Canon PowerShot SX150 IS (Red)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 5663B001
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- 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 slow.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $119.60
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 03/12/2012
- Released on: 09/15/2011
The good: The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS offers very good photo quality and features for its class, including semimanual and manual shooting modes, and it uses AA-size batteries.
The bad: The SX150 IS' shooting performance is miserable, as is its battery life, especially using alkaline batteries.
The bottom line: 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 slow.
by DJ-Morriss on May 28, 2012
Pros: Picture quality is very good.
Colors and sharpness are great.
Video mode is nice, It records 1280x720, very nice quality.
Very well in low-light situations.
Pretty easy to use.
Sound is OK.
Cons: Display cannot be twisted, turned off, moved on angle.
Summary: Overall, the camera body feels nice. It's a little larger than the smaller point-and-shoot cameras, so it wont really fit well in your pocket like other little point-and-shoots (fits ...
Summary: Overall, the camera body feels nice. It's a little larger than the smaller point-and-shoot cameras, so it wont really fit well in your pocket like other little point-and-shoots (fits in coat pockets though). It's also a little heavy, but I actually like that because it feels like I'm holding a real camera. I'm a 5'11" slim male, and this fits perfectly in my right hand. It's not rubberized at all, but there are grooves on the front and back of the camera that allow for a nice firm grip, and it comes with a little cord to go around your wrist.
I'm not worried about dropping this thing at all. The buttons are large and easy to press. Also, Canon seems to be known for user-friendly menus within the camera. It took me 2 seconds to figure out this menu system.
These claims of 20 or 30 photos on a new pair of batteries is ridiculous! Don't bother using the cheapo alkaline batteries that come with it, just save them for your TV remote or something. When I bought this camera, I bought two pairs of rechargeable Energizers to go with it. I don't use those batteries for anything but this camera, and I always stick them in the charger when I get home after using the camera, so I have two fresh pairs when I leave the house the next day. Like I said, I've taken a bunch of photos with this, and I've only had to change out the batteries a few times along the way.
I haven't actually kept track to see exactly how many photos I can take on one set of batteries, so don't ask me for a specific number. I just know one day I took 50 photos and 20 minutes of video without killing the batteries. Another day, I took 70 photos where each photo was a 15 second exposure on a 2-second timer, so it probably took a little more juice for each photo than a regular snapshot.
The camera was also on for at least two hours straight that day, and the batteries didn't actually die... The days where the batteries do die is when I'm out with my friends taking many photos, lengthy videos, constantly browsing through menus to adjust settings, etc... Really though, I don't have a problem with battery life. Note: Right when I got this camera, I adjusted any power saving options I could find so that I could make my batteries last as long as possible. Turning down the LCD brightness and whatnot is something I do with all of my electronics. I suggest you do the same.
The video mode is nice. It records 1280x720, very nice quality video. The sound is OK. You can zoom in and out while recording, though you can hear the motor moving a little bit. The only time you wont hear it is when taking video where there is loud music or other noise. It also zooms in and out fairly slowly. This may be a problem if you plan on using this mainly for video. If that's your plan, go get yourself an actual camcorder. Your son's baseball game really deserves better than this. I use this video mode for little moments with friends that I want to upload to Facebook/Youtube, and maybe just the grand finale of a fireworks show (but certainly not the whole show).
The colors and sharpness are great. It focuses well and generally chooses the correct settings. It also offers various manual controls, which are pretty easy to use. I'm able to play around with shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, and several creative filters. Though I shot in auto mode all the time when I first got this camera, I usually find myself flipping it into manual mode quite often these days. Occasionally, the automatic settings actually chose better settings than I do, but there are other times where the camera just isn't seeing exactly what I'm seeing, and these manual controls allow me to fix this and capture exactly what it is that my eyes see.
I personally don't let the ISO go past 400 because photos do come out quite grainy in the high ISO settings. I compensate with the widest aperture possible and a longer shutter speed. Because of these manual controls, this camera actually does very well in low-light situations, assuming you have at least somewhat steady hands. Otherwise, there's a nice flash on top of the camera you can just pop up when you feel it's necessary.
Also, I feel as though it is very important to point out that this camera, like many others, does NOT come with a memory card. I don't understand why people are complaining about that. It's NORMAL for cameras to not come with a memory card. I got a SanDisk 16GB SDHC card to go with my camera, which is really more than enough (I could even use this card in an SLR). I also decided to get an SDHC card reader so that I wouldn't have to plug a cord into my camera and turn it on every time I want to pull my photos off it. It's just much quicker and easier that way. Note: The memory card is located in the same compartment as the batteries on the bottom of the camera, so hold it upside down when sliding the cover open so the batteries don't fall out.
I'm really not sure what else to say. This is a great camera that I feel is a bit underrated. 5 Stars all the way from me.
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This is my first ever review, so I hope I made sense.
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- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 5663B001
- Description: 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! 14.1-megapixel delivers stunning image detail and enables you to make beautiful large prints. 12x optical zoom lets you get close to distant subjects, while the 28 mm wide-angle capability makes this camera great for photographing large groups of people and scenic landscapes. Advanced technologies, such as Intelligent IS and smart auto, make it easy and effortless to capture gorgeous still images and HD video. It all makes the PowerShot SX150 IS the perfect camera to capture the good times, wherever you might be.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Red
- Resolution 14.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 14,500,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 14,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 12 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC 4
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Digital Video Format MOV,
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 1600,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Snow,
Kids & pets,
- Special Effects Miniature,
Black & White,
Darker Skin Tone,
Lighter Skin Tone,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (daylight),
Fluorescent light (warm white)
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2500 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 12 x x Zoom lens - 5 mm - 60 mm - F/3.4-5.6
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 28 - 336 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0.4 in
- Macro Focus Range 0.4 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Features Flash +/- compensation
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 10 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 0.6 frames per second,
1.1 frames per second,
1 frame per second,
3.2 frames per second,
0.9 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Scene Detection Technology,
In-camera red-eye removal,
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB,
Eye-Fi Card Ready,
Resizing an image,
Cropping an image,
I-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system,
Face Detection Self-timer,
Blink Detection technology,
Subject Detection technology,
Exif Print support,
720p HD movie recording,
Motion Detection Technology,
Smile Detection Auto Shutter,
Camera orientation detection,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output
- Software Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories USB cable,
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 2 x AA Alkaline battery ( Included ),
2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( Optional )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 4320 x 3240,
JPEG 3072 x 2304,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 3744 x 2104
- Video Capture MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 640 x 480,
MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 640 x 480,
MOV - 640 x 480,
MOV - 640 x 480
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.4 in
- Depth 1.8 in
- Height 0.3 in
- Weight 9.1 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.