The Canon PowerShot SX160, which replaces the SX150 in the lineup, is a compact camera with enhanced features, and offers several key improvements over its predecessors. First is its 16MP resolution 1/2.3" CCD sensor (increased from 14MP), along with a 16x optical zoom lens (up from 12x) that starts at 28mm (35mm equivalent).
Key Features: Canon PowerShot SX160
• 16x Optical Zoom Lens starts at 28mm
• 16MP sensor
• 720p HD Video
• 3-inch LCD monitor
• Smart Auto with 32 predefined shooting situations
• Intelligent IS with 6 image stabilization modes
• Intelligent IS with 6 image stabilization modes
• High-speed AF
• Runs on AA batteries
The Canon PowerShot SX160 is chock full of interesting technology. It employs a variety of image stabilization methods, including hybrid shift-type camera shake correction, panning motion, a mode to use when shooting videos with the lens zoomed to its longest telephoto length, and a "Dynamic" mode that works in the wide angle setting to smooth out shakiness that may occur while walking and shooting at the same time.
Canon claims the Canon Powershot SX160 has a greatly reduced shutter lag time; in fact, they claim the total lag time is 0.29 seconds, a 46% reduction over the SX150. That's great news for sports shooters and when you're trying to catch the kids before they run out of the picture.
Shooting modes include: Manual exposure, aperture- and shutter-priority and program, Smart Auto, portrait, low light, snow, fireworks, creative filters, iFrame mode, Discreet mode (disables flash and all camera sounds), Live View control, face self timer, and more. Creative filters include Miniature Effect, Poster Effect, Toy Camera, Fisheye, Super Vivid and Monochrome.
The Canon PowerShot SX160 runs on easy-to-find AA batteries, has an ISO range of 100-800, minimum focus down to less than half an inch in macro mode. It shoots 720p HD videos. There's a 3-inch, 230k dot LCD finder, and a zoom range equivalent of 28-448mm and f/3.5-5.9.
Loved the camera at first - especially the 16X Zoom. Then the Shutter /zoom button fell off. No I have NO ZOOM and I have to use a wooden pick in the button hole to operate the Shutter. AKWARD!
I am not satisfied with this power shot sx 160 is because I cannot send any of my photos thru my yahoo e-mail! I always get Windows Life Mail which I don't and never used. Non of my friends do not use this service either, they say they don't like not being able to enter Windows Life Mail, why can't I send my photos thruyahoo mail like everything else that I use???
I bought this camera hoping that it would be a good replacement. After using the Powershot SX160 for about 10 months, I'm thinking about switching back to my old camera. Main Reason For Buying: I bought this camera because of the price and because of the 16x zoom. Also because the manufacturer of my old camera (previously bought in the past) no longer makes digital cameras and I wanted a recognized name brand camera. Features: There are a boatload of features on this camera, many of which I'll probably never use. Manual controls and on-screen options are helpful. There are plenty of info screens that tell about the settings and the pictures you took. I like the battery backup feature (button cell battery) that holds the date & time when the main batteries are out. The 16x zoom lens operates very quickly. Battery Life: Battery life is very good, about twice a long compared to my old camera. Picture Quality: This is where I give the thumbs down. I'm not that impressed with the picture quality of this camera. The color is usually faded under most conditions. Turning on the vivid color option helps a little. Pictures often have a soft feel to them and are not as sharp as they should be, almost as if the original picture was resized beyond 100% The flash does not go off in a well lit room, which causes the pictures to look faded. There appears to be two flash commands for the auto flash; off and full. Full flash results in poor light filtering. There is a flash power adjustment, but that requires you to go to manual mode and through several options just to adjust it yourself. The flash power on my old camera adjusted itself automatically. The flash also takes several seconds to recharge and will prevent you from taking a picture until it is fully charged. The lens itself produces a heavy amount of chromatic abrasions. (Red/green outlines around contrasting objects). Sometimes it's so severe, it reminds me of the color video cameras that many local news stations had back in the 70's, which were prone to chromatic abrasions. Zooming in helps minimize the effect. The image stabilizer works great. I haven't had a picture blur on me yet, not even at full zoom. Macro is also great too. Super close shots! Video Quality: Video quality if fair, but don't expect a HD image. Recordings produce an up-converted VHS quality like video and are only 25 frames per second. They also eat up a lot of space because they are saved in the Quicktime Movie format instead of MPEG4. Conclusion: Overall, this would have been a good camera if not for it's flaws. I sometimes think of it as a camera phone with a giant zoom lens on it since the picture quality is comparable to early/budget cell phones. I don't plan on buying another camera anytime soon, so I'll probably go back to using my old camera.
It uses 2 AA batteries, sometimes handier than having to recharge it especially when in the mountains. Can be hard to view in bright sun but that's typical with nearly all digital cameras.
Simple to use. Sharp/clear images. Acceptable MP and Zoom.
