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$109.00 - $229.00
Summary:A 16-megapixel camera from Canon with a 3-inch LCD, 16x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.
The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a 16-megapixel camera with 16x optical zoom and has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28mm-448mm. It has a 3-inch LCD (230,000 pixels).
Because of its long zoom lens, we consider this model a superzoom.
The PowerShot SX160 IS stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards but has no on-board storage. It captures images as JPG files at a top resolution of 4608 x 3456 and HD-resolution video as MOV files at a top resolution of 1280 x 720.
Unlike most digital cameras, this model accepts AA batteries. It also has manual controls and manual focus.
The image stabilization system for this camera is optical.
The PowerShot SX160 IS measures 4.5 inches wide by 3 inches high by 1.8 inches deep, and weighs 11 ounces (with battery, memory card, and strap).
About This Brand
Canon is the market leader in point-and-shoots, with an extensive line of models, which are known as PowerShots. Its budget line, the A series, is made up of compacts and subcompacts. Canon's subcompacts are known as SD ELPHs. Its SX-series are mostly super zooms and come in various sizes and include smaller or larger feature sets. Canon has the D-series compact, which it claims are waterproof and shockproof. Its high-end series, the S and G lines, include special modes and manual features, such as the ability to shoot RAW files and to focus manually. The EOS Rebel series helped to define budget SLRs. Other SLRs include a host of pro and more-advanced consumer models, including models that have very large, full-frame sensors. Canon also offers a wider selection of lenses than most brands.
Maximum aperture The maximum aperture (lens opening) for wide and telephoto shots. A single number indicates that the camera does not have a zoom lens.
Shutter speed range Shutter speed controls the length of time that the camera lets in light to expose the camera's sensor. This specification shows the range of selectable shutter speeds by defining the minimum and maximum shutter speeds.
Shutter speed range
15 - 1/3200
Optical zoom Optical zoom is the maximum magnifcation of the lens.
35mm equivalent zoom ratio All digital camera manufacturers publish this "35mm equivalent" focal length simply because people are used to hearing it and knowing what kind of image a 28mm lens produces compared to a 50mm lens.
35mm equivalent zoom ratio
LCD size (in.) Digital cameras have a small liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen on the back so you can see the images and decide which to keep. You can also use the LCD to help frame photos, but that's a sure way to run down the battery in a hurry. Most LCD screens are too dim for viewing clearly in sunlight. Many cameras also use the screen for displaying menus and camera settings. It is desirable to have both an LCD display and a viewfinder with an eyepiece.
LCD size (in.)
AA batteries Indicates whether the camera accepts AA batteries. This options allows you to use disposable or rechargeable batteries.
Viewfinder This optical device allows you to look through an eyepiece to frame the subject before taking a picture.
Manual controls Some cameras allow the user to set the aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, or (usually) both. This feature is used to override the automatic exposure settings when more control is needed. During a sporting event for example, you may want to use a high shutter speed to freeze the action. Or, you may want to use a low shutter speed to blur moving objects (like a waterfall) while keeping stationary objects sharp. Using shallow depths of field can be used to blur the background of photos while keeping the foreground in focus. Typically up/down arrow keys are used to change settings displayed on the LCD or in the viewfinder. These controls are not as easy to use as on conventional film cameras.
Manual focus Digital cameras provide greater depth of field than cameras with longer focal-length lenses, such as 35 mm or APS cameras; therefore, manual focusing will rarely be needed. It's not even possible to do on some cameras. Manual focus options vary; a few cameras provide a continuously adjustable manual focus ring, others only a limited number of discrete focus distance settings.
Macro focus This is a setting that allows you to take extreme close-ups, from a few inches to only 1 or 2 feet away from the subject. test
Touch screen Touch screen indicates touch capability on the LCD.
This camera has only a 1/2.3 CCD Sensor (6.17mm x 4.55mm). We've all seen dodgy images from high megapixel cameras and know that after a point, megapixels don't matter for most people – a 16 MP compact isn't ever going to be as good as a 12 MP Full Frame DSLR. What does matter is the Sensor Size!<br />The cameras sensor sizes are:<br />1/3.2(4.54 x 3.42mm)<br />1/2.3(6.17 x 4.55mm) Canon SX160 IS (0.617x0.455cm)=0.281cm2 Pickle density 16MP/0.281=57MP/cm2 Quality starts at 5MP/cm2.<br />1/1.7(7.60 X 5.70mm)<br />2/3 (8.80 X 6.60mm)<br />1/1.2(10.67x 8.0mm)<br />Micro Four Thirds 4/3(17.30x13mm)<br />1 (12.8X9.60mm)<br />1.5(18.70X14.00mm)<br />APS-c (Canon) 22.20X14.8mm<br />APS-C 23.60x15.60mm<br />APS-H 27.9 x 18.6mm<br />Full Frame 36.00 x 24.00 mm<br />Higher-end Compacts – With demand growing and the price of producing larger sensors falling, there are a growing number of higher-end compact cameras with larger sensors. For example the Fujifilm X20 has a 2/3-inch (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor Price: $445.50, while the Sony RX100 has an even bigger 1-inch sensor (12.8 x 9.6 mm). Price: $548.00. The Canon G1 X even boasts a 1.5-inch sensor (18.7 x 14 mm) Price: $579.00.<br />So you get what you pay. If you want to take crude pictures then you go for Cameras sensor size 1/3.2 or1/2.3 without extras at around $100. If you needs more decent pictures, and not to discredit yourself on Facebook then you go for around 1(12.80x9.60mm). Don't be fooled by megapixels. This is an illusion and deception. Concentrate at lenses quality, and CCD sensor. <br />A 6 MegaPixel camera with good quality pixels, can outperform a 24 MegaPixel camera with bad quality pixels. Choose a good camera, and care for your pixels.<br />What sensor processor is nominal for a 16MP camera (digital processor) ?<br />x=15/5 = 3.2cm2 or at least a light sensor 1.5 (18.70X14.00mm) a 2.62cm2 LIGHT PROCESSOR.<br />The most expensive parts of a digital camera are Lenses and light CCD sensor. Installing a 16MP processor in a camera with dodgy lenses, and a dodgy light sensor 1/2.3(6.17 x 4.55mm) at Canon SX160 IS an illusion, delusion and deception. In fact this camera commpites at x=sensor 0.281cm2x5MP/cm2 = 1.4 MP camera.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Milwaukee, WI
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
slow shutter makes for blurry pictures
Easy To Use
Small / Compact
Lag / Shutter Delay
Poor Image Quality
Short Battery Life
When taking flash pictures in the house of our grandchildren many of the picture are blurry. The blurry pictures do not seem to be a by product of motion but of a slow shutter speed.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Dave the student
from Omaha, NE
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Enjoyable Advanced Point and Shoot
Easy To Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Large Clear LCD
Short Lag Time
Great point and shoot. Has a lot of SLR like capabilities, and the zoom is incredible. The image stabilization is superb; I haven't figured out how to take a blurry zoom photo with it.<br /><br />There are some lense artifacts in sunset shots. I would like more light metering options, but at least it has three different light metering modes (the feature I missed most from my film SLR).<br /><br />As for AA batteries, they are a blessing and a curse. They are a blessing because AA batteries don't require a wall outlet (this would be a great camera to take backpacking). They are a curse because they don't last as long as proprietary rechargable batteries. I'm not complaining because I use rechargable NiMH AAs.