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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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|Screen Size||3 in||2.7 in||3 in||5 in||2.7 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.73 x 4.37 x 2.87 in||3.67 x 1.05 x 2.37 in||4.1 x 3.4 x 2.7 in||0.87 x 3.75 x 2.14 in||2.13 x 1.97 x 0.87 in||3.15 x 4.09 x 2.72 in|
|Item Weight||0.64 lb||4.16 ounces||0.72 lb||4.4 ounces||4.48 ounces||0.69 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 megapixels||16 megapixels||12 megapixels||12 megapixels||—||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 pixels||1280 x 720, 640 x 480||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97 fps)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder||None||lcd||fixed LCD||fixed LCD||None||None|
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.
From the Manufacturer
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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* 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.
* Easy for anyone to use in AUTO; and this also has full P/A/S/M manual controls, so this is a camera you can grow into if you are a novice.
* Has a Mode Dial - some cameras, including Canon's cheaper models, are removing the dial on top of the camera and changing to a menu-only format.
* Shutter response time is a little slow, probably due to the AA batteries (I'm using a Class 10 SD card, so it isn't that). Not sure if you would be happy with this camera if you are trying to capture fast moving kids or pets; if you can get them to hold still for a few seconds, it's fine.
* Build-quality: It's plastic, but if you are careful with your cameras you should be OK. The battery compartment door seems a little more robust than cheaper Canon models I looked at, it has a spring, unlocks and slides out to the side. Plastic tripod mount (ugh!, why couldn't they use metal?)
* This camera can't be put into your pocket, it needs a case. Also, a camera this size needs a neck strap, not a flimsy little hand strap like the one in the box.
* The 230,000 pixel LCD screen doesn't impress me, I've purchased cheaper cameras that have 460,000 pixels. You may be unhappy with photo quality when viewing it on the LCD, and pleasantly surprised after you upload the photo to your PC.
1. My camera was made in JAPAN! Not to say yours will be; I know with Panasonic cameras sometimes the same model will come from different countries. I don't know about Canon.
2. I've yet to find a P&S digital camera that is perfect. This one isn't perfect either, so it got 4 stars. You have to weigh the pros & cons for YOUR specific needs in a camera. I've tried other cheaper, basic Canon's, and I either returned them or re-gifted to friends.
3. There are strap openings on both sides of this camera, but they are so small they will only accommodate those small loops like wrist straps have. I think I found a neck strap that will work, see my link below. I've got one on order now.
4. I uploaded a short video to YouTube, I am Yarii41 on YT; if you do a search for "Canon SX160 Video Test" you should find it. I can't put the link here, since links to other sites aren't allowed in our reviews.
ENELOOP BATTERIES: Sanyo XX Battery Powered by eneloop, 2500mAh typical / 2400 mAh minimum High Capacity, 4 Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries
CANON CASE: Canon PSC-3300 Deluxe Soft Case for Canon SX130IS Digital Cameras
CLASS 10 SD CARD: Transcend 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC10E
NECK STRAP: OP/TECH USA 2201021 Bin/Op Strap-QD- for Compact Cameras and Binoculars -Neoprene (Black)
If you're picking up this camera to have something to take quick snaps of children at the holidays, stuff at the bar, or anywhere else where light is low and you need lightning fast response then don't bother. That's not what this camera is made for.
Too many folks don't do their research. The just see a big number like "16x zoom" and think they need that. If you're looking for a camera that is available used for even less than the SX160, is more pocketable and takes quicker snaps then go for the Canon ELPH 300HS.
Canon sorts their compact cameras into different series. The A-Series is their budget line, the S-Series is their mid-level cameras, SX-Series is superzoom and G-Series is their prosumer line. If you will be shooting in automatic all of the time and won't be taking artistic shots of birds or squirrels in trees far away then you don't need an SX series. The SX series has full manual controls, which someone who intends to practice actual photography with it needs, but for auto-shooters it's a bad choice. The smaller cameras that are designed for family snapshots are faster for that type of thing.
I own a lot of DSLR gear, and first I'll tell you that expecting a compact (point & shoot) like this one or ANY compact camera to take quick snaps is just fooling yourself. A DSLR, even an entry level one can snap off several shots a second. Most compacts are lucky to get 1-2 shots per second, even the quicker ones. Even the ones that advertise faster speeds don't tell you up front that they only take LOW RESOLUTION shots that fast, not full resolution.
Now, being that I own DSLR gear for when I really want to go out and do some photography and being that I also own an ELPH 300HS for taking snapshots around the house I was looking for something bigger and easier to grip than the ELPH that took decent photos. I don't like keeping my DSLR gear in my car all of the time (for obvious reasons) but some times I come across interesting stuff to photograph. That is where this camera shines. It has full manual controls and on top of that a lens that goes from 28mm to 448mm WITH built in image stabilizer and the ability to focus 1cm from the front glass. Just finding a lens even remotely like that for a DSLR would cost many thousands of dollars.
So that's what this camera does for me. It's not the best camera I own, or the fastest, but it has a nice long zoom with image stabilization and it's cheap enough that I feel comfortable leaving it in the car for impromptu photography. I must say that I'm also quite impressed with its performance. Sure, in low-light (i.e. indoors at night) it's not even on the same planet as my DSLRs but in daylight or decent indoor lighting it gets the job done and much better than I'd initially thought it would.
So, from someone who has much more expensive gear at his disposal I will say that as far as image quality you will not be dissapointed so long as you actually take the time to set up your shots and learn how a camera works. This camera and others like it are often underrated by those expecting National Geographic shots out of them but who leave them in automatic mode and don't learn anything about photography.This is an intermediate/enthusiast camera for those on a budget but who want to get some decent photos. I've compared it in-depth to the top-tier compacts like the Sony RX100 and the Canon G1X and to be honest with you in broad daylight the images at 100% magnification don't look much different. Sure those cameras a little crisper and have a little more dynamic range but they're still nowhere near a DSLR.
So here's my recommendations:
- If you're a photographer looking for a nice little camera with manual controls to toss in your pocket or glove compartment then this one's a keeper, especially for the price.
- If you're an aspiring photographer who wants to learn about manual controls and how a camera operates this is still a very good choice. You could spend a LOT more but honestly a compact camera is a compact camera. You could spend $70 on this one or $700 on a more expensive one but the quality difference is not THAT amazing. If you're willing to spend more just pick up a used DSLR in the $200-$400 price range. Even an older one will blow any compact out of the water. Likewise, don't rule out film. You can get a nice used film SLR with lens for under $100 and film will teach you MUCH more about photography than digital will. It's a great way to start out.
- If you're just looking for something to take on vacation but have no interest in anything other than automatic mode or you are wanting to take rapid-fire shots of kids or pets and just need something portable get the ELPH 300HS. They can be had for under 50 USD and take great video as well. They zoom isn't as long as the SX160IS and it's not quite as sharp but it is an amazing little camera.
Due to some health problems and medications I take, I do not necessarily have a steady hand and the auto focus with the feature to counter the shake of my hand or my none steady grasp makes a world of difference. No more shot after shot of blurry pictures.
It is also easy for my arthritic hands to hold. Not too thin to try to hold, but not too big and bulky to hold comfortably.
Very easy to use camera all the way around! And good clear photos!