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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p...
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 562 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 8.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Sharp5.0   above average
Travel5.0   above average
Weight5.0   above average
Compact4.9   above average
Range4.8   above average
Macro4.7   above average
Photography4.7   above average
Display4.6   above average
Quick4.6   average
Zoom4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Size4.4   average
Video4.3   average
Light4.2   average
Photo4.2   average
Image4.1   average
Outdoor3.9   below average
Balance3.8   average
Menu3.7   average
Button3.6   above average
Shutter3.6   average
Design3.5   average
Charging3.3   average
Point-and-shoot3.3   below average
Indoor3.0   below average
Battery2.8   below average
Focus2.8   below average
Screen2.7   below average
Cover2.4   average
Lens2.3   below average
Flash2.1   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"CONS:* My lens won't shut anymore, so I guess three years later there will be wear and tear (and I have it in a case when not in use)* 12 mega pixels is great, but not as awesome as 16 or 18 megapixels (however, those camera don't have the features that this camera does)* Battery life isn't great."
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"I have to admit the battery life is not as great as I would like it to be, it definitely is not nearly as long-lasting as the DSLR batteries (but take the same amount of time to charge) but it does the job."
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"My only complaint is that when the battery starts to get low I find that the camera really struggles to focus clearly."
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"I tried to turn it on and nothing happened, so I assumed that the battery was dead."
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"Battery life is terrible."
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"Pros:Takes good picsZoom is amazingCan set shutter speed, aperture and ISO manuallyHas manual focusCons:The battery life isn't that great but you can get a $20-$30 extra battery if need be."
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"If you do decide to go with this one I recommend buying an extra battery or two to carry with you because it runs out pretty quick if you take as many photos as I do."
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"But for the price, I'm happy with the picture quality and the camera and battery have held up great."
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"The features and settings are easy to use, and the battery life is very good, especially when the camera is used all day and shut on and off a million times."
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"Very compact and functional with great battery life."
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"I have been very pleased with this camera the picture quality is good, the battery lasts, and the zoom is just right."
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Button

Button:
"None of the buttons work, I am unable to review my photos on the camera, change settings or anything else."
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"But as you click the shutter button, it switches to tracking focus, and gets confused, and takes a fuzzy photo."
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"Happy with the camera,expect for the flash button at the wrong position."
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"It can take several attempts of clicking shutter button down several times before it stays on micro."
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"Sometimes I've missed a picture because maybe I don't press the button long or hard enough."
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"Video button is annoying, as I accidentally pushed it a few times."
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"Just press the red button and you're good."
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"The menu button is pretty self-explanatory, opens up a menu, and the dips button hides and shows the information on the screen when shooting."
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"i am post senior and found the buttons to small ,i was pleased with the return situation."
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"What I like:- zoom range- manual controls- dedicated video recording button- GPS- Creative effects- Video performanceWhat I don't like- Image quality (I've even set ISO to a low setting to try to limit noise)- Poor White Balance consistency, in auto mode- Low battery life, especially with GPS activeI'm a long term Canon fan and user, but somewhat disappointed in this camera."
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Charging

Charging:
"The battery life indicator is not very accurate - it only has three bars for a full charge and at times I have gone from 2 bars, down to zero without any warning."
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"The only disadvantage i felt is the Battary charge while taking video."
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"I'm the type of person that doesn't charge my phone everyday (and I have an iphone), so realizing that I'd have to charge this battery frequently was really disappointing."
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"Charge it fully and drive a few hours and its dead with in the first 20 pic's."
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"Battery: Battery took a good 6 hours to charge which is borderline ridiculous compared to my 30D which takes about 30 minutes."
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"Battery is good and holds it charge."
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"Extra batteries are invariably a good idea, but you'll need to buy a charger as well for the Nikon (and the Sony) if you want to continue to use your camera."
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"The additional charger came with a car adapter, which is a great bonus on vacation."
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"Please note that the box contains a travel charger for the battery, so you don't need to purchase a separate one."
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"I bought an extra battery and car charger on that auction site ... so I don't expect to have problems with battery power, though a really big part of me wanted to get a camera that handles AA batteries."
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Compact

Compact:
"I've had a series of compact cameras and I've always found them a bit disappointing."
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"Very compact and functional with great battery life."
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"The zoom is phenomenal -- my friends are always amazed that such a long lens can come out of such a small, compact camera!"
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"This is the only compact (non-SLR) camera I could find for a reasonable price with the manual focus feature."
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"(Or in general, please comment if you know of a compact camera with a good zoom that takes amazing auto photos.)"
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"I like this camera because it takes wanderfull pictures , it is compact , easy to use , the video is very nice .....It is what I was watching for !"
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Cover

