Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Digital Camera, Red - Bundle with - Lowepro Dublin 30 Camera Pouch, Black/Black, 8GB SDHC Memory Card, Adorama 1836A Cleaning Kit, MT-140/DL0900 Jr Flex Tripod & PerfPower 4 "AA" Alkaline Batteries

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About Canon SX160 IS

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (33),Large clear LCD (29),Simple controls/menu (25),Excellent image quality (24),Lightweight/portable (24),Nice features/settings (19),Good low-light performance (14),Durable (13),Good battery life (13),Good image quality (8),Image stabilization (8),Fast / accurate auto-focus (6) Zoom range/performance (6),Good in low light (4),Nice body color (4),Compact (3) View All
Short battery life (13),No viewfinder (5),Missing features/settings (4),Poor low-light performance (4),Lag / shutter delay (3),Poor image quality (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (8),Family photos (7),Travel (6),Wildlife (5),Weddings (4),Low light (3),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4),Casual photographer (3)

Canon SX160 IS Features

  • Canon's powerful 16x Optical Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve brilliant images whether you are up close or far away.
  • 16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor deliver stunning quality images.
  • Capture breathtaking 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD offers easy viewing from a wide angle.
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations to ensure the best possible image capture for stills or video.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
  • High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed so you capture every shot with ease.
  • AA battery power provides added convenience.
  • Powerful 16x Optical Zoom: The lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 448mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous coverage and reach. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer: Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. For still photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity.
  • 16.0 Megapixel Image Sensor: The PowerShot SX160 IS's 16.0 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers impressive photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints.
  • Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor: Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC Image Processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras.
  • Canon HD Video Advantage: The PowerShot SX160 IS lets you record highly detailed 720p HD video at 25 frames per second with clear stereo sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, right from your compact digital camera.
  • HDMI: Watching your videos and sharing them with family and friends is especially easy with the camera's HDMI output: you can connect the camera directly to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable, and see your videos on the big screen right away.
  • Dedicated Movie Button: It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX160 IS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want.
  • Wind Filter: The camera also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound.
  • Optical Zoom While Shooting: The PowerShot SX160 IS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you're shooting a video without sacrificing HD video resolution.
  • iFrame Movie Support: With the PowerShot SX160 IS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos.
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD: Easy to see from a wide angle, the camera's 3.0-inch LCD with a great resolution of approximately 230,000 dots gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images.
  • Night Display: This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient; it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.
  • Smart AUTO: Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video.
  • Intelligent IS: The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS, analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes.
  • High Speed AF: Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously, and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.
  • AA Battery Powered: Recharging batteries can often be an inconvenience, especially when traveling in foreign countries. With the PowerShot SX160 IS, you'll never need special power adapters or chargers because it's powered by two AA batteries that are widely available around the world.

Canon SX160 IS Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 16x Optical, 4x Digital and 64x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD
Total Pixels
Approx. 16.6 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 16.0 Megapixels
Focal Length: 5.0 (W) - 80.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-448mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range Normal/Auto
0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 2.0ft. (60cm) - infinity (T)
Focusing Range Macro AF
0.4 in - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 (W), f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
Still Images: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect
Flash Range
1.6 ft. - 9.8 ft. (W), 2.0 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 3.0m (W), (60cm - 2.0m (T))
Recycling Time
15 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Movie Effects
Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks , Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect , Standard, iFrame Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Wireless Control
Continuous Shooting
Normal: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Normal: Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. (in P mode)
LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Compression
Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
16:9 Still Image Pixels
Large: 4608 x 2592; Medium 1: 3264 x 1832; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360
3:2 Still Image Pixels
Large: 4608 x 3072; Medium 1: 3264 x 2176; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424
4:3 Still Image Pixels
Large: 4608 x 3456; Medium 1: 3264 x 2448; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480
1:1 Still Image Pixels
Large: 3456 x 3456; Medium 1: 2448 x 2448; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480
Video fps
HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps 25 fps
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 5 fps / 2.5 fps / 1.25 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Video Standard
Video Out
Mini connector (audio/video)
Audio Out
Via mini A/V connector
Printer Connection
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
2x AA
Shooting Capacity
AA Alkaline batteries: Approx. 140 shots
AA NiMH batteries (NB-3AH): Approx. 380 shots
Playback Time
AA Alkaline batteries: Approx. 7 hours
AA NiMH batteries (NB-3AH): Approx. 10 hours
Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity: 10-90%
Dimensions WxHxD
4.37 x 2.85 x 1.74" / 111.0 x 72.5 x 44.1mm
8.57 oz. / 243g camera body
Mfr #
6801B001 B

Canon SX160 IS Reviews

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Reviewed by 48 customers


Good then Bad


from Upper Michigan

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!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Can't send pix thru yahoo e-mail


from Maine

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???


Poor Picture Quality


from Ohio

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fits my needs


from N. Wyo  -  Casual Photographer

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.


only camera needed whether a pro or not.


from Ohio

Simple to use. Sharp/clear images. Acceptable MP and Zoom.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good camera with a couple exceptions


from Springfield, OR

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Product


from West Plains, MO

I like the price. Very easy to use. I could not down load the CD that came with it. I have 8.1 ?

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Don't be fooled by megapixels.


from Milwaukee,WI  -  Photo Enthusiast

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 – 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 – 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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera, Low price


from Keyser, WV

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.


Judge a Camera By Easy to use


from Lake Worth Florida  -  Casual Photographer

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

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