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Canon introduces ELPH 310 HS/IXUS 230 HS compact camera

By dpreview staff on Aug 23, 2011 at 08:46 GMT

Canon has launched the ELPH 310 HS (IXUS 230 HS in Europe), a surprisingly long zoom style compact. The squeezes an 8x zoom into the sort of tiny, colorful body we expect of the ELPH/IXUS series. The extra zoom (out to an impressive 224mm equiv), comes at the expense of the wide-angle capability, with the 230 HS's lens starting at a still fairly handy 28mm equiv, rather than the 24mm equivalent featured on recent comparable models. The lens also features the company's latest 'Intelligent' image stabilization. Beyond that there's a 12.1 back-illuminated CMOS sensor and 3.0" 460k dot LCD. It can also shoot 1080p24 HD video.

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Zoom into life – Canon unveils the amazing new IXUS 230 HS

London, UK, 23rd August 2011 – Canon today adds to its premium IXUS series with the launch of the IXUS 230 HS – a striking, super-slim 8x optical zoom camera that fuses leading optical technology with stand-out design. Elegantly-styled in six vibrant colours, the new model packs a powerful Canon lens into a thin metal body with a range of leading features, making it easy for users to capture memories in incredible detail.

The IXUS 230 HS is the latest in the IXUS line to benefit from the HS System, providing premium Canon image quality in all shooting conditions, and especially in low light. Ideal for parties, special occasions or holidays, the camera features a precision 28mm 8x optical zoom lens, and at just 22.1mm thick, is the world's slimmest camera of its type1. It's also among the first to include Canon's new Intelligent IS system, making it easy to capture richly-detailed and shake-free stills, or steady Full HD (1080p) movies.

IXUS style, HS System power

Fusing leading design with outstanding performance, the IXUS 230 HS is powered by Canon's HS System – a unique, optimised combination of a 12.1 Megapixel back- illuminated CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 4 processing. Providing superior image clarity, colour and detail, the HS System empowers users to shoot low-noise images in low light without the need for a tripod, or to capture the true ambience of a scene by shooting without using the flash. The HS System makes it easy for users of all levels to capture beautiful images, delivering striking quality with every shot.

Genuine Canon optics – compact precision and flexibility

Developed using decades of optical expertise, the IXUS 230 HS's genuine Canon lens is amazingly compact and versatile. Starting at a 28mm wide-angle and extending to a maximum telephoto focal length of 224mm, the unique lens design allows users to capture everything from sweeping landscapes to larger group shots, or zoom in to capture more distant subjects. Offering a high zoom with true portability, this camera delivers outstanding power in a body that can comfortably slip into any pocket.

Intelligent IS – more detail, less blur
The IXUS 230 HS is among the first-ever models to feature Canon's uniquely-powerful Intelligent IS system, which utilises Canon's highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer to counter camera shake when shooting stills and Full HD movies.

Providing seven types of stabilisation2, Intelligent IS automatically identifies the shooting conditions and adapts the optical Image Stabilizer to prevent camera shake most effectively. Macro IS corrects exaggerated shift shake which occurs during close-up macro photography, while Powered IS works during movie shooting to counteract the exaggerated motion which occurs when shooting distant subjects using the zoom. In combination with Smart Auto, Intelligent IS works automatically so users can capture images that are rich in detail with minimal blur, without worrying about settings.

Shoot Full HD movies in an instant

The new model also captures stunning Full HD video at 24 frames per second (fps) with stereo sound. A dedicated Movie Record Button makes it easy to record instantly, ensuring no moment is ever missed. The 8x optical zoom can be used during video capture, and Intelligent IS includes Dynamic IS mode to counteract camera shake when recording whilst moving. An HDMI-CEC port makes it easy to share videos, allowing users to play images back on HDMI-compatible HD TVs and control playback using the TV remote.

A large, premium-quality 7.5cm (3.0") PureColor LCD II G display is perfect for image framing and playback, with a 460k-dot resolution that offers fine detail, high contrast and excellent colour reproduction. A tempered glass outer layer provides a wide viewing angle and resistance to scratches, and Hints & Tips throughout the user interface make operation easy, helping users to learn about their camera as they go.

