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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera - Black
August 2011 · Canon · PowerShot · PowerShot S/SX Series · Point & Shoot · Compact Sensor · 14.1 megapixel · CCD · 12 x optical zoom · Built-in Flash
Discover how simple and easy it is to be creative and shoot memorable photos and videos of your favorite subjects with the PowerShot SX150 IS digital camera. Its compact size makes it convenient to carry around everywhere to capture those special moments that can happen anytime ...
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- 12x optical zoom with 28 mm wide-angle lensThe PowerShot SX150 IS features a powerful Canon 12x zoom lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optical technologies, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that provides an extraordinary 12x zoom range. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28 mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings. Moreover, this superlative lens incorporates innovative designs that enable it to fit the compact profile of the PowerShot SX150 IS and perform at high speed with low power consumption.
- Optical Image Stabilizer technologyHandheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical in more shooting situations, providing excellent image quality in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For still photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.
- 14.1-megapixel image sensorA 14.1-megapixel sensor delivers beautiful photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints.
- Canon DIGIC 4 image processorThe DIGIC 4 processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. More powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.
- A smarter camera means better photos and videosThe PowerShot SX150 IS features smart auto - sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart auto automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. With smart auto, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.
- Turn any moment into an HD video memoryThe PowerShot SX150 IS lets you record spectacularly detailed 720p HD video at 30 frames per second with clear stereo sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, then downloading the videos to your computer to watch or share with family and friends.
- Review: Canon PowerShot SX150 ISCanon traditionally updates its SX budget compact superzoom line every August/September, and 2011 sees the release of the £199 Canon PowerShot SX150 IS. The SX130 IS replacement is a case of evolution over revolution – not a bad thing, considering the great features and value the SX130 offered.
The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS features a 14.1MP CCD (a 2MP increase on the SX130's 12.1MP) and an image stabilised 5-60mm 12x wide-angle zoom that offers the same 28-336mm equivalent reach as its predecessor. The bright, but relatively low-res, 3-inch LCD from last year's model is also retained.
There's been a slight tweak to the layout of the controls – specifically, the welcome introduction of a direct movie record button and a rejig of the mode dial. The optical image stabilisation gets an upgrade, too. The Canon PowerShot SX150's new Intelligent IS system is designed to identify the shooting situation and apply the most appropriate form of stabilisation from a range of seven different settings, including Tripod IS, Panning IS and Macro IS.
However, the key appeal of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, apart from the incredible zoom range, is the level of manual control it offers. This super easy PowerShot is aimed at families and features all of the automatic features a casual snapper could want. These include Smart Auto and Easy modes that detect 32 scene types and optimise settings accordingly.
However, for those who want to take their photography further, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS includes the full complement of PASM semi-auto and manual shooting options. The camera doesn't enable you to record images in raw format - it's strictly JPEGs here - but otherwise there's enough DSLR-like functionality to consider this a serious alternative when you don't want to lug a 'grown up' camera around.Read full review
- Canon Powershot SX150 IS reviewCanon's Powershot SX series of camera is a compact camera at heart but tries to bridge the gap between super-zoom cameras and the regular compact ones by providing a more powerful optical zoom lens and manual controls like a DSLR.
The Canon Powershot SX150 Image Stabilisation (IS) is the latest in this range. It is just a minor upgrade over the SX130 IS; namely a better megapixel count and an improved Image Stabilisation module.
Features and Specs
The Powershot SX150 is has a 1/2.3 CCD Sensor with 14.1 effective megapixels (the only factor distinguishing it from its sibling). The 12x optical zoom lens has a focal length of 28-336mm (35mm equivalent). The wide angle specification of the camera is a dissapointment. It has a minimum aperture of f/5.4 and extends to f/3.4. Once again not great numbers. We shall find out if it has any effect on the captured images.??The camera has a 3-inch LCD which has a display of 236k pixels again making me wonder why Canon doesn’t provide a better LCD screen on their cameras.??The Canon Powershot SX150 IS can capture 720p videos at 30fps. It comes with a manual pop-up flash. Defeats the purpose???The camera has a ISO range of 80/ 100/ 200/ 400/ 800/ 1600. The camera also has a range of scene modes which are regular with Canon camera’s these days.
The camera also utilises two AA batteries and doesn’t use the now standard Li-ion batteries. Though it is not green energy, it definitely has some advantages like the higher number of photos that can be captured and the easy availability of the batteries.
Design, Usability & Controls
The three photos below speak for themselves.
As you may have already deciphered Canon is a strong believer of "why tinker around with a design that is good". But my dear designers at Canon, a little bit of creativity wouldn’t have killed you. Would it? At least you could have reduced the weight. I believe 306 grams is a tad too much for a sub-15k compact camera. Well, I suppose most of the weight woes arise because of the extended optical zoom lens.
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Apart from that, the design is not exceptional or ground-breaking but it is utilitarian. However, the build quality is top-notch. Despite the plasticky body, the SX150 IS gets good points in terms of build quality.
The top of the camera is populated by the mode-dial, the manual pop-up flash, the shutter button surrounded by the zoom ring and the power button. Three-fourths of the back of the camera is covered by the 3-inch LCD which is flanked on the right by the playback, circular dial, video record, exposure sensitivity, displan and menu buttons. Though it looks cluttered, prolonged usage actually makes the placement of buttons easier for navigation.
I have never had any qualms with Canon's user interface on most of its model. The Canon Powershot SX150 IS also does not dissapoint in this regard. Even a first-time user should figure out the controls without any issues.Read full review
The camera is a slow performer. In our extensive speed test, I found that the camera was average to slow in most of the aspects of shooting speeds. To start the camera and be ready for shooting the SX150 IS took 1.309 seconds which is not too bad. However, shutter lag with pre-focus was constantly at 2.5-3 seconds which is bad and without pre-focus it was around 4 seconds which makes matters worse. Shot-to-shot time clocked around 8 seconds with flash making it the slowest camera used in this regard and without flash it clocked at around 5 seconds. Disappointment galore.
Image and lens quality
To my surprise, the camera has a complete manual mode. Apart from that Canon has also added the Aperture priority (Av) and Shutter Priority (Tv) modes to play with.
Despite all these manual modes, the quality of captured images was not up to some of the great Canon cameras I have tested recently. Not to say that it is bad but I generally expect more from Canon.
The camera lens suffers from chromatic abberation....
- Canon PowerShot SX150 IS ReviewPros: Sturdy build, long 12x zoom lens, expanded optical image stabilization, creative manual controls, hD video (720p) with optical zoom ability
Cons: Bulky size, average LCD resolution, noisy image quality, slow shooting speeds, short battery life (takes AAs)
The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS garners consistent ratings from reviewers, who say it's an affordable ultrazoom but that other cameras offer better features and performance. As the update to the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS , the SX150 IS has two slight upgrades: a nudge up to a 14.1-megapixel sensor and Canon's new Intelligent image stabilization, which supports six types of shooting (tripod, panning, etc.). ...Read full review
|Product Type||Digital camera - compact|
|Sensor Resolution||14.1 Megapixel|
|Optical Sensor Type||CCD|
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