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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera (Old Model) with 16x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD

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  • 16 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor
  • 3-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 720p HD video with dedicated movie button
  • 28mm wide-angle lens with powerful 16x optical zoom and optical image stabilizer
  • 16x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle lens
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.7 x 2.9 inches ; 10.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00908BQCY
  • Item model number: 6354B001
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 20, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Turn Memories Into Memorable Images
PowerShot SX160 IS

You'll want to carry this compact, versatile camera everywhere, because it gives every shooting opportunity the potential to become a beautiful image. The spectacular 16x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and Optical Image Stabilizer captures clear, vivid images whether your subject is up close or far away. And with the 16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor, every detail is precisely rendered for truly impressive image quality. The PowerShot SX160 IS captures breathtakingly realistic 720p HD video in stereo sound with the

Precision Canon Optics

PowerShot SX160 IS

Powerful 16x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens

The PowerShot SX160 IS features a powerful Genuine Canon 16x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optical technologies, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that provides an extraordinary 16x zoom range. The lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 448mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous coverage and reach. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings. Moreover, this superb lens incorporates innovative designs that enable it to fit the compact profile of the PowerShot SX160 IS.

PowerShot SX160 IS

Optical Image Stabilizer

Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical in more shooting situations, providing excellent image quality in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For still photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.



Powerful Core Specs Deliver Beautiful Images

16.0 Megapixel Image Sensor

The PowerShot SX160 IS's 16.0 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers impressive photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints.

Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor

Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC Image Processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. New, more powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.


Preserve and Share Your Memories in Spectacular HD

Canon HD Video Advantage

The PowerShot SX160 IS lets you record highly detailed 720p HD video at 25 frames per second with clear stereo sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, right from your compact digital camera. Watching your videos and sharing them with family and friends is especially easy with the camera's HDMI output: you can connect the camera directly to your HDTV with an optional HDMI cable, and see your videos on the big screen right away.

Dedicated Movie Button, Wind Filter and Optical Zoom While Shooting

It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX160 IS has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The camera also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. The PowerShot SX160 IS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you're shooting a video without sacrificing HD video resolution.

iFrame Movie Support

With the PowerShot SX160 IS, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

See What You're Shooting on a Clear, Big Screen

Large 3.0-inch LCD

Easy to see from a wide angle, the camera's 3.0-inch LCD with a great resolution of approximately 230,000 dots gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient; it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos

Smart AUTO

The PowerShot SX160 IS features Smart AUTO: sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image

Intelligent IS

The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS, analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.

Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Macro (Hybrid) Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

Faster Focus Helps You Capture Every Shot

High Speed AF

The PowerShot SX160 IS is equipped with Canon's latest advancements in Autofocus (AF) technology. Working on multiple fronts, Canon has developed AF that is significantly faster than on previous models, for a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. The extremely responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.

Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously, and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.

Power Wherever You Are

AA Battery Powered

Recharging batteries can often be an inconvenience, especially when traveling in foreign countries. With the PowerShot SX160 IS, you'll never need special power adapters or chargers because it's powered by two AA batteries that are widely available around the world.

A Color Just Right for You

Available in black and red

While the classic black camera will always be right for a lot of photographers, Canon recognizes that others will long for colors that express their individuality. Accordingly, the PowerShot SX160 IS digital camera is offered in both black and red.

Additional Features

Face Detection Technology

Face Detection technology makes it easy for you to take great photos of people. The camera will automatically detect the face(s) in a frame to give it optimal focus, exposure, flash (if needed) and white balance. Face self-timer adds convenience to Face Detection because you can set the camera to release the shutter when someone enters the frame.

Shooting Modes

PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-Priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Low Light For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Creative Filters This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
Movie Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Discreet Mode Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting—so you can capture images in quiet areas.
Live View Control Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Face Self-timer The camera waits for a face to enter the frame before releasing the shutter.

Special Scene Modes with Creative Filters

Special Scene Modes have fun and creative filters you can add to your photos without having to use a computer. You can make a quirky portrait using a Fisheye Lens Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as if capturing the photo using a "toy" or pinhole camera. Make a scene appear like a small-scale model with Miniature Effect, when shooting from a high vantage point. Super Vivid enhances an image for bright, intense colors while Poster Effect alters the contrast of an image for poster-like presentation.

Available in 30 Languages

There are now a total of 30 display languages from which you can choose: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.


