Capture the World Through a PowerShot.
Travel the world with the new PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera. It's the first Canon PowerShot to come with GPS technology that'll automatically tag your photos with time and locations. You can even view all the photos' locations on a map by using special bundled software. And with amazing features, such as the HS SYSTEM, 12.1 Megapixels, 14x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 1080p Full HD Video, the stylish PowerShot SX230 HS is your essential traveling companion!
Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.
Remember where you were and when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker that records your location, and a logger lets you view the locations on a map via Canon's software.
Powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens. Great overall zoom for a family vacation to your favorite tourist destination.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.
New scene modes, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, add an artistic look to your photos.
Large, bright 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD with high resolution and wide viewing angle.
Experience the Power.
The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.
The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.
Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD.
Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. You'll be able to record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button and you won't have to worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady!
The Ideal Travel Companion.
The new PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera is the first PowerShot digital camera to come equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos for you to vividly remember time and time again! You can also maximize the usefulness of this GPS technology by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes sharing the memories of your worldly adventures very fun. Besides displaying all your photos' locations on a world map, the SX230 HS digital camera's GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo–a great way to visualize how much you've traveled during a particular trip! You can also create and share custom maps–like a personal mini-travel guide!–with friends and family members to give them ideas on what to see and do when they visit a particular destination.
* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country.
As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
This software uses Google Map for displaying maps.
Incredible Zooming Power.
A powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens provides a wide range of shooting possibilities that are great for traveling and everyday photography. The versatile 14x Optical Zoom will let you get the shot you want, whether it's a close-up or a subject that's far away. An ultra wide lens will let you photograph large groups, beautiful landscape and tall buildings, while the Optical Image Stabilizer will help keep images steady and clear.
Advanced Smart AUTO for Stills and Videos that Shine.
The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level - automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera has you covered whether you're shooting stills or videos.
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
The ultimate in creative control, you select both aperture and shutter speed manually.
You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
Keep the image quality as high as possible for fail-proof images.
Movie Digest Mode
Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video.
The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
For front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
Kids & Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
The camera shoots continuously at a high speed of approx. 8.1fps while you hold down the shutter. Best Image Selection
The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
Handheld Night Scene
Suppresses image blur even without the help of a tripod.
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect.
(Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC42 is required for shooting any underwater images)
Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
The Creative Filters mode dial setting provides easy access to special filter effect and scene modes.
Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills
Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.
Toy Camera Effect
Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps for up to 14 min. and 34 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in HD (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 20 min and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip. Also shoot in iFrame Movie format (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 13 min. and 35 sec. or 4GB per clip.
Super Slow Motion Movie
Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos.
Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required - Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!
Add some Fun to Your Photos!
Add some vintage nostalgia with Toy Camera Effect. Toy Camera Effect recreates this look by darkening the edges to make them appear as if they were photographed through a pinhole lens and adding contrast.
Monochrome lets you sway away from the usual black & white combination. Now you can choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia or Blue to really give your photos the effect you're looking for.
See the Image on a Big Screen.
The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera's high resolution (461,000 dots) 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.
3.0-inch with PureColor System LCD Screen
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 14x Optical & 4x Digital and 56x Combined Zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
5.0 (W) - 70.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 392mm)
Normal AF: 2.0 in (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft (1m) - infinity (T)?
Macro AF: 2.0 in - 1.6 ft (5-50cm) (W)
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT LCD with wide viewing angle
Shooting start time (0-10 sec. (in one-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Normal (P Mode): 3.2 shots/sec.
High-speed Burst: 8.1 shots/sec.
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, Eye-Fi Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
4000 x 2248 (Large), 2816 x 1584 (Medium 1), 1920 x 1080 (Medium 2), 640 x 360 (Small)
4000 x 2664 (Large), 2816 x 1880 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1064 (Medium 2), 640 x 424 (Small)
4000 x 3000 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small)
2992 x 2992 (Large), 2112 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1200 x 1200 (Medium 2), 480 x 480 (Small)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
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.
Full HD: 1920 x 1080
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
320 x 240
HD: 1280 x 720
Movie Size (KB/sec.)
14 min. 34 sec.
20 min. 43 sec.
43 min. 43 sec.
1 hr. 58 min. 19 sec.
13 min. 35 sec.
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
640 x 480
320 x 240
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
Movie Size (KB/sec.)
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.
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.
Playback Modes File
- Stills & Videos: Easy, Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Filter Playback, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
- Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Location Information Display, Resume, My Colors, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, i-Contrast
- Videos: Normal Playback*, slow motion**, skip backward, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind, editing, resume
* Auto settings available in 5 levels
** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.
Select image, select range, all images The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Battery Pack NB-5L, AC Adapter Kit CA-DC10 Approx. 210 shots Approx. 4 hours
Battery Pack NB-5L, AC Adapter Kit CA-DC10
Approx. 210 shots
Approx. 4 hours
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.16 x 2.42 x 1.31 in. / 105.7 x 61.6 x 33.2mm
7.87 oz. / 223g (including the battery and memory card)
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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