Playback, Editing and Print
Inputs and Outputs Notes
LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS has a 3" TFT
PureColor LCD monitor featuring approximately 461,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's
brightness can be manually adjusted. The LCD display
also features an Night Display feature that when shooting in dark conditions, the
camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the
subject, making it easier to frame the subject.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with
approximately 12.8-million total pixels and 12.1-million effective pixels giving
your shots added depth and detail.
DIGIC 4 Image Processor: The PowerShot
SX230 HS features the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The DIGIC 4 chip has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects, and keeps every face in every photo looking its very
Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC 4 chip's Face Detection
Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to
shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white
balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and
backgrounds are properly exposed.
Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer
automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the
appropriate adjustments. When the Face Self-Timer is set, the camera
waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot.
camera features a 14x optical zoom lens and a 56x total zoom when coupled with
the 4x digital zoom. You can select from the following digital zoom settings:
- Standard: enables shooting at zoom
factors of up to 56x with digital and optical zooms combined at a focal
length of up to 1568mm (35mm equivalent)
- Off: enables shooting without digital
zoom with a focal length of 28mm to 392mm
- Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x, enabling faster shutter speed and less chance of camera shake
- 1.5x: digital zoom is fixed at the
select zoom factor of 1.5x for a focal length of 42mm to 588mm.
- 2.0x: digital zoom is fixed at the select zoom factor of 2.0x for a focal length of
56mm to 784mm.
Note: The digital zoom cannot be
used together with the digital teleconverter.
Image Stabilization: The Image Stabilization function allows
you to minimize the camera shake effect (blurred images) when you shoot distant
subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions without a
flash. The digital camera offers the following Image Stabilization settings:
- Continuous: You can check the effect of the IS mode on image blur
on the camera's LCD monitor since the IS mode runs continually. This makes
it easier to compose images and focus on subjects. When shooting movies, the
camera also reduces strong camera shake, for example, when walking (Dynamic
- Shoot Only: IS mode is only activated when the shutter button is
pressed, so subjects will be captured with reduced blur even if their
movements on the LCD monitor are not smooth.
- Panning: This option only stabilizes the effect of up and down
camera motions on the image. This option is recommended for shooting objects
The camera records still images or movies with stereo audio on SD Memory
Cards (2 GB and less), SDHC Memory Cards (2 GB to 32 GB), SDXC Memory Cards (32
GB and up), MultiMediaCards, MMCplus Cards, HC MMCplus Cards, and Eye-Fi cards.
No memory card is included with the camera.
File Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG, and the
movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM
Still Image Resolution/Compression: You can choose from four
still image sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) in each of four aspect
ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, or 1:1). For each image size, you can set the
compression to Fine or Normal. The image resolution for each size is as follows:
||4000 x 3000
||4000 x 2664
||4000 x 2248
||2992 x 2992
||2816 x 2112
||2816 x 1880
||2816 x 1584
||2112 x 2112
||1600 x 1200
||1600 x 1064
||1920 x 1080
||1200 x 1200
||640 x 480
||620 x 424
||640 x 360
||480 x 480
Memory Card Capacity: The estimated number of 4:3 still images that can be recorded on memory cards is as follows:
Resolution and Aspect Ratio
||Memory Card Size
4000 x 3000
Medium 1 (6M)
2816 x 2112
Medium 2 (2M)
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
Movies: High definition widescreen movies can be shot at 1920 x
1080 pixels with a frame rate of 24 frames per second or at 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. Standard definition movies can be shot at 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 with a frame rate of 30 frames per second.
HD movie clip length is approximately 29 minutes and 59 seconds or 4 GB. Standard movie clip lengths are 1 hour maximum, or you can record up to the capacity of the inserted memory card.
SD Speed Class 6 memory cards or higher are recommended for recording movies. The estimated length of
movies that can be recorded on memory cards is as follows:
||Memory Card Capacity
|1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
||14 min 34 sec
||59 min 40 sec
|1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
||20 min 43 sec
||1 hr 24 min 54 sec
|640 x 480 @ 30 fps
||43 min 43 sec
||2 hrs 59 min 3 sec
|320 x 240 @ 30 fps
||1 hr 58 min 19 sec
||8 hrs 4 min 30 sec
Non-standard Movie Modes: In addition to the standard movie
modes above, you can shoot in the following non-standard modes:
- iFrame: iFrame movies can be played on and edited with Macintosh
computers. iFrame movies are fixed at 1280 x 720, and you can store
approximately 13 minutes 35 seconds of iFrame video on a 4 GB memory card or
55 minutes 38 seconds on a 16 GB card.
