The Canon Ixus 230 HS comes in black, silver, purple, brown or red. It's a very slim compact camera given the wealth of mechanics inside.

The follow-up model to the popular Canon Ixus 220 HS of last year, The Canon Ixus 230 HS is a 12.1Mp compact camera with a 28mm wideangle lens and an 8x optical zoom. Compared with the zoom range of some of the compact cameras we've recently tried out, the Canon's is fairly modest. However, the HS of this camera's name refers to its combination of high speed and high sensitivity – something that just wouldn't work well over a 15x zoom. The 22mm-thick body would be hard pushed to accommodate more lens, in any case.

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Controls are geared towards point and shoot photography, with a simple level dial to adjust the zoom and an onscreen indicator if your hands are shaking. Video can be taken at 720p and has its own red record button. A switch to change from auto to menu options resides on the right-hand side of the Canon Ixus 230 HS's camera body. Flash and macro options can be adjusted via a navipad on the rear. Other settings are changed via the onboard menus.

As with other HS cameras (Canon offers Ixus and PowerShot models with this feature), the Canon Ixus 230 HS is capable of capturing blur-free photos under challenging low-light conditions, so you can take party shots without blinding everyone with the flash. Canon cites 210 shots before the battery needs to be recharged. Expect around 40 minutes of video footage to deplete the battery.

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Canon Ixus 230 HS: Specs

  • Canon Ixus 230 HS digital camera
  • 12.1Mp
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • 8x optical zoom
  • 3in LCD
  • intelligent image stabilisation
  • Digic4 processor
  • FullHD 1920x1080 video capture
  • 8x zoom, 28mm wide lens
  • Intelligent IS
  • HS System (12.1 MP)
  • Smart, thin metal body
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Full HD, Powered IS
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
  • Width 9.6 cm
  • Depth 2.2 cm
  • Height 5.7 cm
  • Weight 140 g
  • Canon Ixus 230 HS digital camera
  • 12.1Mp
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • 8x optical zoom
  • 3in LCD
  • intelligent image stabilisation
  • Digic4 processor
  • FullHD 1920x1080 video capture
  • 8x zoom, 28mm wide lens
  • Intelligent IS
  • HS System (12.1 MP)
  • Smart, thin metal body
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Full HD, Powered IS
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
  • Width 9.6 cm
  • Depth 2.2 cm
  • Height 5.7 cm
  • Weight 140 g

OUR VERDICT

A good looking and svelte camera at a more than reasonable price, the Canon Ixus 230 HS is a top performer. Once you see it, you'll want it.

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