Cover:
"I tried it anyway and found the lint problem others have complained about--lint will get under the lens cover and is impossible to get out."
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"And...a few months ago (before my 1-year warranty ran out), the lens covers malfunctioned and unfortunately, I dropped my camera before I could send it in to be fixed."
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"The HDMI A V out cover is very flimsy and fortunately you may not have to use this much, but I can see it as being very fragile."
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"Another issue I had was the lens cover would not open and close all the way - this was a problem almost from the beginning."
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"Canon now wants $111 to fix the focus they broke plus the lense cover because of physical damage and refuse to fix the focus problem that existed before."
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"Oh, one more thing, I also have the problem with the lens cover not closing completely."
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"It easily gets bent and hampers the lens cover movement."
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"I used it also to take photos for the covers of my books, and they come out great (but then I'm prejudiced!"
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"I think there must be a grain of sand or something in mine because the cover no longer opens and closes as smoothly as it did when I first bought it."
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"- One button push for video is very nice and makes it easy to cover photos and videos (as compared to other Canon models).- Video is very sharp (at 1080)."
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"- One button push for video is very nice and makes it easy to cover photos and videos (as compared to other Canon models).- Video is very sharp (at 1080)."
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Design

Design:
"Camera have a very nice design, but i was very disappointing in pictures quality, so i had to send it back."
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"zoom is very slow, it can be sped up by fully pushing or pulling the zoom lever fully but takes effort and feels like your are pushing on it harder than it was designed to, i can forsee this wearing out or failing very very quickly."
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"The flash position on the camera is quite possibly the worst design flaw I have ever witnessed."
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"From what I read, this doesn't hurt the flash and it removes an annoying design flaw."
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"PROS:14x Optical24fps Video Shooting + Dual MicrophoneLow Light ExcellenceTons of programs and creative modesNice compact Design and modern feel3200 ISO and f(3.1)CONS:Battery Life Quick Drain...You can get another for around $3 total cheap ones works as well."
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"The SX230 is designed in the sleek, minimalist spirit of the ELPH series, though longer and slightly thicker than its ultra-compact brand-mates."
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"Camera have a very nice design, but i was very disappointing in pictures quality, so i had to send it back."
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"-Great design."
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"I have an old PowerShot SX110IS...and it has great design."
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Display

Display:
"It fails to display some of the .jpg images correct either as an image or a thumbnail."
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"The GPS is a gimmick, but it does work well in placing your photos if you want to display them on GOOGLE Earth."
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"The function set, display, menu and the dial are all easy and intuitive."
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"It takes beautiful images and has a bright, crisp display."
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"Despite other gimmicks, like 3D shooting and a very good LCD display, this camera is just too slow to be a worthy hunting or outdoor companion."
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"The pictures are really nice and I like the display window on the back because it is a larger than most."
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Fit

Fit:
"I was looking for the best camera to fit in my jeans pocket, and this is it."
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"Takes good quality pics, fits nicely in my hand, has lots of options."
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"And comfortable to traveling, not to big, fit in your pocket, a little heavy and the battery in video mode get outs to fast, you definitely had to buy another extra battery for recordings."
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"Fits in front shirt pocketjust perfect."
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"HEFTY ENOUGH TO GIVE GOOD GRIPE YET LIGHT AND SMALL TO FIT INTO LOOSE PANT POCKET."
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Flash

Flash:
"Auto flash isn't very reliable, so I wouldn't count on it."
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"Generally, the only thing this camera has on my S3 phone camera is that it has better white balance with flash (which the S3 is horrible with)."
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"Downside, does not take the best pics in the dark and the flash is not in the best place (my finger closes it)."
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"My only complaint is how easy it is to block the flash."
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"First off the question of the flash position many people complain about: It's a NON-ISSUE!"
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"it was delivered on time which is awesome the flash is located in an inconvenient spot but everything else is amazing."
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"You can manually set the ISO to 3200, and get good dark shots without the flash (sacrificing a little detail).The 12.1 MP images this takes look far better than the 16MP Olympus I have."
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"I don't like the location of the flash, it's easy block it with your finger when turning on the camera, so it doesn't pop up."
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"My only complaint is how easy it is to block the flash."
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"The position of the flash is no problem to me at all as it used to be the same with the IS210."
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"A feature I love if the manual pop up flash."
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Focus

Focus:
"The pictures are only okay--lots of barrel distortion; often loses focus when doing video; doesn't do great in low light."
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"One negative - It takes a while to focus before you can take the picture."
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"- Macro mode is very fussy and has as many misses as hits in both focus and exposure."
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"But as you click the shutter button, it switches to tracking focus, and gets confused, and takes a fuzzy photo."
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"I hate this camera....The track focus mode makes me sad."
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"Ultimately, I hate the track focus thing."
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")* Has High Speed burst* Best Image Selection (I use this daily - it takes 3 pictures very fast and uses the best one)* Let's you do all of your photos manually if you want* Easy to delete photos* Easy to upload to your computer* Has red eye correction* Has black & white, sepia, and blue* Has fish eye effect, poster effect, toy camera effect* Has features such as shooting pictures in the Fall with foliage, shooting in the snow, night time, low light, and fireworks* Light weight* Shoots amazing HD video and let's you focus while you're shooting."
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"The camera is rarely able to focus for a video and the videos are usually fuzzy."
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"Good telephoto, good macro, focuses fast."
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"This is the only compact (non-SLR) camera I could find for a reasonable price with the manual focus feature."
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"Still becoming comfortable with focusing options."
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Handle

