Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
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Not my favorite.
B. Chaponot "Chap8464", Amazon
13 May 2013
Summary: I used to like point and shoots. This was my last. I spent good money ($350) for this camera and wasn't overly impressed. The 14x zoom was one of the biggest selling points for me. But the ease of use for manual operations wasn't very good and not matter what I did in manual operations it seemed to make the shot worse. I never felt in control of this camera and the manual operation features, although rich, never made a picture better for me.
Summary: Ordering and delivery from Amazon was, as usual, a perfect experience. However, I am disappointed in this camera. This purchase was meant to be a replacement for my wife's 6 year old Casio point and shoot, and as a pocketable alternative to my Canon SLR when I don't feel like carrying all my SLR "stuff". While it is pocketable or purse ready, and has many of the shooting controls that allow control of shutter speed, aperture, white balance, etc.
Summary: Although this camera has great specs, I am not impressed with its ability to get focused when zoomed out. I have taken numerous photos of stationary wildlife while zoomed out, but very few of them turned out to be acceptable. Most of them were blurry. I noticed that the camera was having trouble getting focused during the shots, so I tried to time the press of the shutter release to catch it in focus in the viewfinder. That worked about 20% of the time.
Excerpt: I admit I swap out my side belt camera (camera I take everywhere!) about every year, 2 years at the most....I love trying out new pocket cameras. I've used the G10 (Lovely shots but too heavy for your belt or pocket.) Some Panasonic super zoom cameras (the images were fuzzy usually.), and super small Elph cameras by Canon. (OK, there are excellent and small!). But the one that seems to have it all right now is the SX230. The video is freaking awesome.....yes.
Excerpt: I bought this camera as an upgrade to my Wife's reliable Panasonic TZ7. The TZ7 was carried in my pocket for years traveling abroad. Bought the SX230HS after reading DP review's favourable comments. My initial impression after using the camera for a few days was the the lens cover was a joke, a flimsy bit of plastic. A few weeks later the cover stuck half opened. The camera is on its 2nd trip to for repair. I have always recommended canon to my friends and colleagues.
Powerful telephoto, but image clarity & battery life leave something to be desired
M. Rosewater, Amazon
24 December 2011
Summary: This is a good camera for its class. The lens is particularly impressive (macro, telephoto, low light, etc.). Gives you good auto as well as manual control, and very cool macro shots. Image quality and color really good, and video is excellent as well. Initially it met and exceeded my expectations and I gave it 5 stars, but then I discovered that often images appeared a bit washed out and not very crisp (even with careful ISO & Whitebalance settings) - something that was...
Summary: I have to revise this review after using the S95 The SX230 camera does not even come close to the low light advantage of The S95 and the pictures from the S95 are sharper and more true to color. the 1080p HD video is great if you are only using it outdoors in sunlight try it indoors with low light its not to good. the pop up flash is just plain stupid to put it there where you hold camera. battery life is very bad also this camera just dosent work for me.
Summary: First, the good: it takes great pictures. Low light performance is the best I've ever seen in a point & shoot, so the HS system does seem to do something. The zoom worked well, even during video, though I wish it were a little wider. The instant video from any mode was a great addition, and the controls were easy to use.
Summary: I wanted to give this one a try after the terrible A3300. I have an old Canon sd950 that takes amazing photos but its a bit out dated and the focusing is slow as well as saving. I had hoped that the 230 would work out after trying the A3300, although, I liked its size, ergonomics and features, it took very soft unsharp photos. This 230 seems to suffer from the same problems.