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Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 Digital Camera

20MP 8x CCD 4x Jan 2015
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
8x Optical ZoomThe PowerShot ELPH 160 camera features an 8x Optical Zoom so more shots are within your reach. You'll love the flexibility that the wide 28 224mm (35mm equivalent) shooting range... More
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23 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

This compact camera camera has an average user rating of 80 out of 100 based on 22 user reviews.

Good Brand

Canon is one of the superior digital camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Canon also has good ratings for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Size

Two Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 reviewers who bought the product wrote that it was compact. Pcmag.com mentioned “The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 ($119.99) is one of the least expensive compact cameras on the market” in their review of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160. Pcmag.com also said “The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 is one of the least expensive compact cameras you can buy.”.

Good Battery Life

One Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Last year Steve's Digicams said “Good Battery Life” in their review.

Good Flash

One customer who purchased it concluded that it had a good flash. Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review “Weak builtin flash”.

Good Quality Lens

One Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 owner who reviewed the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 wrote that it had a good autofocus. Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Quick startup and focus”.

Reasonably Priced

Two Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 reviewers agreed that it was good value for money. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on Steve's Digicams “The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam” in their Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 review. Steve's Digicams said in their review last year “Very Affordable”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras that have been around for more than a year. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the PowerShot S200 IS[pl_2685824_price], the IXUS 162[pl_3019700_price], or the IXUS 165[pl_2697447_price] all from Canon.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a GPS. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 do not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a GPS currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX90V[plb_2841480_price], the Nikon Coolpix L340[plb_2782405_price], or the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price].

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS[pl_2976201_price], and the PowerShot S200 IS[pl_2685824_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57[plb_2835365_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this Canon digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS[plb_3125490_price] (HC MMC+|MMC+|SD|SDHC) which is also higher rated.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot ELPH 160. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Custom modes", "Fluorescent H", "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 20.5 megapixels, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than a year ago have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 22MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP.

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Features Four Flash Modes

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The flash modes "Slow synchronization", "Flash off" and "Flash on" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

This camera's image resolution (5152 x 3864 pixels) is actually the best image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

The worst image resolution amongst similar types of camera is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than a year. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080).

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Supports One Image Format

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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TFT Display

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a TFT display which is better than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160.

Across comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 111 grams, the PowerShot ELPH 160 is quite light compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160. Compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 have weights of between 100g and 460g, and the average weight is 190g.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Thin

The depths of cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 range from 18mm to 86mm. With a depth of only 22.1 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is one of the thinner similar spec cameras that were released one year ago amongst cameras of this age.

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Narrow

At only 95.2 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. The average width of cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 is 100mm, and the widths range from 54mm to 140mm.

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Short

At only 54.3 millimeters, the PowerShot ELPH 160 is fairly short compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 160. The heights of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 range from 34mm to 96mm, and the average height is 61mm.

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17 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Expert review website PC Mag scored this camera 60 out of 100. If all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year are ranked by average expert review score then this compact camera camera is in the bottom 8%.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 said that it was not noisy. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said “Lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 have an image stabiliser, however the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 does not have an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon PowerShot S200 IS[plb_2685824_price], the Samsung DV180F[plb_2870313_price], or the Sony DSC-HX90V[plb_2841480_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 160 do not support WiFi connectivity. The PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider include the PowerShot S200 IS[pl_2685824_price], or the PowerShot SX710 HS[pl_2697183_price] both from Canon or the Sony DSC-HX90V[plb_2841480_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the PowerShot ELPH 160 does not have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the PowerShot S200 IS[pl_2685824_price], the PowerShot SX710 HS[pl_2697183_price], or the IXUS 165[pl_2697447_price] all from Canon which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this age and spec do not support Full HD video. The PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the PowerShot SX610 HS[pl_2697182_price], or the PowerShot SX710 HS[pl_2697183_price] both from Canon or the Samsung WB380F[plb_2720523_price].

