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Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650

Portability
86
Imaging
38
Features
40
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 Key Specs

Canon SX150 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-336mm (F3.4-5.6) lens
  • 306g - 113 x 73 x 46mm
  • Announced May 2012
  • Old Model is Canon SX130 IS
  • Refreshed by Canon SX160 IS
Sony W650
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 124g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Released January 2012
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Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 Overview

Here is a comprehensive overview of the Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Canon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the SX150 IS (14MP) and the W650 (16MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SX150 IS was revealed 5 months later than the W650 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the SX150 IS grades versus the W650 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX150 IS over the Sony W650

 SX150 IS W650 
Manual focus More exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony W650 over the Canon SX150 IS

 W650 SX150 IS 

Common features in the Canon SX150 IS and Sony W650

 SX150 IS W650 
ReleasedMay 2012January 2012Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Canon SX150 IS features exterior measurements of 113mm x 73mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8") along with a weight of 306 grams (0.67 lbs) while the Sony W650 has sizing of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs).

Check out the Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the SX150 IS against the W650.

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the SX150 IS and W650 is 86 and 96 respectively.

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to imagine the difference in sensor sizing just by seeing technical specs. The visual below will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the SX150 IS and W650.

As you can tell, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can anticipate the Sony W650 to show greater detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos way more aggressively.

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 sensor size comparison

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Portrait photography details
Sony W650 Portrait photography details
42
focusing manually
good resolution (14MP)
has face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
34
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Street photography factors
Sony W650 Street photography factors
59
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (306 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (124g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Sports photography features
Sony W650 Sports photography features
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
has tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery life (130 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
40
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Travel photography advice
Sony W650 Travel photography advice
64
lighter than others in class (306g)
good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
great reach (336mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery life (130 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
69
lighter than average (124 grams)
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX150 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Sony W650 as a Landscape photography camera
46
focusing manually
quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
bad battery life (130 shots)
does not have Timelapse mode
43
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
no manual control
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX150 IS Vlogging information
Sony W650 Vlogging information
31
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
lighter than others in class (306g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone port
33
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
lighter than average (124g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support
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Canon SX150 IS vs Sony W650 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX150 IS and Sony W650
 Canon PowerShot SX150 ISSony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-05-14 2012-01-10
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4 BIONZ
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 1 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-336mm (12.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.4-5.6 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 2s
Max shutter speed 1/2500s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 306 gr (0.67 pounds) 124 gr (0.27 pounds)
Physical dimensions 113 x 73 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8") 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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 photographs 220 photographs
Battery style AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $249 $140