Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Review

December 7, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Mad Hungarian

Made in China. No thanks.

7:47 pm - Thursday, December 8, 2011

#2 Geomelyn

nice cam that has AA batteries

6:09 pm - Friday, December 16, 2011

#3 stephen mancino

i have a question about the fisheye view…i bought a powershot ps 150 camera and my effect is the miniature effect…is there any way to change it to the fisheye effect or am i just stuck with that?

2:50 am - Thursday, December 29, 2011

#4 Todd Evans

Stephen - while your camera is in the effect mode, press the “FUNC. SET” button.  That will allow you to chnege between the different effects.

There is a mistake in this review - you cannot adjust the level of sharpening in the camera.

5:03 pm - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

#5 Alexander Molano Santiago

This camera greatly disappoints me—the image sharpness is simply fatal; or at least that’s what I’ve been getting with my initial experimenting with it.

1:17 am - Monday, January 23, 2012

#6 Todd Evans

I ended up returning this camera.  It’s true what they say about the noise - it’s got so much noise at ISO 800 and 1600 that it feels like you’ve been transported back to 2002.

The camera is also difficult to hold - there’s not much space on the back of the camera that is not a button.  I was constantly pushing buttons I didn’t want to push.

2:55 am - Monday, January 23, 2012

#7 canon powershot sd1400

Hey man,

nice site.

Got any revies of the canon powersot sd1400?


9:46 pm - Monday, January 30, 2012

#8 sai charan

i cant find slowmotion in my sx 150

3:48 pm - Sunday, March 11, 2012


how to go to the night mode in this camera I cant find it and with the other modes the photos are not clear for a night flash

7:20 am - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

#10 Ronald

Hello there,
I have a PowerShot SX150 IS and I have a problem with the battery life. I keep getting “Change Battery” message when I’ve taken a few shots. Appears that somehow the camera is not holding the power or is draining the battery. Has anyone heard of this problem with this camera model? Is there something I’m not doing or should be doing?
I don’t want to buy the Canon AA NiMH (they are fairly expensive) until I know for sure what the problem is.
If so I would appreciate any help in solving it.

5:00 pm - Saturday, May 12, 2012

#11 TK

I am using SX130. Yeah, it’s normal. I think you should have got a set of NiMH batteries and charger along with Alkaline batteries when you bought the camera. You can use that. With NiMH you can shoot around 180 photos per recharge. It’s better to have one extra set of NiMH (If not Canon, buy Sanyo Eneloop) if you shoot more than 150 photos in one go…

8:08 am - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#12 Varun

I am confused whether to buy canon sx 150is or the sony DSC-W690/B….please advise…

4:24 pm - Thursday, June 7, 2012

#13 Pratyush


I am also facing the same problem Ronald is facing, battery life is very short. Especially when I am taking High quality photos. It is better when I took low quality photos. But I have not bought this camera to took low quality photos. I am thinking of buying Sony rechargeable batteries along with charger because the chargers and batteries provided along with camera (Envie) seems to be of low quality.

6:32 am - Saturday, July 7, 2012

#14 Mohammad


Those having the battery issue, NiMH—not the answer. I have NiMH batteries, same drain issue. The problem is that the camera needs 3.15V to run smoothly as it is stated beneath the camera near the battery compartment. NiMH are 1.2V per cell, thus giving you only 2.4V total output, while input needed is 3.15V. Alkaline batteries provide only 3V, still leaving 0.15V deficit. I searched around and found a different type of rechargeable battery that provides significant improvement. Its NiZn. they are 1.6V per cell. So 2 of those give you 3.2V output while needed input is 3.15V, leaving a surplus of voltage 0.05V thus draining less power. Needless to say, i have compared the performance of the NiMH batteries with NiZn in various “AA” and “AAA” requiring machinery, the NiZn Outperforms the NiMH by long shot.

Other than that its a great camera, certainly is not DSLR but neither is the price.

Sorry for the long comment, but i hope it helps. :)

7:20 am - Sunday, July 22, 2012

#15 Rakesh Parihar

Can i add external lens to my Cannonsx150is?

7:17 pm - Monday, July 23, 2012

#16 Rakesh Parihar

Can i add external lens to upgrade my cannon sx150is camera?

