3 1:1
File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB File Size (KB) 4 GB 16 GB
Large (1) F 3,084 1,231 5,042 2,301 1,652 6,769
N 1,474 2,514 10,295 1,100 3,352 13,727
Medium (1) F 1,620 2,320 9,503 1,210 3,094 12,671
N 780 4,641 19,007 585 6,034 24,709
Medium (2) F 558 6,352 26,010 420 8,046 32,946
N 278 12,069 49,420 208 15,087 61,775
Small (S) F 150 20,116 82,367 113 24,139 98,840
N 84 30,174 123,550 63 40,233 164,734
Medium* (M) F 836 4,310 17,649 N/A N/A N/A
N 418 8,046 32,946 N/A N/A N/A

 


Note: N=Normal F=Fine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

* When in High-Speed Burst, Best Image Selection and Low Light mode.



Movie data

  Standard iFrame Movie
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480 320 x 240 HD: 1280 x 720
24 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps
Movie Size (KB/sec.) 4,355 3,054 1,416 495 4,701
4GB 14 min. 34 sec. 20 min. 43 sec. 43 min. 43 sec. 1 hr. 58 min. 19 sec. 13 min. 35 sec.
16GB 59 min. 40 sec. 1 hr. 24 min. 54 sec. 2 hr. 59 min. 3 sec. 8 hr. 4 min. 30 sec. 55 min. 38 sec.

  Super Slow Motion Movie Miniature Effect
640 x 480 320 x 240 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480
120 fps 240 fps 5x 10x 20x 5x 10x 20x
6 fps 3 fps 1.5 fps 6 fps 3 fps 1.5 fps
Movie Size (KB/sec.) 4,914 2,457 573 287 143 246 123 61
4GB 12 min. 58 sec. 25 min. 46 sec. 1 hr. 45 min. 52 sec. 3 hr. 21 min. 9 sec. 5 hr. 35 min. 16 sec. 3 hr. 43 min. 30 sec. 6 hr. 42 min. 20 sec. 11 hr. 10 min. 33 sec.
16GB 53 min. 7 sec. 1 hr. 45 min. 35 sec. 7 hr. 13 min. 30 sec. 13 hr. 43 min. 40 sec. 22 hr. 52 min. 47 sec. 15 hr. 15 min. 11 sec. 27 hr. 27 min. 20 sec. 45 hr. 45 min. 35 sec.




canon_SX230_HS_battery.jpgThe SX230 HS is powered by Canon's NB-5L battery pack. Canon claims you should be able to snap 210 images or get about 4 hours of playback time. The battery is charged out of camera with the included CB-2LX battery charger, which features fold-away prongs, and has no cords for convenient storage. The battery will charge fully in approximately 2hrs. 5mins.
 
 

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