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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera - Black (14.1 MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD with Wide Viewing Angle

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  • Canon 12x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle and Intelligent optical Image Stabilizer
  • 14.1 Megapixels for detailed shots and poster-size prints
  • Effortless HD movies (720p) with optical zoom and stereo sound. Smart Auto in movie
  • Face Detection including Smart Shutter with Wink Self-Timer
  • iFrame movie (720p)

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Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 11.3 x 7.3 cm ; 259 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
  • Item model number: 5664B011AA
  • ASIN: B005I8XM54
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Aug. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,968 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Canon Powershot SX150 IS Camera Black 14MP 12xZoom 3.0LCD 720pHD 28mm Wide

Manufacturer's Description

Super-easy super-zoom compact for the whole family

The PowerShot SX150 IS allows everyone to take beautiful 14.1 Megapixel photos and HD movies with a 12x optical zoom. Offering modes from Smart Auto to Full Manual control, you will find this super-zoom compact camera is easy to use whatever your level of photographic experience.

Features include:

  • 28 mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens in a stylish compact metal body
  • Intelligent IS automatically adapts the optical Image Stabilizer to the scene
  • 14.1 Megapixels for detailed shots and poster-size prints
  • Large 3.0" (7.5 cm) LCD screen with wide viewing angle
  • Smart Auto and Easy modes detect 32 scenes so you can simply point and shoot
  • Effortless HD movies (720p) with optical zoom and stereo sound and Smart Auto
  • iFrame movie (720p)
  • Face Detection including Smart Shutter with Smile Detection and Wink Self-Timer
  • Option to select Full Manual Control
  • Creative shooting modes including Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Discreet mode and Miniature Effect
  • Onscreen Hints & Tips explain all functions
  • Powered by AA batteries

Easy-to-use super-zoom compact with advanced technology that anyone can enjoy

The 14.1 Megapixel PowerShot SX150 IS features an impressive 12x optical zoom lens and combines impressive imaging technology with family-friendly usability. It offers powerful shooting with a 28 mm wide-angle zoom lens and a choice of shooting modes, so that anyone can take inspiring shots. The lens is the most important part of any imaging device and all Canon cameras incorporate lenses designed and manufactured by Canon to the most exacting standards - lenses are based on over 70 years of experience for outstanding results.

Zoom in on the action and explore your creativity

Thanks to the PowerShot SX150 IS’s large 12x optical zoom, ranging from wide-angle (28 mm) to telephoto (336 mm), you can achieve fantastic close ups even when the subject is far away. So whether you’re shooting family events, wildlife or getting creative in Manual mode, you have the power to produce truly unique photos. It also boasts a large 3.0" (7.5 cm) LCD screen giving a wide viewing angle - ideal for shooting large groups from tricky angles.

Fine detail in every shot

The PowerShot SX150 IS enables you to capture still images in mesmerising quality thanks to Canon’s advanced imaging technologies. Shots are striking and detailed, with the 14.1 Megapixel sensor capturing enough detail to print large poster-size formats, or to experiment with creative cropping. Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor also ensures images are captured quickly, with excellent colour reproduction and quality, as well as providing outstanding responsiveness in every day operation.

Effortless shooting for the whole family with Smart Auto

Smart Auto mode allows the PowerShot SX150 IS to automatically analyse conditions and select the optimal setting so you can concentrate on your subject, confident that the camera will produce superb results. Advanced Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses shooting conditions, detecting people, distance, brightness, colour and movement, then selects the perfect setting from 32 specially defined scenes. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or friends in the park you can be certain you'll get the image you want.

Smart Auto is also more than just scene detection. Servo AF/AE detects moving subjects to ensure focus and exposure is always correct, while Smart Flash Exposure optimises exposure and flash controls to ensure your subject is perfectly lit whilst dark and light areas are accurately reproduced.

Easy Mode is ideal for people who are completely new to photography or even for children. The camera automatically selects all settings except flash and limits the usable buttons to two, making it easy to use and preventing mistaken operations.

Without Intelligent IS close-up shots can be blurred
Without Intelligent IS close-up shots can be blurred
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Blur-free images whatever the situation with Canon’s Intelligent IS technology

The PowerShot SX150 IS benefits from Canon’s Intelligent IS technology using optical methods (lens shift) which is renowned as the most effective method of hand-shake correction. So whether you’re shooting stills or movies, Intelligent IS automatically identifies the shooting situation and then selects the most appropriate type of image stabilization from seven possible modes. For example, when capturing a close-up of a flower the camera will automatically select Macro IS with Hybrid IS technology, but then it will switch to Powered IS when filming distant subjects with the zoom. This allows you to focus on framing the image you want, safe in the knowledge that the camera is working to eliminate as much camera shake as possible, even if you need to move with your scene.

