Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black)

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black)

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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 14.1MP Resolution
  • 3.0" LCD Screen
  • Genuine Canon 12x Zoom Lens
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 720p HD Video Capture
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • iFrame Movie Support
  • Smart AUTO Function
  • Intelligent IS Stabilization
  • 2 x AA Battery Power
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Canon SX150 IS Overview

  • 1Description

Canon's PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera is a convenient way to capture the memories unfolding all around you. As is one of the hallmarks of the point-and-shoot genre, the SX150 is small and lightweight. Take it everywhere you go and be ready for any spur-of-the-moment photo ops!

Let's take a look at the specs first. The SX150 IS presents with a 14.1MP resolution. That translates into detailed images that keep their quality even when blown up as large prints. The camera's 1/2.3" CCD sensor works together with Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor for the capture and efficient recording of those stills and of the camera's 720p HD video.

The high def video function is paired up with stereo recording. That makes for movies worthy of sharing with family and friends on the big screen, otherwise known as your HDTV. The SX150 IS's video features don't end there, however. The camera sports a dedicated movie button for starting and stopping recording, a wind filter for cutting down on wind noise while shooting, and a 12x optical zoom for clear, high-quality close-ups. Additionally, the camera also supports Apple's iFrame format which is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers, eliminating the need for conversions.

Of course, you're going nowhere if your camera doesn't have a high-powered lens. The SX150 comes with a Canon 12x zoom lens. Aside from putting 12x optical zoom at your fingertips, this lens features a focal range of 28-336mm (35mm equivalent). That means even the tightest group shot or the sweeping vistas can all be captured with this one lens. And no digital camera is worth its salt these days without image stabilization. The SX150 IS has an optical image stabilizer with 6 specific modes for capturing the steadiest pictures possible.

On the back of the camera you'll find a 3.0" LCD for composing and reviewing shots, not to mention navigating through the menu. As a side note, the menu provides access to speakers of 27 languages, making this Canon accessible to peoples across the world. Other features worth mentioning here include the convenience of AA battery power and a built-in flash.

Now, when it comes to shooting modes point-and-shoot is fine, but sometimes you just want to express yourself more fully. With the SX150 IS you can. The camera provides a myriad of choices which can be found the Smart AUTO function. The ultimate mode of course is Manual, which lets you have complete control of exposure, aperture, and shutter speed. Additional modes such as Foliage, Snow, Fisheye, and Poster Effect, among others, give you fun and unique ways to show off your artistic inclinations.

12x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
The PowerShot SX150 IS features a powerful Genuine Canon 12x Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optical technologies, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that provides an extraordinary 12x zoom range. The lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 336mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous coverage and reach. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings. Moreover, this superlative lens incorporates innovative designs that enable it to fit the compact profile of the PowerShot SX150 IS and perform at high speed with low power consumption
Optical Image Stabilizer
Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical in more shooting situations, providing excellent image quality in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For still photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers
14.1MP Sensor
A 14.1MP sensor delivers beautiful photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints
Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. New, more powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture
Smart AUTO
The PowerShot SX150 IS features Smart AUTO - sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes:

Manual: You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually
Aperture-Priority: You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed
Shutter-Priority: You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise
Program: Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically
Smart AUTO: The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity
Easy Mode: In Easy mode, shooting is simple and relaxed-the camera handles all the settings automatically
Portrait: The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop"
Landscape: Increases depth-of-field for sharp and sweeping landscape shots
Kids & Pets: Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots
Smart Shutter: The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame
Low Light: For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations
Beach: Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces
Foliage: Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms
Snow: Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint
Fireworks: Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks
Fisheye Effect: Add a classic photo distortion without fisheye lens
Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills: Emphasizes perspectives for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of the image
Toy Camera Effect: Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect
Monochrome: Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue
Super Vivid: Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors
Poster Effect: Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts
Color Accent: Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome
Color Swap: Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects
Discreet Mode: Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting - so you can capture images in quiet areas
Movie: Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode
iFrame Movie: The Apple movie format, iFrame makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality

Canon HD Video Advantage
The PowerShot SX150 IS lets you record spectacularly detailed 720p HD video at 30 frames per second with clear stereo sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, then downloading the videos to your computer to watch or share with family and friends
Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter and Optical Zoom While Shooting
It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX150 IS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot SX150 IS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot SX150 IS lets you use the full 12x range of optical zoom when you're shooting a video without sacrificing HD video resolution
iFrame Movie Support
With the PowerShot SX150 IS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions
Intelligent IS
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image