Handle:
"It has very good color saturation and seems to handle low-light situations (a primary weakness of many point-and-shoots) well."
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"It's hard to find one device that handles still pictures video and audio well."
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"I did solve most of this problem with a stick-on handle from Flipbac."
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"It is small, easy to handle and full of capabilities."
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"I personally find it very useful...makes it easy to handle it with one hand, and adds a great amount of stability."
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"It has very good color saturation and seems to handle low-light situations (a primary weakness of many point-and-shoots) well."
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"The camera handles quite well, although it feels as though it could slip out of my grip a little too easily."
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"The camera handles quite well, although it feels as though it could slip out of my grip a little too easily."
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Image

Image:
"Downside, does not take the best pics in the dark and the flash is not in the best place (my finger closes it)."
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"Every camera is a compromise, this is a good overall camera that will always bring home a nice if not perfect image."
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"Used this for over 1500 pics on a trip to Europe, sadly half the pics were not of good quality."
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"Well, I've given it a year, tried different settings, and no matter what I do, I cannot get as good of images as I got on my old SD800."
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"Having owned a good Canon camera in the past & after reading such good reviews posted for this camera, I got this camera for its compact size & zoom capability to replace an old Kodak bridge camera that I had which was malfunctioning (which took crystal clear pics before it deteriorated.)"
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"Even in 'SCN' mode, Taking a photo of the moon, at night, even using the requisite pre-set night mode, does not yield a decent photo."
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"Takes great pic and has a lot of options if you wanted to get fancy."
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")* Has High Speed burst* Best Image Selection (I use this daily - it takes 3 pictures very fast and uses the best one)* Let's you do all of your photos manually if you want* Easy to delete photos* Easy to upload to your computer* Has red eye correction* Has black & white, sepia, and blue* Has fish eye effect, poster effect, toy camera effect* Has features such as shooting pictures in the Fall with foliage, shooting in the snow, night time, low light, and fireworks* Light weight* Shoots amazing HD video and let's you focus while you're shooting."
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"Great pics, comfortable, fast reaction, great zoom, and durable."
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"The quality of the images is great."
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"Took some great sunset images in Key West."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"The lens of the SX230 stops down to f 3.5 (not so great for indoor, low-light shooting; the lens of the SX260 has only a slightly larger maximum aperture of f 3.1 (hardly a deal maker or breaker--my old Spotmatic had a lens that was f 1.9."
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"At wide angle, it is possible to shoot indoors without a flash under reasonable artificial lighting at ISO 400 (too much detail is lost beyond ISO 400) and get very nice and natural results."
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"Disappointed with indoor picture quality."
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"Unfortunately this has not been true for us regardless of the lighting (indoors or outdoors) or the photographer."
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"With a tripod, this thing is capable of fantastic and beautiful indoor stills even with mediocre lighting."
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"It takes horrible pictures both indoors and outdoors."
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"The Kodak (Z950) does a very nice job indoors and has far and away the strongest flash I have ever seen on a pocket camera and may be more useful when a strong flash is necessary."
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"Outdoor pictures have been good, but indoor pictures do not always turn out well."
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"- Auto White balance indoors is pretty good."
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"With a tripod, this thing is capable of fantastic and beautiful indoor stills even with mediocre lighting."
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"I purchased this camera late in the summer (at the full price of $329) prior to an international trip and used it extensively... only I discovered quickly that without fail, outdoor photos would come out very washed out (regardless of amount of light), while indoor shots would, without fail come our blurry & grainy."
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Lens

Lens:
"Unfortunately both ended up having lens error issues that were not fixable."
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"Personally, I think it is better than some of Canon's higher end non-SLR cameras like SX50 HS (which I own as well).Only thing with Canon point and shoot cameras is that the lens front metal plate is too flimsy."
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"I tried it anyway and found the lint problem others have complained about--lint will get under the lens cover and is impossible to get out."
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"My best results have always occurred when I used no zoom at all--or, to be more accurate, I used my body as a replacement for a zoom lens."
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"The lens of the SX230 stops down to f 3.5 (not so great for indoor, low-light shooting; the lens of the SX260 has only a slightly larger maximum aperture of f 3.1 (hardly a deal maker or breaker--my old Spotmatic had a lens that was f 1.9."
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"It easily gets bent and hampers the lens cover movement."
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"This camera is pretty much a few different detachable expensive lenses in one."
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"The zoom is phenomenal -- my friends are always amazed that such a long lens can come out of such a small, compact camera!"
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"I also love all of the options, such as fish eye lense."
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"At 14x the images are really sharp, amazingly so for a small lens and camera."
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Light

