Canon ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 142g - 95 x 57 x 24mm
  • Launched February 2014
  • Other Name is IXUS 155
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 150 IS summary

Canon ELPH 150 IS is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera originally released on February of 2014. The camera has got a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5152 x 3864. The camera is also known as "IXUS 155" in some countries.

The ELPH 150 IS is placed #35 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #872 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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Canon ELPH 150 IS history

The Canon ELPH 150 IS comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can look at all earlier and most recent models alongside important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 150 IS vs ELPH 190 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 150 IS vs ELPH 360 HS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 150 IS vs ELPH 180
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 150 IS vs ELPH 350 HS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 150 IS vs ELPH 140 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS24-240mm
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 150 IS vs ELPH 135

Canon ELPH 150 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon ELPH 150 IS based on aspects which are oftentimes regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
good zoom range (24-240mm 10.0 x zoom)
rather wide (24mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have mic socket
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow at tele end (f6.9)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
small screen (2.7 inches)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Canon ELPH 150 IS Sensor info

The Canon ELPH 150 IS is powered by the Digic 4+ chip. The size of the sensor in the Canon ELPH 150 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 5152 x 3864 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 20 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the ELPH 150 IS's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The ELPH 150 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 150 IS dimensions

Canon ELPH 150 IS has a weight of 0.31 lbs (142g / 5.01 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 95mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Canon ELPH 150 IS is weightier when compared to other rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Canon ELPH 150 IS next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the ELPH 150 IS.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 150 IS Lens info

The ELPH 150 IS provides an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 24-240mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which is definitely not amazing nevertheless it can be useful in some scenarios.

At the widest 24mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.0 which is somewhat slow and not very good in low light occasions and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to increase the ISO giving you noisy images. For the tele end, 240mm comes with f6.9 making it quite sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 150 IS Connectivity

The ELPH 150 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy images and in some cases change settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 150 IS Video info

The highest possible video quality in the Canon ELPH 150 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should shoot for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port which means you have got little control over your audio. It is probably best to take a look at an alternative model should you require decent audio in your videos.

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Canon ELPH 150 IS Weather Sealing

Canon ELPH 150 IS does not include environment proofing so wet conditions might ruin the camera.

Canon ELPH 150 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 150 IS has got a 2.7 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon ELPH 150 IS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon ELPH 150 IS Shutter info

Canon ELPH 150 IS can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon ELPH 150 IS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon ELPH 150 IS has got only built in flash with no external flash support.

Canon ELPH 150 IS Autofocus info

Canon ELPH 150 IS does not have Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to choose from. Canon ELPH 150 IS does not have manual focus. Manual focus is useful for low light or you want to have more accurate focusing control.

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Canon ELPH 150 IS Battery life

The battery life (NB-11LH) in the Canon ELPH 150 IS is designed to last for 230 images with respect to the CIPA requirements which is about the same as its competitors. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life for this group of cameras.

Following is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Canon ELPH 150 IS for different types of photography

The following bar chart presents a rundown of the Canon ELPH 150 IS for different types of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section underneath.

Canon ELPH 150 IS Portrait photography information

The Canon ELPH 150 IS receives a rating of 34 which is terrible, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files & ability to work with external flash.

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sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Street photography with Canon ELPH 150 IS

Getting a reasonable rating of 59, the Canon ELPH 150 IS is somewhat adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Canon ELPH 150 IS as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography score of 39 suggests the Canon ELPH 150 IS is not really acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs very good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Canon ELPH 150 IS as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty important in picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon ELPH 150 IS gets a nice 67 for a travel camera which makes it a good option to buy for your journeys.

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good MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)

Canon ELPH 150 IS Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Canon ELPH 150 IS and it's terrible grade of 41 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable among it's rivals.

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rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Canon ELPH 150 IS as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Canon ELPH 150 IS is not really acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a terrible rating of 30.

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really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone jack

Canon ELPH 150 IS Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the ELPH 150 IS, here is a range of the top placed cameras that fall under the family of Ultracompact.

The line graph down below offers you a bird's eye view of the ELPH 150 IS vs it's top ranked rivals suggested earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
Otherwise known as
IXUS 155
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 4+
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Peak resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-240mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
15 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash options
Auto, on, off, slow sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
142g (0.31 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery life
230 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Launch pricing