I bought this to replace an older digital camera after dropping it on cement. It takes good pictures, but out in the daylight, it is hard to see with the LCD screen. Also, the batteries don't last very long. Actually, I tested the batteries after the camera shut down and told me to "replace batteries." They tested still very strong. I do like the 16X optical zoom and the good macro feature and the ability to manage my own picture taking experience.
I like the price. Very easy to use. I could not down load the CD that came with it. I have 8.1 ?
This camera has only a 1/2.3" CCD Sensor (6.17mm x 4.55mm). We've all seen dodgy images from high megapixel cameras and know that after a point, megapixels don't matter for most people â€“ a 16 MP compact isn't ever going to be as good as a 12 MP Full Frame DSLR. What does matter is the Sensor Size! The cameras sensor sizes are: 1/3.2"(4.54 x 3.42mm) 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55mm) Canon SX160 IS (0.617x0.455cm)=0.281cm2. Pickle density 16MP/0.281=57MP/cm2. Quality starts at 5MP/cm2. 1/1.7"(7.60 X 5.70mm) 2/3" (8.80 X 6.60mm) 1/1.2"(10.67x 8.0mm) Micro Four Thirds 4/3"(17.30x13mm) 1" (12.8X9.60mm) 1.5"(18.70X14.00mm) APS-c (Canon) 22.20X14.8mm APS-C 23.60x15.60mm APS-H 27.9 x 18.6mm Full Frame 36.00 x 24.00 mm Higher-end Compacts â€“ With demand growing and the price of producing larger sensors falling, there are a growing number of higher-end compact cameras with larger sensors. For example the Fujifilm X20 has a 2/3-inch (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor Price: $445.50, while the Sony RX100 has an even bigger 1-inch sensor (12.8 x 9.6 mm). Price: $548.00. The Canon G1 X even boasts a 1.5-inch sensor (18.7 x 14 mm) Price: $579.00. So you get what you pay for. If you want to take crude pictures then you go for Cameras sensor size 1/3.2" or1/2.3" without extras at around $100. If you needs more decent pictures, and not to discredit yourself on Facebook then you go for around 1"(12.80x9.60mm). Don't be fooled by megapixels. This is an illusion and deception. Concentrate at lenses quality, and CCD sensor. A 6 MegaPixel camera with good quality pixels, can outperform a 24 MegaPixel camera with bad quality pixels. Choose a good camera, and care for your pixels. What sensor processor is nominal for a 16MP camera (digital processor) ? x=16/5 = 3.2cm2 or at least a light sensor 1.5" (18.70X14.00mm) a 2.62cm2 LIGHT PROCESSOR. The most expensive parts of a digital camera are Lenses and light CCD sensor. Installing a 16MP processor in a camera with dodgy lenses, and a dodgy light sensor 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55mm) at Canon SX160 IS an illusion, delusion and deception. In fact this camera competes @ x = (sensor 0.281cm2) x (5MP/cm2) = 1.4 MP camera.
I got this camera for christmas, I picked it out after looking at a few different ones and I am glad i made that choice. I am very happy with the quality of the camera and the pictures it takes. It is very easy to use and has so many great features. I had a powershot A530 when i was younger and it made me a canon fan from the start and the sx160-IS just ensured that will not change anytime soon. As for the battery life, I use ultimate lithium batteries and they last forever, of course if you use cheap batteries you will get short battery life, that's just common sense. I could not be any happier with this product. The zoom and Image stabilization are great, however with full zoom it is kinda touchy if you move the slightest little bit but that's what tri-pods are for.
Had 2 Prior Canons, Returned Both. The Model 2500= Make 4 a Kid. The other one was Worse. Both took Good pictures. Both were To "SLOW" This SX160 Fit me like a Glove/ FAST~!!!! Hefty & Durable, But not Overweight. Built to last. The AA Battey Model Is my Choice It seems Faster. Both are Identical so the Specs say, However Id buy the AA Model Just in case no charger. I Ran my Cam on 2 AA Everadies, Rechargables, It lasted 2.5 Hours on Continious HD Recording & Shot over 700/ 12 MB Picts B4 The Batteries Croaked, Took 15 Minutes 2 Charge them back fully & Exceeded thier Prior test run. Mine was Refurbished from Canon, Got Terffic Tech Support. This Cam will do Anything asked of it, Unlike my Wife! By all means If? YOu Going to buy @ Point & Shoot, This Model Stands Head & Shoulders Above "ANY COMPETITIOR"S Ive tried em all! Hope this helps , Im not a Pro, But a few PRO"S Tried my Cam out And Bought one, So, 4 not being Cam Savvy I guess Returning the First 2 Canons was the Right Choice! I LOVE IT & ITS A BLAST 2 Play with~! Not one Blurry Picture! & I shake a lot in summation. Sincerely: Mark