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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

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  • 12x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 28mm lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 14.1 Megapixel Image Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 720p HD Video in Stereo Sound
  • Large 3.0-Inch Wide LCD Viewing Screen
  • Movie Digest Mode Records Video Clps Before Shoting a Photo
  • 12x wide-angle optical zoom
  • 12x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 28mm lens with Optical Image Stabilizer,1-Year Canon U.S.A. Warranty
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Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Battery Charger
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.8 x 2.9 inches ; 10.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B005I6DVC0
  • Item model number: 5664B001
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,576 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 23, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Memory-Making Made Easy

Discover how simple and easy it is to be creative and shoot memorable photos and videos of your favorite subjects with the PowerShot SX150 ISCanon PowerShot SX 150 IS digital camera. Its compact size makes it convenient to carry around everywhere to capture those special moments that can happen anytime! Sporting a stylish design, it comes in two great colors: Black and Red. 14.1 Megapixels deliver stunning image detail and enable you to make beautiful large prints. 12x Optical Zoom lets you get close to distant subjects, while the 28mm wide-angle capability makes this camera great for photographing large groups of people and scenic landscapes. Advanced technologies, such as Intelligent IS and Smart AUTO, make it easy and effortless to capture gorgeous still images and HD video. It all makes the PowerShot SX150 IS the perfect camera to capture the good times, wherever you might be.

Precision Canon Optics

12x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
Canon PowerShot SX150The PowerShot SX150 IS features a powerful Genuine Canon 12x Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optical technologies, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that provides an extraordinary 12x zoom range. The lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 336mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous coverage and reach. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings. Moreover, this superlative lens incorporates innovative designs that enable it to fit the compact profile of the PowerShot SX150 IS and perform at high speed with low power consumption.

Optical Image Stabilizer
Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical in more shooting situations, providing excellent image quality in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For still photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.

Powerful Performance for Better Images

14.1 Megapixel Sensor
A 14.1 Megapixel sensor delivers beautiful photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints.     

Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. New, more powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos

Smart AUTO
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
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.
Kids & Pets Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
You have complete contrl of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.   
Low Light For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Beach Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.   
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Fisheye Effect Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
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.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Landscape Increases depth-of-field for sharp and sweeping landscape shots.   
Movie Digest Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting — so you can capture images in quiet areas.
Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills Emphasizes perspectives for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of the image.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.

Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
Easy Mode
In Easy mode, shooting is simple and relaxed—the camera handles all the settings automatically.

Turn Any Moment into an HD Video Memory

Canon HD Video Advantage

The PowerShot SX150 IS lets you record spectacularly detailed 720p HD video at 30* frames per second with clear stereo sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, then downloading the videos to your computer to watch or share with family and friends.
*Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter and Optical Zoom While Shooting
It’s never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX150 IS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. There is no need to go through layers of menus or operate switches or dials to switch to and from video recording mode. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The PowerShot SX150 IS also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. And unlike less sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot SX150 IS lets you use the full 12x range of optical zoom when you’re shooting a video without sacrificing HD video resolution.
Canon PowerShot SX150
iFrame Movie Support
With the PowerShot SX150 IS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image

Intelligent IS
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.

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Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

See the Image in a Big Screen

Large 3.0-inch LCD
The camera's high-resolution (230,000 dots) 3.0-inch LCD gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Power on the Go

AA Battery Powered
Recharging batteries can often be an inconvenience, especially when traveling in foreign countries. With the PowerShot SX150 IS, you’ll never need special power adapters or chargers because it’s powered by two AA batteries that are widely available around the world.

Easier, More Enjoyable Photography

Face Detection Technology
Special Scene Modes
Best Image Selection

What’s in the Box

• PowerShot SX150 IS Body
• 2 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
• Wrist Strap WS-800
• USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
• Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Product Description

