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Canon SX160 is Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 16x Feb 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Easy to use
Reasonably priced
303 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

This digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites PhotographyBlog.com who thought that this camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Pocket Lint and Chip.de this camera has an average expert rating of 70 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

Based on 287 user reviews this Canon digital camera has an average user rating of 81 out of 100. Over 79% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 85% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Excellent Brand

Based on 34,684 expert and user reviews (including 1,369 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Seventy-five customers reckoned that it was good value for money. Four years ago expert website Consumersearch.com said “The Canon offers the best deal around”. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned five years ago “The brand new Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is one of the more affordable travel-zoom cameras on the market”. Expert website Cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a good, inexpensive travel-zoom option for those wanting more control over results or who are just getting into photography”.

Seven owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it was expensive. Expert website Dpreview.com wrote “Boys) when it comes to handling expensive electronics” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Phutter mentioned on expert review site Walmart.com “Has most of the features of a more expensive Canon camera”. Regularpicturetaker scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Walmart.com “It is essentially like the newer, more expensive SX170, except the SX160 uses common AA batteries rather than a specialized battery”.

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Design

Easy to Use

Fifty-one owners agreed that it was easy to use. Four years ago Ridgerunner67 mentioned “Very easy to use big screen to view, just all around nice camera”. Rma2 said on expert review site Walmart.com also four years ago “So far it's been fun to use and I've gotten some good photos” in their review of this digital camera. Prsimoneau wrote on expert website Walmart.com “I love most features of this camera! It takes amazing pictures and is really easy to use once you take the time to figure it out” in their review of the Canon SX160 IS and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

Six customers concluded that the product was easy to use the menus. Rma2 said on expert review site Walmart.com four years ago “The reason I purchased this camera is because it has manual settings” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Orion55 wrote on expert review site Walmart.com “It can be set to auto, or used with full manual settings” in their review of this digital camera. Mudhourse mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Flash has three brightness settings and the point” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two people concluded that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Four years ago 2slickful mentioned “Feels good in my hands, not too large, or small” in their review of this digital camera. Eyeney wrote in their review of this digital camera “I am so much more comfortable purchasing items from Walmart as I know they will help me if I have a problem” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Robust

Three customers said in their reviews that the Canon SX160 IS was well made. Tonymarie wrote “It just looks very nice and 1expensive and well made” . Drn said on expert review site Walmart.com “I have used Canon Cameras for the past 20 years and I have enjoyed the quality and workmanship of their products”. Hawkeye66 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “Easy to use, large clear controls, great LCD display, well-built and made in Japan, lithium AA batteries last a long time”.

Two customers who purchased it agreed that it was strong and durable. Camshp gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Walmart.com “We had a Canon PowerShot camera that we loved until I dropped it in the sand” in their review of this digital camera. Arksoulwriter said on expert review site Walmart.com “I have been a Canon fan for years and it looks like they are continuing to produce quality, durable products” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was reliable. Carolanivey gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com four years ago “Lost my trusty Sony Cybershot on the first day of vacation, so I had to replace it without doing my usual tons of research”. Arksoulwriter said on expert review site Walmart.com “If you take a lot of photos or just need a reliable camera for holidays” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-seven people who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Three years ago Powershot User mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “Video quality if fair.” in their review of this digital camera however they gave the product a score of 60 out of 100. They also wrote “Super close shots! Video Quality” in their review. Redfish45 said on expert review site Walmart.com “I was amazed at the picture quality and the zoom in such a small camera at such an affordable price”.

Nice Design

Six owners reckoned that the Canon SX160 IS was good looking. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned five years ago “In this review Headline specs Stills photography tests Still-life test Video test Conclusion There's nothing radical about the appearance of the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS” but even so they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Maelna77 wrote “It is pretty amazing!” in their review of this digital camera. Walamartaholic said on expert website Walmart.com “It's small, lightweight and takes beautiful photos” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was February 2014 when Canon released the SX160 IS.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera have display diagonals of between 2" and 4.8". The SX160 IS has a quite large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the NEX-6Y (£934.39) both from Sony or the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The SX160 IS has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The display resolutions (numeric) of medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SX160 IS supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this digital camera and we think because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Nikon Coolpix S8200 are also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon SX160 IS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo, or the GE A1455 which all of have better reviews.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

The Canon SX160 IS does not have a video out, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a video out.

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Features Face Detection

The SX160 IS features face detection, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SX160 IS has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon SX160 IS has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

The Canon SX160 IS has a pretty average optical zoom (16 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung SAMSUNG WB150F (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

The SX160 IS has a relatively average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Nikon L120.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The SX160 IS has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The average minimum aperture number of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 28 millimeters, the SX160 IS has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 4.5mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX160 IS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Nikon L120, and the Panasonic DMC-TZ30EF-W which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The SX160 IS has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2448 x 2448, 3264 x 1832, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 2448, 3456 x 3456 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. Across all cameras that came out more than two years ago the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 16MP digital cameras currently available including the ELPH 115 IS, or the Powershot A3500 IS both from Canon which and both of have better reviews.