Normal: Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills
Panning: Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement
Hybrid: Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting
Dynamic: Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking
Powered: Compensates for hand movement shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified
Tripod: When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed

Large 3.0" LCD
The camera's high-resolution (230,000 dots) 3.0" LCD gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light
AA Battery Powered
Recharging batteries can often be an inconvenience, especially when traveling in foreign countries. With the PowerShot SX150 IS, you'll never need special power adapters or chargers because it's powered by two AA batteries that are widely available around the world
Face Detection Technology
Face Detection technology makes it easy for you to take great photos of people. The camera will automatically detect the face(s) in a frame to give it optimal focus, exposure, flash (if needed) and white balance. Smart Shutter adds fun and convenience to Face Detection because you can set the camera to release the shutter when someone winks, smiles or even enters the frame
Best Image Selection
Best Image Selection is an easy way to get great results almost every time you take a picture. When you press the shutter release, the camera will rapidly shoot a series of five images, then assess the images for any unwanted facial movements and camera shake. Out of the five images, the camera will select and save the best one
27 Menu Languages
With the addition of Hindi, there are a total of 27 display languages from which you can choose: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, and Hindi
In the Box
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black)
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • IFC-400PCU USB 2.0 Type A to Mini USB Type B Cable (4')
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • Getting Started (E/S)
  • Customer Support/Online Registration Leaflet
  • Printer Promotion Flyer
  • 1-Year Canon U.S.A. Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Canon SX150 IS Specs

    Imaging
    Pixels Actual: 14.5 Megapixel
    Effective: 14.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG
    Movies: MOV
    Audio: Linear PCM
    Max Resolution 14 MP: 4320 x 3240
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Optics
    Lens Effective Focal Length: 5.0 to 60mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28 to 336mm)
    Aperture: f/3.4 (W) to f/5.6 (T)
    Zoom Optical: 12x
    Digital: 4x
    Focus Range Wide: 0.4" to Infinity / 1.02 cm to Infinity
    Telephoto: 3.3' to Infinity / 1.01 m to Infinity
    Wide: 2" to Infinity / 5.08 cm to Infinity
    Wide Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' / 1.02 cm to 0.49 m
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 1600
    Shutter 15 to 1/2500 Seconds 
    Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock
    Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten
    Continuous Shooting Up to 3.2 fps for up to Exposures
    Self-Timer 10 Sec
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Built-In Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range Wide:1.6 to 9.8' / 0.5 to 3 m
    Telephoto:3.3 to 6.6' / 1 to 2 m
    Memory
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC

    Eye-Fi compatible

    Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Video
    Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
    Viewfinder/Display
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 Pixels)
    Connectivity/System Requirementsecaaavcbw
    Connectivity AV Output
    Audio Out
    USB 2.0
    Power
    Battery 2 x AA Batteries
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.5 x 2.9 x 1.8" / 11.4 x 7.4 x 4.6 cm
    Weight 9.10 oz / 257.99 g Camera only
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 6.0 x 3.0"