Outstanding images made easy

Offering point-and-shoot ease, the IXUS 230 HS also features Canon's comprehensive Smart Auto mode. Designed to make photography easy, Smart Auto intelligently detects the shooting scene, before applying the optimal settings to achieve the best result. Truly automatic and refreshingly easy to use, Smart Auto ensures the user can focus exclusively on framing the shot – the camera takes care of everything else.

Smart Auto includes Face Detection Technology and Advanced Subject Detection Technology, locking onto human faces, pets, or other objects, such as cars, within a scene. Once identified, Servo AF/AE keeps subjects in focus and well-exposed, right up until the moment the image is captured. i-Contrast and Smart Flash Exposure, also included within Smart Auto, ensure subjects always look their best – reducing the appearance of harsh shadows and over-exposed highlights in the final shot.

High speed, limitless creativity
The IXUS 230 HS offers a number of high-speed shooting features for capturing fast- moving action. High-speed Burst is ideal for everything from sports to parties, capturing up to 8.7 shots/sec. at 3.0MP resolution, while full resolution 12.1MP images can be continuously captured at 3.5 shots/sec., right up to card capacity. For capturing the drama of high-speed action, Super Slow Motion Movie mode records images at 240fps (QVGA quality) or 120fps (VGA quality) and plays back at a fraction of real speed3.

To help users get the best results, Best Image Selection captures a high-speed sequence of shots and records the best image, and Handheld Night Scene captures a sequence of pictures and combines image data to produce one optimally exposed image with the minimum of blur. Creative shooting modes add a range of different perspectives to a scene, including Miniature Effect, Fish-eye Effect, Super Vivid and Poster Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome Effect. Miniature Effect also extends to movies, recording 1.5, 3 or 6 fps to create a time-lapse video with a visual impression of a small- scale model.

Movie Digest mode also provides an interesting way to capture the story behind the pictures – automatically recording the four seconds prior to a shot being taken, before combining each day's clips into a single movie.

Additionally, the IXUS 230 HS will also be compatible with the HF-DC2 – a new external flash unit that can be used to supplement the on-board flash.

Share stories with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
Owners of the IXUS 230 HS can also join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online facility for sharing photos and video. The CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album provides up to 2GB of personal storage capacity - enough room for hundreds of high-quality images. Mobile browsing is also supported, making it easy to view photos on the move.

IXUS 230 HS – key features:

  • 8x zoom, 28mm wide lens. Intelligent IS
  • HS System (12.1 MP)
  • Smart, thin metal body
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Full HD, Powered IS
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
  • iFrame movie. Movie Digest
  • Creative modes
  • Hints & Tips
1 Slimmest 8x optical zoom camera. According to Canon research as of 23rd August 2011 and in
accordance with CIPA standards.

Canon IXUS 230 specifications

Sensor • 1/2.3" type back-illuminated CMOS
• 12.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes 4:3
• 4000 x 3000
• 2816 x 2112
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