Light:
"* Low light pictures aren't THAT great, but they will do."
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"Only time it is a problem is inside, long distance with low light."
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"Unless you are outside, picture quality won't be very good unless there is a LOT of natural light, or you use flash."
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"The pictures are only okay--lots of barrel distortion; often loses focus when doing video; doesn't do great in low light."
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"The only negative is, in some medium to low light situations, the AUTO setting will use available light at low shutter speed instead of flash, resulting in a blurred picture."
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"The only things that I don't liked was the GPS, I not used yet and I don't interested in use it on future, the position of flash is uncommon, some times I close it by mistake and the orange light for metering distance and adjust focus, is very disturbing and at all discreet."
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")* Has High Speed burst* Best Image Selection (I use this daily - it takes 3 pictures very fast and uses the best one)* Let's you do all of your photos manually if you want* Easy to delete photos* Easy to upload to your computer* Has red eye correction* Has black & white, sepia, and blue* Has fish eye effect, poster effect, toy camera effect* Has features such as shooting pictures in the Fall with foliage, shooting in the snow, night time, low light, and fireworks* Light weight* Shoots amazing HD video and let's you focus while you're shooting."
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"Great low light capabilities."
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"The Good:It has exceptional ability to shoot in low light without a flash."
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"He had said he was very pleased with the zoom and low light capability for pics."
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Macro

Macro:
"- Macro mode is very fussy and has as many misses as hits in both focus and exposure."
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"It's easy to switch between 'macro' mode for close-ups and 'landscape' mode for good wide angle shots."
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"Good telephoto, good macro, focuses fast."
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"The best shots I found are macro outdoor shots."
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"Pictures are great even takes great closeups macros no complaints there."
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"The lens is great, and even at 8x zoom I was taking some great macro shots, something I like because you can often get better angles from a slight distance."
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Menu

Menu:
"My only complain is that it is not as intuitive to usedue to the weird menus."
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"I also found the small dial controls on the back of the camera to be difficult to negotiate and the menu in general, hard to use."
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"I'm finding the menus a little confusing but overall I think this is a really good point-and-shoot."
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"There are many good things about this camera, but 3.0 widescreen and redesigned menus make it hard to use."
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"Even after 2.5 months of using this camera extensively I'm not comfortable w the menu system."
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"The camera has GPS, which is hard to locate in the menu screen and doesn't seem that useful to me, at least not yet."
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"The menu button is pretty self-explanatory, opens up a menu, and the dips button hides and shows the information on the screen when shooting."
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"The function set, display, menu and the dial are all easy and intuitive."
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"(It's hard for me to recommend Panasonic in particular over this camera because their menus look so ancient, largely unchanged in the past five or more years."
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"- Menu system is generally good except when deleting photos, too many clicks."
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Noise

Noise:
"What I didn't like about the elph is that it had horrible noise when you zoom in video mode."
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"The Sony has very aggressive noise control and it gives photos a weird look - I would rather have photos be a bit grainy than have them look overly smooth."
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"Of all the cameras I've tested the Nikon 8100 9100 work the best - they just have poor User Interface, noisy zoom motors, and all the other quibbles noted in the reviews."
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"Canon did a great job balancing noise reduction and fine detail."
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"Canon did a great job balancing noise reduction and fine detail."
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"For now i'll stick with my FH25 until there is something else better out there that really has superior sharpness and low noise grain."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"It takes horrible pictures both indoors and outdoors."
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"if your photos are half and half indoor outdoor like me then you will be dissapointed with indoor quality of Photos video."
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"Microphones on the TOP of the camera don't work well for capturing sound outdoors."
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"While it worked well in the open outdoors, it did not work at all well in a city, even in locations where my iPhone and a dedicated GPS logger were easily able to get signals."
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"The best shots I found are macro outdoor shots."
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"They just don't last as long..- Outdoor pictures have amazing colour depth- Options are relatively straight forward- Optical zoom shots are reasonable- Price; Great price point for the features..if they worked as expected...Bad:- Video is below what I expected."
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"Hence I believe 28mm (or perhaps 27mm) is the ideal 'starting point'.In any event, this camera takes (surprisingly) excellent photographs especially outdoors and at its brighter apertures (up to about 75mm equivalent) indoors."
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"The Sony ranks 2nd in my opinion overall and the Samsung also does a very nice job under good lighting conditions, ie outdoors."
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"The metering and exposure is also very good although outdoor photographs in high contrast situations tend to overexpose a bit; adjusting the exposure compensation to -3 is an easy fix."
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Photo

