This week I posted a review of the camera I primarily use for this blog. It is available on Canon’s website, but I thought I’d also make it available here. If you’re looking for a versatile point-and-shoot camera, this would be great for you. It is high quality and easy to use. For a more advanced user, however, you may want to consider an SLR camera, which would enable more manual control and interchangeable lenses. That said, with the fixed lens, it does have a 12x optical zoom.
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Cons: medium battery life, no external mic capability
I have had the Canon PowerShot SX150IS for about 6 months, but did not have an extended opportunity to see its worth until about a week ago when I did some amateur journalism for 3 days.
I have found the still image and video capabilities for this model to be more than adequate. Being that I am not a professional, I have no business buying an SLR camera and spending hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on equipment. All I have is my camera, some extra batteries and my own hands.
Still images: Auto mode works well, but I have found that in lower-light settings or when shooting from a dark room onto a lighted stage that Aperture Priority mode seems to work best. Otherwise images came out with motion blur. There are a number of options to be set to run automatically or can be controlled manually – the perfect balance.
Video: Shooting HD (720P) video requires nothing more than hitting the record button and running the camera. The zoom function also slows itself down compared to still mode in order to give a smoother result. The microphone automatically adjusts to noise level, but the only drawback would be that it picks up the motor on the lens if you zoom. It would have been nice to be able to connect an external mic.
No image quality problems, even in low light settings.
Battery life, although not utterly excellent, is no where near inadequate. Just use batteries designed for digital cameras.