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14.1MP 12x CCD Aug 2011
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31 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

This Canon camera was given a "Recommended" award by both PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs, both of which thought that this Canon digital camera was good.

This Canon camera received a "Buying Tip" award from Magnus.de.

Average Expert Reviews

Twenty-nine experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews have rated this camera on average 70 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

PowerShot SX150 IS owners on average rated this camera 81%.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com rated this digital camera 70 out of 100 and said on expert review site Ephotozine “There are many cameras on the market that offer a similar amount of zoom in much smaller lighter bodies.” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS. Pcworld.in wrote “The regular compact ones by providing a more powerful optical zoom lens and manual controls like a DSLR” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Dpreview.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site DP Review “Its stabilized 12X optical zoom offers impressive versatility coupled with good (for this class) image quality at low ISO sensitivity settings” but despite that they scored it 3 stars.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “An improved image stabilisation system” . Expert review site Ld2.ciol.com wrote “Apply the most appropriate formof stabilisation” in their Canon PowerShot SX150 IS review.

One Canon PowerShot SX150 IS owner who purchased it reckoned that it had a good lens. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Lens ExtendedThe Canon PowerShot SX150 IS was released in August 2011”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Canon PowerShot SX150 IS owners who purchased it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Pcmag.com wrote in their review five years ago “Canon's PowerShot SX150 IS is capable of capturing some very sharp images across its 12x zoom range.” however despite that they only gave the product a score of 50 out of 100. Wired.co.uk wrote “It's a shame the LCD won't let your pictures show you how good they are when you're still out” in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS.

A number of Canon PowerShot SX150 IS owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Pcworld.in wrote “The Canon Powershot SX150 IS is a camera with 14.1 effective megapixels and a 12x optical zoom” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Support

Several Canon PowerShot SX150 IS owners who reviewed it considered that it had good technical guidance. T3.com said “The added manual options and slick zoom have all the appearance of a DSLR.”. Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote four years ago “Casual users who wish to have a truckload of manual controls will enjoy th” and scored this digital camera 70 out of 100. In the same month Wired.co.uk said “Canon's PowerShot SX150 IS superzoom offers full manual shooting controls as seen on pro SLRs”.

Good Brand

Canon is one of the better rated camera brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Canon also has good ratings for its compact camera digital cameras.

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Easy to Use

A number of Canon PowerShot SX150 IS owners who reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS mentioned that it was easy to use. Photographyblog.com said in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “A range of creative filters and a handy one-touch movie record button”.

One Canon PowerShot SX150 IS owner who purchased it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Ten years ago Dpreview.com mentioned on expert review site DP Review “The SX150 IS comfortable and easy to use” in their Canon PowerShot SX150 IS review but even so they only scored the product 3 stars.

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Good Video Capture

Some customers reckoned that it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

Some customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert website What Digital Camera “Canon's PowerShot range has long offered the promise of full manual control and good image quality, although often at price points above the consumer level”. Expertreviews.co.uk said “In most other respects – including image and video quality – it's nothing special” however despite that they only rated it 40 out of 100. Wired.co.uk wrote in their review four years ago “It combines great picture and video quality with advanced controls in an attractive body”.

Good Technical Features

Some people who purchased this digital camera thought it had good features. Techreviewsource.com mentioned “It has a nice set of features in addition to both manual” in their Canon PowerShot SX150 IS review. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS on Steve's Digicams “Canon's PowerShot SX150 IS is an entry-level camera with a host of nice features”. Firstpost.com wrote in their review “The older SX130 IS almost has similar features to this newer model, except for a slight difference in the continuous shooting mode”.

Good Size

Several people said in their reviews that it was compact. Expert review site Pcworld.in mentioned “Canon's Powershot SX series of camera is a compact camera at heart” . Pcworld.in also said “Tries to bridge the gap between super-zoom cameras and the regular compact ones by providing a more powerful optical zoom lens”. Cameralabs.com mentioned “Bigger than compact superzooms like the Panasonic ZS8 / TZ18, Sony HX7V” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars.

One Canon PowerShot SX150 IS reviewer thought this digital camera was a good body shape.

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Robust

One Canon PowerShot SX150 IS reviewer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was well made. Expert review site T3.com said “The Canon SX150 is a decent, solid camera and it won't cost you the Earth, unlike the rather more pricey Fujifilm X10” in their review nonetheless they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

Good Battery Life

One Canon PowerShot SX150 IS owner said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Expertreviews.co.uk said “Video quality – it's nothing special and battery performance is a worry” in their review.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that have been available for more than two years. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

Other cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S5100[pl_1308_price], or the Coolpix S570[pl_2049075_price] both from Nikon.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] (MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7[plb_2071996_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot SX150 IS supports video recording.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support video recording currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot SX150 IS has an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS has one of the bigger optical zooms (12 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot SX150 IS the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

If this digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price] (14x), or the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] (15x) which is also higher rated.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot SX150 IS.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price] is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot SX150 IS. The average closest focusing distance of compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX150 IS is 0.28m.