12x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 28mm lens with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve brilliant images whether you are up close or far away. 14.1 Megapixel image sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor delivers stunning quality images. Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations. Capture breathtaking 720p HD video in stereo sound with the dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting. Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition. Large 3.0-inch wide LCD enables easy viewing. Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a photo and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video. AA battery power provides added convenience.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I love this camera! The photos are good for me and the video quality is much better than I expected. Read more ›
IN bright outdoor light the digital screen is useless unless you use your free hand to shade the screen. Image quality is very nice indeed not SLR quality but nice. Low… Read more ›
While the photos were beautiful, the camera had malfunction reading battery life. Would stop working & showed new batteries, of all types, as dead, even when fresh… Read more ›
the pictures are clear the camera is easy to work and I like the red color I can tell which one is mine Read more ›
Bought this camera to replace my M863 Kodak ( because quality of close-up photo of this Kodak is very…The quality of this Canon photo is super, clear even small letters. Read more ›
Camera is very easy to use. Pictures are great Condensed information on the operating of the camera is very good. I use it mostly to take pictures of family activities and… Read more ›
my previous cannon powershot had finally died. this newer model is awesome. i carry my camera around all the time, i like the amount of zoom and pixels for such a portable… Read more ›
I needed a substantial camera with easy to use functions. Finding this at a deep discount with lots of features was perfect. Read more ›
But as I've started to figure it it, I'm really more and more impressed. The manual settings are outstanding for what is essentially a point and shoot. Lots of controls on… Read more ›
I own a previous…The zoom features were very good, and too late I found out that the when taking video, the quality was very good, but for todays technology is regular. Read more ›
--full manual control if you want to go there --even full auto mode is quite good --good range of ISO / sensitivity Read more ›
Great pics, good clarity. The screen is large enough and the controls are easy to understand, especially for a novice like me and this being my first camera. A good to have… Read more ›
this camera is one of the best cameras we own and we have many the pictures it takes is great the only problem i have with it the batteries die to fast…easy to use as well Read more ›
I purchased my Power Shot a couple of years ago, love it, easy to use, very clear pictures. Not too large to carry for long periods of time. Read more ›
Has been a good camera taking quality pictures. Easy to use. Takes zoom pictures very well. Read more ›
I am still learning how to use the many features offered in this camera. Very handy, compact and easy to use at a moments notice. Read more ›
Through this camera I have realized my love of capturing images to "freeze a moment in time." The images all turn out…It is very easy to use and is quiet durable. Read more ›
I only buy cannon cameras. Always takes a perfect picture...easy to use and loaded with nice features. If you want a great picture and don't want a complicated… Read more ›
And it eats batteries just like the other reviewers have mentioned. However, it does a good job of taking scenic photos and the optical zoom works well. Read more ›
This camera have a beautiful design, compact and comfortable to use! Zoom is good quality for that camera. Using it during 4 years - It is still like new and never had any… Read more ›
it's easy to carry, very…the zoom is wonderful.... although i'm just a recreational photographer, some of the pix i've taken with it could be easily entered in a contest! Read more ›
It is substantial, yet small enough to fit in a purse or fanny pack (might be a bit big for…The zoom is easy to use and has several increments between minimum and maximum. Read more ›
I used the camera everyday and never filled the memory card or had to change batteries. The zoom feature is awesome. Read more ›
I really like this camera the zoom is so amazing and the pictures are beautiful, the only thing I hate is it dies so quickly, especially if you are using the flash a lot. Bu… Read more ›
SDXC prices are dropping quickly, so there should no longer be a excuse to avoid these cards. Read more ›
I got it for $79. For that price it is a great buy. It is not as durable as I had hoped but I like the features better than its higher priced sister. Read more ›
It takes great pictures at concerts. The price is very reasonable with all of the features and 12x zoom. Read more ›
A friend had this camera and I love it. The camera has a great zoom feature and for the price is amazing. Read more ›
For the price this is a great deal. Read more ›
Purchased camera for work, takes great photos of highly precision and clarity. Price was great, you wont brake the bank on this one but you will get a good camera. Read more ›
However, you don't need the flash all that often because it takes…Other than that, it is so easy to maneuver the settings of this camera and the zoom/recording is great. Read more ›
I still haven't learned everything this camera can do but I've taken some great pictures and videos at concerts and events. HD video is clear and playback is easy. Easy to… Read more ›
The HD video was the best thing about this camera, and it was great initially. But not for long because... Read more ›
This is our 2nd SX150 as we liked the 1st one so much we decided to each have one. The camera takes excellent photo`s and the video is outstanding. Use Sayno eveloop… Read more ›
its very good for closeup photos and very bad in night view, zooming is very nice in terms of image stability. Video quality is also good. Read more ›
