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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
302 Reviews + 1 Award
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The author at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this camera. This Canon camera received a "Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com.

Average Expert Reviews

Ten experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Pocket Lint and gadgetspeak.com have rated this Canon digital camera on average 70 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Good

People who bought this digital camera rated this digital camera 81% on average. 138 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 85% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 34,085 owner and expert reviews (including 1,378 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Canon SX160 IS supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also support PictBridge.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The SX160 IS does not have an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera do have an HDMI.

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Lens System

Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the cameras of this spec and age the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the SX160 IS has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

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

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 16 times zoom factor, the Canon SX160 IS has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Casio EX-ZR700 (18x), or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Canon SX160 IS has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Nikon L120 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a 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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Battery

Only 140 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of this type and age 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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Power

Good Battery Life

Nineteen customers mentioned that this digital camera had a good battery life. Powershot User rated it 6 stars and wrote “I like the battery backup feature (button cell battery) that holds the date & time when the main batteries are out”. Powershot User also mentioned “Battery life is very good, about twice a long compared to my old camera” in their review. Philip148 said in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “Nevertheless I'm happy with the battery life and I'll get some rechargeables anyway” and gave it a score of 6 stars.

Two customers who bought it mentioned that it was quick to charge. Rockeagle rated it 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “It takes several seconds to charge the flash between shots”. Tryingtoreview said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Go for one that is able to charge”.

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Support

Good Support

Fifteen customers said in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. 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 review site Consumersearch.com said “Even full manual controls”. Firstpost.com mentioned five years ago “The former, lacking a large zoom range and full manual controls, are priced under Rs 10,000” .


Features

Good Technical Features

Twenty-one people who purchased it concluded that it had good features. Digit.in rated this digital camera 5 stars and 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 Canon SX160 IS review. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “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” but they only gave the product a rating of 62.263792747378 out of 100. Powershot User mentioned in their Canon SX160 IS review “There are a boatload of features on this camera, many of which I'll probably never use” and gave it a score of 5 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Ten people thought the Canon SX160 IS was compact. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “It's a competent, no-nonsense compact with a fairly large plastic body, although” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket-Lint.com scored it 6 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Often that would put a Canon compact camera out of the purchase picture.”. Pocket-Lint.com also said “This budget compact not only has price on its side.” in their review.

Eight people reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Expert review site Consumersearch.com wrote four years ago “If you're stepping up from a little pocket cam without much zoom to speak of, you might find the Canon SX160 bulky”. Consumersearch.com also said “A bit bulky (thanks to the big zoom).” in their review. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “It's big and bulky” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera thought it was easy to carry around. Rob082549 scored it 8 stars and wrote “The camera is light and easy to use” in their review of this digital camera. China21345 said in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “Easy to carry and easy to maintain”.

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was a good size. Renderer wrote on Walmart.com three years ago “Easy to set up and use, AA batteries, nice size to take along I'm your purse” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner who purchased the product thought it was lightweight. Walamartaholic gave the product a score of 7 stars and mentioned on Walmart.com “It's small, lightweight and takes beautiful photos” in their review of the Canon SX160 IS.

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Average Weight

The SX160 IS has a relatively average weight (291 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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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 similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Canon 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). The video resolution of all digital cameras that were released more than two years ago ranges from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The SX160 IS has an external flash connector, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The SX160 IS has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Design

Easy to Use

Fifty-one owners agreed that this digital camera was easy to use. Ridgerunner67 said in their Canon SX160 IS review “Very easy to use big screen to view, just all around nice camera”. Rma2 mentioned four years ago “So far it's been fun to use and I've gotten some good photos” in their review of the Canon SX160 IS. Prsimoneau said “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”.

Six customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Rma2 mentioned on Walmart.com “The reason I purchased this camera is because it has manual settings” in their review of the Canon SX160 IS. Orion55 said on Walmart.com “It can be set to auto, or used with full manual settings” in their review of this digital camera. Mudhourse said in their review of the Canon SX160 IS on Walmart.com four years ago “Flash has three brightness settings and the point”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. 2slickful said in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “Feels good in my hands, not too large, or small”. Eyeney wrote “I am so much more comfortable purchasing items from Walmart as I know they will help me if I have a problem” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who reviewed it considered that it was easy to setup.

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Robust

Three owners agreed that it was well made. Tonymarie wrote “It just looks very nice and 1expensive and well made” and gave it a score of 8 stars. Drn said “I have used Canon Cameras for the past 20 years and I have enjoyed the quality and workmanship of their products”. Hawkeye66 gave it a score of 8 stars and mentioned on Walmart.com “Easy to use, large clear controls, great LCD display, well-built and made in Japan, lithium AA batteries last a long time” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who bought it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Camshp mentioned “We had a Canon PowerShot camera that we loved until I dropped it in the sand”. Four years ago Arksoulwriter mentioned on Walmart.com “I have been a Canon fan for years and it looks like they are continuing to produce quality, durable products” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who reviewed it thought it was reliable. Carolanivey mentioned on Walmart.com “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 mentioned on Walmart.com “If you take a lot of photos or just need a reliable camera for holidays” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-seven people who purchased it wrote that it was good quality. Powershot User wrote three years ago “Video quality if fair.” . Powershot User also said “Super close shots! Video Quality” in their review. Redfish45 said in their review of the Canon SX160 IS on 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 people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Cnet.co.uk said “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”. Maelna77 wrote in their Canon SX160 IS review “It is pretty amazing!” and rated it 5 stars. 2slickful said “Zoom is pretty clear as I took a moon shot” in their Canon SX160 IS review.


Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera is 0.001m, the largest is 0.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.066m. With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the SX160 IS has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Camera

Has an Orientation Sensor

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

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Features Histogram

The SX160 IS features histogram, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX160 IS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon L120, and the Panasonic DMC-TZ30EF-W is 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 most digital cameras of this age and spec. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Canon digital camera 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. The still image resolution of all similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SX160 IS supports video capability. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also support video capability.

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

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SX160 IS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm is also worth considering.

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Features Face Detection

The SX160 IS features face detection. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature face detection.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon SX160 IS has an HDMI port, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SX160 IS has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

The Canon SX160 IS does not have a video out. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a video out.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Canon SX160 IS has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The display diagonals of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 2" to 4.8".

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the NEX-6Y both from Sony or the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Df (3.2"), the D4 (3.2"), or the D4S (3.2") all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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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 digital cameras of this age. Similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer thought it was noisy. Orion55 wrote “It gets noisy in low light (it has a CCD rather than a CMOS sensor” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

Features Voice Recording

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

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon SX160 IS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Good Quality Lens

Thirty-nine owners who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good zoom. Gadgetspeak.com scored it 6 stars and wrote “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” in their review of this digital camera. Consumersearch.com gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “An impressive 16x zoom lens, decent photos” in their review of this digital camera. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “Outfitted with a powerful 16X optical zoom and full manual controls” in their Canon SX160 IS review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Four owners who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Powershot User said “The image stabilizer works great”. Four years ago Soozek mentioned on Walmart.com “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!” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Three years ago Cody mentioned “The zoom and Image stabilization are great, however with full zoom it is kinda touchy if you move the slightest little bit” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 6 stars.

Four owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Three years ago Mommainvabeach wrote on Walmart.com “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”. Four years ago Mightyelrondo said in their Canon SX160 IS review on Walmart.com “It has auto-focus and macro auto-focus.” and scored it 5 stars. Mightyelrondo also wrote “One such feature is manual focus, yes, MANUAL focus! In addition to that” in their review.

Three owners concluded that the product had a good lens. Orion55 mentioned on Walmart.com three years ago “On the wide angle setting it is equivalent to a 24 mm lens, which is great for interoor shots” in their review of this digital camera. Boyce757 wrote on Walmart.com four years ago “Has great lens focus and it is very easy to use”. Keith74 wrote in their review of this digital camera “A dirty internal lens effectively renders the camera unusable” .

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Good Video Capture

Nineteen customers mentioned that the product was good for video recording. Philip148 said on Walmart.com “The pictures are very nice and the videos are good too” in their review of the Canon SX160 IS. Rockeagle wrote on Walmart.com “It's also available when recording videos - Great audio recording - Easy operation - Price was right” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Mellied55 scored it 6 stars and mentioned on Walmart.com “Great Black Friday value! Takes great pictures and videos”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Nine owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen. Simpleton mentioned in their review of this digital camera “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” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Wenchieone said on 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”. Wenchieone also wrote “The review on the screen look OK” in their review.

One owner who purchased it mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Rbest4him scored it 7 stars and said on Walmart.com “Simple, GREAT viewfinder, very good picture quality”.

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Good Flash

Fifteen owners who purchased it agreed that it had a good flash. Powershot User said on Walmart.com “There is a flash power adjustment.”. Powershot User also wrote “Full flash results in poor light filtering” in their review. Walamartaholic mentioned four years ago “The only issue is the flash” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.

Good Quality Pictures

One hundred and eleven people who reviewed it mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Poe10 mentioned “I just honestly cannot tell you how aggravating and frustrating it was to take a simple photo of people opening presents”. Powershot User scored it 5 stars and mentioned three years ago “The flash also takes several seconds to recharge and will prevent you from taking a picture until it is fully charged” in their review of the Canon SX160 IS. Photofans said “I want to have a camara to take very sharp picture beside the video feature.” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

Four people who bought it wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Orion55 said in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “This camera has a high resolution sensor (16 megapixels)”. Valueshoppercortland said in their Canon SX160 IS review on Walmart.com four years ago “This camera has high resolution, is very portable” and scored it 8 stars.

Four customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good in low light. Four years ago Olderf said “Good in low light and face recognition” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 7 stars. Steve said in his review of the Canon SX160 IS on Walmart.com also four years ago “Action photos, even in somewhat low light, are crisp”. Sunharley wrote “Fast shutter recovery, excellent in low light, bright light” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

One customer concluded that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Mkv72w said on Walmart.com “What does matter is sensor size! The cameras sensor sizes are” in their review of this digital camera.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


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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