SINGAPORE - Canon announced the PowerShot SX150 IS compact camera - a high resolution, high-zoom digital camera which offers 14.1-megapixel resolution, 12x optical zoom (28-336mm), and features a dedicated Movie Button to record HD movies directly to the camera.
The PowerShot SX-series is known for its value-for-money, long-zoom capabilities and packed with high-powered features, and its latest addition, PowerShot SX150 IS, continues this tradition.
The PowerShot SX150 IS features a powerful 12x Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. Its bright, 28mm wide-angle lens provides an extraordinary 12x zoom range which extends to a telephoto length of 336mm (35mm equivalent), giving 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.
It has 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. It also lets you record spectacularly detailed 720p HD video at 30* frames per second with clear stereo sound.
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.
Taking good photos is made easy with the 32-Smart Auto Scene detection options. The new PowerShot SX150 IS is able to detect 32 different scenes such as Sunset, Clear Skies, and Backlit to optimize the camera settings for best results.
Camera-shake is also minimized with the built-in Intelligent IS (Image Stabilizer), which applies different modes of image stabilization to different shooting situations. Furthermore, users can further enhance their images in-camera using any of the eight Creative Filters which changes the effect of the original captured images. Creative filters adding to fun photography include Toy Camera, Monochrome, Miniature, Fish-eye, Super Vivid, Poster, Color Swap and Color Accent.
The new Photo Book function allows users to pre-select their favorite shots in-camera to facilitate the easy creation of photo books. Users can select and save images into a dedicated folder in the camera, and have these images printed into photo books or uploaded onto the internet as online photo books.
Complementing the PowerShot SX150 IS is the optional high power flash HF-DC2, a slim and portable slave flash with enhanced sync performance and a wider flash coverage of up to 24mm (with attached wide panel). With three levels of flash intensity, it is capable of delivering desired lighting conditions under a variety of lighting situations. As a portable slave flash, it can also be used with other Canon PowerShot and IXUS-series cameras without a hotshoe attachment.
Finally, there is no need to worry about running out of power - the new PowerShot SX150 IS operates on AA batteries for added convenience.
The PowerShot SX150 IS is now available at authorized Canon dealers at the recommended retail selling price of $369. Pricing and availability of the optional high power flash HF-DC2 will be confirmed at a later date.