7:20 pm - Monday, July 23, 2012

#17 Mohammad


I don’t think you can. I don’t see any place on the camera for external lens.

8:26 pm - Monday, July 23, 2012

#18 debaditya bera

am i zoom my canon sx150 upto 35x with another lens.

6:17 pm - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

#19 Jamie


Can anyone advice on how to take a picture in aperture mode with focus on only a part of the image and the remaining being blurred.Thanks!

8:15 pm - Sunday, July 29, 2012

#20 Paul Edwards

Id like to just point out that anything above 400ASA/ISo is really for DSLRs. I grew up with 35mm cameras and we hardly ever used more then 200ASA film, you should treat these cameras and set them up as if they are 35 mil cameras. Even back in the days when we did occasionally use 400ASA you could expect some noise on 35mm film. I dont possess a DSLR and I dont use more then 100 or 200ASa and get satisfactory results ( a bit of sunshine helps!). you will also get much better color rendition using lower ASA settings. Here in the uk the Argos catalog shop is now selling this camera in 3 different colors and at £99.99 is now very good value for money.PE

7:14 pm - Monday, July 30, 2012

#21 Paul Edwards

‘Can anyone advice on how to take a picture in aperture mode with focus on only a part of the image and the remaining being blurred.Thanks! ‘

Get close as possible and focus - background will be out of focus then.If this camera has a sport setting (fast shutter speed) use that.

Batteries: pretty obvious that a camera maker isnt going to give you a great HQ set of batteries in the camers box is it not? Get some rechargeables - couple of sets, better performance and value for money.

7:21 pm - Monday, July 30, 2012

#22 Sam

Hi.  I need to get a good camera at a good price of course - not experienced at all but want a good all rounder that can get nice pics of my kiddies when I am stuck at the back of the hall etc - Been looking at this one as on offer at the moment - obviously alot of you have this one do you think it would be suitable?  Thanks

1:52 pm - Tuesday, August 7, 2012

#23 Duck and Liver

The sx150 IS is detailed at ISO 200 and below. Set natural color and -2/3 EV in most cases. A steal at $150 now.

4:38 am - Saturday, August 18, 2012

#24 sreejima

While demo i felt canon sx150is digital camera is a good camera, which act as a mini SLR. So I bought it then itself. But when i moved the pictures into my laptop, i shocked that the images was as same as the image taken by a bad-local camera mobile. Is there any way to change my canon sx150is digital camera?? or…How can I improve the picture quality- i mean the clarity of the images taken by canon sx150is digital camera.

11:49 am - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

#25 Gary

The battery life is plain disgusting, complaints otherwise

10:49 am - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

#26 Tom

Great camera for the money, nice crisp images without all the fuss, some nice features, if you just want to take good quality pics without spending a fortune, you should give this a go.

1:50 pm - Monday, October 29, 2012

#27 sandeep

i want to buy Cannon 150x ...can anybody guide ...or which is good camera in $200 range

4:26 pm - Wednesday, October 31, 2012



    I read some user comments that flash of Canon SX 150 IS takes 10-12 seconds to charge up after every use.

    Is this true? I find specifications of this camera very attractive and was planning to purchase this

kindly advise..

Thanks in advance.

7:26 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#29 geomelyn

Im planning to buy a hybrid cam a canon s100 or the panasonic lx7 which is better, im more on landscape which s better for me to buy.
kindly advise.

6:50 am - Wednesday, November 7, 2012

#30 Khushal Sharma

@Todd Evans or any other person who have been misinformed that you can’t adjust sharpening in Canon Powershot SX150 IS camera, Sharpening level can be adjusted in any shooting mode EXCEPT Auto and Easy Mode. When camera is active, press “FUNC. SET” to open adjustments menu , then move to “My Colors”, within that move to “Custom Color” and press “DISP.” move down and there we have the sharpening level adjustment option.

8:55 pm - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

#31 Khushal Sharma

@Todd Evans and any other person who have been misinformed that this Canon PowerShot SX150 IS camera cannot adjust the picture sharpening level, it can actually.
It can be done on all modes except Auto and Easy (obviously), just press Func. Set when camera is active and scroll down to My Colors or Colors adjustment option, then within that move to Custom Color “C” option and press Disp. , then press down button and there will be your option to adjust sharpening level.

