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Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black

  • Model: SX160ISBLACK
  • 16.0 Megapixel
  • 16.0X Optical Zoom
  • Memory Expandable via SD Card
  • 3.0" High Resolution LCD Screen
  • Built-in Automatic Flash with Red Eye Reduction
Special financing available (subject to credit approval)
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
Zoom Lens
16.0X Optical Zoom
Memory Expansion
Memory Expandable via SD Card
LCD Screen
3.0" High Resolution LCD Screen
Flash
Built-in Automatic Flash with Red Eye Reduction
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization
Video Output
Yes
USB Connection
USB Connection - Cable Included
Movie Mode
HD Movie Mode
Standard Battery Type
Uses "AA" Batteries or CR-3V Lithium Batteries
Face Detection
Yes
Includes Software
Yes
Shipping Weight
1 lbs
Warranty Terms - Parts
12 Months
Warranty Terms - Labor
12 Months

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 press of a button. You can zoom while shooting your videos and view them easily later on your HDTV through the HDMI connector. Smart AUTO makes shooting stills and video easy because the camera automatically selects the right settings for 32 predefined shooting situations. Shoot freely and naturally with new High Speed AF that dramatically increases focus speed so you'll capture every shot you want. And because the PowerShot SX160 IS is powered by AA batteries, you'll always be ready to shoot.

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Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black
 
3.8

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • Simple controls/menu (25)
  • Excellent image quality (24)
  • Lightweight/portable (24)
  • Large clear LCD (22)

Cons

  • Short battery life (12)
  • Missing features/settings (4)
  • Poor low-light performance (4)

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    Reviewed by 37 customers

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    5.0

    only camera needed whether a pro or not.

    By robnor65

    from Ohio

    Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

    Simple to use. Sharp/clear images. Acceptable MP and Zoom.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good camera with a couple exceptions

    By Cardinal

    from Springfield, OR

    Pros

    • good macro feature
    • Good zoom
    • Image Stabilization
    • Small Size

    Cons

    • lcd screen reflection
    • Short battery life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

      I bought this to replace an older digital camera after dropping it on cement. It takes good pictures, but out in the daylight, it is hard to see with the LCD screen. Also, the batteries don't last very long. Actually, I tested the batteries after the camera shut down and told me to "replace batteries." They tested still very strong. I do like the 16X optical zoom and the good macro feature and the ability to manage my own picture taking experience.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Product

      By Try1970

      from West Plains, MO

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Durable
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • Good battery life
      • good low-light performance
      • lightweight/portable
      • Nice features/settings
      • Simple controls/menu

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

          I like the price. Very easy to use. I could not down load the CD that came with it. I have 8.1 ?

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great camera, Low price

          By Cody

          from Keyser, WV

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Durable
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Good battery life
          • good low-light performance
          • lightweight/portable
          • Nice features/settings
          • Simple controls/menu

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

              I got this camera for christmas, I picked it out after looking at a few different ones and I am glad i made that choice. I am very happy with the quality of the camera and the pictures it takes. It is very easy to use and has so many great features. I had a powershot A530 when i was younger and it made me a canon fan from the start and the sx160-IS just ensured that will not change anytime soon. As for the battery life, I use ultimate lithium batteries and they last forever, of course if you use cheap batteries you will get short battery life, that's just common sense. I could not be any happier with this product. The zoom and Image stabilization are great, however with full zoom it is kinda touchy if you move the slightest little bit but that's what tri-pods are for.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A must have camera

              By CameraofCanon

              from Brooskville, FL

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Durable
              • Easy to use
              • Excellent Image Quality
              • good low-light performance
              • Great sensor
              • lightweight/portable
              • Nice features/settings
              • Simple controls/menu

              Cons

              • Short battery life

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                I love this camera, I got it yesterday and it shoots not only amazing photos but has a really good aperture. This is my first Canon camera and I really enjoy this. I also amazed by how small and compact it is. My motto for this camera is: "Small camera, Big Power". Thank you very much Canon!!!

