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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Black Approx. 16 MP 16X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

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  • 1/2.3" CCD Approx. 16 MP
  • 16X Optical Zoom
  • 28mm Wide Angle
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0" 230K LCD
  • 1280 x 720
  • AA Alkaline: Approx. 140 shots
  • AA NiMH: Approx. 380 shots

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Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS


PowerShot SX Series
PowerShot SX160 IS
Part Number



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CCD
Gross Pixels
Approx. 16.6 MP
Effective Pixels
Approx. 16 MP
Large: 4608 x 2592
Medium 1: 3264 x 1832
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
Small: 640 x 360

Large: 4608 x 3072
Medium 1: 3264 x 2176
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
Small: 640 x 424

Large: 4608 x 3456
Medium 1: 3264 x 2448
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480

Large: 3456 x 3456
Medium 1: 2448 x 2448
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
5.0 (W) - 80.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 448 mm)
f/3.5 (W) - f/5.9 (T)


Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Approx. 10-sec. delay, approx. 2-sec. delay, custom


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Normal Focus Range
0.4 in. (1 cm) - infinity (W), 2.0 ft. (60 cm) - infinity (T)
Macro Focus Range
0.4 in. 1.6 ft. (1-50 cm) (W)


Flash Mode
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range
1.6 - 9.8 ft. (W), 2.0 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 3.0m (W), 60cm - 2.0m (T))


Exposure Control
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
Still Images: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (Not available when shooting movies)
Metering System
Evaluative, Center-weighted Average, Spot
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

Viewfinder & Monitor

3.0" 230K


Continuous Drive
Normal: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Normal: Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. (in P mode)
LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Stills & Videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display, Active Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Image Search, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)

Still Images: Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning

Videos: Normal Playback, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward
HDTV Output

Recording System

File Formats
Storage Media


Movie Format
MOV (image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Movie Recording
HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps / 25 fps
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 5 fps / 2.5 fps / 1.25 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720


A/V Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Mini-HDMI connector


2 AA Alkaline batteries
Battery Life
AA Alkaline: Approx. 140 shots
AA NiMH: Approx. 380 shots


Canon's powerful 16x Optical Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve brilliant images whether you are up close or far away.

16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor deliver stunning quality images.

Capture breathtaking 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.

Large 3.0-inch LCD offers easy viewing from a wide angle.

Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations to ensure the best possible image capture for stills or video.

Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.

High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed so you capture every shot with ease.

AA battery power provides added convenience.

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.37 x 2.85 x 1.74 in
CIPA standard: Approx. 10.3 oz. or 291 g
Camera Body Only: Approx. 8.57 oz. or 243 g

Package contents

Package Contents
PowerShot SX160 IS Body
2 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
Wrist Strap WS-800
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 1/13/2014 10:18:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsJust a ordinary camera

Pros: great LCD

Cons: Poor picture quality

Other Thoughts: This camera has only a 1/2.3" CCD Sensor (6.17mm x 4.55mm). We've all seen dodgy images from high mega pixel cameras and know that after a point, mega pixels don't matter for most people – a 16 MP compact isn't ever going to be as good as a 12 MP Full Frame DSLR. What does matter is sensor size!
The cameras sensor sizes are:
1/3.2"(4.54 x 3.42mm)
1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55mm)
1/1.7"(7.60 X 5.70mm)
2/3" (8.80 X 6.60mm)
1/1.2"(10.67x 8.0mm)
Micro Four Thirds 4/3"(17.30x13mm)
1" (12.8X9.60mm)
APS-c (Canon) 22.20X14.8mm
APS-C 23.60x15.60mm
APS-H 27.9 x 18.6mm
Full Frame 36.00 x 24.00 mm
Higher-end Compacts – With demand growing and the price of producing larger sensors falling, there are a growing number of higher-end compact cameras with larger sensors. For example the Fuji film X20 has a 2/3-inch (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor Price: $445.50, while the Sony RX100 has an even bigger 1-inch sensor (12.8 x 9.6 mm). Price: $548.00. The Canon G1 X even boasts a 1.5-inch sensor (18.7 x 14 mm) Price: $579.00.
So you get what you pay. If you want to take crude pictures then you go for Cameras sensor size 1/3.2" or1/2.3" without extras at around $100. If you needs more decent pictures, and not to discredit yourself on Face book then you go for around 1"(12.80x9.60mm). Don't be fooled by mega pixles. This is an illusion and deception. Concentrate at lenses quality, CCD sensor size and, Digital Image Processor.

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  • John M.
  • 4/17/2013 7:22:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAuto focus fuzzes out

Pros: Nice zoom

Cons: Autofocus does not stay focused in videos and fuzzes out frequently. Lot's of still pictures are out of focus. Another con is that the two battery canon cameras tend to lose a picture if you try to take another shot before the buffer is cleared. This happens most often when you are taking a very important shot and try to take a second shot to ensure you have the pic....but you lose the good shot because you did not wait for the first one to clear the buffer.

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  • Marcia L.
  • 1/16/2013 10:56:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSo so

Pros: Good optical zoom
Writes fast to SD card
Feels nice in the hand

Cons: Even at highest settings and lowest ISO with lots of light the images are grainy. Just goes to show the the MP means nothing when it comes to a digital cameras picture quality.

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3 out of 5 eggsImage noise too much

Pros: Uses aa batteries.
Many nice functions.
Nice overall.

Cons: Can't uses alkalines...really eats batteries. Keep Nimh spares handy. Powerful flash eats batteries.
Image noise high above ISO 200. Horrible to me for enlargements.

Other Thoughts: I love Canon for point and shoot...well I used too. I use Nikon for DLRs. After using Canon p/s for over a decade I won't buy another one. I went to Olympus. This camera is great for 4x6 shots, but using the higher iso's degrades enlarged images....had no problem with this with older Canon's.

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