• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 840.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 392.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX30 IS 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
  • More telephoto lens reach
    840 mm vs 392 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 210 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    14.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX230 HS advantages over Canon SX30 IS

  • Less expensive
    $350 vs $430 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 107 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    218g vs 615g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.40 vs 0.58 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.2 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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 HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung HZ35W

Canon SX30 IS
Samsung HZ35W
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
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

Compared to Canon SX210 IS

Canon SX30 IS
Canon SX210 IS
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $262
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
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

Compared to Leica V-LUX 2

Canon SX30 IS
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • More dots on screen
Canon SX230 HS
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony HX100V

Canon SX30 IS
Sony HX100V
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Hot shoe
  • Wider angle lens
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Integrated ND filter
Canon SX230 HS
Sony HX100V
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon SX40 HS

Canon SX30 IS
Canon SX40 HS
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
Canon SX230 HS
Canon SX40 HS
  • $269
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
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