Product Description

The Canon 6354B001 PowerShot SX160 IS 16MP Compact Digital Camera, in black, offers a powerful 16x optical zoom lens enabling you to shoot photos and videos that cover the full spectrum of focal lengths. From wide-angle 28mm shots of friends gathered 'round the dinner table to standard length shots of landscapes and even telephoto shots of animals, sporting events and close-up portraits, the SX160 has you covered. The Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization system recognizes the different conditions that can cause a shaky, blurry image and corrects them so your long zoom, fast action and low light shots are delivered sharp and stunning. It houses a 16MP CCD sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The SX160 also captures video in 720p HD and with the HDMI output, you can connect your camera to your HDTV and screen your videos in gorgeous HD moments after you shoot them. If you don't carry your HDTV around with you, use the camera's large 3.0-inch LCD screen to compose and display your images. It come along with the
PowerShot SX160 IS Body, 2 AA-size Alkaline Batteries, Wrist Strap WS-800, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Not so with this Canon SX160. The images are sharp and clear, with only a touch of grain at high ISO settings. I much prefer a little grain and a lot of detail to no grain… Read more ›
It is simple to operate and has a large 3-inch view screen. The pictures are great. Read more ›
Is a bit larger because and its versatile zoom lens. Photo quality is terrific too! Read more ›
The case amazon recommends to buy with this camera is quite small. Quality is good but the camera fits quite tight in it. I think amazon should have to review this… Read more ›
Great camera for the money. Photos are sharp, zoom works wonderfully, close up excellent. So far so great! Read more ›
Either…In fact, I would say that they are not charging enough for the 160 or the 170 because the quality, ease of use, and the quality of the pictures are just great. Read more ›
The magnification brings objects very close. Camera is very easy to use and is small enough to fit in large pocket. The only downside was it was hard to see through the… Read more ›
Love that you can use 2 AA . Easy to use and take great pictures. Read more ›
Would have preferred a SLR, but didn't want to spend that amount of money. It is convenient to use and takes very nice pictures. Read more ›
It takes excellent pictures for an unskilled photographer as I am. It is also so very easy to use as well. Read more ›
I purchased this to replace SX120. It's a similar camera and I figured it would be easier to operate. The reason I gave it a 4 stars is because it lags a little. Read more ›
I'm sure I won't get a poor picture. This camera is easy to use and does most of the work for you as long as one is attentive. Read more ›
Impressed for the price. Zoom is awesome. Read more ›
Photo quality is as advertised! I also like the wide-angle and zoom work very well. Read more ›
Camera is great 16Mp/16 Optical zoom combination is great. The use of regular AA batteries is also a great advantage, I could not gave it a 5 star rating due to the slow… Read more ›
This is the second Canon Powershot camera I've bought, and both have been very good. The zoom range is excellent, as is the image stabilization feature. Read more ›
The camera is good, im surprise with the zoom that is amazing.. but the thing that i dont like is that the camera is with batteries AAA and they are done really quick... Read more ›
The camera itself seems to work really well. The optical zoom is crystal clear every time, even with my slightly shaky hands. I like the fact that it has so many manual… Read more ›
One con is that it eats up batteries really fast if you're taking a lot of high-quality…Lots of cool features that are fun to play with for different effects or scenes. I… Read more ›
This one does, and it's a fun device to play with. It's very easy to use and controls are very intuitive. I like how the enabling the flash requires a manual raise. Read more ›
Unfortunately the camera does not come with a printed manual to take with you. The camera controls are easy to understand and use. Read more ›
The macro setting is perfect for my bug photos, allowing for close-up shots that are crisp and perfectly in-focus. The rest of the camera pictures my family in whatever… Read more ›
Sitting or standing I can take clear pictures even at 20x optical zoom. The settings are easy to use and figure out with each button clearly labeled. It's light weight and… Read more ›
OMG it's terrific! The price is unbelievelable and the features are amazing. I will never be an expert photo journalist, but this Canon Sure Shot will assist me in taking… Read more ›
I would buy this camera again if I dropped this one on a concrete floor like I did the last one. The price is very reasonable as well. Read more ›
No worries about having to plug the battery in and wait until you have a full charge to shoot. Even better, the price is super reasonable. You cannot get a name brand… Read more ›
if you need a good over all camera get this one....!! and the price is the best to ..! Read more ›
This is an exceptional camera, quality of the pictures are great. Price was very reasonable. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone interested in a simple to… Read more ›
My 12 year old can even use it. The price was very reasonable. It's big enough to work like a serious camera, yet small enough to be portable. Read more ›
It has great zoom and is fairly easy to use for the average use. The price was perfect and you get more than I expected Read more ›
This is a great camera. The video quality is amazing and the pictures look professional. It's great for zooming in on birds outside my window. Read more ›
The image quality is great. The video resolution is even greater. The zoom is superb. Read more ›
That rating is lower than many others, but it is sufficient for most purposes. The video is a Full HD- that is 1980x1080 resolution. The camera gives you the option to… Read more ›
This is not Canon's "L-Glass -professional DSLR…The automatic white balance and focusing is very accurate, the pictures look great and the video quality is very good. T… Read more ›
