Canon Powershot SX230 and SX220 HS with 14x Zoom
February 7th, 2011
Canon Inc. has introduced the Powershot SX230 HS and SX220 HS, updates to the popular Canon Powershot SX210 IS announced last year.
The new Powershot SX230 HS and SX220 HS feature the same long range image stabilized 14x zoom lens (28-392mm equivalent) as their predecessor, although both camera's now incorporate a new 12 megapixel (MP) back-illuminated CMOS sensor compared to the 14 MP CCD sensor found in the SX210 IS.
Showcasing the evolution of the Canon ELPH brand, the new PowerShot ELPH models have now instituted a “HS” suffix to represent the inclusion of the HS SYSTEM in each model.
Both the Canon SX230 HS and the SX220 HS feature a large 3-inch high resolution 461,000 dot resolution LCD with wide viewing angle and Touch Panel technology. Both cameras also offer Full 1080p HD movie recording at 24fps with stereo sound and Dynamic Image Stabilizer for steady movie shooting.
In addition to manual exposure control options, both the Powershot SX230 HS and SX220 HS offer advanced Smart AUTO with 32 different shooting scenes. Smart AUTO is helpful since the camera will automatically select settings that match the scene without the need to switch modes, making it easier to take beautiful photos in a variety of situations.
Setting itself apart from the Canon Elph SX220 HS, the SX230 HS offers a GPS tagging feature. Through a dedicated receiver, the camera is able to collect signals from GPS satellites to obtain the latitude, longitude and altitude and records this information to the image’s EXIF data. The map utility software included with the camera permits viewing of photos on a map and shows the location of where the image was shot. The Canon SX230 HS also has an internal GPS logger, a first for a PowerShot model, helping to track the day’s route on a map, making it a useful application for long-term trips.
The PowerShot SX230 HS will be available in Canada at the end of March for an estimated selling price of $379.99 (available in black, red and blue). Check the latest US deals on the SX230 HS
The PowerShot SX220 HS will be available at the end of March for an estimated selling price of $349.99 Canadian (available in grey and purple).
Canon today enhances its leading PowerShot SX-range with the launch of the impressive PowerShot SX230 HS and the PowerShot SX220 HS. This duo of outstanding new compact super-zoom models combine high-zoom performance, wide-angle flexibility and Full Manual control in two slim, sleek, pocket-friendly designs. The PowerShot SX230 HS also features new GPS functionality – a first for a Canon compact camera – allowing users to record the location where their images were taken and to record their journey with the GPS Logger.
Replacing the popular and highly-acclaimed PowerShot SX210 IS, both new models offer a leading set of features perfect for capturing your travels. Each includes Canon’s HS System for outstanding picture quality in all conditions, a wide-angle 14x optical zoom lens, as well as Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound. Users can choose between pink, blue and black finishes for the PowerShot SX230 HS, purple and grey for the PowerShot SX220 HS.
The HS System: Premium
image quality even in low light
The inclusion of the HS System in the new PowerShot SX230 HS and PowerShot SX220 HS means that both models can capture outstanding-quality images in more situations than ever before. Representing a unique combination of a 12.1 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 processing technology, the HS System works to produce images with reduced noise and increased dynamic range that produces clear, detailed and natural results even in the most challenging of situations.
By reducing the occurrence of noise by up to 60% at all ISO speeds, the HS System allows users to capture beautiful, high quality images throughout the day and into the evening without using the camera flash or a tripod. The DIGIC 4 processor, unique to Canon provides accurate colour tones, as well as high responsiveness in everyday operation.
Record every step of
The 14x genuine Canon optical zoom lens featured in both models offers a huge zoom range to capture a wide range of subjects. The 28mm wide-angle setting allows the capture of wide, sweeping landscapes or fit more of a scene into a frame, and with the full zoom at a 392mm equivalent focal length, users can reach distant subjects without having to move. Canon’s leading optical Image Stabilizer technology corrects camera shake, offering a 4-stop advantage to prevent image blur throughout the entire zoom range and when shooting in handheld in low light – capturing sharp, detailed images in all conditions.
Ideal for travellers or casual shooters, the PowerShot SX230 HS’ GPS unit will record where and when images are taken, allowing users to easily keep a record of the place and time their pictures are shot. Additionally, the GPS Logger facility can record the journey that users take, allowing them to later review their travels by using the supplied Map Utility software which integrates with Google Maps.
Both models shoot 1920x1080p Full HD movies at 24fps with stereo sound, capturing special moments with superb clarity. Users can also utilise the impressive 14x optical zoom to reach the most distant subjects during video capture, and Canon’s Dynamic optical Image Stabilizer counteracts camera shake commonly recorded when shooting movies while moving, helping to produce smoother, sharper video footage. A movie record button also makes switching from stills to video instantaneous so action is never missed.
A large, high quality 3-inch PureColor II G LCD provides the perfect platform for image framing and playback. A 460k-dot resolution offers pin-sharp levels of clarity during recording and playback, and a tempered glass layer provides additional strength and enhances visibility, with a wide viewing angle and excellent colour reproduction. A 16:9 aspect ratio is perfectly optimised for HD video capture, while Hints & Tips throughout the interface offer a short explanation of each feature, helping users learn more about the camera’s features as they need to.
