• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 392.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX230 HS advantages over Canon SX50

  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 105 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    218g vs 603g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon SX50 advantages over Canon SX230 HS

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 392 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 315 vs 210 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.0 fps vs 3.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great zoom range from 28mm to 392mm equivalent; Full HD and slow-motion video; excellent print quality.

  • Low battery life; some chromatic aberration; flash pops up when powered on every time.

  • 50x optical zoom with whopping 24-1200mm-equivalent reach; Excellent image quality for its class; 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD; Ergonomic design and controls; Improved image stabilization and Zoom Framing Assist; Shoots RAW; Full 1080p HD video.

  • Poor low-light AF performance; Image quality deteriorates at ISO 800 and above; Sluggish cycle times; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung HZ35W

Canon SX230 HS
Samsung HZ35W
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in GPS
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video
Canon SX50
Samsung HZ35W
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon SX210 IS

Canon SX230 HS
Canon SX210 IS
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $262
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More pixels
Canon SX50
Canon SX210 IS
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $262
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Olympus SZ-10

Canon SX230 HS
Olympus SZ-10
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SX50
Olympus SZ-10
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon P600

Canon SX230 HS
Nikon P600
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon SX60

Canon SX230 HS
Canon SX60
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in GPS
  • $429
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon SX50
Canon SX60
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $429
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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