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Two Supported Batteries

The PowerShot SX150 IS is a two supported battery camera.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The PowerShot SX150 IS has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX150 IS. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Flash" and "Manual" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The PowerShot SX150 IS has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Canon camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX150 IS. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Battery Life

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the maximum battery lives range from 0.83h to 320h, and the average maximum battery life is 18h. With a maximum battery life of 7 hours, the PowerShot SX150 IS has a fairly long maximum battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PowerShot SX150 IS.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This camera has a ±2EV (1/2| 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

Across all the similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX150 IS the maximum focal lengths range from 13mm to 1,800mm. The PowerShot SX150 IS has a quite long maximum focal length (336 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the PowerShot SX150 IS is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This digital camera also supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot SX150 IS ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The PowerShot SX150 IS does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The PowerShot SX150 IS does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX150 IS also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Canon IXUS 510 HS[plb_408144_price], or the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX150 IS are not 3D compatible. The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot SX150 IS also do not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot SX150 IS is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The average weight of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 170g. The PowerShot SX150 IS is one of the heavier compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago (308 grams) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only 110 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot SX150 IS take between 30 and 889 shots per battery charge, including the PowerShot SX150 IS which takes 110 shots per battery charge.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot SX150 IS has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. The best still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX150 IS is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Only Features Two Flash Modes

The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Canon digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash mode "Manual" is also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Six Shooting Modes

The PowerShot SX150 IS has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This Canon digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot SX150 IS. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Movie", "Program" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The average maximum aperture of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 6.6. With a maximum aperture of only 5.6, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the PowerShot SX150 IS is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX150 IS.

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Thick

Compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX150 IS have depths of between 13mm and 2,200mm. The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is one of the thicker cameras that were released more than two years ago (45.8 millimeters) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

Digital cameras of this age and type have minimum focal lengths of between 2.6mm and 290mm. With a minimum focal length of 28 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS has one of the longer minimum focal lengths amongst cameras of this age.

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Heavy

Similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years have weights of between 0.097kg and 180kg, and the average weight is 5.3kg. With a weight of 0.308 kilograms, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is one of the heavier similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot SX150 IS amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Very Long Flash Recharging Time

The flash recharging times of compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot SX150 IS range from 0.0005s to 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 6s. At 12 seconds, the PowerShot SX150 IS has a very long flash recharging time compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot SX150 IS.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the PowerShot SX150 IS has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot SX150 IS.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the IXUS 510 HS[pl_408144_price] (3.2"), or the PowerShot ELPH 320 HS[pl_1385328_price] (3.2") both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This Canon digital camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot SX150 IS has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot SX150 IS.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the PowerShot SX220 HS[pl_1206_price], or the PowerShot A3300 IS[pl_66875_price] both from Canon.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Canon IXUS 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x), or the Samsung ST200F[plb_1682904_price] (5x) which is also higher rated.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras that have been available for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14.1 megapixels, the PowerShot SX150 IS has a fairly standard megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot SX150 IS.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] (14.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Weight
Interface
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range

2 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is a 14.1-megapixel superzoom digital camera that has a wide 12x optical zoom. It has a nice set of features in addition to both manual and semi-manual exposure modes... Read more…

Although I liked using the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS and the results I achieved with it in good light, I can't personally get very enthusiastic about it, given its quirks and slow response, even at... Read more…

12 March 2012

If a long lens, AA batteries, and some creative control over your photos are what you're after, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is a good choice. That is, as long as you don't mind it being painfully...

12 March 2012

Canon has been regularly launching some power packed cameras in the market and the recently launched Canon Powershot SX150 IS too promises to offer the same. The camera is a bit heavy and stocky... Read more…

10 February 2012

A low-cost camera with a generous 12x zoom, but in most other respects ? including image and video quality ? it's nothing special and battery performance is a worry...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 26 November 2011 by Mr. James West

I can't believe that I'm back again reviewing a Canon powershot - but I am. I saw this one come out, with no intention of buying it, but there was a good price on Amazon, cashback from Canon, and... Read more…

Reviewed 11 July 2012 by Black Dog
(Verified Purchase)

Wanted camera that was to be used as a "Point and shoot". Took photos both inside and out for a Prom. Photos turned out as good as ones bought from professional that evening. Much better quality... Read more…

Reviewed 7 November 2011 by Skatesy
(Verified Purchase)

This is a nice camera with a solid feel to it. It was a replacement for my previous camera, a Canon SX130, which was stolen and which was very good. The SX 150 has been upgraded for zoom and... Read more…

Reviewed 12 February 2012 by G Mitch

I got active on flickr so I needed to learn how to use a camera properly. In this digital age most is done for us in the design and the technology of cameras but I wanted to understand the use of... Read more…

Reviewed 11 October 2012 by Steve

The SX130/150 series compacts suffer from poor optical performance, sluggish response, and bad battery life. The lense produces soft images, with sharpness really dropping off at the edges. Grain... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 5664b001, canon 5663b001, powershotsx150iszil, powershotsx150iszwa, powershotsx150isroo
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