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Canon SX160 IS
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Canon SX160 is Digital Camera

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16MP 16x CCD Feb 2014
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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Get 16x closer with ease Detailed 16 Megapixel photos and HD movies are easy with the compact, family-friendly PowerShot SX160 IS. Use the versatile 16x optical zoom... More
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32 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Canon digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who said that this compact camera digital camera was good.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this digital camera is 70% based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Pocket Lint and Chip.de.

Good User Reviews

Based on 287 user reviews this Canon camera has an average user rating of 81%.

Good Quality Lens

A few customers agreed that the Canon SX160 IS had a good zoom. Expert website Gadgetspeak.com said in their review of the Canon SX160 IS “It offers a decent zoom and a large image size yet it is small enough to fit inside the majority of pockets”. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said “In August of 2012 Canon announced two new SX-series PowerShot cameras, both of which boast powerful Canon Zoom lenses” in their review. Steves-Digicams.com also said “By Eric Butterfield The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS occupies the middle ground of super zoom cameras”.

One customer who reviewed the Canon SX160 IS reckoned that it had a good lens.

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Good Support

Some Canon SX160 IS reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had good technical guidance. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review four years ago “High resolution plus a good range of manual controls” . Three years ago expert website Consumersearch.com said “Even full manual controls”. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said also three years ago “Outfitted with a powerful 16X optical zoom and full manual controls”.

Canon Has Good Camera Reviews

On average Canon compact cameras have good ratings as do all digital cameras manufactured by Canon.

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Good Technical Features

Two Canon SX160 IS owners who reviewed the Canon SX160 IS thought it had good features. Three years ago Steves-Digicams.com wrote on Steve's Digicams “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”. Digit.in said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “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” but even so they rated it 3 stars.

Nice Design

One Canon SX160 IS owner who reviewed the product considered that it was good looking. Expert website Cnet.co.uk wrote in their review of the Canon SX160 IS “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”.

Good Quality Pictures

Two people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Expert website Consumersearch.com mentioned in their Canon SX160 IS review three years ago “An impressive 16x zoom lens, decent photos and videos” .

One person who purchased the Canon SX160 IS thought it had a good picture resolution.

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Good Video Capture

One person reckoned that it was good for video recording.

Good Size

A few people concluded that it was compact. Four years ago Cnet.co.uk mentioned on expert website CNET.co.uk “It's a competent, no-nonsense compact with a fairly large plastic body, although”. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned in their Canon SX160 IS review on expert review site Pocket Lint “Often that would put a Canon compact camera out of the purchase picture.”.

Easy to Use

One Canon SX160 IS reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Consumersearch.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Simple to use”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type 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.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the SX160 IS has one of the larger display diagonals amongst cameras of this age. The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras of this type and age is 1", the largest is 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5"), or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] (4.8") which is also higher rated.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time 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 digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Canon SX280 HS[plb_2126239_price] is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-H400[plb_2169604_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Canon SX160 IS has a quite big optical zoom (16 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SX160 IS. The smallest optical zoom of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SX160 IS is 3x, the biggest is 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] (18x), or the Casio EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price] (18x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

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

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] which has better reviews is 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. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SX160 IS also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Canon SX160 IS has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SX160 IS. The average closest focusing distance of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SX160 IS is 0.039m.

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Two Number of Batteries Supporteds

Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to the SX160 IS have between one and three number of batteries supporteds, including the Canon SX160 IS which has two number of batteries supporteds.

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Has Seven White Balances

The SX160 IS has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The SX160 IS has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and type. This Canon digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Canon camera have still image resolution(s)s of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1920 x 1080, 2448 x 2448, 3264 x 1832, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 2448 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. Across all compact cameras that are a similar age to the SX160 IS the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Has Six Photo Effectss

The SX160 IS has a greater number of photo effects than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Canon digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the SX160 IS. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Positive film", "Sepia", "Skin tones" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Long Battery Life (max)

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SX160 IS the battery life (max)s range from 0.83h to 520h. At 10 hours, the SX160 IS has a fairly long battery life (max) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The SX160 IS has a wider flash exposure correction than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it have a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all cameras of this spec and age ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has One Image Editing

The Canon SX160 IS has a greater number of image editing modes than most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings Rotating are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 448 millimeters, the SX160 IS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SX160 IS the combined zooms range from 3x to 1,600x. At 64 times zoom factor, the SX160 IS has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SX160 IS. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Canon 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). Comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SX160 IS video resolutionss range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

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

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The SX160 IS does not support video capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SX160 IS also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Canon SX160 IS does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SX160 IS also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SX160 IS does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SX160 IS also do not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SX160 IS are not 3D. The Canon SX160 IS is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of this age and type do not have a GPS (satellite). The SX160 IS is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago, the SX160 IS is not waterproof.

