Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Review

December 7, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |


The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is very much a minor upgrade of last year's SX130 model, principally offering 2 additional megapixels, an improved image stabilisation system, a range of creative filters and a handy one-touch movie record button. Otherwise it's virtually identical to its capable predecessor, with an attractive price-tag but also a rather big and chunky design that's looking more and more out-dated as time goes on.

Areas of concern that still haven't been addressed from the SX130 are the noisy images if you stray above ISO 400, perhaps forgivable given the increase from 12 to 14 megapixels, the tendency to eat up alkaline AAs in a couple of afternoons of shooting (make sure to use high-powered NiMHs), the slow lens in terms of maximum apertures, and the low-resolution 230k dot 3 inch LCD which seems under-specified in 2011.

Otherwise the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is a solid travel-zoom camera that certainly won't break the bank. It still doesn't have all the bells and whistles, styling or cutting edge features of competitive models, but it definitely offers proven ease-of-use and performance with a big-brand name, just enough to be deserving of our Recommended award for another year.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5