- Super Slow Motion: Super Slow Motion movies are recorded at a
very high frame rate that play back in super slow motion. The maximum clip
length is 30 seconds. Movies shot at 240 fps play back for 4 minutes, while
movies shot at 120 fps play back for 2 minutes.
- Miniature Effect: You can shoot movies that look like moving
miniature models. The miniature effect is created by blurring the upper and
lower portions of the scene, and recording at a slow frame rate (6, 3, or
1.5 fps). When played back at 30 fps, the subjects in the movies move very
quickly. There is no audio recorded in this mode.
Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to
shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. There are three modes:
- Continuous (approx. 3.2 images per second): For continuous shooting, the focus and exposure are locked when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
- Continuous Shooting AF (0.8 images/sec): The camera shoots continuously and focuses. The AF frame is fixed to "Center".
- Continuous Shooting LV (1 image/sec): The camera shoots continuously with the focus fixed to the position set in manual focus.
High Speed Burst: You can shoot continuously at a maximum
speed of approximately 8.1 images per second in the High-speed Burst mode. Image
size is fixed at 1984 x 1488. Each set of continuous images will become a single
group, and the first image in the group is displayed.
Stitch Assist: Large images or panoramic views can be split
into several shots that can later be merged together using the included
PhotoStitch software. Up to 26 shots can be stitched together on a computer.
AutoFocus Frame Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens)
automatic focusing with three focusing methods:
- Face Detect: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto). When the
camera is pointed at subjects, a white frame appears on the face the camera judges to be the main subject, and up to 2 gray frames will appear on other faces. When the shutter button is pressed
halfway, up to 9 green frames will appear on faces on which the camera focuses.
- Center: The camera fixes the AF frame at the center; this
is recommended when the target subject is at the center of the composition.
- Tracking AF: You can choose the subject you want to
focus on and shoot. The camera will continue to track the subject as it
moves around the frame.
AF-Point Zoom: You can magnify the AF frame and check the focus. In Face Detect mode, the face selected as the main subject will appear magnified in the monitor. In Center mode,
the contents of the center AF frame will appear magnified.
Note: The display will not appear magnified when using the Digital Zoom, Digital Tele-converter, Servo AF, or when the camera is connected to a TV.
Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the
subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects
in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus
or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after
recomposing the shot.
Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus
- Normal: 2.0" to infinity (W), 3.3' to infinity (T)
- Macro: 2.0" to 1.6' (wide)
Smart Shutter: The Smart Shutter mode lets you shoot images
without pressing the shutter:
- Smile: The camera will shoot when it detects a smile,
even without pressing the shutter button.
- Wink Self-Timer: The camera will shoot approximately
two seconds after it detects a wink.
- Face Self-Timer: This mode allows the photographer to
enter the photo, and the camera will take the shot approximately two seconds
after it detects the new face in the photo.
Shooting Modes: The Canon LCD digital camera features the following
- Program AE: The camera selects the
aperture and shutter speed settings according to surroundings and conditions.
- Aperture Value: You can set the aperture value at
which you want to shoot and the camera will set the appropriate shutter
speed for the aperture value you set.
- Time Value (Shutter Priority): You can set the shutter
speed at which you want to shoot and the camera will set the appropriate
aperture value for the shutter speed you set.
- Manual: You can manually set both the aperture value
and shutter speed. Shutter speeds from 15 seconds to 1/3200 and aperture
values between f/3.1 and f/8.0 are available.
- Auto: The camera determines the subject and shooting
conditions and selects the best settings for the scene.
- Easy: Operational instructions are displayed on the
screen, and the camera is set so that only the buttons, the zoom lever, and
the movie button are functional.
- Portrait: blurs the
background and makes the subject stand out
- Landscape: for shooting majestic landscapes
- Kids & Pets: lets you
capture subjects that move quickly without missing photo opportunities
- Movie Digest: You can make a short movie of a day just
by taking still pictures. Each time you take a picture, the scene just
before taking your shot will be recorded as a 2-4 second movie. All the
movies that day will be saved as a single file.
