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Canon Ixus 230 HS review

£229 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Canon Ixus 230 HS is as beautiful a compact camera as you're ever likely to encounter, coming in a variety of colours and packing great features into a slim case.

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 Expert Verdict »
Canon Ixus 230 HS Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 184 reviews
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
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

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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