Expert Review of Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
The predecessor of PowerShot SX160, Canon Powershot SX150 IS comes with delighting feature set offered to you at an affordable price. This 14.1MP SX150 IS is an inexpensive all-rounder camera that embraces 12x Optical Zoom, HD movie recording and gives you the freedom to become utmost creative with the help of full manual controls. It boasts with wide angle view and offers high zooming ratio thus it becomes impossible for remote subjects to escape the shot by this camera. It features the Intelligent Image Stabilizer which tunes the images in high quality while capturing, be it in any environmental condition, thus molding your precious moments into beautiful memories that would last forever. Very dramatic and intuitive images are produced with the help of 8 special effects namely Toy Camera, Monochrome, Miniature, Fish-eye, Super Vivid, Poster, Color Accent and Color Swap. At this price point, the capability of this camera to shoot videos in HD and high quality photos will leave you stunned at your position. View finder is an LCD 3inch wide viewing angle screen through which you can manipulate your captured content the way you want. Design wise, this camera is excellently crafted to give it a compact, trendy and easier look better yet with good hand grip. Ofcourse, we cannot expect high end functionalities from this camera like in costly advanced cameras where each and every feature is dexterously designed. Even so, the Canon Powershot SX150 IS will well nurture your needs, if you are a shooting-maniac with lower budget.
Design and Build Quality
Designed smaller and compact compared to its siblings, the Canon Powershot SX150 IS comes with powerful 14.1MP lens with alluring Optical zoom up to 12x that tries to compete with the high end 16MP cameras. The size of this camera is not although pocket friendly yet with the dimensions 113.3mm x 73.2mm x 45.8mm it can fit nicely into larger pockets. The front look of the camera features 5 -60mm lens along with a flappable Flash Light. The top view intends to show capturing buttons and mode selector dial. Furthermore, at the rear side, a 230,000 dots 3inch LCD view finder is provided. This LCD screen, lower resolution yet adequately balancing the price, has built-in help guide that leads the newbies. Likewise in SX160, this camera also contains some manual controls at the right of view finder. And at the bottom, two AA size batteries and a memory card fits very easily giving the camera overall weight as 306gm. And additionally handy features such as hi-speed USB port and audio/video analog ports make it easier to swap content with external devices.
Focus and Face Detection
As noted before, Canon Powershot SX150 IS, with AF and MF, has given the power to capture astonishing pictures with the help of 12x lens with 14.1MP resolution. This is where the price point of this affordable gadget lies. At inexpensive price, you get the advantage of capturing high quality and crystal clear pictures enhanced with the help of CCD sensors and Intelligent Image Stabilizer. This high resolution and amazing focus capabilities of the camera leaves a touch of gentleness and natural feel in the captured moments. Human photography gets a step ahead with the help of Face Detection, Canon Powershot SX150 IS is designed to focus importantly on the face area thus ensuring clear and blur free faces when you are capturing humans.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The Canon Powershot SX150 IS features high resolution camera with 16MP power that encapsulate high quality vivid and dramatic images. The processed image takes considerable time to come on LCD view and thus there is more time between consecutive shots. When it comes to picture quality, the DIGIC 4 image processor skillfully intensifies the Images and enhances then by setting the contrast, brightness and color to optimum level. And finally, the Intelligent Image stabilizer seems to surprisingly reliable for taking high quality photo shots.
Screen and Menus
The 3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle offers up to 5 levels of brightness adjustments and acts as your view finder. The wide range of manipulating options allows you to edit, save and share your photos and videos instantly. However, low resolution of the screen may pile up the drawbacks. Nonetheless, resolution has no concerns when we peep at the price point.
Canon Powershot SX150 IS operates on two AA size Alkaline batteries or NiMH batteries. With the Alkaline batteries, you can takes shots up to 110 images or equivalently shoot up to 20min whilst the NiMH batteries allows you to take 320 images or 1hour 20mins of shooting time.
Awkwardly and outrageously tagged, the video shooting experience has been badly criticized by photography experts. It records HD movies at 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, iFrame Movie at 1280 x 720px with 30fps. Anti-shake technology may not cooperate while shooting videos. And with alkaline batteries on, you may get frustrated with the low recording time.
This inexpensively featured camera is powered with CCD type sensors that sets the image with vivid colors, dramatic and naturalistic properties. Further, with DIGIC 4 image processor the picture quality is drastically improved. The SX150 IS automatically selects the optimum IS (Image Stabilization) for all situations allowing users to capture translucent, flawless moments whether they are capturing photos or video.
Excellent zoom range and high resolution of 14.1MP are praise worthy features of Canon Powershot SX150 IS. Further, the Advanced Image Stabilization helps you to create awe-inspiring natural images at a low price. The inexpensiveness, lower weight and compactness yet good image capturing has been patted positively by experts. And finally, if you want good photo capturing cam that harmonizes with your budget, then this camera is best for you.
The Image quality drops off sharply from ISO 800. Furthermore, the design and looks are not up to the mark as seen in high end cameras. The video recording is discomfited and with Alkaline batteries you get only 20mins of recording. Finally, lack of full HD support and slow shot-to shot times have been negatively tagged with this camera.