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Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 20MP 8x CCD Jan 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Poor expert reviews
Image noise is an issue
Unacceptable noise level
13 Reviews

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Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 22 user reviews the average user rating of this high megapixel digital camera is 80 out of 100. Over 81% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 90% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Based on 34,085 owner and expert reviews (including 2,835 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 97% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 60% from expert review website PC Mag. It seems that experts really don't rate this digital camera very highly.


Design

Nice Design

One owner who purchased the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 said that it was good looking.

Good Quality

Two owners who reviewed the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 said that it was good quality. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good Image Quality” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Quality made” in their review.

Easy to Use

Two customers who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The PowerShot ELPH 160 does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera which support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS, or the EOS 60Da both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Features

Good Technical Features

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Answerman said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The features are easy to learn” in their review of this digital camera.


Power

Good Battery Life

One customer reckoned that this digital camera had a good battery life.


Audio

Image Noise is an Issue

Two owners who bought it thought it was noisy. Two years ago Steve's Digicams mentioned “High levels of noise at all ISO settings” in their review of this digital camera. Steve's Digicams also said “Image noise is an issue” in their review.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two owners who bought it thought it was noisy. Two years ago Steve's Digicams mentioned “High levels of noise at all ISO settings” in their review of this digital camera. Steve's Digicams also said “Image noise is an issue” in their review.


Price

Very Affordable

Three customers who purchased this digital camera thought it was good value for money. Steve's Digicams said “Very Affordable” but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Steves-Digicams.com wrote “The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam” in their Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 review. Nate gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “There is nothing more that i could say other then great camera for it's price”.

Two people who reviewed the product agreed that it was expensive. Two years ago expert review site Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 is one of the least expensive compact cameras you can buy.” and rated it 7 stars. Pcmag.com also said “The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 ($119.99) is one of the least expensive compact cameras on the market” in their review.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a wrist strap included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The PowerShot ELPH 160 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The PowerShot ELPH 160 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera do have an HDMI.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The PowerShot ELPH 160 features histogram, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-HX200, the Nikon P520, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PowerShot ELPH 160 is more than most high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The PowerShot ELPH 160 is quite light (only 111 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the weights range from 90g to 1.5kg.

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Good Body Shape

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Wd scored it 7 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Ultra compact size is a plus”. Two years ago Eck wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Great compact camera, easy to use, would have liked basic info with the camera”.

Two people said in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 review “Nice Body Color” but even so they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Bob said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Camera has a plastic body didn't expect that”.

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Quick Startup and Focus

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good autofocus. Two years ago Steve's Digicams said “Quick startup and focus”. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned also two years ago “Fastaccurate auto-focus” in their review of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160.

Two people who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good zoom. Steve's Digicams mentioned in their review of this digital camera “8x zoom lens”. One person concluded that the product had a good image stabiliser.

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Image Noise is an Issue

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that it was not able to produce good images. Steve's Digicams mentioned “No Optical image stabilization”. Steves-Digicams.com said on Steve's Digicams “A 20-Megapixel imaging sensor and lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time”. Es mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Not a great camera cant trim videos or pictures and not to clear at all”.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it did not have a good ISO range. One customer said in their reviews that the product did not have a good picture resolution. Steve's Digicams mentioned two years ago “Lacking shooting performance” .

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Video Limited to 720p

Three owners wrote in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 was not good for video recording. Steve's Digicams wrote “Video limited to 720p” in their review of this digital camera. Steve's Digicams also said “No Full 1080p HD video capture” in their review. Steve's Digicams also mentioned “No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV” in their review.

Weak Builtin Flash

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it did not have a good flash. Steve's Digicams said “Weak builtin flash” in their Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 review.


Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 3". The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a quite small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.7" screen cameras currently available including the Alpha A58, the DSC-W800 (£69.00), or the DSC-WX200 all from Sony which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon EOS 6D EF (3" and higher rated).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera is 820,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this spec and age is 6mm, the longest is 75mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Leica V-Lux (£879.00), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 which has better reviews.

If this high megapixel digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W830 (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a relatively typical optical zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 8x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, the Nikon Coolpix S3600, or the Polaroid IE826 (£33.97).

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Canon SX410 IS (£199.99) (40x).

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Flash

Fairly Slow Flash Recharging Time

The flash recharging times of digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera range from 3s to 10s. At 10 seconds, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly slow flash recharging time compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Canon released the PowerShot ELPH 160 in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 0137c001, canon 0140c001
Barcodes 00013803252675, 00013803252897, 00013803252903, 00013803252910, 00490561014590, 00763109148355

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