9:04 pm - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

#32 Khushal Sharma

Don’t mind my double post ;p

10:26 am - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

#33 anon

I’m trying to decide between the canon s150x or the Fugifilm finepix s1800? what do you think would be the best go? I’m getting them both for around the $100 mark so I’m not concerned about money.

10:12 pm - Friday, December 14, 2012

#34 Alexander


today I bought this in retail store.
Cam made in Malay.

7:58 pm - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#35 Chris

Your comment on the size on this camera is bullsh@t most males cannot operate the tiny “toy” sized models

10:36 am - Thursday, December 27, 2012

#36 Sandip De

I want to buy canon SX150IS. But I am confused that the quality of still & video photography. anybody can advice me for this camera performance.

Sandip De, India

6:16 am - Saturday, January 5, 2013

#37 Kate

I just got this camera at a retail store for $80… I’m not much of a photographer but I wanted something better than my old one to take pics of my baby.  I’m not disappointed so far!  It’s very easy to use and takes clear pictures with and without flash.  You can’t really beat $80 for a Canon!

6:55 am - Saturday, February 9, 2013

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If you just want to take good quality pics without spending a fortune, you should give this a go.
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9:43 am - Saturday, April 27, 2013

#39 Paul

Amazing camera at this price point. Has PASM which allows for a bit of creativity, can do all sorts of tricks like lowering saturation, contrast etc. The CCD sensor is a plus for me as well, in spite of the extra noise, because it avoids the unpleasant rolling shutter effects in the video and you can post process using deshaker and frame rate doublers. Wish you could shoot video at 25 frames/sec for PAL but most flat screen TVs and Blue Ray players are ok with both now-a-days.

11:54 pm - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

#40 martin

can anyone tell me if you can take faster pics for eg f1 cars

1:56 pm - Friday, August 23, 2013

#41 G

I bought this camera about a year ago and i’m very happy with the photos that i took.
The video are also very good but i find that it uses up the batteries very fast when filming.
Is it possible to have effects on videos? I like filming when i travel but i’d like to make it more interesting by making the videos in black and white, fish eye ect… or maybe do i have to buy a special lense? I’m not very good with techy stuff.

10:58 am - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#42 Paul Edwards

Regarding functionality of this camera and any others. If it’s not find in amongst the menus you can’t do it ,simples!  If you want high speed photography select sports setting if it has it. Our select s high shutter speed.

11:26 am - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#43 Garg Ankit

Awesome camera at a pocket-friendly price, but panorama mode is not available :/

3:03 pm - Saturday, November 23, 2013

#44 Suzanne Sladden

This camera takes 6 photos then needs new batteries it is the worst camera I have ever had and Dick Smith would not give me a refund for it. Tried the proper batteries and it took about 10 photos :(

2:10 am - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

#45 Ruben sequeira

no me funciona el flash levanto la tapa y no se me activa ,tampoco con la opcion del rodillo siempre aparece el simbolo del flash apagado

12:41 am - Thursday, December 12, 2013

#46 Paul Edwards

I really do not understand why manufacturers of P&S cameras bother to include ISO/ASA above 400 - whats the point???

The range 100 to 400 ASA is perfectly adequate for most photography.(at night you use the flash - right?)

Even back in the age of 35mm cameras we considered ourselves being radical if we used 400ASA film - let alone 3200! - and even then you got mottling/saltnpepper.Most of us were using 200ASA. I recommend anyone using a Point and Shoot camera OR a bridge camera stay below 400. If it has a 400 Auto setting use that,this means that the camera will use the entire range from 100 to 400ASA and not go above it. I dont know about the functionality of the SX150 but stay below 400 anyway and use 100 or 200ASA. PE

12:24 pm - Thursday, December 12, 2013

#47 George Bernreiter

How I can use this camera with the Windows 8 system?

10:01 pm - Saturday, December 6, 2014

#48 Paul Edwards

George. Just put memory card into men card slot (laptop) or get a USB card reader and connect to a USB input

11:32 pm - Saturday, December 6, 2014

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