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Canon IXUS 230 HS Lens Extended
The Canon IXUS 230 HS was released in August 2011 and is a compact digital camera with an 8x optical zoom lens and a 12.1 megapixel sensor. The camera comes in six colours, green, purple, pink, blue, black and silver, with an RRP of £229.00.
Canon IXUS 230 HS Front
The camera has Smart Auto which detects the scene and automatically sets the camera from 32 variables (21 in movie). There are a couple of modes for shooting fast moving objects or slowing things down. High-speed burst allows the capture of 3 megapixel images at 8.7 fps and Super Slow Motion Movie can slow things down to an 1/8th of the speed.
Like many Canon compacts, the IXUS 230 HS has a range of creative modes including Toy Camera, Miniature and Monochrome.
Videos can also be recorded in 1080p full HD with stereo sound and optical zoom. The optical image stabiliser will help you to keep your movies steady. Videos can be played back on a HD TV. Movie Digest will record up to 4 seconds before each shot and join them together to create a VGA movie.
Canon IXUS 230 HS Top
- 8x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28 - 224mm)
- Intelligent Image Stabilisation (IS)
- 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
- Thin metal body
- 3.0 inch PureColor II G LCD screen
- Full HD video recording with Powered IS
- Smart Auto (32 scenes)
- High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
- iFrame movie. Movie Digest
- Creative modes
- Hints & Tips
Canon IXUS 230 HS Rear
The camera has an easy to use menu system with good, clear explanations of all the settings. The battery as a CIPA rating of 210 shots which is good for a compact. It is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds and is quick to focus. In testing the IXUS 230 HS was able to shoot full sized images at 2.3 fps in continuous shooting mode and 6.9 fps in high-speed burst mode, although image size is limited to 3 megapixels.
Canon IXUS 230 HS Battery
Canon IXUS 230 HS Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/400 sec | f/3.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/200 sec | f/5.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/80 sec | f/5.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/200 sec | f/3.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
There is barely any noise visible at ISO 100 and when you go through the ISO range you can see noise becoming more prominent at each level but not by much. At ISO 200 images are still sharp with a little more noise than ISO 100. ISO 400 and ISO 800 images are a touch softer but noise isn't causing too much of a reduction in image quality. Again, at ISO 1600, you can see some extra noise and softening, but at ISO 3200 image quality does suffer and produces images which are best used for the web rather than large prints.
Canon IXUS 230 HS ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/15 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm
ISO 200 | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm
ISO 400 | 1/80 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm
ISO 800 | 1/160 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/320 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/640 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm
Although there isn't a dedicated landscape mode, the camera is capable of a pleasant looking landscape image. Portraits have excellent skin tones but there is some red-eye present. If you switch to Super Slow Motion Movie the camera will take pictures with a fast shutter speed. The picture of the wind turbine was taken on an extremely windy day and a shutter speed of 1/1000 has allowed the camera to take a sharp picture.
Canon IXUS 230 HS Sample Photos
Landscape with building | 1/800 sec | f/3.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/3.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/3.5 | 10.2 mm | ISO 160
Sport | 1/1000 sec | f/4.0 | 15.7 mm | ISO 100
Generally white-balance is good, under the fluorescent lights the auto white-balance and fluorescent presets take an identical looking image. Under the incandescent lights the AWB preset leaves an orange tint to the image whereas the incandescent preset takes a much better picture.
Canon IXUS 230 HS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/25 sec | f/3.2 | 6.0 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 6.0 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/3.2 | 6.0 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent lighting - fluorescent preset | 1/5 sec | f/3.2 | 6.0 mm | ISO 100
Below are sample images using some of the creative modes available.
Canon IXUS 230 HS Digital filters
Colour accent | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 13.9 mm | ISO 800
Colour swap | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 13.9 mm | ISO 800
Monochrome | 1/80 sec | f/3.5 | 13.9 mm | ISO 1600
Poster effect | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 13.9 mm | ISO 800
Super vivid | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 13.9 mm | ISO 800
Toy camera | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 13.9 mm | ISO 800
Video ModeBelow is an example video shot at full 1080p HD. Optical zoom is also available during video recording, an example of which can been seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. There is also an example of the Super Slow Motion mode.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 230 HS has an RRP of £229.99. Other compact digital cameras with a similar zoom range are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37 with 8x optical zoom priced at £148.99, the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX10 also priced at £229.00, Casio Exilim EX-ZR10 priced at £200.00 and the Samsung PL200 priced at £94.79, all with 7x optical zoom.
Canon IXUS 220 HS back in May 2011 and gave it 3.5 out of 5. The IXUS 230 HS has improved on the IXUS 220 HS with more optical zoom, 3 inch LCD screen and a close focus distance of just 1cm. Although in terms of handling the cameras are both pretty similar, the IXUS 230 takes a better picture, particularly with regards to noise performance. With these improvements, plus full HD recording, creative modes and the wide range of colours it comes in, we are happy to recommend the Canon IXUS 230 HS.
|The Canon IXUS 230 HS has an excellent range of features and delivers great pictures.|
Canon IXUS 230 HS ProsAvailable in a wide range of colours
Good range of fun creative modes
8x optical zoom
Good image quality and colour reproduction
Full HD video recording
Canon IXUS 230 HS ConsOccasional purple fringing
Red-eye when using flash
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Canon IXUS 230 HS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 224mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||461,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L|
|Box Contents||Digital Camera IXUS 230 HS, Wrist Strap WS-DC11, Battery Pack NB-4L, Battery Charger CB-2LVE, AC Cable, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (for USB), User Manual Kit|