Canon SX160 16.0 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On September 17 2012, Canon announced the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS SuperZoom compact cameras. The PowerShot SX500 IS is the world's smallest 30x optical zoom (up to 720mm) camera, while the PowerShot SX160 IS features a 16x optical zoom in a compact body. The SX500 features a 16 Megapixels sensor, a 24mm wide angle lens, DIGIC 4 image processor, Intelligent IS system, 3.0-inch LCD screen, and HD video at full-telephoto zoom. There is also a Zoom Framing Assist feature - when you lose sight of your subject after zooming in, this feature will quickly zoom out to help you re-locate and frame your subject. A frame box appears on the LCD as a guide to place your subject in. The lens retraction and extension is faster using the Zoom Framing Assist button than the zoom lever. The SX160 features a 16 Megapixels sensor, a 16x zoom lens (28mm wide up to 448mm), DIGIC 4 image processor, Intelligent IS system, 3.0-inch LCD, and HD recording. It's powered by AA batteries and will be available in red or black colors. Both the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS are expected to be available in September 2012 for $329.99 and $229.99.

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Canon Powershot SX160 IS Camera Reviews Roundup


Steve's Digicam - Mar 02 2013
"Image quality is not the best, nor the worst for a camera in this class and price range. I wouldn't say it lives up to the sophisticated premise of the manual controls it offers serious shooters. Daytime outdoor shots were well exposed. And even when cranking the zoom all the way up to 16x, I was able to get closely cropped shots of my son from perhaps 30 o..." More »
Not Rated
Pocket-lint - Jan 05 2013
"The point of a camera is, obviously, to take pictures. While the SX160 is fairly capable in capturing various scenes and the wide-ranging zoom is useful, it's the pictures themselves that are underwhelming. Nothing is bitingly sharp, while at full scale shots reveal plenty of processing artefacts throughout. Image edges also suffer from purple fringing, tec..." More »
70out of 100
CNET US - Dec 19 2012
"Though you probably won't want to use its photos at full size, the SX160 IS overall produces very nice photos, especially for its price and features. Pixel peepers will see noise even at ISO 100, but it's not noticeable at reduced sizes. Up at ISO 400 is where it starts to be more visible. Going above that you'll start to see more color noise, artifacts, an..." More »
70out of 100
ePhotoZine - Nov 21 2012
"The portrait photo using the onboard flash shows excellent colour and very little to no red-eye in the photo. Exposure and colour is generally excellent in photos, although setting the exposure compensation to -0.3EV can help give images stronger saturation. Dynamic range can be expanded with the use of i-Contrast. Purple fringing and chromatic abberat..." More »
70out of 100
CNET UK - Oct 18 2012
"When tasked with shooting a still-life composition of everyday objects, the SX160 performed best under studio lighting, as is common with the vast majority of cameras. It kept its sensitivity low -- to ISO 125 -- and set the shutter speed at 1/100 second. As a result, colours were accurate and contrasts were crisp, allowing for cleanly captured details and..." More »
60out of 100

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