2) 16x zoom ( although I dont use it much it is a gud add on to have ). 3) The separate video recording button is cool although seems to be on most cams nowadays. 4) The… Read more ›
For 149.00 it's going to be hard to…The video is nice not amazing: HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps but a step up from the 640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97) even with less frames per sec. Read more ›
The SX160 camera is just the best size for me and is easy to operate. Read more ›
A good size and weight for her to handle with a decent zoom. Takes great pictures. Read more ›
Summing it up: great price, great size, easy use, fantastic picture & video quality, and a date stamp for old fools that have CRS.....thanks Amazon, Best Buy could not… Read more ›
The SX100 series…In fact, the SX100 series is "compact" in size, fitting into larger pockets with little problem yet harder to lose than the "subcompactd" Canon Elph. Read more ›
Make sure you have an SD card, as Canon doesn't include one and doesn't provide any…You will also want a good size memory card, as the pictures were bigger than I thought. Read more ›
Beautiful pics, easy to operate, perfect size!! I love the red color, too, so it is easy to spot from wherever I have laid it down!! Read more ›
On amazon it was nearly $100 less expensive than at Walmart or target and you can't beat free shipping! Beautiful pictures and wonderful color Read more ›
-Video sound is decent -Takes nice outdoor shots, good color Read more ›
This is absolutely what was needed. VERY happy with this; easy to use; great colors; great zoom and small enough to put in your pocket. Read more ›
All it has to do now is last. Nice red color Read more ›
We returned this camera because the photos were not sharp and the colors did not look right. We replaced it with a Nikon L820 which cost a little more but produced a much… Read more ›
I purchased this because it's a Canon, has a big zoooom and takes AA batteries. Photo's come out crisp with real nice color and contrast. Video's? Read more ›
You should buy 2 Energizer Recharge +AA Battery's and an Energizer charger(this camera does charge by charger but last long) This camera is easy to hold pretty light weight, E… Read more ›
While shopping for a…I like the Powershot SX in this group because even though it is small and light weight, it still has a "handle" making it easier to hold on to. Read more ›
-Great picture quality -Easy to hold -Good in low light Read more ›
And the picture quality is great. It's a little bigger than a lot of the "smaller" cameras but I find that makes it easier to hold and not move when taking pictures. Read more ›
Great point and shoot with flexible settngs and great zoom capabilities. Easy to hold and shoot. Good for those who dont like to fumble around with settings. Read more ›
I'm…The plastic housing and plastic tripod mount seem a downgrade from the older camera, but the new one is lighter weight and they changed the shape so it's easier to hold. Read more ›
I put a 64GB memory card in it and that…The 3 inch screen is nice to see the shot; you don't have to squint at a little 1.5-2 inch screen and hope everything is in focus. Read more ›
Takes good pictures especially with the zoom lens. Only drawback is the not so clear screen. Read more ›
I did not like this camera. I didn't like the small picture that came up on the screen with all the diagrams and charts and stuff showing instead of a full screen of my pix. T… Read more ›
Your pictures will look much better than they show up on this Canon's muddy display. If you want a crisp display, buy the Nikon L 610. Read more ›
I'm Happy with this cam, the zoom is amazing and the LCD display is great. For this price is a great alternative. Read more ›
For a point and shoot, it doesn't have a lot of good effects. I like the big LCD, and the fact that it kind of looks like an SLR. It has manual functions like shutter time… Read more ›
Easy to use in any mode. Small and easy to carry. Read more ›
on trips the ultra zoom gets pretty heavy around your neck and is always bouncing on your chest as you walk... hopefully this camera will take good pictures while being… Read more ›
This camera is has excellent zoom and very easy to use. Best of all, it is easy to carry around. Read more ›
I was going on a major trip abroad for the first time, so I made the investment. Easy to carry around and I have hundreds of beautiful photos and videos so far. Read more ›
Nice feature is the 2 AAs it takes. Easy to carry spares. For those who wonder how I get 150 shots vs. the 130 most people indicate, it will take about 20 photos after the… Read more ›
Takes great pictures. It's light, easy to carry and point and shoot. The only drawback is that it uses batteries like crazy. Read more ›
Other things I found nice on this camera were the…Also, the pop-up flash device is nice, since there is no question on whether or not the flash has been set when needed. Read more ›
720HD video is good for the money Flash works well enough Programs on camera are great Read more ›
I typically use the Point and Shoot cameras and thought this would be a nice upgrade. It take okay pics - nothing fancy or great but the flash was the deal breaker. This… Read more ›
I am aware most cameras are not made to do night shots. However, you can do night shots if you have a good flash. I had no idea Canon has this frustrating very delayed flash. Read more ›
Large display screen Strong flash One touch rec button Read more ›
Eats batteries sometimes. I think the powerful flash is the reason. Will not do well with anything but Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

444 of 458 people found the following review helpful By Yarii TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 6, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
For the past 2 years I looked at the Canon SX-series cameras, but being a person who can only be happy with a lithium-battery camera, I shied away from these. So I finally went for it after reading the AA battery life is getting better. If you buy some rechargeables, preferably Eneloops, you will be happy enough.

