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Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Review

Rounding up on the last of the 3 new ELPH series cameras that were recently introduced, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS is the best among the brood. Although sporting more or less the same features as the ELPH 135 and ELPH 140 IS, the ELPH 150 IS has a better resolution and optical zoom than the two.

Key Features:

– 20MP, 1/2.3 in. Type (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CCD Sensor 

– Digic 4+ Image Processor 

– 10x Optical Zoom (24 – 240mm equivalent)

– Optical Image Stabilizer

– Aperture F3.0 – 6.9

– Shutter Speed 15 sec – 1/2000 sec

– Macro Focus Range 1cm (0.39 in.)

ISO 100 – 1600

– HD Video, 720p

– Built-in Flash

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 ISCanon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS-back

With a 20-megapixel, 1/2.3 in. Type (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CCD Sensor , the Canon PowerShot 150 IS offers a higher resolution that enables the camera to capture small details clearly. Also this allows for additional color information to be recorded, producing more vivid colors. The higher resolution definitely gives more leeway for cropping or blowing up images compared to using the ELPH 135 and 140 IS models. This works wonderfully when documenting precious moments such as weddings, birthdays, vacations and other special occasions.

The sensor is combined with the Digic 4+ Image Processor to speed up the ELPH 150 IS shooting performance. Compared with the older Digic 4 image processor, processing of high ISO shots has been significantly shortened by as much as 60%. Image quality has also been improved through significant reduction of noise. This produces better color, smoother gradations and more details even in low light.

The processor also incorporates the electronic Dynamic IS which minimizes or prevents blur caused by shaking when recording your video while moving. This allows you to shoot high definition videos at 720p, with confidence using your ELPH 150 IS.

Lastly, the Digic 4+ efficient design extends the camera’s battery life.  Its shooting capacity has been extended to reach approximately 230 shots and 310 shots in ECO mode. This is more or less the same as the ELPH 135 which has no Image Stabilizer.    

Optical Zoom Lens:

The Canon ELPH 150 IS optical zoom lens has been increased to 10x giving you an equivalent of 24-240mm. That’s a wider range than the ELPH 135 and 140 IS. The wide- angle lens at 24mm provides a more expansive shot of landscapes and family portraits. Also the aperture at this widest range has a maximum opening of F3.0. At the far end of the telephoto, the aperture is at F6.9.

With its Intelligent IS, The ELPH 150 IS increases your chance of capturing clear, steady images even in low light conditions. This is achieved by analyzing camera movements and selecting the best correction mode to apply given the situation. The system chooses:

For stills – Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS, Tripod

For video – Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro (Hybrid) IS, Active Tripod IS  

Additional Features:

Although slightly bigger and heavier, most of the ELPH 150’S features are the same as those of the ELPH 135 and 140 IS — like the Smart AUTO which allows the camera to compare the image scene from 32 predefined shooting situations and optimizes the settings to capture the image; the 6 Creative Shooting Modes that gives you the option to enhance your subject artistically; the ECO Mode which puts the camera on ‘stand by’ to conserve its power; and the Help Button to assist you if you have a question regarding the camera.

The ELPH 150 IS has a slightly stronger flash to compensate for its wider zoom range. But it has the same 2.7 in. TFT LCD as the two other ELPH series.

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