Point and shoot – with
Ideal for users who just want to point and shoot, the PowerShot SX230 HS and PowerShot SX220 HS feature Canon’s Smart Auto mode. Designed to make it easy for anyone to get great-quality shots, Smart Auto uses Scene Detection Technology to evaluate each shooting situation against multiple factors and selects the optimum scene from 32 variables, capturing the perfect picture. All the photographer needs to do is focus on framing the shot – Smart Auto takes care of everything else.
Smart Auto also features the latest Advanced Subject Detection technology, allowing the camera to identify and lock onto non-human subjects such as pets or other moving objects within a scene. Once identified and the shutter has been half-pressed, Servo AF/AE ensures the subject remains in focus and well-exposed, right up until the shutter release is fully pressed and the image captured. i-Contrast and Smart Flash Exposure functions within Smart Auto also ensure subjects are captured in the best possible detail, reducing the occurrence of harsh shadows and over-exposed highlights.
Both new models feature a range of high-speed shooting features - ideal for capturing the fastest-moving action. High-speed Burst mode means that users will never miss a moment, rapidly shooting up to 8.1 shots / sec. at 3.0 MP resolution so every moment of the action is recorded. Super Slow Motion Movie mode offers a great way to slow down fast-moving action like sports, shooting at 240 fps at 320x240 resolution or 120 fps at 640x480 to provide a dramatic account of fast action sequences.
A new Movie Digest shooting mode provides a fun new way to add movie footage to a day of shooting still images. Movie Digest mode films and records the action up to four seconds before every still image taken, before joining all clips captured into a VGA-resolution movie. Users can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame Video format, which offers a simple way to work with video on a computer. Designed to work with Mac and PC video applications it can dramatically speed up the process of importing, editing and sharing movies across multiple platforms and devices.
Complete creative control
As well as a range of instant and easy shooting modes, both the PowerShot SX230 HS and the PowerShot SX220 HS offer complete manual control over camera settings, allowing users to get more creative with their pictures. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO and focus can all be controlled manually, enabling photographers to experiment with their images to achieve different effects, and develop their photographic skills.
Capture all your memories
– even underwater
Explore a whole new world of underwater photography with the new optional Waterproof Case WP-DC42. Compatible with both models, the case provides water resistance to depths of 40 metres, as well as protecting the camera from dust, dirt and damage – making it perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving on holiday.
|Effective Pixels||12.1 Megapixel|
|Image Sensor||1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology|
|Lens Focal Length||5.0 (W) - 70.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 392mm)|
Digital Approx. 4x
Combined Approx. 56x
|Maximum f/number||f/3.1 (W) - f/5.9 (T)|
|Image Stabilization||Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)|
|AF System||TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus|
|Macro Focus Range||5cm from front of lens|
|AF Points||Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre)|
|AF Modes||Single, Continuous (only available in Auto mode), Servo AF/AE, Tracking AF|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
|GPS Tagging||Yes, Powershot 230 HS Only|
TFT LCD Approx. 461,000 dot resolution with wide viewing angle and
Touch Panel Technology.
Brightness adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200|
(linked to Face Detection AF frame)
|Exposure Modes||Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift|
stops in 1/3-stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
|White Balance Control||Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom|
|Built-in Flash||Auto, Manual (3 levels), Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE Lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro|
- 3.5m W
1.0 - 2.0m (T)
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance
|Flash Exposure Compensation||+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments|
|shooting Modes||Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy, Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High-speed Burst (3.0MP), Best Image Selection (3.0MP), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (3.0MP), Creative Filter, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist|
|Smart Shutter||Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer|
|Scene Modes||High-speed Burst (3.0MP), Best Image Selection (3.0MP), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (3.0MP), Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist|
|Creative Filter||Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect6, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap|
|Movie Modes||Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Program AE, Portrait, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie|
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film,
Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid
Red, Custom Color
Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Shooting start time (0-10 sec. (in one-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
4000 x 2248 (Large), 2816 x 1584 (Medium 1), 1920 x 1080 (Medium 2), 640 x 360 (Small)
4000 x 2664 (Large), 2816 x 1880 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1064 (Medium 2), 640 x 424 (Small)
4000 x 3000 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small)
2992 x 2992 (Large), 2112 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1200 x 1200 (Medium 2), 480 x 480 (Small)
|Movie File Format||MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)|
HD: 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps
HD: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
640 x 480 at 30 fps
320 x 240 at 30 fps
iFrame Movie HD: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie: 640 x 480 at 120 fps or 320 x 240 at 240 fps
Miniature Effect Movie HD: 1280 x 720
|Movie Length||(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec|
(P Mode): 3.2 shots/sec.
High-speed Burst: 8.1 shots/sec.
|Storage Media||SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, Eye-Fi Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card|
Mini-HDMI connector (cable optional)
|Menu Languages||nglish, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi|
|Battery||Battery Pack NB-5|
Approx. 4hrs Playback
Case (40m) WP-DC42
AC Adapter Kit
W x H x D
|105.7 x 61.6 x 33.2mm|
|In the box||PowerShot
Battery Pack NB-5L
Battery Charger CB-2LX
Wrist Strap WS-DC11
AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
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