Sporting a powerful 12x wide optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 28-336mm. This is an average sized zoom for this sized compact camera, this Canon zoom lens is among the highest quality you will find. Assisting with the large zoom lens is an optical image stabilization system which will help steady your hand and allows the use of lower ISO settings in low-light shooting situations. The Hybrid system detects how you are shooting and adjusts the IS for it.
Assisting further with your low-light shooting situations is this manual pop-up flash. It has a very short range of up to 9.8ft. on the wide end, so you will need to stay as close as possible to you subjects.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen. With 100% image coverage and adjustable brightness controls, this LCD is easy to see in all lighting conditions.
On top of the camera you have a few very simple controls. Starting at the left is the mode dial, shutter release coupled with the zoom control and under that is the power button.
Controls on the back: On the right of the LCD is the Playback button. The exposure compensation button also switches between aperture and shutter speed values when using M mode. During playback, it functions at the delete button. To the right is the dedicated video recording button, allowing you start capturing video at any time. As with the SX130, the SX150 also features a control dial around the 4-way controller. Not only do you press the dial up, down, left and right, but it can also be rotated. As with past models, press "Up" to change ISO, "Right" for flash mode, "Down" for the self-timer or "Left" to change focus modes. Rotating the dial allows you to quickly navigate the menu, search through stored images as well as controls various functions depending on the exposure mode being used (like aperture and shutter speed values, Movie mode, etc.) In the center is the FUNCtion/SET button, which calls up the function shortcut menu, as well as accepts menu selections. Lastly, we have the DISPlay button to control the amount of overlay info on the LCD, and the Menu button to call up/dismiss the onscreen menu system.
I/O ports are located on the right hand side, the DC INput jack for the optional ACK800 AC adapter kit. Next is the combination USB 2.0 Hi-Speed data and the A/V Output port, video is selectable for NTSC or PAL. On the left hand side of the camera is the date battery holder, which allows the camera to remember settings as well as the time and date.
The PowerShot SX130IS is capable of storing images on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards as well as Eye-Fi cards. We recommend using at least a class 4 card for capturing HD video. The camera is shown here with a class 6 16GB SDHC card.
The SX150 has an almost unlimited power supply as it takes just 2 AA-type batteries. These are readily available around the world so you should never be without them. We recommend using NiMH rechargeable batteries because you will get more for your money than any other battery.