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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS review

14.1MP budget compact superzoom

The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS produced good results in the labs tests, showing that its signal to noise ratio is on par with the Panasonic Lumix TZ-20 and Samsung WB700.

For a compact camera, the amount of noise that actually appears in your images across the sensitivity range is average. Dynamic range results from the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS also show a good performance with consistant values across the sensitivity range.

A highlight of this camera is the above average performance, with less of a drop in dynamic range than you'd expect from a compact model, showing that this camera is capable of good low light photography and in normal shooting conditions will capture a good amount of both shadow and highlight detail.

Resolution charts

As part of our image quality testing for theCanon PowerShot SX150 IS, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 theCanon PowerShot SX150 IS is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon powershot sx150 is resolutio iso 100
Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 100

Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 80
Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 80

ISO 80, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 100
Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 200
Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 400
Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 800
Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 1600
Canon powershot sx150 is resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 18 (see full image)

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
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
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported2
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height73.2 mm
Width113.3 mm
Depth45.8 mm
Autofocus Points1
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
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.

Battery Life110 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX150 IS Compact Camera
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone