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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wide and telephoto shots
Panasonic FS22 at 5mm (28mm equivalent)
Panasonic FS22 at 20mm (112mm equivalent)