Photo:
"None of the buttons work, I am unable to review my photos on the camera, change settings or anything else."
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"We know dust doesn't appear in one photo, disappear for a while and return to the same location... so I ask what kind of testing did they do (I had sent them sample photos, dated, with and without spots), turns out, the test is to open the box and if it is a Point & Shoot camera -$111.00 please."
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"The orientation sensor got broke and frequently I get the photos with the wrong orientation and also I get E32 error and camera shut down."
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"Can give an unrealistic photo on Auto, great for manual tuningMenu settings and deleting photos are a bit of a hassle scrolling up and down."
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"The truth is she needs a point and click camera but the problem was she wasn't satisfied with the photos she was getting from the point and shoots."
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"The photos are not great, but are good for this kind of camera, don't compare it with a reflex, compare with a compact one."
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")* Has High Speed burst* Best Image Selection (I use this daily - it takes 3 pictures very fast and uses the best one)* Let's you do all of your photos manually if you want* Easy to delete photos* Easy to upload to your computer* Has red eye correction* Has black & white, sepia, and blue* Has fish eye effect, poster effect, toy camera effect* Has features such as shooting pictures in the Fall with foliage, shooting in the snow, night time, low light, and fireworks* Light weight* Shoots amazing HD video and let's you focus while you're shooting."
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"If you do decide to go with this one I recommend buying an extra battery or two to carry with you because it runs out pretty quick if you take as many photos as I do."
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"it's great in terms of the ability to take photos of something really far."
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"Great camera you can take anywhere and take really decent photos."
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Photography

Photography:
"If you don't know how to use these modes you are missing out on some cool aspects of photography."
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"Everything works so well that I hesitate to consider a more professional grade for photography."
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"Overall the pictures and movies it takes are very good for amateur photography."
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"Excellent pocket camera with everything a lover of photography can expect."
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"I got it 4 months back....and was in love with photography using this now-a-days."
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"* It's a nice camera for photography."
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Point-and-shoot

Point-and-shoot:
"It is not a point-and-shoot I can recommend."
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"We are not pleased with the point-and-shoot image quality on this camera and it also has a few other annoyances."
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"My greatest frustration with the less-expensive point-and-shoot cameras in the past has been the lag time between when I depress the shutter and when the image is actually captured."
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"I'm finding the menus a little confusing but overall I think this is a really good point-and-shoot."
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"It has very good color saturation and seems to handle low-light situations (a primary weakness of many point-and-shoots) well."
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"One of the best point-and-shoot cameras I have ever owned!"
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"It is small in size, and when turned on the lens ins't as big as others, but it still gives you exceptional performance for a point-and-shoot camera."
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"It is the best point-and-shoot camera on the market."
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"For a point-and-shoot camera the movies are really great - even in low through medium light."
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"It feels like a huge upgrade from my Powershot A620 which is a decent point-and-shoot but about 6 years old (the Nikon L105 and Canon ELPH 300 definitely did not feel like a big enough upgrade to justify spending $100+); and even though I think $188 is pricey for a point-and-shoot (though $188 is a great deal for what amazon says is a $300 camera!"
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Power

Power:
"If you think a zoom lens is such a big deal, notice the consumer cameras that are suddenly sporting 30X to 50X zoom power, all in an attempt to dazzle the inexperienced buyer."
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"Only disappointment for me is the fact that this Canon is a power sucker."
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"I've started getting lens errors occasionally and have to power off the camera to fix it."
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"To be able to magnify it even by by 14 times is almost more power--and size--than I know what to do with."
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"Very compact camera with a lot of power - love it!"
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"I have had smaller point and shoots and also have a DSLR but this camera strikes a great balance between both portability and power."
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"First I bought a camera from a TV Shopping channel - a great value and zoom was 22 power."
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"I bought an extra battery and car charger on that auction site ... so I don't expect to have problems with battery power, though a really big part of me wanted to get a camera that handles AA batteries."
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Price

Price:
"You won't be sorry - GREAT camera AND GREAT price - You can't go wrong! "
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"I just never use this camera, and am quite disappointed because it wasn't cheap but underperforms."
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"Bottom line: whether indicative of the general manufacturing or just my particular unit, I'm not very satisified with the SX230 HS for the money."
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"Just cheap is not good."
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"Waste of money and a ruined opportunity."
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"* For the money though, the images are quite horrible."
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"Great Camera for the price."
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"great product, great price, Camera take good pictures and very easy to use."
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"But for the price, I'm happy with the picture quality and the camera and battery have held up great."
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"This is the only compact (non-SLR) camera I could find for a reasonable price with the manual focus feature."
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"You won't be sorry - GREAT camera AND GREAT price - You can't go wrong! "
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Quality

