The PowerShot SX150 IS features Smart AUTO - sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.
Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-Priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Easy Mode In Easy mode, shooting is simple and relaxed - the camera handles all the settings automatically.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
Landscape Increases depth-of-field for sharp and sweeping landscape shots.
Kids & Pets Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
Low Light For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Fisheye Effect Now you can get the fisheye effect — a classic photographic distortion — without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with “toy” or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting - so you can capture images in quiet areas.
Movie Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Good replacement for a Powershot A470
I got this camera to replace a failing Canon Powershot A470 that started to have some autofocus problems and just didn't autofocus the way I remember it focusing. So far I'm very happy with my A470 replacement, however I do find some issues in this camera I can forgive for what this camera is.
It doesn't have MMC card support, something my A470 has, but due to the nature of the cards being very unknown and now defunct in the industry, I can understand why this was removed. However, losing MMC support did have some advantages. For example, instead of MMC support, this camera has EyeFi support in place, which is nice because EyeFi cards are wireless and I can sync my pictures from my computer without using a USB cable or USB card reader to pull photos off the camera, so I think this will be a nice feature in the future if I ever need WiFi in this camera.
On top of that, while it's no flash/low light performance is a little weak compared to other cameras I have used in the past and even own, it's expected this will not perform as well as a DSLR, but is very close to DSLR performance.
The battery thing is the only real thing I don't think reviewers of this camera understand, and give this camera a bad reputation. These cameras are not meant to use Alkaline batteries, they have to use NiMh batteries or Lithium batteries. I have not tried Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries in this, so I can not speak for if those work, or even fit the camera so these may also be a viable option if you can fit them in this camera and it takes them. Alkaline batteries do not last due to the flash capacitor killing them. I have tried them in this camera and I have seen how much power they normally have left, and the battery is still good for other things, it just didn't have enough to run the camera. These cameras demand too much power to use Alkaline batteries in them for long periods of time.
I also don't really like how more controls are put in software on this, coming from the A470 which had quite a few buttons on it that weren't in software, however I have seen worse where everything except the review button and one button controls the modes in software, so I can overlook the nature of more software implementation on this.
This also doesn't include a Composite video cable anymore, so if yours lacks this don't worry about it, it's not included in this camera. However it still includes a USB cable, even tough I don't need it.
On Windows XP and above, you really don't need the software to pull your photos on this. Just plug it in and pull them off, since these OSes have a generic Canon camera driver built in. For Mac users, use iPhoto to pull your pictures off since Apple has Canon drivers built in to iPhoto. You can also use a card reader if you don't want to mess with Canon generic drivers or iPhoto.
For Windows 2000 and below, use a USB card reader and that will work out for you. Linux users should use a card reader. This software problem has always been on Canon cameras for years, so this is nothing new. Some cameras might require the Canon software on Windows XP and newer in some rare cases.
Other then a few features removed, and this camera being impossible to use without Canon software or a photo program that sees cameras, or even generic drivers in Windows XP, it's not a bad camera in any way
September 21, 2013
This camera is my first Canon Digital, and I received it as a birthday gift. Unfortunately, I cannot even take 10 pictures without needing new batteries, which is frankly ridiculous. I received an extended return/service plan with this and I will definitely be taking it back. In this day of camera phones that take great pictures and have long battery life I cant even believe anyone would think this camera is OK. Im so disappointed. Ive tried to bring this to concerts and special occasions, but I literally have to change the batteries 3 or 4 times in a couple hours!!! So I end up just using my 4 year old phone that has no adjustability features and still manages to take just as good quality shots and lasts days and days on the same battery charge.
September 14, 2013
Very poor battery life with either alkaline or NiMH..
September 10, 2013
This is my third Canon point and shoot camera, upgrading each time, and my favorite camera thus far. My first digital was not a Canon and the power button broke within a year of use. I have stuck with the Canon brand, upgrading to newer models with higher pixels. The feature settings are easy to use - we have enjoyed many a laugh over the fish eye pictures. The color accent and color swap features bring a 'story' to my photos. The videos are sharp and clear. The zoom is great for extreme floral close-ups and not-so-bad for distant landscape close-up shots. I carry an extra set of lithium batteries in my camera case, but only as a safeguard backup. I take over a hundred pictures at a time with great battery life. There are a lot of features built in to this camera which I hope everyone knows about and tries them out. Great camera for the price. It goes with me most everywhere. I see a Rebel in my future but only as a companion for my SX150.
August 10, 2013