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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Lens Extended
The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS was released in August 2011 and has a 12x optical zoom lens. It is available in red, black and silver for £179.00, although there is currently £20 cash back available (as of 9th November 2011).
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Front
Picture taking is made easy in Smart Auto mode, which detects the scene and selects the perfect settings from 32 variables (21 in movie). There is also Easy mode as well as full manual controls so you can set the camera's shutter speed and aperture. Other modes include Smart Shutter with Wink Self-Timer and creative filters, which include Fish-eye Effect, Super Vivid, Poster, Toy Camera, Miniature and Monochrome.
Movies are recorded in 720p HD with stereo sound and optical zoom. There is Dynamic and Powered Image Stabilisation to help keep movies sharp and blur free. Videos can also be optimized for Apple's iFrame format.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Top
- 12x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28 - 336mm)
- Intelligent Image Stabilisation (IS)
- 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor
- Smart Auto and Easy modes detect 32 scenes
- 3.0 inch LCD screen
- HD movies with stereo sound
- Full Manual control
- Creative Filters including Miniature Effect
- Smart Shutter with Wink Self-Timer
- iFrame movie
- Hints & Tips
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Screen
With standard alkaline AA batteries the camera is capable of around 110 shots. This isn't a lot so it's likely you're going to need at least one set of spares. Alternatively you could purchase the Canon NB-3AH rechargeable batteries which are capable of around 320 shots on one charge. The camera is ready to take photos within two to three seconds of switching on and focusing speed is good. In continuous shooting mode it is capable of shooting full sized images at 0.8fps.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Batteries
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 60.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/60 sec | f/5.6 | 60.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/5 sec | f/3.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Images at ISO 80 and ISO 100 show little signs of noise, but there is some evident at ISO 200. Noise increases further at ISO 400 with images losing a touch of sharpness. Noise really starts to kick in at ISO 800 and even more so at ISO 1600. Although there is plenty of noise at these higher ISO settings, the colour reproductions is barely effected, so you can still get a good images, even though they will be best used for the web rather than large prints.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS ISO test images
ISO 80 | 1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 18.8 mm
ISO 100 | 1/8 sec | f/4.5 | 18.8 mm
ISO 200 | 1/15 sec | f/4.5 | 18.8 mm
ISO 400 | 1/30 sec | f/4.5 | 18.8 mm
ISO 800 | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 18.8 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/125 sec | f/4.5 | 18.8 mm
The images below are examples taken using some of the various modes available. The landscape mode really makes your scenes stand out with good blues in the sky. Portraits have good skin tones and no red-eye. The final image was taken using shutter priority mode at 1/1000 sec to capture the water droplets.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/400 sec | f/3.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Landscape with building | 1/640 sec | f/3.5 | 6.0 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 10.4 mm | ISO 80
Shutter priority mode | 1/1000 sec | f/4.5 | 20.8 mm | ISO 400
Under our incandescent studio lights the auto white-balance (AWB) preset has a strong orange cast in the image with the incandescent preset giving a much better result. Under the fluorescent lights there is very little difference to tell between the AWB and fluorescent preset images.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 9.2 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 9.2 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.0 | 9.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.0 | 9.2 mm | ISO 100
Below are examples using some of the creative modes available.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital filters
Colour accent | 1/15 sec | f/4.5 | 14.3 mm | ISO 400
Colour swap | 1/15 sec | f/4.5 | 14.3 mm | ISO 400
Fisheye | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Monochrome | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 14.3 mm | ISO 800
Super vivid | 1/20 sec | f/4.5 | 14.3 mm | ISO 400
Toy camera effect | 1/20 sec | f/4.5 | 14.3 mm | ISO 400
Video ModeBelow is a video shot at 720p HD. Videos can also be recorded using the optical zoom lens, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is available for £179.00. Other cameras with a similar specification are the Pentax Optio RZ10 at £84.99, Olympus VR-310 at £87.00, Fujifilm FinePix T200 at £96.00, Samsung PL210 at £99.00. None of these cameras offer the advantage of manual controls. Other compact cameras with manual controls and plenty of zoom are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20, Sony Cybershot HX9 and Canon Powershot SX230.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS ProsKeenly priced
Decent image quality
Minimum focus distance of 1cm allows for good macro shots
Video quality is good
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS ConsRequires AA batteries
Camera is heavy and bulky for a compact
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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.4 - f/5.6|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 336mm|
|CCD pixels||14.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2500sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Continuous shooting||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||2x Size-AA Alkaline or Ni-MH Batteries (NB-3AH) (Alkalines supplied)|
|Box Contents||Getting started guide, 2x AA batteries, wrist strap, interface cable, digital camera solution disk, warranty|