Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Review
5 June 2013
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Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is a neat little camera with some interesting tricks up its sleeve. Its weighty, contoured body makes it nicer to hold than some of its smaller peers, and in favourable conditions at low ISO settings, image quality is very good. A versatile lens and effective image stabilization system make this a great 'go-everywhere' camera as long as you can live with the relatively slow performance and poor battery life.
Pros: User-friendly, easy to operate interface/design, PASM shooting modes, Versatile 12X zoom lens, Effective optical image stabilization, Good image quality at low ISO sensitivities, Decent, if not outstanding sharpness across zoom range, Reliable metering/AWB systems in most conditions, Ubiquitous AA batteries will appeal to some consumers
Cons: Relatively sluggish operation especially when using flash, Image quality drops off above ISO 400 as noise levels increase, Sharpness drops off towards frame edges throughout zoom range (and CA is noticeable), 230,000 dot screen isn't as sharp and detailed as we'd like, 'Chunky' form factor makes the camera less compact and pocketable than competitors, Battery life from alkaline AAs is disappointingly low (sometimes <100 shots depending on use)
Excerpt: With the advanced features of Canon's PowerShot range, combined with a price tag which catches the eye, the PowerShot SX150 IS is full of promise. The question is - how does it perform when put to...
Summary: ConsumerReports.org also conducts rigorous lab tests paired with much briefer summaries, although their product comparison chart is extensive. PhotographyBlog.com, Steves-Digicams.com and CameraLabs.com also offer plenty of useful information, while user comments at Amazon.com show how the SX150 IS fares outside the expert test labs.
Pros: 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)
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is budget superzoom with a 12x stablised optical zoom lens and a 14.1 Megapixel sensor.
Bigger than compact superzooms like the Panasonic ZS8 / TZ18, Sony HX7V, and Canon's own PowerShot SX230 HS, the PowerShot SX150 IS combines advanced control including PASM exposure modes and manual focussing with accessible features including intelligent Auto exposure with scene detection, Creative filter effects and Smart shutter with smile detection.
Pros: 12x zoom with intelligent optical stabiliser., PASM exposure modes and manual focus., Creative filter effects., Budget price.
Cons: Lens suffers from chromatic aberration., Slow continuous shooting., Poor high ISO noise performance., Poor battery life with alkaline AAs.
Excerpt: Canon's PowerShot SX150 IS is an entry-level camera with a host of nice features. They include a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a 12x optical zoom with a 28mm wide angle lens (in 35mm terms). All of the new 2011 model PowerShots come standard with Canon's proprietary DIGIC 4 Image Processor as well as Smart AUTO for novice shutterbugs.
Conclusion: Although the new features the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS offers aren't substantial enough to tempt the majority of SX130 users to upgrade, those photographers looking for DSLR-like controls in a compact body that costs under £200 should seriously consider this PowerShot. Its size, versatile zoom and reliance on AA battery power makes the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS a serious contender as one of the best travel compact cameras available today.
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot SX150 is good digital compact camera for beginners looking to take their first snaps to the next level as it offers more manual options than your run-of-the-mill compact including a hefty 12x zoom and a 14 megapixel sensor.
Pros: Great shots in daylight, Impressive zoom, Plenty of manual options
Cons: Struggles in low light, Takes AA batteries, Rather bulky