The SX150 was the replacement for the SX130. It too has been replaced by the new SX160. It has the manual control your course demands.
The somewhat no-name GE (as in General Electric) X500 also has the same level of manual and semi-manual controls as the Canon, plus a longer zoom lens. Cnet says its shooting performance is slow.
I don't think there are any Nikon cameras under $150 with manual control.
I need a camera for a college intro to Photography class. The instructor did not provide a list of specific cameras we could use (except for mentioning the Canon Powershot SX 130 IS, which I can't find anywhere.)
As I'm a total noob when it comes to digital camera specifics, can anyone recommend a camera that has a "manual" mode and adjustable ISO (sensitivity settings)?
In terms of price range, I'd like to keep it under $150 if possible. I have found the Canon Powershot SX 150 IS on sale for $149, and I THINK it would meet my instructor's specifications, but I'm not 100% sure. I also wanted to see if there were any cheaper options (such as something in the Nikon Coolpix series) that would work, as I don't think I'll be using it a lot outside of this class.
Thanks a million!