16:9
• 4000 x 2248
• 2816 x 1584
• 1920 x 1080
• 640 x 360

3:2
• 4000 x 2664
• 2816 x 1880
• 1600 x 1064
• 640 x 424

1:1
• 2992 x 2992
• 2112 x 2112
• 1200 x 1200
• 480 x 480
Movie clips • 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps HD
• 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps HD
• 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
• Super Slow Motion Movie - 640 x 480 @ 120 fps, 320 x 240 @ 240 fps
• Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
• iFrame Movie (HD)
Maximum clip length • Full HD & HD : Up to 4 GB or 10 min
• L and M : Up to 4 GB or 1 hour
• Super Slow Motion Movie 30 sec.
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.3)
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo) ]
Lens • 28-224mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 5.0 - 40mm
• 8x optical zoom
• F3.0-5.9
• 8 elements in 7 groups (1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 single-sided aspherical UA lens, 1 single-sided aspherical lens)
Image stabilization • Yes (Lens-Shift)
• Dynamic IS (in Movie)
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus • Auto focus :TTL
- Face Detection / 9-point AiAF
- 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF modes • Single
• Continuous
• Servo AF/AE
• Tracking
AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 1 cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
AE lock Yes
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • Auto (1 - 1/2000 sec)
• 15-1/2000 sec
Modes • Smart Auto (32 scenes detected)
• P
• Movie Digest
• Portrait
• Kids & Pets
• Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer)
• High-speed Burst (3.0MP)
• Best Image Selection (3.0MP)
• Handheld Night Scene
• Low Light (3.0MP)
• Fish-eye Effect
• Miniature Effect
• Toy Camera Effect
• Monochrome
• Super Vivid
• Poster Effect
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Beach
• Underwater
• Foliage
• Snow
• Long Shutter
• Stitch Assist
White balance • Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Flash
• Custom
Self timer • 2 or 10 sec
Continuous shooting • Approx. 3.5 shots/sec
High-speed Burst (3.0)MP
• Approx. 8.7 shots/sec
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/2000 sec
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• 50 cm – 4.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 2.0 m (T)
LCD monitor • 3.0 inch PureColor II G (TFT)
• 461,000 dots
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L
Weight (inc. batt) 140 g
Dimensions 96 x 57 x 22 mm

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Comments

Total comments: 11
Pete2010
By Pete2010 (Dec 21, 2011)

It's a nice camera like any other ixus camera, but with twice the optical zoom, and a few new features.

But why oh why can't canon make a comfortable zoom button? It's the same on all their camera of this type.

This tiny, hard button with very sharp edges really hurts your fingertip.

It's ridiculous.

On top of that, it zooms crazy fast, and it's virtually impossible to zoom an exact amount.

Also, I really wish they would allow USB Mass Storage mode when plugged in.

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Pete2010
By Pete2010 (Dec 21, 2011)

Another annoying thing about all canon cameras, is that you can't select 1 second preview. There is a range of options, no preview, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 sec, or hold. Why do they skip 1 second?

I do want a preview, but 2 seconds is simply too long and annoying to wait for. Give me the option!

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adam philips
By adam philips (Sep 13, 2011)

what is this camera called in Japan? Does it exist there (here) yet? i can't seem to find it anywhere

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Pete2010
By Pete2010 (Dec 21, 2011)

It's called Canon IXY 600F in Japan. I bought mine in Japan.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 23, 2011)

They just barely released an ELPH 230 HS and now they want to call this the IXUS 230 HS in half the world. That won't confuse anyone at all.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 23, 2011)

"Compact" used to signify a bridge between a pocket camera and a DSLR. Got my hopes up that this might be a successor to the S95 with a 1/1.8" sensor, but such is not the case.

Does the "fish-eye" effect offer a super wide angle, or does it simply distort images?

The "kids & pets" mode is to allow kids and pets to take pictures?

Toy mode must be really popular, since various camera companies now offer it. What happened to food mode?

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Revenant
By Revenant (Aug 23, 2011)

Isn't "compact" used synonymously with "fixed lens camera" as opposed to "interchangeable lens camera" or "system camera"? At least that was the case before we had NEX, m4/3 and the like.

The fish-eye effect is likely the same as in other Canon compacts, like S95 or G12, i.e. a digital post-processing effect.

Kids & Pets is a standard scene mode in lots of cameras. It uses fast shutter speeds (and high ISO) to take sharp(ish) pictures of things that can't keep still. But you probably know this, and were just joking :-)

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tweeto
By tweeto (Aug 23, 2011)

Any word about the D10 Successor?...

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Aug 23, 2011)

Nice zoom at the price of aperture - f/5.9 at the long end.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 23, 2011)

The 300HS was still 5.9 at the long end despite only having about half the zoom range. So the only sacrifice seems to be the 27mm f2.7 end that is now 28mm f3.0.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 23, 2011)

Oops I mean to type that the 300HS had a 24mm f2.7 end.

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