Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Review
28 December 2012
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is priced at Rs 12,995 (MRP), but you can buy it for a few hundred rupees less from online stores, and that too with a case, rechargeable batteries, a charger and a 4GB SD card included as freebies. At this price point, the flaws in performance can be overlooked. Despite the niggles, the SX160 IS performs significantly better than some of the other digital cameras in its class, and even some more expensive travel compacts.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a good, inexpensive travel-zoom option for those wanting more control over results or who are just getting into photography and don't want to empty their wallets.
Pros: The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS has a large selection of shooting options from full manual to full auto; big, easy-to-press controls; and the convenience of AA batteries.
Cons: The SX160 IS will eat through alkaline batteries; shooting performance is good, but not fast; and picture quality drops off above ISO 400, so it's not a great choice for handheld low-light shots.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS has a decent spec considering its slender price tag, and it performs reasonably well for the money too. But don't expect too much: the LCD screen's viewing angle is poor, we're not fans of the AA batteries, and the pictures are soft and underwhelming. But if money is the dominant factor and you're seeking a wide-ranging zoom compact camera then the SX160 IS has enough points for it to be a serious consideration.
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot SX160 is described as family friendly, and takes two AA batteries. It features full manual controls, as well as an Auto mode, scene modes, and creative effects. The camera records 720p video, with stereo sound and allows the use of the optical zoom while recording. A focus assist lamp and pop up flash help in dark conditions, and built in optical image stabilisation adds to the cameras capabilities.
Pros: 16x optical zoom lens, Improved design over previous model, Manual controls, AA batteries readily available, Excellent macro performance, Good colour and white balance performance
Cons: Low resolution 3 inch screen, Lacks auto panoramic mode, Shorter battery life with Alkaline batteries, Noise performance above ISO200, Slow flash charge