Canon IXUS 160 vs Sony DSC-W800

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Canon IXUS 160
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
3% more total megapixels Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is a 20.5MP digital camera. That's 0.5MP more than the Sony DSC-W800 (20MP).
38% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is an 8x optical zoom digital camera. That's 3x bigger than the Sony DSC-W800 (5x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

8% smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is a 6.9 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.5 smaller than the Sony DSC-W800 (6.4).
Longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Canon IXUS 160 is 15s maximum shutter speed. That's 13s longer than the Sony DSC-W800 (2s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

220.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Canon IXUS 160 is 220.00, but the Sony DSC-W800 only takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

8 Reasons For
0.1MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a megapixel of 20.1MP, but the Canon IXUS 160 is only a 20MP digital camera (0.1MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Significantly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a digital zoom of 40x, whereas the Canon IXUS 160 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (36x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

1,600 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Canon IXUS 160 is only a 1,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (1,600 lower).
400 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,400 pixels, however the Canon IXUS 160 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (400 pixels lower).
£16 cheaper
The Sony DSC-W800 is £16.48 cheaper than the Canon IXUS 160.
Available from 9 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
More popular
The Sony DSC-W800 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 91 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Canon IXUS 160 ranks No. 43764.
User reviews are slightly better
Based on 453 reviews, the Sony DSC-W800 has an average user review score of 84%, whereas the Canon IXUS 160 has an average rating of 80% (based on 63 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
1% lower megapixel Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is a 20MP digital camera. That's 0.1MP lower than the Sony DSC-W800 (20.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Nine times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 36x smaller than the Sony DSC-W800 (40x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Vastly lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 1,600. That's 1,600 lower than the Sony DSC-W800 (3,200).
1% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Canon IXUS 160 is only 230,000 pixels display resolution. That's 400 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-W800 (230,400 pixels).
More expensive by £16
The Canon IXUS 160 is £16.48 more expensive than the Sony DSC-W800.
Less retailers
The Canon IXUS 160 is only stocked by 13 retailers, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 is stocked by 22 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Less popular
The Canon IXUS 160 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 43764 by number of sales in our digital cameras, however the Sony DSC-W800 ranks No. 91.
User review Rating is marginally Worse
The Canon IXUS 160's average user score is 80%, however the Sony DSC-W800's is 84% (based on 453 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
0.5MP less total megapixels Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a total megapixels of 20MP, however the Canon IXUS 160 is a 20.5MP digital camera (0.5MP more).
3x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has an optical zoom of 5x, but the Canon IXUS 160 is an 8x optical zoom digital camera (3x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

0.5 bigger maximum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-W800 is only 6.4 maximum aperture, but the Canon IXUS 160 is a 6.9 maximum aperture digital camera (0.5 smaller).
Seven times shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 2s, however the Canon IXUS 160 is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (13s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Canon IXUS 160 only takes 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Over one year older
The Sony DSC-W800 is older than the Canon IXUS 160 by 18 months.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
20MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Total Megapixels
20.5MP
BEST
20MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Optical Zoom
8x
BEST
5x
Digital Zoom
4x 40x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
6.9
BEST
6.4
Minimum Aperture Number
3.2 3.2
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
224mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
5 - 40 4.6 - 23
Extra/Smart Zoom
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
8/7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Combined Zoom
32x Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
1,600 3,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
2s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
1.3 - 1.5 0.6 - 1.76
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 3 0.4 - 3.5
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
BEST
 MOV
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 29MB
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Calm
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Calm
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 12,60
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Slide show
 Movie
 Slide show
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4+ Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 HEB
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 VIE
 IND
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 HEB
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 VIE
 IND

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 109g
Height
54.3mm 55.5mm
Depth
22.1mm 20.8mm
Width
95.2mm 96.8mm
Weight (including Battery)
127g 125g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
NB-11L NP-BN
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
220 shots
BEST
200 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
 DIGIC 4+
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