Canon PowerShot SX150 IS review

14.1MP budget compact superzoom

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Canon powershot sx150 is

At full telephoto setting and widest maximum aperture (f/5.6), there was a noticeable degree of vignetting (darkening of the corners of the frame) when shooting brighter scenes. Stopping down the aperture to f/7.1 reduced this significantly.

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The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS comes with a selection of Creative Filters to apply while you're shooting. The adjustable Miniature Effect can be used when you're taking video footage as well as JPEGs.

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Colours are bright, holding up well at even ISO 1600, as here (although it is starting to break up in the shadows). The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS's Auto White Balance errs on the slightly warm side, although not unpleasantly so.

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In our Canon PowerShot SX150 IS bench test, the camera's dynamic range proved above average throughout the sensitivity range. Its real-world performance bears that out.

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The darker tone of the background has led to the slight overexposure of the white dress and glasses, and close-up inspection shows some posterisation in the pink areas. There are plenty of manual controls to override the camera's exposure, including exposure compensation of +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments.

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When viewed at 100%, the high contrast areas at the edges of this scene show some green and purple shadowing, but for the most part fringing is well controlled by the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS.

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The four-stop advantage that the Canon PowerShot SX150's Intelligent Stabilisation offers means you can get useable results at longer focal lengths or lower light levels than you might expect. However, for the sharpest pictures it's still wise to support the camera with two hands, even though all its controls can be adjusted with one.

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Wide and telephoto shots

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Panasonic FS22 at 5mm (28mm equivalent)

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Panasonic FS22 at 20mm (112mm equivalent)

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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