I looked at many point & shoots besides Canon. I kept coming back to the SX230HS. I love the camera and have not been disappointed with what it can do. It has all the bells and whistles. I like the incamera editing and I am finding out more and more what it can do. It will not disappoint anyone who has been going through what I did in making the choice. I thought it was a little pricey, but not really when you see what it can do. It did go through one battery charge the first time, but then I was learning the camera and using lots of its battery power to put it through its paces. After that, it hasn't really been a problem. The design is very comfortable in your hand and not too small that it would be unhandy for larger hands. I give it a 99.9% (nothing is 100%). I hope this helps anyone who has been reading about it.
Before going on vacation, I researched several camera makes & models, before selecting the SX230. I didn't want a real small point and shoot camera, as they have various limitations. But I wanted one that wasn't too big, yet one that still had good optical zoom, and also strong HD resolution/quality. I got the camera only a day or so before leaving on vacation, so I didn't have time to study the manual. I found it very intuitive and easy to use.