Quality:
"The video quality isn't very good."
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"Unless you are outside, picture quality won't be very good unless there is a LOT of natural light, or you use flash."
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"Used this for over 1500 pics on a trip to Europe, sadly half the pics were not of good quality."
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"UPDATE: The video portion of my camera went dead, which I consider one of the better qualities."
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"Disappointed with indoor picture quality."
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"It is never accurate and I can not figure out how to improve the picture quality."
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"GREAT quality camera, continues to blow my mind."
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"It was very good quality when delivered at my house."
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"She was even amazed at the quality of mine."
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"I'm very happy with the quality and features."
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"Awesome good quality camera."
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Quick

Quick:
"If you have patience, would like to save yourself $150, and don't mind a camera that is without a doubt less versatile or able when it comes to quick and dirty shots, this is your device."
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"If you do decide to go with this one I recommend buying an extra battery or two to carry with you because it runs out pretty quick if you take as many photos as I do."
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"While it is great for quick photos, I'd prefer to use my SLR any day."
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"For the price and size of the Canon Powershot sx230 HS I highly recommend it for a quick point and shoot for any vacation or everyday use."
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"Here comes the quick review:Good:- I can deal with the proprietary battery."
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"Quick, well balanced pictures."
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Range

Range:
"The Samsung advertised zoom range does not appear accurate especially on the wide end."
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"Decent range of Manual controls - though once you go out past 1 second the ISO range is limited."
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"The image quality via the zoom and zoom range is exceptional."
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"The Sony Hx100V, the Panasonic FZ35 (excellent camera) or FZ150, and the Canon HX40 wll will all produce images with nicer tone, color, contrast, and dynamic range with less highlight clipping."
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"It takes nice shoots, it is very stable, has a nice ISO and a range of settings to improve your picture, and works really well at night."
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"Good pictures and movies, like the size and weight, love the zoom range."
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SLR

SLR:
"I would never have been able to hold my old SLR steady at that magnification."
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"The canon had the best quality of these little cameras, & no, it is not SLR quality, but it is very, very good, and it certainly beats missing the shot entirely."
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"And yes I always enjoyed carrying around a high end SLR with a motor drive and who knows what else attached to it, but it was an image thing, sort of who has the biggest camera, although they did take great pictures."
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"While it is great for quick photos, I'd prefer to use my SLR any day."
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"of SLR experience) liked the quality of my shots and the portability so much that two of them have ordered their own!"
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"Let me be clear, this is not in comparison to my $1000 SLR, but in comparison to the old Casio 6 Meg P&S."
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"It is easier to use than my slr and less of a risk when some place like the beach."
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Screen

