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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 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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Good User Reviews

The average user rating of this compact camera camera is 80 out of 100 based on 22 user reviews.

Canon Has Good Camera Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Canon digital cameras and also specifically for Canon compact cameras and found that in both cases Canon had good reviews.

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 camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 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.

Other cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Sony DSC-W530L[plb_1873911_price], or the Panasonic DMC-FS40EF-Y[plb_1786919_price].

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

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

Alternative digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available that you might also want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 20 megapixels, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly high megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot ELPH 160. Across all the digital cameras of this spec and age the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

There are a number of other 20MP digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the IXUS 165[pl_2697447_price], the Powershot ELPH 150 IS[pl_2321377_price], or the IXUS 155[pl_2176423_price] all from Canon.

If this compact camera camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W830[plb_3766520_price] (20.1MP), or the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (20.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price], the GE E1410SW[plb_1861642_price], or the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of Large: 5152 x 3864, Medium 1: 3648 x 2736, Medium 2: 2048 x 1536, Small: 640 x 480 and Wide: 5152 x 2896 and Medium: 2560 x 1920. The still image resolution of all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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Has Seven White Balances

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Canon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The white balances "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Custom modes", "Fluorescent H", "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the total megapixels of the PowerShot ELPH 160 of 20.5 megapixels is one of the most. The least total megapixels of digital cameras of this spec and age is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP.

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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 that have been around for more than two years.

A 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best image resolution amongst all compact cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst image resolution across similar types of camera.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 range from 1.8 to 72, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.6. With a maximum aperture number of 6.9, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The PowerShot ELPH 160 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). 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). The video resolution of all compact cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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TFT Display

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of this age and type. 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. The worst display of all compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Light

With a weight of only 111 grams, the PowerShot ELPH 160 is one of the lighter cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 amongst compact cameras of this age. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 20g and 840g.

We compared this camera to all the other 111g digital cameras and we think the DSC-W580B[pl_1620659_price], and the DSC-W810[pl_2109582_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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16 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 60% from expert review site PC Mag. The digital camera expert review sites aren't convinced by this digital camera.

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 a Built-In Flash

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 which have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot ELPH 160 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 160 which have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 160, the PowerShot ELPH 160 does not support video capability.

Other cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider include the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 160 also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the X10[pl_1150_price], or the F800EXR[pl_1518759_price] both from Fujifilm or the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support wi-Fi. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the ST200[pl_378406_price], or the SAMSUNG ST200F[pl_1682904_price] both from Samsung or the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price].

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Not 3D

Most cameras of this type and age are not 3D. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most compact cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 are not waterproof. The PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of cameras of this age and type is 15s. When compared to other compact cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 160, the PowerShot ELPH 160's slowest camera shutter speed of only 1 second is one of the shortest.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. The flash modess "Slow synchronization", "Flash off" and "Flash on" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Only Supports One Power Source Type

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported power source type is Battery, but this power source type is not supported by this camera. The power source types AC are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Only Has One Shooting Modes

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

At only 680 milliamperes * hour, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 160. Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 the battery capacitys range from 170mAh to 1,700mAh, and the average battery capacity is 830mAh.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160.

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Quite Long Flash Recharging Time

The average flash recharging time of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 is 6.2s. With a flash recharging time of 10 seconds, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly long flash recharging time compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as 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 has been on the market for over two years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S5200[plb_3179968_price], the Trevi DC 2330 WP[plb_1917052_price], and the Leica D-Lux 6[plb_1833703_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (6x), or the Sony DSC-W830[plb_3766520_price] (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a pretty standard optical zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

There are a number of alternative 8x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the PowerShot A4000[pl_1488638_price], or the IXUS 147[pl_2215760_price] both from Canon or the Polaroid IE826[plb_2957339_price].

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (30x and higher rated).

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the A2300[pl_1484680_price], and the IXUS 135[pl_1535925_price] both from Canon or the Nikon S3500[plb_2119299_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix S5200[plb_3179968_price] (3"), or the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Wrist Strap Included
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 0137c001, canon 0140c001, canon 0134c001
Barcodes 00013803252675, 00013803252897, 00013803252903, 00013803252910, 00490561014590, 00763109148355, 06953041256476

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