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Good then Bad
By The Hat Lady
from Upper Michigan
Comments about Canon PowerShot 16.0 MP Point & Shoot Digital Camera - Black:
Loved the camera at first - especially the 16X Zoom. Then the Shutter /zoom button fell off. No I have NO ZOOM and I have to use a wooden pick in the button hole to operate the Shutter. AKWARD!
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Can't send pix thru yahoo e-mail
I am not satisfied with this power shot sx 160 is because I cannot send any of my photos thru my yahoo e-mail! I always get Windows Life Mail which I don't and never used. Non of my friends do not use this service either, they say they don't like not being able to enter Windows Life Mail, why can't I send my photos thruyahoo mail like everything else that I use???
Poor Picture Quality
By PowerShot User
I bought this camera hoping that it would be a good replacement. After using the Powershot SX160 for about 10 months, I'm thinking about switching back to my old camera. Main Reason For Buying: I bought this camera because of the price and because of the 16x zoom. Also because the manufacturer of my old camera (previously bought in the past) no longer makes digital cameras and I wanted a recognized name brand camera. Features: There are a boatload of features on this camera, many of which I'll probably never use. Manual controls and on-screen options are helpful. There are plenty of info screens that tell about the settings and the pictures you took. I like the battery backup feature (button cell battery) that holds the date & time when the main batteries are out. The 16x zoom lens operates very quickly. Battery Life: Battery life is very good, about twice a long compared to my old camera. Picture Quality: This is where I give the thumbs down. I'm not that impressed with the picture quality of this camera. The color is usually faded under most conditions. Turning on the vivid color option helps a little. Pictures often have a soft feel to them and are not as sharp as they should be, almost as if the original picture was resized beyond 100% The flash does not go off in a well lit room, which causes the pictures to look faded. There appears to be two flash commands for the auto flash; off and full. Full flash results in poor light filtering. There is a flash power adjustment, but that requires you to go to manual mode and through several options just to adjust it yourself. The flash power on my old camera adjusted itself automatically. The flash also takes several seconds to recharge and will prevent you from taking a picture until it is fully charged. The lens itself produces a heavy amount of chromatic abrasions. (Red/green outlines around contrasting objects). Sometimes it's so severe, it reminds me of the color video cameras that many local news stations had back in the 70's, which were prone to chromatic abrasions. Zooming in helps minimize the effect. The image stabilizer works great. I haven't had a picture blur on me yet, not even at full zoom. Macro is also great too. Super close shots! Video Quality: Video quality if fair, but don't expect a HD image. Recordings produce an up-converted VHS quality like video and are only 25 frames per second. They also eat up a lot of space because they are saved in the Quicktime Movie format instead of MPEG4. Conclusion: Overall, this would have been a good camera if not for it's flaws. I sometimes think of it as a camera phone with a giant zoom lens on it since the picture quality is comparable to early/budget cell phones. I don't plan on buying another camera anytime soon, so I'll probably go back to using my old camera.
only camera needed whether a pro or not.
Simple to use. Sharp/clear images. Acceptable MP and Zoom.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Good camera with a couple exceptions
from Springfield, OR
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)
from West Plains, MO
I like the price. Very easy to use. I could not down load the CD that came with it. I have 8.1 ?
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Great camera, Low price
from Keyser, WV
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.
A must have camera
from Brooskville, FL
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)
Not all that great
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
An upgrade from my A520
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.
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