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SX230 or SX210 - good choice to buy now?
« on: 12 / December / 2011, 10:21:26 »
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I'm thinking of buying an SX230 camera for myself in the next month. I see on the FAQ that it is listed as having the chdk available, which is a big deciding factor. So now I'm just looking for comments/ advice - do you have this camera? Do you like it? Does the chdk work well? (The main thing I want it for is the motion detect script for lighting and similar). Any other comments? Thanks!

I currently have an SD1100 so I'm basically looking for an upgrade. The 14x zoom and wider angle shots are the main things attracting me to the SX230. I like the fact that it has a 14x zoom but is still a relatively small camera for carrying around. My SD1100 has a frustratingly narrow angle, and I often have trouble getting as much as I want in the shot, so I like the idea of a wider angle camera.

Edit: I"m now considering the SX210, so added that to the title to see if anyone can tell me more about it.
« Last Edit: 16 / December / 2011, 11:39:52 by CanonBlue »
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Offline Nando

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Re: SX230 - good choice to buy now?
« Reply #1 on: 16 / December / 2011, 05:09:23 »
Hi,
i've recently looked at the Canon PowerShot SX220HS. She showed me more drawbacks (brightness decrease towards the edge, unwieldy).
Vergleich: Canon PowerShot SX200 IS vs. SX220 HS ->  google translated

The SX230-hs has performed worse in tests at chip.de
http://www.chip.de/bestenlisten/Bestenliste-Digitalkameras--index/index/id/996/ ->  google translated

I am very happy with my Canon PowerShot SX200IS by CHDK.

RE: Eine Kamera auf Weihnachten..... -> google translated

bye,
Nando
Canon Powershot SX200 IS

Re: SX230 - good choice to buy now?
« Reply #2 on: 16 / December / 2011, 11:05:03 »
That's very interesting. So, my understanding is that the SX220 and SX230 are identical except for GPS - is that correct? But I am less clear on the differences between the SX200, SX210, and SX230. In particular I notice that only a few firmware versions are listed for the chdk for the SX200, which makes me wary of getting it. But the 210 is looking nice all of a sudden - it has both the highest zoom and the highest megapixels out of these cameras. (It is also a bit more expensive, I guess because its been discontinued?). So now I am investigating more comparisons between those.

I wish there were an easy way to test these out. I know I can play with an SX230 in a place like Costco or Best Buy, and I have done, but the flourescent lighting in those places is so odd that it leaves me with very little sense of what the camera will be like in other situations.
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I use the chdk on my SX230 and SD1100 cameras, and I installed them using a Macbook, currently running 10.6.8.

Re: SX230 or SX210 - good choice to buy now?
« Reply #3 on: 16 / December / 2011, 11:41:34 »
I'm browsing reviews of the SX210 vs the SX220/230. Does anyone know what the difference really is? All I can tell is that they went down from 14 megapixels to 12 when making the SX230. Why did they do that? Canon doesn't even have the SX210 on their website anymore. I read a review that said the SX210 has less lag in taking pictures, which is pretty important to me. Anyone who has either of these cameras, what do you think?
My Flickr Page
I use the chdk on my SX230 and SD1100 cameras, and I installed them using a Macbook, currently running 10.6.8.


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Offline Nando

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Re: SX230 or SX210 - good choice to buy now?
« Reply #4 on: 16 / December / 2011, 16:25:37 »
Hi,
in the chip leaderboard, the Canon PowerShot SX230HS has received fewer points.

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS -> 81,4 summary score -> image quality 85,4%
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS -> 76,9 summary score -> image quality 79,4%

You you can read through all the details of the test here (detail, linepairs).  For translation enter the url into http://translate.google.de.
http://www.chip.de/bestenlisten/Bestenliste-Digitalkameras--index/detail/id/996/

When comparing the data found no differences, except for GPS.
http://www.digitalkamera.de/Kamera/Canon/PowerShot_SX220_HS/Canon/PowerShot_SX230_HS.aspx

For the difference between Canon PowerShot SX220 HS and Canon PowerShot SX210 IS you can look here.
http://www.digitalkamera.de/Kamera/Canon/PowerShot_SX220_HS/Canon/PowerShot_SX210_IS.aspx

bye,
Nando
P.s. Sorry for my bad english. ;)
Canon Powershot SX200 IS

 

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