This is a practical and affordable travel compact with plenty of features to keep the more advanced user occupied.
It would be nice to see a more extensive aperture range, greater ISO span and performance, as well as the inclusion of raw capture but, as pocket compacts go, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a sound choice.
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, custom
Memory Card:SD, SDHC/SDXC, MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus
LCD:3in, 461,000 dots (16:9 aspect ratio)
Output Size:4000x3000 pixels
Sensor:12.1-million-pixel, 1/2.3in back-illuminated CMOS
Exposure Modes:Auto, program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual, easy, 17 scene modes
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion NB-5L (supplied)
Weight:223g (with card and battery)
Lens:28-392mm (equivalent), 14x zoom
File Format:JPEG, MOV (Movie)
Metering System:Evaluative, centreweighted, spot
Focusing Modes:Single (large or small), continuous, servo AF/AE, tracking, manual focus
RRP:£270 (for the non-GPS 220HS version)