I have had it for a good while now, and it has worked perfectly. The picture quality is amazing, and the videos are also great. The zoom is very good. Read more ›
This camera is easy to use and takes great pictures and videos. The flash is convenient and the directions for use where clear Read more ›
I haven't had time to use all the settings, but I'm happy…Pictures taken with the flash indoors are very good quality, although again, the flash uses lots of energy. My… Read more ›
I have not gone to the reusable batteries yet as I have not really gone through…The flash is perfect for getting just the right amount of light for inside pictures. I'm… Read more ›
I am not big on using the manual settings but they seem to be of…Low light without flash is good, particularly helpful in chuches or museums where "no flash" is allowed. Read more ›
We bought this camera…The quality of the photos is wonderful, and,surprisingly, the little manual lift-up flash is pretty powerful even in a less-than-optimally lit room. Read more ›
My knowledg of photography is from the bad old days of 110 film in a Kodak Instmatic which needs light…The fact the Canon is capable of night pics without flash is great. Read more ›
Just as bad or worse -- even with two lamps nearly touching the jewelry and the color of the stones showing beautifully bright and vibrant to my eye, deep colors are… Read more ›
Nice camera easy to use takes good pictures has all the buttons of and much more expensive camera bright red in color easy to find Read more ›
Even on busy nights i've gotten…That aside, I've just found it really easy to get really clean, clear crisp pictures with great color and depth with very little effort. I… Read more ›
It works very well, being easy to focus and select shooting modes. The pictures are clear and capture great color. I am very pleased with this purchase, and the great… Read more ›
I have had so many compact cameras that are either hard to hold or hard to focus with. I'm so glad i purchased this and that it is this beautiful red color. you really need… Read more ›
Night pictures are pretty good, just be sure to have a…The modes, like miniature, vivid colors, B/W, Sepia, Toy camera (really cool) and others are very nice, I loved them. Read more ›
The battery is too~~ short. Except the battery, it is good for the beginners who want to take a picture in manual mode. Read more ›
The next step up is professional and I do not need that. The battery life is good so far :) The flash only takes a long time to charge when turning the camera on and taking… Read more ›
The battery life is great. Be sure to use high MAH rated batteries. Read more ›
My friend has an older version of this camera. Hers takes wonderful pictures in all conditions with good battery life. I got this one expecting the same. Read more ›
We purchased this camera as a point and shoot option to use for quick trips when lugging a full dSRL…While the quality of photos is quite good, the battery drain is unreal. Read more ›
ok, i am not a pro photographer but i do love taking pictures. all of the functions on it seem to be very nice although the battery life is pretty low. i have only been… Read more ›
1. Size is good - not so small that you can't operate it with gloves on, and not so big it won't fit in a pocket; Read more ›
I absolutely love this camera! It is the perfect size and takes great pictures. I sell on ebay, so I use this camera almost every day. Read more ›
I love this camera. It's a great weight and size, has amazing zoom, and great specific settings. On a whim decision, I decided to take this to a concert with me, and it was… Read more ›
Camera is great size to hold very camera like not too small for us old school people who are used to 35mm cameras. This was a replacement for a 5 year old Kodak. Read more ›
I have other large Canon cameras. This is a good size for my big hands. Still small enough to be easy to carry. Read more ›
It's a little big for my pocket, but great for the purse. The in camera setting are pretty cool and the size is just about right. The only problem that I have had with the… Read more ›
Picture quality is good. Buttons are not intuitive but you can figure them out quickly with the book. Time will tell if it holds up. Read more ›
The camera is a nice weight and size, not cumbersome at all. The buttons are well placed and I love that you don't have to switch modes to video. This is really handy for… Read more ›
Well, i guess it didn't go off and it stayed on the whole time and…I am realizing that the on/off button is very easy to turn it without realizing it and thus it stays on!! Read more ›
Since it is a Digital SLR camera you will be able to manipulate your images as needed for your…It also has a great and easy to use interface with a great lcd in the back. Read more ›
This fit the bill nicely. I really like the quick record button for video, I use it more than I expected to. Read more ›
This camera could better use strap lugs, rings, and…Ring type selector around the function set button beats hell out of a slew of tiny buttons and lots of tabbed sub menus. Read more ›
I hope they work. The lens is great and the problem with the flash is that it is not powerful enough. So, same as several other canon cameras, expect dark pictures indoor. Read more ›
The camera is very smart, captures color very nicely, its very easy to work with and has great…The lenses are awesome, and the pictures comes out very clear and beautiful. Read more ›
Plus, it's practically indestructible, and fits in a pocket or…The lens is excellent, gets great telephoto-type shots, resolution as good as my old Canon jumbo digital. I… Read more ›
The overall camera is kind of large to be a "pocket camera". However, the lens is good quality and good in low light and has lots of zoom so this is a trade-off. I would… Read more ›
Auto, Programmed, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual. 4. At 80 ISO the sensor noise is reasonable and the lens quality is more than good. High quality images… Read more ›
But if you're an advanced user and want the…This makes me feel a lot better about leaving the DSLR at home when I don't want to carry a bag full of lenses and some strobes. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