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Heavy

Digital cameras of this age and type have weights of between 20g and 840g, and the average weight is 170g. The Canon SX160 IS is one of the heavier compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SX160 IS (243 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only 140 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The SX160 IS is a digital camera that takes 140 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SX160 IS take between 110 and 949 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the SX160 IS is more than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that are a similar age to the SX160 IS. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Canon SX160 IS is more than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SX160 IS. The shooting modess "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

Cameras of a comparable age and type to the SX160 IS have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,800. With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 1,600, the SX160 IS has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 230,000 pixels, the SX160 IS has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SX160 IS. Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to the SX160 IS the display resolution (numeric)s range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The SX160 IS has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec cameras that were released 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 are a similar age to the SX160 IS.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The SX160 IS has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (28 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SX160 IS. The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the SX160 IS range from 5mm to 39mm.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The SX160 IS has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this age and spec the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon SX160 IS

Released Over Three Years Ago

Canon released the SX160 IS over three years ago.

Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Canon SX160 IS has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 16MP cameras currently available including the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] which has better reviews.

If this Canon digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000[plb_1828874_price] (16.1MP and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Canon SX160 IS has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SX160 IS.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT4[plb_1353102_price], and the Nikon P500[plb_1066460_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the GE G5WP[plb_1772971_price] (4.5x).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
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)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Orientation Sensor
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Face Detection
On/off Switch

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Expert Reviews

(18)
1 August 2013

For around $150, you can't do better than the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS. It's not perfect -- at this price, no camera is -- but the Canon offers the best deal around: an impressive 16x zoom lens,...

21 June 2013

But wait! Before you sneak a Nikon D800E into your baby's basket of toys, you'll need to consider choking hazards and the fact that some children are a lot more careful (read: girls) than others... Read more…

6 March 2013

This is a camera that a proportion of the users will love as it uses ?AA? batteries. It looks almost basic in its design however it offers a decent zoom and a large image size yet it is small... Read more…

1 March 2013

By Eric Butterfield The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS occupies the middle ground of super zoom cameras. Outfitted with a powerful 16X optical zoom and full manual controls, it is aimed at the aspiring...

4 January 2013

A wide-ranging zoom is the SX160 IS's high point, as otherwise the camera is let down by a poor LCD screen and disappointing pictures. It's a case of the low price point stretching far enough to...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 10 December 2013 by BigdogBrian
BigdogBrian would recommend the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Verified Purchase)

I'm not a camera guy by any means. I like a good photo as much as anyone but I'm not gonna spend $500 on a camera for as little as i use one. However this little camera takes some nice shots. I... Read more…

Reviewed 24 September 2013 by 28cwan
28cwan would recommend the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Verified Purchase)

Ok first off I have read people down grade this camera because of battery life and true if you try and use regular alkaline batteries you will not like it, but with rechargeable nihm batteries are... Read more…

Reviewed 10 December 2013 by Tonymarie
Tonymarie would recommend the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Verified Purchase)

I will give this camera 5 stars, I have owned over the years the previous models sx120 and sx130 and never any issues with them and when I saw this newer model camera on Black Friday going on sale... Read more…

Reviewed 26 August 2013 by MightyElRondo
MightyElRondo would recommend the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Verified Purchase)

Not much to say here, but I upgraded to this one from a Samsung Digimax D53 (Google it if you wish), and it's a world of difference. Some of the stuff takes getting used to, but this thing has a... Read more…

Reviewed 14 December 2013 by 2slickful
2slickful would recommend the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Verified Purchase)

I've only had it in use a couple of times and I'm pleased overall. The photo's and video I've recorded so far has all been with Auto settings. The pro's: 1. Feels good in my hands, not too large,... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 6354b001aa, canon sx160, canon sx160i, canon sx160is, canon 6354b001, canon 6801b001
Barcodes 00013803157215, 00013803157239, 00138031572392, 00714574586373, 00714574586441, 04960999914275, 04960999914305, 04960999914336, 08714574586373, 08714574586403, 08714574586441, 08714574600765

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