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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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18 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

Owners have rated this compact camera digital camera on average 80%.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon digital cameras and also specifically for Canon compact cameras and found that in both cases Canon had good ratings compared to other brands.

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”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to 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.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S6700, the Canon IXUS 162, and the Praktica Z212 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

Unlike most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 which do not have a GPS (satellite), the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S9900 ($249.00), the Canon SX710 HS ($349.00), or the Sony DSC-HX90V ($428.00).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S6700 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this compact camera digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the DSC-W810 ($92.49) (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the DSC-WX500 ($348.00) (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160. The white balances "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Custom modes", "Fluorescent H", "Daylight" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has one of the more total megapixelss (20.5 megapixels) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot ELPH 160 have total megapixelss of between 12MP and 22MP.

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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 most digital cameras of this type and age. Most digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best image resolution across all cameras of this type and age.

A 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst image resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 100, 1600 and Auto are also supported by this Canon camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is 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 digital 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 cameras of this age and spec the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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TFT Display

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 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.

A TFT display is in fact the best display across all cameras of this spec and age.

The worst display amongst comparable types of digital camera is LCD.

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Very Light

The average weight of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 is 180g, and the weights range from 98g to 460g. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is quite light (only 111 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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18 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This compact camera digital camera received a rating of 60 out of 100 from expert review site PC Mag. That puts this camera in the bottom 11% of all the compact cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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 an Image Stabilizer

Most of the other cameras of this age and spec have an image stabilizer, however the PowerShot ELPH 160 does not have an image stabilizer.

Alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at include the Lumix DMC-TZ71, or the Lumix DMC-TS30 ($138.00) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix S6700 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PowerShot ELPH 160 does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic DMC-TZ58, the Samsung DV180F ($218.99), or the Nikon Coolpix S3700 ($109.99) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most compact cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 do not have a built-in flash. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Nikon Coolpix S6700, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70, or the easypix W1024 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot ELPH 160 do not support Full HD video. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

Other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider include the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS ($199.00), or the PowerShot SX610 HS ($179.00) both from Canon or the Olympus Stylus 1S which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The PowerShot ELPH 160 is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70, or the Samsung MV800 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most compact cameras that came out more than a year ago do not support video capability. The PowerShot ELPH 160 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video capability which you might want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix S7000 ($149.99), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ71, or the Samsung MV800 which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot ELPH 160 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 160 the display diagonals range from 1.3" to 3".

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including the IXUS 162, or the IXUS 160 ($74.99) both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 ($189.99) which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ201 (3"), the Samsung MV800 (3"), or the Olympus Stylus 1S (3") which is also higher rated.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 60s. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed (only 1 second) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the PowerShot ELPH 160 is more than most compact cameras that have been around for more than a year. This Canon digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160. The flash modess "Slow synchronization", "Flash off" and "Flash on" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports One Power Source Type

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of power sources than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently supported power source type is USB, but this power source type is not supported by this camera. The power source types AC are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Has One Shooting Modes

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

At only 680 milliamperes * hour, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 160. Digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 160 have battery capacitys of between 680mAh and 1,300mAh.

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Only Has One Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the PowerShot ELPH 160 is more than most compact cameras that were released more than a year ago. The most frequently found photo effects is Black&White, but this photo effects is not found on this Canon camera. The photo effectss Vivid are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Only One Number of Batteries Supported

The PowerShot ELPH 160 is a one number of batteries supported digital camera. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 have between one and three number of batteries supporteds.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 160 range from 3.1mm to 38mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the PowerShot ELPH 160 has one of the longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst digital cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Megapixel

The PowerShot ELPH 160 has a fairly standard megapixel (20 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 160.

We compared this camera to all the other 20MP cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the IXUS 160 ($74.99), and the IXUS 162 both from Canon or the Medion Life P44022 is also worth considering.

If this compact camera digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-W810 ($92.49) (20.1MP), or the Canon SX710 HS ($349.00) (20.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

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

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S6700, or the Coolpix S9900 ($249.00) both from Nikon or the Medion Life S43028.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Life E44050 (5x), or the Life P44022 (8x) both from Medion or the Samsung MV800 (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the IXUS 162, or the IXUS 160 ($74.99) both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix S3700 ($109.99).

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus 1S (10.7x and higher rated), the Medion Life P44022 (12x and higher rated), or the Praktica Z212 (12x and higher rated).

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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 0134c001, canon 8194b001, canon 0140c001, canon inc 0137c001, electronics world 8194b001
Barcodes 00013803213607, 00013803252675, 00013803252897, 00013803252903, 00013803252910, 00115970995642, 00138032136074, 00168141304316, 00490561014590, 00763109148355, 05269692851993, 06953041256476

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