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.
December 5, 2013
This is our third sx160
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.
November 29, 2013
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.
November 27, 2013
Love this camera!
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.
November 15, 2013