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The Powershot SX150IS is the successor to the SX130IS.


CHDK for the Powershot SX150 is still alpha.


Some users have reported permanent camera damage which may be connected to CHDK, see Camera_failures_suspected_to_be_caused_by_CHDK#SX130 This is not certain, proceed at your own risk.


Technical DataEdit

Sensor • 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 14 million effective pixels
Image sizes • (L) 4320 x 3240
• (M1) 3072 x 2304
• (M2) 1600 x 1200
• (S) 640 x 480
• (W) 3744 x 2104
• Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
Movie clips • (HD) 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
• (L) 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
• iFrame Movie (HD)
Maximum clip length • (HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec
• (L ) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
Lens • 28-336mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 5.0 - 60.0 mm
• 12x optical zoom
• F3.4-5.6
Image stabilization Yes (Lens-Shift)
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus TTL
AF area modes • Auto focus : TTL
- Face Detection AiAF
- 1-point AF (center or Face Select and Track)
• Manual focus
AF modes • Single
• Continuous
• Servo AF/AE
• Tracking AF
AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 1cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
AE lock Yes (on/off selectable)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • Auto (1 - 1/2500 sec)
• 15-1/2500 sec
Shooting Modes • Smart Auto (32 scenes detected)
• Program AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Manual
• Easy
• SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Low Light (2.0MP), Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks)
• Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap)
• Discreet
• Movie
White balance • Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Self timer 2 or 10sec, custom
Continuous shooting • Approx 0.9 fps
• Approx 0.6 fps until card is full (AF)
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red)
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/2000 sec
• +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Flash exposure lock
• Manual Power Adjustment
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm - 3.0m (wide) /1.0m- 2.0m (tele)
LCD monitor • 3.0-inch TFT
• 230,000 dots
• 100% coverage
• 5 levels of brightness adjustment
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power • 2x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries
• Optional AC adapter ACK800
Weight (inc. batt & card) 306g
Dimensions 113 x 73 x 46 mm

Firmware InfoEdit

The vers.req file is used to retrieve firmware information from the camera.

To get firmware version information with vers.req, hold FUNCSET and click DISP.

CHDK specialitiesEdit

  • The default CHDK alt shortcut for this camera is PLAY. DISP or VIDEO may also be selected in CHDK options. A long press activates the original Canon firmware function.
NOTE In builds prior to 1765, the alt shortcut was FUNCSET+DISP
  • This camera is able to boot from FAT32 cards. Multipartition is not needed or supported.

For DevelopersEdit

General info:Edit

LED addressesEdit

0xC0220014 <-- Green LED
  • Write 0x46 to light the LED, 0x44 to turn it off

Available firmware dumpsEdit

  • Firmware Version 1.00A

Download location for firmware dumps:
P&S firmware dumps mirror

Porting process & linksEdit

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