PROS:
* Takes EXCELLENT CRISP, SHARP photos with TRUE COLORS, and also GREAT MACRO (close-up) shots. (I have taken some grainy photos while playing around with it, but they were my fault due to low light without the flash being up).
* Larger than an ultra-compact camera, easy to grip, yet not so large where it's a drag to carry with you - this camera feels comfortable - if you have larger hands or fingers, you won't accidentally push the wrong buttons, plenty of room - I have short, stubby fingers and short nails as I do a lot of typing, those ultra-compact cameras were wrong for me!
* Very pleased with battery life; I've taken over 250 shots and a couple of videos with the Eneloops, they're still going strong (the alkaline AA batteries included w/camera did not last long) - for Eneloops - see my link below.
* The Image Stabilization turns off automatically when you attach the camera to a tripod, something I always forget to do with other cameras (AUTO mode).
* When you have this zoomed out to 16X, the stabilization seems to work better than other cameras I've used (the more you zoom out, the shakier it is); normally on other cameras I'd have to use a tripod.
* You can optically zoom during a video, audio does not cut out during the zooming function. Zoom motor is VERY quiet once you press the video/movie button, it becomes almost silent - the way it does this amazes me.
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417 of 445 people found the following review helpful By John Sturgeon on September 5, 2012
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URGENT UPDATE, September, 2013:

If you prefer using 2-AA batteries in a digital camera - as I do very much - then you seriously need to consider buying a Canon SX160, now, while the supplies still last. The new model SX170 runs on a Canon NB-6LH proprietary battery which costs $38 on Amazon for each spare battery, and it will only take about half as many shots per charge. The Canon SX160 is now the last remaining 2-AA battery, full-featured, full-function, compact, travel & field camera left on the entire worldwide market. When the remaining ones are gone, they are gone forever.

I have owned and used all of them from the SX100 to the SX160. I have long-considered the Canon SX100 line of cameras to be "The Best 2-AA-Battery All-Purpose Travel and Field Cameras Ever Made." I have posted 5-star reviews of both the SX150 and SX160 here on Amazon during the last two years, and I have made it abundantly clear why I feel so strongly favorable of them.

Both cameras - the SX160 and SX170 - have exactly the same features, the same functions, and the same specs - except for the batteries. Functionally they both work exactly the same, and they both produce identical quality pictures. No changes were made to either the sensor or to the DIGIC 4 image processor to bring any improvement to the final images produced by the SX170.

But it's your call.

If you like using 2-AA batteries in a full-featured, compact, travel & field digital camera, then you need to act now. As for myself, I just bought two of them.
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125 of 132 people found the following review helpful By dlc on November 15, 2012
Color Name: Black
I primarily purchased the SX160 to take videos and photos of my kids performing in an orchestra. For my purpose the camera worked very well, sitting in the back row I had a clear view of the entire stage and was easily able to zoom up to my children's faces as they were playing their instruments.

While taking videos the zoom is very silent and smooth and from 16x it will magnify digitally up to 64x which was surprisingly sharp and clear as the image stabilization was very effective. Considering the theater type stage lighting the exposures looked great although the auto focus did have trouble at one point but was reliable most of the time. The camera also picks up the sound in stereo so the music from the performances sounded amazingly good.

My results with still photos were also very good considering the extended zoom and low lighting conditions, I also appreciated the silent mode which muted all sounds from the camera. I own a Canon Rebel XS and am so conditioned to this electronic age of cameras that I was trying to figure out how to mute it also until it dawned on me that it is an SLR with an actual mirror and shutter making the noise.

Since this camera uses AA batteries I am never in short supply of power with many spare Ni-MH batteries at my disposal. The downside is that the SX160 only uses two batteries resulting in agonizingly slow recharge times for the manually activated flash. The upside is that this camera takes decently good photos in low-light without the flash if set up properly.

I'm familiar with the old 35mm manual SLR cameras of the past so I appreciate the ability to control shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings with this camera. There are also several unique shooting modes such as toy camera, miniature, and fish eye.
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