If this Canon digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the DMC-GH3EC-K (16.05MP and higher rated), the Lumix G5 (£788) (16.05MP and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-G6 (16.05MP and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Battery

Only 140 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the SX160 IS which takes 140 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The SX160 IS has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera the closest focusing distances range from 0.001m to 0.5m.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The SX160 IS has an external flash connector. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also have an external flash connector.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The SX160 IS has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Camera

Has an Orientation Sensor

The SX160 IS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Histogram

The SX160 IS features histogram. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Canon SX160 IS does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera which have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The SX160 IS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The SX160 IS features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon SX160 IS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The Canon SX160 IS has a relatively standard weight (291 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Good Size

Ten people who purchased it concluded that it was compact. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's a competent, no-nonsense compact with a fairly large plastic body, although”. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint “Often that would put a Canon compact camera out of the purchase picture.”. They also wrote “This budget compact not only has price on its side.” in their review.

Eight people wrote in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Expert website Consumersearch.com mentioned “If you're stepping up from a little pocket cam without much zoom to speak of, you might find the Canon SX160 bulky”. They also wrote “A bit bulky (thanks to the big zoom).” in their review. Expert review site Cnet.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “It's big and bulky”.

Two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to carry around. Rob082549 wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “The camera is light and easy to use”. China21345 gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Easy to carry and easy to maintain”.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The SX160 IS supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels 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). Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Twenty-one people said in their reviews that the Canon SX160 IS had good features. Expert review site Digit.in said “The Canon Powershot SX160 IS is a camera that comes from line of cameras that have historically and very delicately balanced the price, feature set and overall performance” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “What we have here is the slightly more affordable SX160 IS, which features many of the same features as the SX500 IS, namely a 16-meg”. Powershot User said on expert review site Walmart.com “There are a boatload of features on this camera, many of which I'll probably never use” although they rated it 60 out of 100.


Good Quality Lens

Thirty-nine customers who bought this digital camera thought it had a good zoom. Four years ago expert website Gadgetspeak.com said “It looks almost basic in its design however it offers a decent zoom and a large image size yet it is small enough to fit inside the majority of pockets”. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned “The very competitively-priced Canon PowerShot SX160 IS has a long zoom and high resolution plus a good range of manual controls” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Consumersearch.com wrote “An impressive 16x zoom lens, decent photos”.

Four owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Powershot User said in their review of this digital camera “The image stabilizer works great” however they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Soozek wrote “I don't claim to be a photographer, just a mom who takes pictures of her kids that's why I needed the stabilization! That worked well for me!”. Cody said “The zoom and Image stabilization are great, however with full zoom it is kinda touchy if you move the slightest little bit”.

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Mommainvabeach said “The only thing I would say that would be negative for this camera, no matter what setting i put it on for the focus button for my fast moving kids” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Mightyelrondo wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com “It has auto-focus and macro auto-focus.” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. They also mentioned “One such feature is manual focus, yes, MANUAL focus! In addition to that” in their review.

Three people who reviewed it considered that it had a good lens. Orion55 gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “On the wide angle setting it is equivalent to a 24 mm lens, which is great for interoor shots”. Boyce757 mentioned “Has great lens focus and it is very easy to use”. Keith74 said “A dirty internal lens effectively renders the camera unusable” although they gave the product a rating of 2 stars out of 5.

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Good Video Capture

Nineteen people mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Philip148 mentioned “The pictures are very nice and the videos are good too” and scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Four years ago Rockeagle wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “It's also available when recording videos - Great audio recording - Easy operation - Price was right”. Mellied55 gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Great Black Friday value! Takes great pictures and videos”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Nine owners who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good screen. Four years ago Simpleton said “The 3" LCD screen is large enough to see what a person wants take a snapshot of, plus I found it easy to us the menu”. Wenchieone wrote on expert review site Walmart.com “If you are going to take pictures of non moving things and have patience and don't mind a grainy screen, this would be excellent”. They also mentioned “The review on the screen look OK” in their review.

Good Flash

Fifteen owners said that the product had a good flash. Powershot User mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “There is a flash power adjustment.” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only rated the Canon SX160 IS 3 stars out of 5. They also said “Full flash results in poor light filtering” in their review. Walamartaholic wrote “The only issue is the flash” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Pictures

One hundred and eleven customers reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Poe10 said on expert review site Walmart.com “I just honestly cannot tell you how aggravating and frustrating it was to take a simple photo of people opening presents”. Powershot User mentioned on expert review site Walmart.com “The flash also takes several seconds to recharge and will prevent you from taking a picture until it is fully charged”. Photofans wrote “I want to have a camara to take very sharp picture beside the video feature.”.

Four people who reviewed the product said that it had a good picture resolution. Orion55 wrote on expert review site Walmart.com “This camera has a high resolution sensor (16 megapixels)”. Valueshoppercortland said “This camera has high resolution, is very portable” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light. Olderf said “Good in low light and face recognition”. Steve scored it 4 stars out of 5 and he wrote “Action photos, even in somewhat low light, are crisp”. Sunharley said “Fast shutter recovery, excellent in low light, bright light” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Nineteen owners who purchased the product thought it had a good battery life. Powershot User mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “I like the battery backup feature (button cell battery) that holds the date & time when the main batteries are out” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. They also wrote “Battery life is very good, about twice a long compared to my old camera” in their review. Philip148 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com “Nevertheless I'm happy with the battery life and I'll get some rechargeables anyway” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

Two customers who bought the product reckoned that it was quick to charge. Rockeagle mentioned “It takes several seconds to charge the flash between shots”. Tryingtoreview wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com “Go for one that is able to charge”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 6354b001, canon 6801b001
Barcodes 00013803157215, 00013803157239, 00138031572392, 00714574586373, 00714574586441, 04960999914275, 04960999914305, 04960999914336, 08714574586373, 08714574586403, 08714574586441, 08714574600765

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