- Special Scene Modes:
- Handheld Night Scene: You can take shots of city night
scenes by combining several continuous shots to reduce camera shake and
noise. (Tripod recommended)
- Low Light: Depending on the scene, the ISO speed will
be set higher and the shutter speed faster so you can shoot in dark places
with reduced camera shake and subject blur.
- Beach: shoots without
making subjects appear dark near water or sand where reflected sunlight is
- Underwater: for taking underwater scenery and aquatic
life with natural colors when used with the optional WP-DC42 waterproof
- Foliage: shoots trees and
leaves in vivid colors
- Snow: shoots without a
blue tinge and without making subjects appear dark against a bright white
- Fireworks: captures
fireworks in the sky sharply and at optimal exposure
- Movies: You can shoot movies in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect
- Creative Filters: You can add various effects to images
when shooting, such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Effect,
Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Monochrome.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
Light Metering: used for standard
conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and
light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and
Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more
weight on the subject at the center
the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor
If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may
need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You
can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.
i-Contrast: When i-Contrast is set to "Auto", the camera can automatically detect and compensate for faces and subjects that
appear dark in certain shooting conditions.
AE Lock: You can set
the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too
strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.
White Balance: You
can choose from the following white balance settings:
Auto: the camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting
recording outdoors on a bright day
recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies
for recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting
Fluorescent: for recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength)
H: for recording under daylight
fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent
- Underwater: sets the optimum white balance and tones
down blues for taking pictures with natural colors underwater
- Manual: allows
you to manually set the white balance and store the settings
Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX230 HS has a built-in flash that pops up when the camera is powered on, and retracts when powered off.
You can select Auto (flash fires in low light),
Manual (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The
built-in flash has a range of 2.5' to 11.5' in Wide Angle and 3.3' to 6.6' in
Telephoto. In the menu, you can add the following flash
functions when the flash is set to On or Auto:
Red-Eye Reduction: When activated, the red-eye reduction lamp fires when the flash is used in
dark areas. This reduces the light reflecting back from the eyes, making
them appear red.
Slow-Synchro: The flash timing is adjusted to
slow shutter speeds. This reduces the chance that only the background will
appear dark when a person is photographed against a twilight background or
night scene, or when an interior shot is taken.
Flash Exposure Compensation: As with Exposure Compensation, you can adjust the exposure +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments when using the flash.
- Safety Flash Exposure: The camera automatically changes the shutter speed or aperture value when the flash fires to avoid overexposing and blowing out the highlights of the scene.
- Flash Output Level: There are three levels of flash output: minimum, medium, maximum. This can be used when you manually set the aperture value or shutter speed (Time Value).
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600,
3200, or Auto to reduce the effects of camera shake or avoid blurry subjects or to turn the flash off
when shooting in a dark area.
My Colors: You
can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add
the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already
emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in bold colors
tones down the contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
records images in sepia tones
- B/W: records images in black and white
- Positive Film: produces intense natural appearing colors like those obtained with positive film
- Lighter Skin Tone: makes skin tones lighter
- Darker Skin Tone: makes skin tones darker
- Vivid Blue: emphasizes blue tints--makes the sky, ocean, and other blue subjects more vivid
- Vivid Green: emphasizes green tints--makes mountains, foliage and other green subjects more vivid
- Vivid Red: emphasizes red tints--makes red subjects more vivid
- Custom Color: lets you adjust the contrast, sharpness, or saturation settings or the color
balance between red, green, blue, and skin tones
- My Colors Off: records with no effect
GPS Information Display: The SX 230 HS is equipped with a
GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver to receive and record location
information (Latitude, Longitude, and Elevation) in still images and movies. The
GPS can also be used to automatically update the camera's clock.
Grid Lines: The camera can display gridlines, dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check
the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment.
Histogram Display: The
Histogram is a graph that allows you to check the brightness of the image. The
greater the bias toward the left in the graph, the darker the image. The greater
the bias toward the right, the brighter the image.
Self-Timer: The self-timer starts when the shutter button is pressed. The delay time can be
set to 10 seconds, 2 seconds, or Custom Timer. The Custom Timer allows you to
choose the timer delay setting: 1-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.
