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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black)

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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • 14.1MP Resolution
  • 3.0" LCD Screen
  • Genuine Canon 12x Zoom Lens
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
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.

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Canon SX150 IS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 212x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
  • 3Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 414.1MP Sensor
  • 5Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 6Smart AUTO
  • 7Canon HD Video Advantage
  • 8Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter and Optical Zoom While Shooting
  • 9iFrame Movie Support
  • 10Intelligent IS
  • 11Large 3.0" LCD
  • 12AA Battery Powered
  • 13Face Detection Technology
  • 14Best Image Selection
  • 1527 Menu Languages

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

Canon SX150 IS Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 14.5 Megapixel
Effective: 14.1 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Exposure Control
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten
Flash
Flash ModesAuto
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.5 x 6 x 3"

Canon SX150 IS Reviews

Decent camera

By Kurt T.
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-08

I bought this camera the other day as I was attending a political event where professional cameras (i.e. any interchangeable lens system) were prohibited. I normally shoot with a Hasselblad 553ELX and a Nikon D7000 but decided it would be smart to grab a decent little camera packed with some good zoom so I wouldn't be stuck with just my iPhone. Outdoors the camera performs pretty well but even at low ISO such as 80, 100, and 200 there is still very notable grain mostly in the shadows. I would equate the highest quality JPG (there is no RAW option) setting to what would me normal quality on many other bridge cameras. At ISO 400 and up the quality starts to fall off extremely quick. The flash will help when needed and does a very good job. The optical zoom is a huge plus and is still small enough to fit in your pocket. The video mode in my opinion is significantly better than the still image mode on this particular camera. I was quite impressed with the quality of the video. Biggest downside of this is the batteries die extremely quick. Brand new industrial AA batteries lasted 30 stills and 14 minutes of video before giving me the low battery warning and dying very quickly. I think I will hang on to this camera to keep as my car camera in my glove box. Overall its a decent camera but there are better options in its class if looking for better quality still images. It is easy to use and straightforward with menus and modes but the low quality of images above 200 ISO is a big bummer. 400 ISO indoors is about the same grain quality as 3200 on my D7000.

GREAT LITTLE CAMERA FOR THE MONEY

By Jack the QC guy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-11-06

Not only is this camera good for pictures but for video too!

PowerShot SX150 IS

By jay
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2012-10-16

Long lag time. Goes through AA batteries quickly.

The reviews upset me.

By Anomious
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-10-10

Took the camera to Switzerland and fell in love with it!! I am usung Energizer lithiums and they lasted for the trip and are still working! The telephoto and image stabilizer work great! Only con is that it's a bit larger than my S-410 which I retired.

Very Nice

By Bill from Jeffersonville
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-04-09

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!!

Beautiful package, great delivery

By Sarah the College Student
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-06

I bought this camera for its simple point-and-shoot features and simple special-effects add-ons. Consumer Reports listed it among its top recommended products for price and value, and I agree. I have now owned this camera for several months and wouldn't even think of returning it. I absolutely love it! It is great for everyday photo needs and produces quality video. The sound and pixel clarity is phenomenal! Of course, you can't expect this tiny package to deliver the 100 special effects that a $llar camera can, but it does do a great job with the 12 or so it possesses. Fish eye, sepia, miniature, and toy camera are the ones I use most often.I have found only two drawbacks to this camera. The reviews are right: it does eat batteries up--and quickly. As long as you don't play your photos (and especially videos) on the camera itself, your batteries should last long enough for your photo shoot needs. Sometimes the camera can be outwitted. I have tried flipping the batteries so that they are in alternate sockets, and this seemed to work. But the trick only lasts a short while.The other drawback is the grainy quality of low-light pictures. My camera has only taken four such pictures, I wasn't the photographer for two of them, and I was using the setting for the first time, so I can't indicate low-quality as the rule in this area. However, I had expected much more based on the camera's performance on other settings. (As you may have already noticed, I have indicated indoors/low light as one of the camera's uses. This is half-true: it does great indoors, but not so swell in low light. But the form didn't have a button for each of these options.)Overall, I love this camera. It is definitely worth the price--what little cost that is, anyway! :)

Great Daylight carry in the car canera.

By mjbehnke
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-03

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.

Great Little Camera

By Brian
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-10

Takes great pictures, I like the Manual feature. I wish it had a better flash or a hot shoe.

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