    Canon SX150 IS Reviews

    PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black) is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 93.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed Bought a Sony with Zeiss lens because I had one before and couldn't beat it...gave it away (stupid) and a few years later went looking for another...big disappointment...then purchased this camera from Canon, took it home and was quite impressed with the quality of images. A note on battery life...one shouldn't complain about alkaline battery life, they last no time in any digital camera so expect it. Buy some niMH rechargeable batteries and have extras on hand. For the person who trouble with their camera saying it would no longer read the card try low level formatting it, it says this in the manual included with the camera. Overal a great little camera.
    Date published: 2012-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again and again This camera cant be beat as a backup to a DSLR, it is so great to just to pick this up and shoot, plenty of extra settings you really cant go wrong, Image quality is great and in camera croping of photos is neat,great zoom, for those who are at odds because of the flash not popping up, (there are times when a flash is best when not popping up, as in a concert hall or area where flash is not ok, use high strength AA's they will last a long time, this is the second camera of this type that I have due to losing other this takes great shot's Video is pretty decent also
    Date published: 2011-10-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Daylight carry in the car canera. I own DSLR's and wanted something that I caould put in the car and use incase I see something to shoot without having to dig out my DSLR and getting the correct lens on and adjusting everything. You will want rechargeable batteries for this camera, I always have 4 on-hand. The flash is slow to recharge and it will use batteries pretty quick. Overall photos in daylight are very nice and have nice tone. Indoors with a flash produce very nice photos, but if you want to shoot in the evening without a flash, you'll get lots of noise. The zoom is great! If I would have had the money, I might have gone for the new sx160, as it appears to be a nice replacement for this unit.
    Date published: 2013-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AA Batteries a Plus Use AA Lithium Batteries. I'm submitting these comments about the SX150, particularly in defense of its AA Battery Power source. I really hate to see a good quality camera (like the Canon SX series) get an undeserved bad rap because of misinformation. I've owned several Canon SX cameras in the past and I must say they've all performed very well. To be able to have a camera with both manual capabilities and AA battery power is a rarity and a real bonus in today's consumer market (especially when using AA Lithiums). Forget the alkalines that come with the camera. Those are typically throw away batteriesuse them up and toss 'em. The next time you go to the store for batteries look for the AA Lithiums. I have been using the Ultimate Lithiums for a couple years now. They last about 6 to 8 times longer than your average alkaline and about twice as long as NiMH rechargeables. Yes, they cost about twice as much as alkalines but they're well worth it. You can get them anywhere, and they have a shelf life of 15 years, so they're always ready to go. Lithium AA's have changed the whole game. They standardize everything and just make things easier. So, for the sake of any perspective buyers out there looking for a camera, don't let the negative comments about AA batteries discourage you from a good camera like the Canon SX series. Battery life is the last thing I have to worry about with any of my SX cameras. In fact all my other high end cameras with their propitiatory batteries have a much shorter battery life than any AA battery camera I own. Not to mention all the different chargers that go with all the different batteries. Have you counted them all? What a pain, and what a joke. The only negative comment I have about this camera is that Canon has chosen to cave into consumer mega pixel hype and sliced its sensor up into 14 MP. Totally unnecessary. Twelve, or even ten, mega pixel was more than enough for the size sensor it has. Also, Canon, if you're listening, we don't need more mega pixels or interchangeable lens in a small pocket camera, just a bigger sensor. The next generation of pocket cameras should get a good boost in sensor size (not pixels). We're way over-due for that. Also, I believe any camera with manual controls and manual focus, like the Canon SX series, merits an LCD screen with at least 460k dots of resolution. We'd gladly pay the extra few bucks for it. That's what we want.
    Date published: 2011-10-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product and Service I've been a fan of the Canon PowerShot Digital cameras for years now. They take great photos which everyone raves about and it is easy to use and portable. This years model is even more powerful than ever. The menu options on the wheel are fewer and have changed a bit, yet it only took me a few trials to figure out how to get the same great effects I had with previous models.I just wish they had left the action setting on the wheel for high speed photography. It still takes action shots, but when set in the P function. The zoom is as good as it gets in a handheld digital.
    Date published: 2011-10-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The good, the bad but No ugly 1st: This camera is almost 100% perfect for what I was looking for. Lots of features in a point-and-shoot to please any semi-professional photographer - at less than $200. But -> If you're not willing to put up with having a manual pop-up flash and needing an ample supply of back-up batteries on-hand than you should steer clear of this camera. There's nothing ugly about this camera though. I prefer not using flash so the pop-up feature is not a problem - it's a blessing! As far as the batteries go...I use rechargables and always have extras with me....so this is no big deal either...it should be noted that there is no CONSTANT battery icon...it ONLY flashes when they get low....that's kind of annoying!
    Date published: 2011-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice We use this camera on job sites. Some of the homes we go into are very dark and the pictures come out looking very good. It's nice being able to take up close pictures. The two best things that I like are the AA batteries, so I don't have to worry about charging the battery. If they are dead just pop in two new batteries and you are ready to go. 2nd is the removable SD card, as I can take it out and place it in the job folder for later use. I haven't found anything I don't like. I would like to say a Big Thank You to B&H for the best service I have every received from a camera store. Thanks Again!!
    Date published: 2013-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera This is the second time that I have bought this camera. I bought it before I traveled to Germany this year. When I bought it I had the extra warranty for accidental handling. I took it to Germany and a few other places and got some of the best pictures that I have ever had. I was impressed. Very high quality. The camera also takes great HD video. It was almost as amazing as the photos. A few weeks after I returned to the states I dropped it and I sent it back to the company. They sent me a check and I bought this camera again.
    Date published: 2011-12-11
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