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not all that great

                By Adam

                from Undisclosed

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Excellent Image Quality

                Cons

                • heavy/bulky
                • Short battery life

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                  I did not realize company's still used AA batteries in there cameras. With my old camera I could plug it in like a cell phone and simply recharge it. There is also no battery life bar to let you know if the battery is dead. the features are ok on this camera but I am going to return it for a refund.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  An upgrade from my A520

                  By davy

                  from Pennsylvania

                  Pros

                  • Bright LCD
                  • Easy to use
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • Good battery life
                  • lightweight/portable
                  • Nice features/settings
                  • Simple controls/menu

                  Cons

                  • pdf manual instead of printed

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                    I won't duplicate the positive reviews of previous users but I agree with them all...this is a great digicam. I bought this model (the black one) when I saw the SX170 DID NOT use AA size batteries. I like the convenience of AA batteries. I thought my A520 would be a lifetime use purchase when a certain digital goddess (KK) once said 4MP was as much as most anyone would ever need. Well, that certainly proved to be shortsighted. I chose the SX160 which uses a CCD type image sensor the same as the A520. I always thought it captured quality shots. I was not ready to switch to a CMOS using camera; a nit pic for sure. As far as low battery life goes: you've got to read the PDF instruction manual which states that you'll get far more shots using NIMH rechargeable batteries. I've had excellent usage from 2700 mah batteries. I would also recommend a class 10 flash memory card...the size is up to you depending on whether you use this Digital Still Camera as a camcorder or just for still shots. A class 10 memory card will allow faster follow-up shots and download your video or snapshots super quick. I found that out when I swapped out my old class 4 card from my A520. There really is a lot of speed difference. I was also impressed by, compared to my A520, how quick this camera turned on and was ready to shoot...like 2 seconds! I also liked the electric switch to view your shots versus the mechanical switch on the A520. It's not even necessary to power up the camera...just push the button on the camera back and start reviewing your pics. One thing that I miss from my old Canon is the remote triggering feature; I've adjusted by using the self-timer. And to a lessor extent, the optical viewfinder. Although the 3" LCD screen is a pleasant surprise. But it's still a point-n-shoot size that will fit into a cargo pants pocket and not weigh down like a anvil. I've only used it for 1 month but I do not regret buying it. I look forward to many thousands more snapshots with this Canon product. They seem to make a camera for every type user. This SX160IS is just right for me.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This is our third sx160

                    By lifelongcanonfans

                    from Washington

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • canon replaced our lens error sx160
                    • Easy to use
                    • Excellent Image Quality
                    • Good battery life
                    • good low-light performance
                    • lightweight/portable
                    • Nice features/settings
                    • Simple controls/menu
                    • we had a lens error problem with our first sx160

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                        My wife and I went from "wasacanonfan" to lifelongcanonfans" because of the excellent customer service Canon has given to us. This is our third sx160 camera. We also have Canon a3100, a4000 and sx40 cameras. Our sx160 cameras are the "in between" cameras in terms of size and zoom potential that we carry when we want more zoom than the a3100 or a4000 can give us but want to carry something smaller than our sx40. When we look at the picture quality from these cameras we cannot tell them apart either when we view them on our computer or when we print them and frame them. For a relatively small hand held zoom camera the sx160 is hard to beat. The number of shots we can take varies with the quality of the batteries we use and have had zero problems with the battery system. If we could only have one camera, I suspect we would choose one of our sx160 cameras because they give us the best size (relatively small) and zoom (adequate for most of the shots we take of people, scenery and wildlife) capability. The smaller "a" series cameras have their place as does our larger "sx" camera.

                        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Was very satisfied with ...

                        By Nell

                        from Iowa

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Easy to use
                        • Excellent Image Quality
                        • lightweight/portable
                        • Simple controls/menu

                        Cons

                        • Short battery life

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                          Was very satisfied with the quality of pictures, but not impressed with it taking AA batteries instead of a rechargeable battery. I purchased this camera while my regular camera was in for repair and I take a lot of pictures in a day and went though a lot of batteries. I would recommend this camera to those who don't use it on a regular basis. Other than my dissatisfaction with it being battery operated it did take good pictures.

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Love this camera!

                          By prsimoneau

                          from Claremont, NH

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to use
                          • Excellent Image Quality
                          • good low-light performance
                          • lightweight/portable
                          • Nice features/settings
                          • Simple controls/menu

                          Cons

                          • Missing features/settings
                          • very hard to upload pics to computer from

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:

                            I love most features of this camera! It takes amazing pictures and is really easy to use once you take the time to figure it out. The only issue I have is that I can not upload my pics to my computer. I uploaded all the software it said I needed but still won't upload. I have tried on several computers and am told on all of them they can not find the camera when it is plug into them. Very frustrating.

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