Record special moments in outstanding HD movie quality

Relive your special moments in high definition on the large, bright LCD screen
Relive your special moments in high definition on the large, bright LCD screen
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The PowerShot SX150 IS supports 720p HD video, allowing you to capture and relive your special moments in high definition on the camera’s large, bright 3.0” (7.5 cm) LCD screen. The full 12x optical zoom is available during shooting and stereo sound guarantees clear, CD-quality audio every time. A dedicated Movie Record Button lets you instantly switch from stills to HD movies, ensuring that you don’t lose vital time navigating through menus and settings.

The lens’ quiet motor allows you to use the full range of the optical zoom during recording with minimum audio interference, while the Intelligent IS will work automatically to reduce the effects of camera shake, even if you need to move with your scene. In Smart Auto mode the camera automatically analyses conditions and selects the optimal settings, or you can select Miniature Effect to add a completely new dimension to your footage, resulting in dramatic and compelling miniature-style videos.

The PowerShot SX150 IS also supports a different format for recording its HD movies too - iFrame Movie. This Apple™ format is designed to speed up the editing and importing process by keeping the content in its original recorded format. Of course, if you have a PC with Microsoft® Windows you can still upload your movies onto that as well.

Face Detection Technology
Face Detection Technology

Fast, intelligent processing for superb image quality

Face Detection

With Face Detection, up to 35 faces can be detected in each shot - focus, exposure, flash setting and white balance are then automatically adjusted for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones.

Face Select & Track

Face Select & Track allows a single face in a crowd to be selected and tracked as the main subject.

Smart Shutter mode for effortless group shots

Canon’s Smart Shutter mode uses Face Detection Technology to allow users to take both group shots and self-portraits more easily and in a more relaxed way. The shutter can be triggered remotely in three different ways:

  • Smile Detection - the shutter is triggered when the camera detects a smiling face within the frame.
  • Wink Self-Timer - the shutter is triggered two seconds after the subject in the frame has winked, removing the need for a remote control.
  • FaceSelf-Timer - this enables perfect group shots or self-portraits by automatically triggering the shutter two seconds after a new face has entered the frame.
Miniature Effect transforms normal landscapes into miniature lookalikes
Miniature Effect transforms normal landscapes into miniature lookalikes
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Explore your creativity

In addition to being the ultimate family-friendly super-zoom compact, the PowerShot SX150 IS also features several creative modes for fun and exciting results. These include Miniature Effect (also available when shooting movies), Super Vivid, Poster Effect as well as Fish-eye Effect, which distorts the image to offer a unique view on a more traditional scene. With Monochrome you can achieve black and white, sepia or blue monochromatic tones for more atmospheric images whilst Toy Camera Effect allows you to capture colourful shots that look as though an early pinhole camera has been used. Discreet mode will disable the flash and all camera sounds, allowing you to capture the scene without disturbing those around you.

Whereas Manual Mode gives you full control over exposure settings to really make your photos your own, exploring not only the full potential of this powerful camera but also your own creativity.

Shoot with confidence

Easy Hints & Tips provides onscreen guidance so even beginners can operate the camera with confidence straight from the box. Menu explanations are always easy to understand and when settings are changed the relevant icon displays in an easy-to-see orange colour delivering a sophisticated and pleasant operating experience.

Conveniently powered

The PowerShot SX150 IS is powered by affordable, widely available AA batteries, ensuring that you can keep shooting for as long as you want to.

Automatic Red-Eye Correction

Automatic Red-Eye Correction is available in both shooting and playback mode and accurately removes the red-eye effect that can be caused by a flash.

Upload to YouTube

For fast and easy uploading of your clips to social websites like YouTube, Easy Web Upload software is included free in the box. This will display your movie clips and can also store your YouTube login details – so you can simply select your clip and upload with just one click.


The PowerShot SX150 IS is compatible with a range of accessories including a stylish soft case, an AC adapter kit, a battery and charger kit and a high power external flash unit, the HF-DC1, which can be used to supplement the built-in flash giving you more flexibility to explore your creativity.