Screen:
"Within one minute of turning on this unit an error message came on , the screen went blank and the camera shut itself off."
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"Don't get one like this because they don't last long and you will just get frustrated when the screen goes bad on you."
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"Only problems are that there is only the on screen view, so if the electronics of the screen break, the camera is broken."
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"The biggest problem was that there is no view finder, only a screen."
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"I couldn't care less about GPS, I'd NEVER settle for editing my photos on a tiny 3 screen, and I hate cheezy effects, which I find most on-board effects to be."
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"Now I can turn it on, but the viewing screen is dark and I can only see shadows, nothing clear."
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"The 12.1 megapixels are great for even posters or flat screen televisions (I use mine through my Blu-ray disc player for YOUTUBE)."
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"The 56x zoom on video takes the performer from a speck on the stage to their face filling the screen - and the quality is great."
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"Screen: Nice size and vivid."
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"This camera takes good movies, too, and I like the 16:9 screen for that purpose, but I wish the overall viewer height was a bit taller, as it makes it easier to see small wording - such as auto-ISO readings when shooting photos."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"The orientation sensor got broke and frequently I get the photos with the wrong orientation and also I get E32 error and camera shut down."
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"Our Sony, Kodak and friends' various cameras don't require this type of work-around in our house -- it just seems medium light or earth-tones are really challenging to our SX230HS sensors."
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"After trying several other Panasonic, Nikon and Canon pocket type cameras I finally found one that exceeds my ZS3...By quite a bit actually...At least a stop better dynamic range and 2 stops better at ISO usage...It's just amazing the improvement these small sensors have made in DR and S N over the last couple years...The full 1080p HD video is obviously far superior as well..The evaluative metering is awesome, so close to actual conditions it's scary...Even at tough low light situations...I also like the way Canon has used very little noise reduction up through ISO400 to retain much of the detail..Even above that the NR is minimal with no smearing that I can find...I just can't understand the outright negative reviews about bad image quality...They must have received defective units as I don't see how anyone wouldn't be happy with the IQ of this fine camera..I wish it was 24mm wide but I knew that going in so there is no way I would downgrade..At the on sale price of $188, I bought another one after testing this first one...Edit 1-1-12:After further testing I believe using center averaging metering is preferrable over evaluative...While they both are very accurate the center averaging avoids over exposing the highlight areas while retaining the shadows to an acceptible degree...There are always DR compromises in these small sensor cams, but the center does seem to offer the better DR coverge overall...kd"
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"The lens is a bit smaller on the SX230, so the f-stop isn't quite as good, but it makes up for it with the MOS sensor, and gives pretty impressive shots in a wide range of lighting, though I haven't pushed it in low light or with the flash (I'm very happy with outdoor shots)."
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"CANON SX230 HS 12.1 effective Megapixels (BSI-CMOS sensor)28-392mm equiv lens with optical stabilization1080p HD video and HDMI connection3.0 inch LCD with 461,000 dot resolutionISO sensitivity up to 320013 shooting modes, 11 Scene Modes, 11 Color ModesNIKON S9100 12.1 effective Megapixels (BSI-CMOS sensor)25-450mm equiv lens1080p HD video3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dot resolution'Hybrid' VR image stabilization incorporating sensor shift and electronic stabilization (in video mode, sensor shift VR is disabled)ISO sensitivity up to 32005 shooting modes, 15 Scene Modes and 6 Effects modeThe great appeal of the Nikon is its 18x zoom compared to the 14x of the Canon."
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"Since I'm not shooting feature length movies, the quality from the smaller sensor size in the SX230HS is more than adequate for what I need."
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"Outdoors always looks good, indoors too as long as you set it right, low light is good, but then again its low light with a small sensor camera so grain will be much more pronounced than with a DSLR."
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"CMOS sensor allows great video even in low light conditions."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"At 14x the images are really sharp, amazingly so for a small lens and camera."
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"We sat quite a distance back (under the balconies) and even with using the zoom, the pictures were clear, sharp and brilliant!"
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"The images are sharp, low light feature is great and the 14x zoom is amazing!"
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"PICTURES COME OUT SHARP AND CLEAR."
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"The pictures are really sharp and well exposed, and the colors are natural."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"It can take several attempts of clicking shutter button down several times before it stays on micro."
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"Developed a problem with the shutter not closing or opening completely, sent it to Canon for repair on warranty and had it back in just over a week."
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"Two photos into the vacation something broke with the shutter."
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"I had one problem where the shutter was bent, but I re-bent it back with a penny and went about my business."
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"The stabilization works very well enabling shooting at 1 30 shutter speeds and even slower."
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"It is great for people who like to manipulate the shutter and aperture and also for those who are not quite as camera savvy."
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"The low-light setting is phenomenal and the continuous shutter setting takes a bursts of pics so you can chose the best shot afterward."
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"There are a lot of options not so easy to figure out but the easy functions work awesome and the shutter is fast."
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"For example: Using the manual mode and upping the shutter speed makes for some good times."
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Size

Size:
"The only (small) problem is that the flash can be in the way at times as you can accidently hit it and make it go back down and then you have to shut the camera off and turn it back on to get the flash back up."
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"At first I thought maybe I got a lemon or perhaps it's not fair to compare the results of a small camera to a bridge camera but after reading up on some negative reviews of another Canon bridge camera (the Canon SX 40) & viewing the uneditted soft pics of that camera on youtube, I realized that maybe this IS the level of image quality Canon is producing nowadays for it's AF cameras, so I will not take the risk of getting another Canon for my next camera purchase to replace this."
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"* I have two small children and was sick of missing pictures."
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"Videos are amazing low light videos are great to my only small complaint is I wish low light videos a little sharper so you did not see as many pixels in the low light videos."
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"After trying several other Panasonic, Nikon and Canon pocket type cameras I finally found one that exceeds my ZS3...By quite a bit actually...At least a stop better dynamic range and 2 stops better at ISO usage...It's just amazing the improvement these small sensors have made in DR and S N over the last couple years...The full 1080p HD video is obviously far superior as well..The evaluative metering is awesome, so close to actual conditions it's scary...Even at tough low light situations...I also like the way Canon has used very little noise reduction up through ISO400 to retain much of the detail..Even above that the NR is minimal with no smearing that I can find...I just can't understand the outright negative reviews about bad image quality...They must have received defective units as I don't see how anyone wouldn't be happy with the IQ of this fine camera..I wish it was 24mm wide but I knew that going in so there is no way I would downgrade..At the on sale price of $188, I bought another one after testing this first one...Edit 1-1-12:After further testing I believe using center averaging metering is preferrable over evaluative...While they both are very accurate the center averaging avoids over exposing the highlight areas while retaining the shadows to an acceptible degree...There are always DR compromises in these small sensor cams, but the center does seem to offer the better DR coverge overall...kd"
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"HOWEVER, I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED THAT IT WOULD BE TOO HEAVY (i had a small powershot before this)."
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"A surprisingly good small camera."
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"For such a small convenient camera, it really has perfect 20 20 eyesight and then some."
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"I wanted something small and lightweight but still with good quality in picture taking."
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"I have a regular canon camera but the size and features of this camera made it easy to carry and use when I didn't have my regular camera with me."
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"The zoom is phenomenal -- my friends are always amazed that such a long lens can come out of such a small, compact camera!"
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Speed