Editing and Print Functions
Auto Rotate Function: The PowerShot SX230 HS Auto Rotate function uses an
to detect whether your images
were shot horizontally or vertically. During playback, the camera automatically
rotates the image to the correct viewing orientation in the display. Auto Rotate
can be turned on or off in the menu.
Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified condition. You can also delete or protect all images at once in the
filtered condition. You can select images tagged as favorites, images shot on a specified date, within a specified category, or by file type (still or movie).
Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can
automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3 seconds. You can choose
between three transition effects or without transition.
This feature allows you to view multiple images at once on the LCD monitor so that
you can search for an image quickly. As you press the zoom lever toward the left
(zoom out), the number of images shown on the screen increases. You can view 6,
12, 48, or 130. Movies cannot be played in the index
When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the
image up to 10x. You can also pan around the zoomed image to view a particular
portion of the picture.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° clockwise
or counterclockwise in the LCD monitor.
Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows
you to check the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial
expressions and whether a subject's eyes are closed. This
feature can be set to allow you to check the focus of an image taken right after
shooting the subject.
You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not
be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge,
faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the
overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a
portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working.
Trimming: You can trim (crop) a portion of a recorded
image and save it as a new image file.
Resizing Images: You can save images a lower
recording pixel than the original image. You can change high resolution images
to 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240.
Images: The protect feature allows you
to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by
the image itself, by a specific date, a category or folder, or select All
PictBridge/Direct Print: Using
the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible
printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that
supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to
certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can make prints directly
from the camera without having to hook it up to a computer.
Exif Print (Exif 2.3):
The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide
standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure
time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured.
Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information
to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the
time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer
to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even
better than the originals.
DPOF Print Settings:
On your Memory card, you can select which image or images you want to
print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all
at once on optional photo printers or at
participating photo labs.
DPOF Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify settings for images that you wish to download
to a computer. The settings used on the camera comply with the Digital Print Order
Format (DPOF) standards. A maximum of 998 images can be selected per memory card,
and are transferred in order from oldest to newest by shooting date.
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS powered by the NB-5L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LX battery charger. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a
computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC30 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:
of Recorded Images
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:
- Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: Camera powers down after 2 or more minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera. The LCD monitor automatically turns off 1 minute after
the last control is accessed even in Auto Power Down is set to off.
- Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a
slideshow or while the camera is connected to a computer.
and Outputs Notes
A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The PowerShot SX230 HS has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect
the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied
USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly
download images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video
monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the supplied
audio/video cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.
HDMI: The camera has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output. If you
wish to view your photos or movies on a High Definition TV (HDTV), you can
connect the camera to the TV using the supplied HTC-100 HDMI cable.
Included Software: The PowerShot SX230 HS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.
88.0 JE CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:
- Canon Utilities:
- ZoomBrowser EX 6.7.1 (Windows) / ImageBrowser 6.7.1
(Macintosh): manages images transferred to the computer; use
for viewing, editing, and printing
- CameraWindow DC 8.5: transfer images to and from the camera,
organize images on the camera, upload movies on the camera to web
- Map Utility 1.0: uses the GPS information from images shot on
the camera to view the shooting location on a map, or the route
travelled while carrying the camera.
- PhotoStitch 3.1: use to merge still images to make
- User Guides: Software Starter Guide, Personal Printing Guide
Minimum System Requirements:
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista (SP1/SP2)
- Windows XP (SP3)
OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in
OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in
- Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher (still images)
- Core2 Duo 2.6 GHz or higher (movies)
- Intel Processor (still images)
- Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or higher (movies)
- Windows 7 (64-bit): 2 GB or more
- Windows 7 (32-bit), Windows Vista (64-bit, 32-bit): 1 GB or more
(still images); 2 GB or more (movies)
- Windows XP: 512 MB or more (still images); 2 GB or more (movies)
- Mac OS X v10.6: 1 GB or more (still images); 2 GB or more
- Mac OS X 10.5: 512 MB or more (still images); 2 GB or more
|Free Hard Disk Space
- ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more
- CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
- Map Utility: 50 MB or more
- Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
- PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
- ImageBrowser: 250 MB or more
- CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
- Map Utility: 50 MB or more
- Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
- PhotoStitch: 50 MB or more
1,024 x 768 pixels or higher
1,024 x 768 pixels or higher