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Colour Name: Silver Verified Purchase
Wanted camera that was to be used as a "Point and shoot". Took photos both inside and out for a Prom. Photos turned out as good as ones bought from professional that evening. Much better quality and features than similar priced nikon camera I purchased in 2004. How things have moved on!

Battery life - 2 duracell AA gave 100 pics before dying.
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I can't believe that I'm back again reviewing a Canon powershot - but I am. I saw this one come out, with no intention of buying it, but there was a good price on Amazon, cashback from Canon, and a relative needing a camera, so I couldn't resist passing the old one on and buying the SX150is. It's available in silver and red as options, but I stuck to black.

First of all this is a superzoom camera, which means it has a big range of focal lengths. This gives a body which is slightly bigger than most pocket-sized cameras, but the benefit is the ability to zoom in - and boy can you zoom in! It has a 12x optical zoom and to indicate what that means; I was standing so my shed was filling about a quarter of the screen, and then zoomed in fully and the fairly small shed window filled the screen on the optical zoom, without resorting to the digital zoom. It is the equivalent of 28 mm to 336 mm, for a 35mm camera, which is as much as you are ever likely to want.

Power is provided by AA batteries, which doesn't suit everyone, but it really works for me. We have dozens of high capacity rechargeables, and they are long-lasting, with charged spares always to hand. The original alkalines didn't do very well though, so try to use rechargeables. If you are going to carry them charged for a long time it's also worth getting the long-lasting ones.

The sensor has been upgraded to 14.1 megapixels, from 12 before, which helps in low light, and is all anyone is ever likely to need for everyday family use.
Settings are simple to use, with lots of manual options. I tend to ignore the easy mode and go straight to auto option, which has 31 settings for the camera to choose from. Then you can move to SCN mode, which I generally use for scenery and people.
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Originally I bought this as a replacement for a faulty SX200is (one of the first hi-zoom cameras around). I wasn't expecting much from it, with a 14Mp sensor, I was expecting more noise in the pictures at lower ISO levels than before. A function of squeezing more pixels onto the same size piece of silicon. However I have been pleasantly surprised with the photo quality, and some of the included features. I won't go into huge detail, except to say that in everday use it is superb, and very easy to use at a moments notice for those instant photos you might otherwise miss.

Some pros:- superb 'tracking' feature allowing you to track a subject in focus even when they move about the photo frame; light and quick to start up; large 3" display on the rear; a flash with quite a good range and that doesn't pop up constantly (you have to open it up when wanted); 720p movie recording via a dedicated button on the camera back; the addition of several fun modes including a 'miniature effect' function; a quick acting 12x zoom, and if you reduce the pixel count (e.g. down to 7Mp) that zooms further without loss of quality; standard AA battery usage, not dedicated Lithium-ion, means replacements are easy to find if you're caught out, though this is balanced out by poor battery life on alkalines they are still good for emergency usage.

Some cons:- poor battery life with standard alkaline batteries means you really have to use hi-capacity NiMh rechargables to get a good life span from the camera between changes (I reccommend a minimum 2100mAhr at least); no view finder means you have to rely on the large rear panel (but on the up side it's easy to view in most conditions so far), the loss of the 'panorama stitch assist' function is a big downer for me as I used that one an awful lot.
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Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
This is a nice camera with a solid feel to it. It was a replacement for my previous camera, a Canon SX130, which was stolen and which was very good. The SX 150 has been upgraded for zoom and megapixels and has now probably reached the limit of what ordinary users like myself will need. Most people will not use all the features but it is nice to know they are there. I wish it was a bit cheaper but it is still good value for a camera of its performance.
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I got active on flickr so I needed to learn how to use a camera properly. In this digital age most is done for us in the design and the technology of cameras but I wanted to understand the use of manual focus, shutter speed and aperture and all that makes the difference to a good shot. The canon powershot SX130is was recommended to me last year by a photographer of 50years+ so I bought it. I learnt so much with the SX130is and saw a vast improvement in my own photography. Sadly I had an accident and broke this camera but I still have much to learn before I spend out loads of money on a camera I don't really understand. So I bought the SX150is which has more to offer than the SX130is for near enough the same price. I'm extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend this to any novice in photography or even and the expert just to carry around with them. Like anything else though your need a good teacher but this camera is so easy to understand once you've learnt the basics and will produce exceptional results. Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera - Black (14.1 MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD with Wide Viewing Angle
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