Canon has just announced the new PowerShot SX230 HS, which is the company’s first GPS-equipped digital camera. The 12.1 Megapixel camera comes with a 14x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and 28mm wide angle. With a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor, the SX230 HD includes Canon’s HS System, as you can see from the HS suffix, which is a technology used to enhance image quality in low-light situations without the need for a flash.
The PowerShot SX230 HS has built-in GPS receiver to collect signals from GPS satellites to obtain the latitude, longitude and altitude and records this information to the image’s EXIF data. It also packs an internal GPS logger, another first for a PowerShot model, helping to track the day’s route on a map, making it a useful application for long-term trips. The camera has a 3-inch PureColor System LCD display.
Canon’s PowerShot SX230 HS also offers Smart AUTO with 32 different shooting scenes, Advanced Subject Detection, Face Detection, Movie Digest Mode and 8.1 shots/sec. high speed burst. It records Full HD 1080p video and has HDMI output.
Canon will release the PowerShot SX230 HS GPS-enabled camera, in black, blue and red colors, in the US at the end of March for $349.99. The company will also release in Europe market the PowerShot SX220 HS that lacks GPS geotagging capability.