Powerful 16x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
The PowerShot SX160 IS features a powerful Genuine Canon 16x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optical technologies, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that provides an extraordinary 16x zoom range. The lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 448mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous coverage and reach. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings. Moreover, this superb lens incorporates innovative designs that enable it to fit the compact profile of the PowerShot SX160 IS.
Optical Image Stabilizer
Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical in more shooting situations, providing excellent image quality in many difficult situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For still photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.
The compact package makes it easy to handle anywhere. The zoom gets in nice and close to get the details. The HD video adds versatility and eliminates the need to carry two cameras. The pixel quality is at the top. Unfortunately, the battery life only gets you around 20 pictures, and you need to have spare sets on hand. The software is a little difficult to navigate and save pictures to disc.
May 12, 2013
Worst Canon Product purchased
Purchased this camera 10/2012. For 2 months, it worked fine. Now, every time I turn it on, I have to reset the date as it goes back to 00/00/2012, time is 00:00 and zone does not show . I have missed many photo opportunities because of this. All of my photos are kept in date folders and it is important for the date I set to hold. This is my 5th Canon camera and very disappointed with this one.
May 11, 2013
incompatible with windows 7
Are you serious? No patch available for Windows seven compatibility? So my images are non transferable. Great...I may as well throw it away.
May 2, 2013
Previous Review Update
A few weeks back I wrote a negative review of my SX160 due to a lens error problem. Today I'm updating that review because of the kind empathy shown to by a Canon Rep. I was ready to junk our SX160. Then I called Canon. That kindly Canon Rep literally talked me into sending our SX160 to Canon so they could take a look at it. Long story short, Canon sent us a new SX160. So, lesson learned, if you have a problem, CALL CANON and give them an opportunity to help you. Aside from the SX160 lens error problem, my wife and I think that the SX160 is an ideal travel zoom point and shoot camera. And we have gone from "wasacanonfan" to "lifelongcanonfans." To be specific, today, just this morning, we ordered a SX40. We are sticking with our SX160 as our travel zoom point and shoot, along with our A3100 point and shoot, but we are buying the SX40 to be our "tripod" camera for those shots that need more zoom than we can get with our A3100 or SX160. And, yes, we know we can also hand hold the SX40. We also own excellent SLR cameras, two bodies and three lenses in 55, 200 and 400 mm. But changing lenses in wind blown dust or sand has always been a concern. Now, with our A3100, SX160 and soon to arrive SX40 having to change lenses is no longer a concern. Especially when we are in Africa or on a beach in Hawaii where repair shops, in the places we like to go, are few and far between. Why not buy a SX50 you might ask? Well, for us, the SX50 looks great but the SX40 has such an impressive track record that we want to, at the current price differential, give it a try. Who knows, maybe a SX50 will also be in our future. One thing we do know, when using a tripod, use one that is sturdy, especially in windy conditions, so you don't put your camera at risk. Also, sturdy camera cases are a must when traveling. Carrying extra batteries and memory cards is also, we have learned, a good idea.
March 8, 2013