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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||380 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||0.8 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230000|
|Display Size||0.12 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG v2.3|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||Auto,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.87 x 1.73 x 4.37 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.64 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||448 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/3200 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Memory Storage Capacity||10 GB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Processor Description||Digic 4|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||2 x AA batteries|
|Video Capture Format||H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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.Read more ›
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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