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The PowerShot ELPH 160 does not support video recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 also do not support video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video recording to this camera and we think the Coolpix L340[pl_2782405_price], or the Coolpix S7000[pl_2759382_price] both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-HX90V[plb_2841480_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the PowerShot ELPH 160 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PowerShot ELPH 160 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.7 inches, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160. The average screen size of compact camera digital cameras that were released one year ago is 2.8", and the screen sizes range from 1.3" to 3".

Alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the IXUS 165[pl_2697447_price], or the IXUS 170[pl_2701303_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10[plb_2792889_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Kodak Pixpro FZ201[plb_3077182_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 1 second, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot ELPH 160. The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot ELPH 160 is 0.12s and the longest is 60s.

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Only Has One Shooting Mode

The number of shooting modes found on the PowerShot ELPH 160 is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Canon digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 680 milliamperes * hour, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The smallest battery capacity of compact camera digital cameras that were released one year ago is 680mAh and the biggest is 1,300mAh.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 1,600, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. The lowest maximum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot ELPH 160 is 100, the highest is 13,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,400.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 have display resolutions of between 230,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Only One Supported Battery

The PowerShot ELPH 160 is a one supported battery digital camera.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of cameras of this type and age is 24mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 3.1mm to 38mm. At 28 millimeters, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a quite long minimum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Megapixel Count

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a pretty average megapixel count (20 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 20MP digital cameras currently available including the IXUS 160[pl_2715666_price], the IXUS 165[pl_2697447_price], or the IXUS 170[pl_2701303_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

If this compact camera camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-W830[plb_3766520_price] (20.1MP), or the Canon G9 X[plb_3862347_price] (20.2MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

Alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Canon PowerShot S200 IS[plb_2685824_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70[plb_2749648_price], or the Medion Life S43028[plb_2970098_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Life E44050[pl_3010757_price] (5x), or the Life P44022[pl_3109377_price] (8x) both from Medion which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a relatively standard optical zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

There are a number of alternative 8x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the IXUS 162[pl_3019700_price], or the IXUS 165[pl_2697447_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix S3700[plb_2714054_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Medion Life P44022[plb_3109377_price] (12x), the Praktica Z212[plb_3496604_price] (12x), or the Kodak Pixpro FZ201[plb_3077182_price] (20x) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Included Battery Charger
Included Wrist Strap
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Memory Capacity (images)
LED Indicators

Expert Reviews

(2)
14 April 2015

The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam. A 20-Megapixel imaging sensor and lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time. A perfect example of "you get what...

Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
Bright 2.7inch LCD is easy to see in most shooting situations
Good Battery Life
Very Affordable
High levels of noise at all ISO settings
Lacking shooting performance
Weak builtin flash
No Full 1080p HD video capture
No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV
19 March 2015

The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 is one of the least expensive compact cameras you can buy, but you're better off spending just a little bit more on a point-and-shoot...

User Reviews

(11)
Reviewed 29 November 2015 by Lorraine
Lorraine would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS (Verified Purchase)

This camera, for those of us who take terrible photos, is amazing! I borrowed one from a friend when I went on a hiking trip and it took incredibly gorgeous photos. I couldn't believe how nice... Read more…

Reviewed 9 September 2015 by Answerman
Answerman would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS (Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera to supplement my primary Canon T6i. It works perfectly for the purposes that I expect to ask of the camera. The features are easy to learn and are well placed. I would... Read more…

Easy To Use
Fastaccurate auto-focus
Good Image Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Lag Shutter Delay
Limited Zoom
Bob would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS (Verified Purchase)

Camera has a plastic body didn't expect that. Otherwise usual Cannon Quality and familiar controls...

Reviewed 14 December 2015 by MS
MS would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS (Verified Purchase)

This is a great little camera that you can always have with you...

Reviewed 29 November 2015 by Eck
Eck would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 IS (Verified Purchase)

Great compact camera, easy to use, would have liked basic info with the camera but can get all info on line...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers meta 0137c001, canon 8602b001, canon 0137c001, canon 0140c001, canon 8194b001, canon optical4, canon optical4x, canon inc 0137c001, electronics world 8194b001
Barcodes 00013803222302, 00013803252675, 00013803252897, 00013803252903, 00013803252910, 00490561014590, 00763109148355, 05269692851993, 06953041256476

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