Canon PowerShot SX150 IS review

14.1MP budget compact superzoom

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When it comes to picture quality, the images produced by the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS are perfectly acceptable throughout the ISO 80-1600 sensitivity range.

Predictably though, you'll get the best results by keeping under ISO 400. Pictures taken at ISO 800 exhibit noise and lack bite, and there's a distinct drop off in detail at 1600.

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The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS's lens is capable of holding sharpness across the frame, though. Barrel distortion is well handled at wide-angle, and fringing is kept to a minimum. There's a subtle hint of green haloing around some high-contrast subjects, but you really have to go looking for it.

A camera with such an extensive zoom requires careful handling if you're to avoid blurred pictures. The maximum aperture of f/3.4 narrows to f/5.6 at the long end and consequently, as shutter speeds drop, the risk of camera shake increases.

Canon's integrated Image Stabiliser offers up to four stops of compensation for this – a one-stop improvement over the SX130 IS that could conceivably make the difference between a sharp shot and a soft one.

It's fairly tricky to measure the performance of the Intelligent IS system on the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, because the camera switches between the options automatically – you can't override the selection, only switch IS on or off. However, it proved reliably effective during our tests.

Unsurprisingly, the IS isn't a complete miracle-worker at the long end of the lens as light levels drop off, and you'll still need to support the camera well.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot SX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesManual Control, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)258 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height73.2 mm
Width113.3 mm
Depth45.8 mm
Product SeriesSX
Focal Length5 mm to 60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX150 IS
Product NamePowerShot SX150 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5664B011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The PowerShot SX150 IS allows everyone to take beautiful 14.1 Megapixel photos and HD movies with 12x optical zoom. From Smart Auto to Full Manual control you can easily adapt it to any skill level.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX150 IS Compact Camera
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
Limited Warranty1 Year