Speed:
"It is very slow to actually take the shot making for missed poses."
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"It did not take very good pictures at all and was slow, in fact a lot of my pictures were blurred."
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"The only thing that's kind of annoying is the processing time between pictures is slow."
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"The only drawback I find is that it doesn't shoot as fast as I would like, but I am still learning it's quirks."
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"The only downside is the speed even in continuous mode."
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"The camera's USB transfer is painfully slow for the large video files this generates."
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"Excellent product, fast shipping."
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")* Has High Speed burst* Best Image Selection (I use this daily - it takes 3 pictures very fast and uses the best one)* Let's you do all of your photos manually if you want* Easy to delete photos* Easy to upload to your computer* Has red eye correction* Has black & white, sepia, and blue* Has fish eye effect, poster effect, toy camera effect* Has features such as shooting pictures in the Fall with foliage, shooting in the snow, night time, low light, and fireworks* Light weight* Shoots amazing HD video and let's you focus while you're shooting."
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"Good telephoto, good macro, focuses fast."
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"Great pics, comfortable, fast reaction, great zoom, and durable."
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Travel

Travel:
"The Canon PowerShot SX230 is an all around great camera to add to your bag for light travel."
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"It has a lot of features for a travel zoom camera and does fairly well in low light situations."
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"Highly recommended for your point and shoot travel zoom."
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"I travel all around the world and needed a compact, easy to tote camera that takes good quality pictures."
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"I have had many little travel cameras like this and by far this is the best one yet at a really great price! "
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Video

Video:
"The video quality isn't very good."
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"The pictures are only okay--lots of barrel distortion; often loses focus when doing video; doesn't do great in low light."
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"If you're looking to use this for a lot of video you may be disappointed."
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"UPDATE: The video portion of my camera went dead, which I consider one of the better qualities."
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"I did some video shooting and it was OK but not as good as my Sony dedicated video camera."
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")* Has High Speed burst* Best Image Selection (I use this daily - it takes 3 pictures very fast and uses the best one)* Let's you do all of your photos manually if you want* Easy to delete photos* Easy to upload to your computer* Has red eye correction* Has black & white, sepia, and blue* Has fish eye effect, poster effect, toy camera effect* Has features such as shooting pictures in the Fall with foliage, shooting in the snow, night time, low light, and fireworks* Light weight* Shoots amazing HD video and let's you focus while you're shooting."
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"The videos are fantastic and I love the GPS feature"
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"The camera is rarely able to focus for a video and the videos are usually fuzzy."
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"If you are in the mood for a very capable camera that takes incredible pictures and really beautiful 1080HD video this one is a bargain at $250."
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Weight

Weight:
")* Has High Speed burst* Best Image Selection (I use this daily - it takes 3 pictures very fast and uses the best one)* Let's you do all of your photos manually if you want* Easy to delete photos* Easy to upload to your computer* Has red eye correction* Has black & white, sepia, and blue* Has fish eye effect, poster effect, toy camera effect* Has features such as shooting pictures in the Fall with foliage, shooting in the snow, night time, low light, and fireworks* Light weight* Shoots amazing HD video and let's you focus while you're shooting."
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"I wanted something small and lightweight but still with good quality in picture taking."
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"Very good price-performance - this camera is not expensive and is very small and lightweight but yields very good results."
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"Lite weight and fairly easy to use."
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"I was looking for a light weight and small camera with a good photo quality."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I had an S45 previously and would go back if I could, even without great zoom."
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"If you think a zoom lens is such a big deal, notice the consumer cameras that are suddenly sporting 30X to 50X zoom power, all in an attempt to dazzle the inexperienced buyer."
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"My best results have always occurred when I used no zoom at all--or, to be more accurate, I used my body as a replacement for a zoom lens."
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"The fact of the matter is that excessive magnification and over-use of the zoom usually results in inferior photos (and movies)--grainy, out-of-focus, poorly composed, and distracting images."
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"My only complaints are:(1) I would prefer the zoom lens to provide a bit more of a wide angle when unzoomed."
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"The zoom is good enough to allow moon shots."
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"The super zoom is also great, has relatively good sensitivity at night."
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"You can also zoom within videos and it makes it so easy to find subjects and shoot them."
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"Great pics, comfortable, fast reaction, great zoom, and durable."
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"I have been very pleased with this camera the picture quality is good, the battery lasts, and the zoom is just right."
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