• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 392.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX230 HS advantages over Nikon AW110

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.1 vs f/3.9
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • More telephoto lens reach
    392 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon AW110 advantages over Canon SX230 HS

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    24 mm vs 33 mm
    Thinner
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.40 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 3.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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.

  • Good still photo and video quality for its class; Built-in Wi-Fi for image sharing with a paired smartphone or tablet; Waterproof to a category-best depth of 59 feet; Generally speedy operation.

  • Not a huge improvement over predecessor; Lens dimmer than others at wide angle; Annoyingly sharp metal strap lugs; 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
Nikon AW110
Samsung HZ35W
  • $234
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

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
Nikon AW110
Canon SX210 IS
  • $234
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $262
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More telephoto lens reach

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
Nikon AW110
Olympus SZ-10
  • $234
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus TG-830

Canon SX230 HS
Olympus TG-830
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Nikon AW110
Olympus TG-830
  • $234
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Fujifilm XP60

Canon SX230 HS
Fujifilm XP60
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $190
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • More pixels
Nikon AW110
Fujifilm XP60
  • $234
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $190
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 60p video
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