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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera - 12.1 Megapixel - Black

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera - 12.1 Megapixel - Black

14 Megapixels14x Optical zoom28mm wide angle3" LCD Screenthis camera has movie mode with sound.GIFLi-Ion battery.GIFuses Secure Digital (SD), High Capacity Secure Digital (SDHC) and SDXC cards.GIFLi-Ion battery Li-Ion battery.GIFUses GPS technology

The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is the first Canon digital camera to feature GPS technology, which is perfect for travelling. The camera will remember where you have been with the log function and display using Google Maps*. The PowerShot SX230 HS also offers versatile shooting in a slim body with a 12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor perfect for low-light situations and FULL HD video. The 14x Optical Zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens lets you get very close to the action and also capture sweeping panoramic landscapes or large group shots. The SX230 HS encompasses a range of shooting controls from point-and-shoot simplicity to full manual. And new Creative Filters allow you to add expressive flair to your images in-camera.


Movie Feature – captures full high definition video with audio up to 1920x1080 at 24fps, or iFrame Movie at 1280x720 at 30fps . Also features super slow-motion video at 120 or 240 fps (frames per second), miniature effect, and dynamic image stabilisation. Recording length is up to capacity of memory card.


* SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats. We recommend class 4 or higher memory cards for recording high definition video.



What are the features and how will they benefit you?

12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor – allows you to capture amazing photos even in low-light situations

GPS Technology - Perfect for travelling, log all your photos and display with Google maps

14x Optical Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens14x Optical Zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens allows you to zoom right into very distant subjects, or shoot beautiful sweeping landscapes, great group shots, architecture and tight interior shots.

DIG!C 4 - Canon's newest processor gives you clearer images with more vibrant colours, fast start-up time, super-fast image processing, and low power consumption.

3.0 inch 460K LCD Screen - Use the high resolution 460K 3.0” wide LCD  screen with wide viewing angle to easily compose and share your photos.

Manual Control - Get creative with your photography and enjoy full flexibility with manual control or explore a range of scene modes

iFrame video format -  The new iFrame video format can dramatically simplify and speed up the process of importing, editing and sharing your videos.

Creative Filters - Shoot with creative filters for an added effect: Fish Eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster, Colour Accent and Colour Swap effects are available.

Intelligent Auto (32 scenes) - Improved Auto mode in both photo and video mode makes it even easier to get the perfect shot

Face Detection – focuses and sets correct exposure on faces rather than other objects that may appear in the frame. Also includes face detection self timer for when you want to be in the shot too.

Servo AF / Servo AE – Tracks your subject and locks the focus and exposure on the target.

Smart Shutter – Includes a number of intelligent features such as Face Detection Self-timer, Smile Shutter and Wink Self Timer.

Optical Image Stabilisation - counteracts blurred images due to shaky hands or when shooting in low-light conditions. Also important at full zoom where a small movement of the hand can cause a lot of movement at the other end. Up to approx. 4 stops compensation.

ISO to 3200 - this will help you take better photos in low lighting – reduces blur caused by camera shake or subject movement.

Intelligent Flash Exposure - Automatically detects whether flash is required and adjusts the flash output, shutter speed, aperture and ISO speed to best suit the photo being taken. 

Red Eye Correction - this camera lets you fix red eyes in the camera, which is great if you're printing straight from the memory card or to a pictbridge compatible printer.

Blink Detection – warns you when someone blinks in the photo you have just taken

High Speed Burst Mode – shoot still photos up to 8.1fps (frames per second). Great for capturing action shots.

Mini HDMI output - High Definition movies can be viewed easily on a TV with optional mini HDMI -> HDMI cable (sold separately).



What’s in the Box?

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-5L
Battery Charger CB-2LXE
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
AC Cable
Strap NS-DC11
Software Suite CD-ROM - ZoomBrowser EX (PC), ImageBrowser (Mac), PhotoStitch, CameraWindows
User Guides
12 Month Warranty with Canon Australia



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Specifications of the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera

PowerShot SX230 HS Technical Specifications

Sensor / Image Processor

Effective Number of Pixels

Approx. 12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor

Size / Filter Array

1/2.3 inch / Primary colour filter (Bayer)


DiG!C 4


Focal Length (optical)

5.0 (W) – 70 (T) mm

35mm film equivalent

28 (W) - 392 (T) mm


f/3.1(W) - f/8.0 (T), f/5.9 - f/8.0 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/3200 sec. (total shutter speed  range)