789 of 799 people found the following review helpful By D. M. CASSTEVENS on September 16, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
First, let me say that while I am not a professinal photographer, I do earn some money from photographing weddings and other events for friends and acquaintences, and consider myself to be an advanced user and photography enthusiast. I shoot primarily with Canon DSLRs and was looking for a compact camera to supplement my current photography equipment. The Canon PowerShot XS150 IS is a very nice compliment to my gear and overall, I am pleased with it.

Canon has produced a very good alternative for the compact camera market in its PowerShot XS150 IS platform. The camera boasts a 14MP picture size with 12x optical zoom capability and the camera delivers. The XS150 IS is a little larger and heavier than most compact cameras but is of quality construction and durable. The case is molded plastic and has a very ergonomic design with specific places to rest your fingers and thumb for one-hand operation. All the controls can be operated with the right hand while holding the camera.

The picture quality is very good. Canon's processor provides vivid colors and impressive clarity for a compact design. The large viewing screen is impressive and easy to see, even in bright sunlight. The controls are easy to use and placed such that they won't be accidentally changed. The controls in the on-screen menu are easy to use and, if you're familiar with Canon's menu system, you'll be able to start shooting right away. Those that aren't familiar with Canon should read the manual, but even then, the menu selections and control layout are very intuitive and easy to use.

The camera provides a lot of special shooting features that can be used not only for still photography, but also for the video recording.
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236 of 247 people found the following review helpful By MrBios VINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Update: 04-19-2014
Still going strong. I use it mostly for technical pictures of repairs. I'm working on a series for a carburetor clean and rebuild. I'm starting to use the video feature a lot. Sometimes in scenes with a lot of action there will be a pause in the video like it could keep up. Not sure why this happens. Also, I shoot everything at standard not high definition. I dropped the camera a couple of times on to concrete but it is still working and didn't crack.

I updated the review. I have been using this camera for around 6 months.

PROS: Great control over the flash. If you don't want it then leave it down. If you do want it then just lift the flash with your finger. Quality is good (but not great).

Speed - camera is fast between pictures, fast to start up, etc. I like snappy "real time" menus and zooming etc.

Focus - very very clear. I used macro mode to take pictures of business cards and I can zoom in and see the hairs of the paper. Very impressive, very important to me. Took a picture of a letter on the wall 5 feet away with zoom. I could review and zoom in and and read very fine print ~ 5pt type font!

Low light - very good even without the flash.

Screen: large, good quality - it is NOT a touch screen but I think it is much more durable than a touch and you don't need the touch as the controls are easy to use.

Manual options: good manual options.

Video: very good quality, you CAN zoom while filming. File size was too big for my taste in HD so I reduced the quality to normal. Sound is so-so / average but perfectly acceptable.


Update: 03-23-2012

By far the lens is bulky even when closed.
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129 of 138 people found the following review helpful By wagsandpaws on September 30, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this camera to replace the Canon Powershot SX130 that my daughter took to school with her. The only thing I was initially disappointed in with the purchase was that a memory card did not come with it (note to self; read the fine print! Other than that, I like that this camera gives you options/settings to use for different types of photo opportunities. I have taken some very nice quality photos of pets (horses, dogs, cats) as well as trip photos and am pleased with the clarity of the photos and the fact that, if the settings are right, the photos can be printed in large sizes. I took a photo up close of a feathered tulip; the photo was even more striking when I had it printed in an 11 x 14 size - it won first place in its division at state fair).

I'm not as pleased with the video quality on this camera as I was on a previous Sony point and shoot camera I had. The pro is that you can zoom in and out while videotaping (I couldn't do that on other camera). The con is that the image is not as clear as I would like.

It takes a while to learn all the settings on the camera, especially for a novice like myself; but I like the options and the fact that it is small enough to take anywhere.
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257 of 286 people found the following review helpful By John Sturgeon on October 2, 2011
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
The new Canon SX 150 camera should probably be subtitled, "Possibly The Best All-Around, Point-And-Shoot, Off-Road-Adventure Camera - Affordable - for the Average Person Today."

I recently bought this camera, the SX 150 HS, and I also have owned/used the earlier models in this same line for several years now - the SX 110, SX 120, and SX 130 - so I have several years experience with it, all of it very positive. Yes, it runs on AA batteries, but that is the GOOD NEWS! If you don't like that, then buy one of the 100 other cameras available that don't use them. Use some form of proprietary lithium-ion battery instead which will set you back $25 to $75 apiece for each spare battery, and it will not even last two functioning years. You will also need several of those batteries for any extended trip, and when you buy your next camera they won't fit it, so you can then just throw away that extra $100 to $200 in useless, expensive, non-interchangeable batteries.

Now if you are an average person who doesn't HAVE an extra $100 to $200 to throw away every couple of years on proprietary batteries that only fit one camera, then please read on.

This is the LAST REMAINING, top quality, 2-AA battery, point-and-shoot camera left on the market, people. There are some very good economical reasons to PREFER that choice. Anywhere you travel, you can ALWAYS buy - or borrow - AA batteries to keep it going. The AA batteries are about as universal an item as exists on the planet, so you can still keep shooting this camera almost anywhere you go. But you absolutely should use rechargeable AAs whenever you can to save money - a LOT of money. And they last much longer on each charge.
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