Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (Blue) comparison

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (Blue)

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (Blue)
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS (Black)

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)
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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS (Black)
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Black)
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Price $238 at 1 store $149 at 2 stores $376 at 1 store
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3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 3 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one! 1.0 stars out of 1 review 4.0 stars out of 17 reviews 4.0 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date February 11, 2011 February 17, 2012 March 27, 2013 February 11, 2011 March 19, 2013
The Bottom Line If you want a compact megazoom with manual controls, GPS, and excellent photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a good place to start. Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries. If you want a compact megazoom with manual controls, GPS, and excellent photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a good place to start. Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

Basic specs

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Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3.2 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.4 in
3.4 in x 0.8 in x 2.1 in
4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.5 in
4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.4 in
4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.5 in
Lens System 14 x x
Zoom lens - 5.7 mm - 18.8 mm - F/3.1-5.9
12 x x Zoom lens - 4 mm - 48 mm - F/3.4-5.6
20 x x
Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
14 x x
Zoom lens - 5.7 mm - 18.8 mm - F/3.1-5.9
20 x x
Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
Optical sensor type CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 6400
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 6400
ISO 400
ISO auto
Video capture MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 320 x 240 -
MOV - 320 x 240 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 320 x 240 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
MOV - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
MOV - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
MOV - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
MOV - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
MOV - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 320 x 240 -
MOV - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
Digital zoom 4 x
4 x
4 x
4 x
4 x
Weight 6.9 oz
5 oz
7.4 oz
6.9 oz
7.4 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
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