Optical approx 14x; Digital approx 4x

Image Stabilizer

Optical (Lens Shift Type), approx 4 steps



Focus System

TTL Auto focus / Manual focus

Focusing Frame

Face Detect1,2, Tracking AF, Center

Focusing Range

Normal: 5cm – infinity (W), 1m – infinity (T); Macro: 5cm - 50cm (W)

Shooting Functions

Face Detection

Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, White Balance, Flash Exposure, Auto Red-Eye correction, Smile Smart Shutter, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer3,  Blink Detection

Other Shooting Features

Servo AF, AF-Point Zoom, Size Select, AF Lock, AF Assist Beam, Intelligent Contrast Correction, Date
Stamp, Digital tele-converter,  Focus Check

Continuous Shooting (Large/Fine)

P Mode: Approx 3.2 shots/sec; High Speed Burst Mode: Approx 8.1 shots/sec


Approx. 10 sec or 2 sec delay, custom, Smile self-Timer, Wink self-Timer, Face Self-Timer4


Light Metering Method

Evaluative4, Centre-weighted average, Spot5

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, AE Lock,  Manual, Intelligent Contrast correction, Program Shift, Safety Shift

Exposure Compensation

± 2 stops in 1/3-stop  increments

Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed)

Auto6, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200

White Balance Modes

Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom

LCD Monitor

LCD Monitor

3.0 inch, TFT colour with Wide Viewing Quick Bright LCD (approx. 461,000 dots), Aspect Ratio: 16:9


Flash Modes / Functions

Auto, on, Slow Synchro, off, FE Lock, Auto Red-Eye Correction, Red Eye Reduction, Intelligent FE, Safety FE, Auto pop-up  flash, Manual Flash output compensation,  Manual flash output

Flash Range

75cm –3.5m (W) 1.0m - 2.0m (T)

Selectable Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes

Intelligent Auto (with Scene Detection), M, Av, Tv, P, Easy, Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High Speed Burst, Best Image Selection, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Colour Accent, Colour Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie (Movies are recorded  by pressing the movie button)

My Colours

Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White,  Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid
Green, Vivid Red, Custom

Data Format

Still image

JPEG Compression (EXIF 2.3 Compliant)

Colour Space and JPEG Compression

sRGB; Fine, Normal


MOV (Image Data: H.264; Audio Data: Linear PCM stereo)

GPS Log file

NIMEA 0183 message format compliant

Recording Pixels

Still Images and Capacity
(at Fine Image Setting)

16:9 – Large: 4000x2248, Medium1: 2816x1584, Medium2: 1920x1080, Small: 640x360
3:2 - Large: 4000x2664, Medium1: 2816x1880, Medium2: 1600x1064, Small: 640x424
4:3 - Large: 4000x3000, Medium1: 2816x2112, Medium2: 1600x1200, Small: 640x480
1:1 - Large: 2992x2992, Medium1: 2112x2112, Medium2: 1200x1200, Small: 480x480

Movie Frame Rate

Intelligent Auto: 1920x1080 @ 24fps; 1280x720 @ 30fps; 640x480 @ 30fps; 320x240 @ 30fps; Super Slow Motion Movie: 640x480 @ 120fps / 320x240 @ 240fps; Miniature Effect: 1280x720 / 640x480; iFrame Movie: 1280x720 @ 30fps

Other Operations

Playback Operations

Red-eye Correction, Slideshow, My Colors, My Category, Index, Trimming, Resize, Easy, Filtered Playback, Smart Shuffle, Intelligent Contrast Correction, Focus Check, Advancing and Reversing through magnified images, Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Resume Playback

Direct Printing, PictBridge



Supported  Operating Systems

PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1/SP2, XP SP3; Mac: OS X v10.5 - v10.6

Computer I/F

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B compatible),  HDMI output

Video / Audio Output

PAL or NTSC selectable  / Stereo

Memory Storage

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card

Menu Languages

26 languages

General Features

Battery / Shooting Capacity (full charge)

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-5L / Approx. 210 shots; Playback 4 hours

Dimensions (W x D x H)

105.7 x 61.6 x 33.2 mm  (ex. protruding parts)


Approx. 223g (including battery and memory card)

* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

1.       AF frame can be moved  and fixed to specified face

2.       If no face is detected, AiAF is set in Auto and Easy shootimg modes, and Center (1 point) is set in all other modes

3.       When number of detected faces increases the shutter is released at 2 sec delay. However if no face is detected for 30 seconds or more, the shooting operation will start automatically.

4.       Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detect AF

5.       Fixed to center

6.       Motion Detection -  Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode, subject brightness and subject movement and camera shake.

7.       Compatible printer required for direct printing