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Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS

Portability
86
Imaging
38
Features
40
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX150 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
43
Overall
38

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS Key Specs

Canon SX150 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-336mm (F3.4-5.6) lens
  • 306g - 113 x 73 x 46mm
  • Launched May 2012
  • Old Model is Canon SX130 IS
  • Refreshed by Canon SX160 IS
Canon SX270 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
  • Revealed March 2013
  • Earlier Model is Canon SX260 HS
  • Successor is Canon SX280 HS
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Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS Overview

Below is a complete review of the Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both manufactured by Canon. The sensor resolution of the SX150 IS (14MP) and the SX270 HS (12MP) is relatively similar and they come with the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX150 IS was introduced 10 months before the SX270 HS and they are both of a similar age. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the SX150 IS grades against the SX270 HS in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX150 IS over the Canon SX270 HS

 SX150 IS SX270 HS 

Reasons to pick Canon SX270 HS over the Canon SX150 IS

 SX270 HS SX150 IS 
RevealedMarch 2013May 2012More recent by 10 months
Screen resolution461k230kClearer screen (+231k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX150 IS and Canon SX270 HS

 SX150 IS SX270 HS 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera often, you'll need to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon SX150 IS comes with physical measurements of 113mm x 73mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8") having a weight of 306 grams (0.67 lbs) whilst the Canon SX270 HS has proportions of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs).

Examine the Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the SX150 IS against the SX270 HS.

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the SX150 IS and SX270 HS is 86 and 91 respectively.

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to visualize the difference between sensor measurements merely by going over technical specs. The graphic underneath might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the SX150 IS and SX270 HS.

As you can tell, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can count on the Canon SX150 IS to offer extra detail using its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older SX150 IS is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Portrait photography factors
Canon SX270 HS Portrait photography factors
42
manual focus
resolution is good (14MP)
features face detect focus
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
34
focusing manually
includes face detect autofocus
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Street photography features
Canon SX270 HS Street photography features
59
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (306 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (233g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX150 IS
Sports photography with Canon SX270 HS
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
features tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery (130 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
36
incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
slow fps (4.0 fps)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery life (210 per charge)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Travel photography info
Canon SX270 HS Travel photography info
64
lighter than competition (306 grams)
resolution is good (14MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
great zoom (336mm)
missing Time Lapse function
bad battery (130 per charge)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
61
lighter than competitors in class (233g)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (500mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery life (210 CIPA)
MP count low (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX150 IS
Landscape photography with Canon SX270 HS
46
manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
bad battery (130 per charge)
missing Time Lapse function
41
focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
low battery life (210 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Vlogging features
Canon SX270 HS Vlogging features
31
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
lighter than competition (306g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic port
34
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (233 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone jack
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Canon SX150 IS vs Canon SX270 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX150 IS and Canon SX270 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX150 ISCanon PowerShot SX270 HS
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-05-14 2013-03-21
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 Digic 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 1 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-336mm (12.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.4-5.6 f/3.5-6.8
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2500s 1/3200s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 306g (0.67 lb) 233g (0.51 lb)
Dimensions 113 x 73 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8") 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 130 pictures 210 pictures
Battery format AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NB-6L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $249 $284