However, this is why I prefer it. For about $150 ($80 lower than its authentic worth), you get a reliable point-and-shoot digital camera that does extra than simply computerized snapshots. That makes it a pleasant match for individuals who need to study extra about controlling shutter pace and aperture and not using a huge funding. Its 16x zoom lens with picture stabilization offers you some good framing flexibility. And though some may desire a high-power rechargeable battery, the SX160 IS’ two AA batteries make it very handy when touring or for rare photographers.
The costlier Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a more sensible choice should you can afford it, getting you improved photograph and video high quality and quicker efficiency. In any other case, it is a good choice for rookies or informal photographers or simply anybody seeking to take nicer images than a smartphone can ship.
Image high quality:
Although you most likely will not need to use its images at full dimension, the SX160 IS total produces very good images, particularly for its worth and options. Pixel peepers will see noise even at ISO 100, but it surely’s not noticeable at diminished sizes. Up at ISO 400 is the place it begins to be extra seen.
Going above that you’re going to begin to see extra shade noise, artifacts, and lack of element. The digital camera stops at ISO 1600, which is de facto positive since I am unable to think about a better sensitivity getting usable outcomes. The digital camera positively favors dropping shutter pace over elevating ISO when left in auto. That is good usually, however should you’re not paying consideration it may end in blurry images.
Video high quality is excellent, too, however as with its images, you will see extra noise the much less gentle you’ve got. The lens does zoom whereas recording and when it is zooming in you’ll hear some motor sound picked up by the stereo mics in entrance in quieter scenes. General, although, should you simply must seize the occasional clip for Internet sharing, it does a positive job.
Editors’ be aware: We not too long ago up to date our testing methodology to offer barely extra real-world efficiency data, so the outcomes aren’t essentially comparable with earlier testing. Till we’re completed refining our procedures, we is not going to be posting comparative efficiency charts.
One of many huge drawbacks of the SX160’s predecessors was capturing efficiency; all of them have been fairly gradual on all accounts. This mannequin will get a much-needed new autofocus (AF) system. Canon says algorithm enhancements, lighter lens components, a stronger lens motor, and reductions in processing and AF scan occasions all end in quicker focusing and fewer shutter lag. Being quicker would not essentially imply it is quick, however it’s improved from the SX150 IS in some methods.
From off to first shot nonetheless takes about 2 seconds, which given the larger lens is sweet. The shot-to-shot occasions averaged 1.4 seconds with out the flash, although utilizing the flash drove that wait time as much as 7 seconds. Shutter lag — the time from when the shutter launch is pressed to when the picture is captured with out prefocusing — was a minimal of 0.3 second in good lighting, and jumped to 0.7 second in low gentle.
There are two essential steady capturing choices: one with autofocus on each shot and one which units focus and publicity with the primary shot. The latter is quicker, capturing at about 0.8 body per second. The continual choice with AF slows all the way down to about 0.6fps. Add within the shutter lag for the primary shot and you will have to be fairly good at anticipating motion to get the shot you need. Principally, do not buy this should you’re often going to be capturing fast-moving topics except you are a good choose of timing.
Design and options:
The downsides to having a protracted zoom lens and AA batteries for energy are dimension and weight. A digital camera wants room to carry a much bigger lens and batteries (greater than a lithium ion pack at the least), they usually make it heavier. That mentioned, its greater dimension does make it simpler to deal with regardless of the slight grip on the entrance, and the load helps hold the digital camera a bit of steadier when capturing.
Plus, the larger physique additionally means room for bigger, easier-to-press buttons. You get a one-touch film document button along with show, menu, and publicity compensation buttons above and beneath the navigational scroll wheel to the suitable of the 3-inch LCD. The display will get adequately vibrant, although some should discover it tough to see in direct daylight and it inverts when it is above eyeline.
The navigational wheel surrounds a Func./Set button and has high, backside, left, and proper strain factors for ISO sensitivity, focus (guide, regular, and macro), flash, and timer. The wheel is responsive with tactile stops to it, so you’ll not simply overshoot what you are attempting to pick. Its operation is total straightforward to choose up, however even seasoned Canon customers will need to study the complete guide included on the software program disc bundled with the digital camera.
|Key specs||Canon PowerShot SX160 IS|
|Dimensions (WHD)||4.4x2.9x1.7 inches|
|Weight (with battery and media)||10.3 ounces|
|Megapixels, picture sensor dimension, kind||16 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch CCD|
|LCD dimension, decision/viewfinder||3-inch LCD, 230K dots/None|
|Lens (zoom, aperture, focal size)||16x, f3.5-5.9, 28-448mm (35mm equal)|
|File format (nonetheless/video)||JPEG/H.264 AAC (.MOV)|
|Highest decision dimension (nonetheless/video)||4,608x3,456 pixels/ 1,280x720 pixels at 25fps|
|Picture stabilization kind||Optical and digital|
|Battery kind, CIPA rated life||AA-size (two; alkaline included), 140 pictures|
|Battery charged in digital camera||No|
The batteries and reminiscence card slot are in a compartment accessed by the underside of the digital camera, secured by a locking door. That is good contemplating there's nothing holding the batteries in place. On the suitable facet of the physique beneath a small door are a USB/AV port for connecting to a pc or exterior show and a Mini-HDMI port.
Battery life may be very quick should you use alkaline batteries at a CIPA-rated 140 pictures. Utilizing rechargeable NiMH batteries doubles that shot depend, however remember the fact that utilizing the zoom lens loads, growing display brightness, recording films, or steady capturing all lower into that rated battery life. If you happen to're going out capturing for the day, you will need to deliver spares or put together to purchase some alongside the best way.
|Common capturing choices||Canon PowerShot SX160 IS|
|ISO sensitivity (full decision)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|White steadiness||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Customized|
|Recording modes||Auto, Program, Shutter-speed precedence, Aperture precedence, Handbook, Scene, Reside View Management, Artistic Filters, Discreet, Film|
|Focus modes||Face AF, Heart AF, Macro, Regular, Infinity, Handbook|
|Macro||0.4 inch to 1.6 ft (Broad)|
|Metering modes||Multi, Heart-weighted common, Spot|
|Colour results||Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Inexperienced, Vivid Crimson, Impartial, Sepia, Black & White, Constructive Movie, Lighter Pores and skin Tone, Darker Pores and skin Tone, Customized (adjustment of distinction, sharpness, saturation, purple, inexperienced, blue and pores and skin tone can be found)|
|Burst mode shot restrict (full decision)||Limitless steady|
Most point-and-shoots at this digital camera's worth do not include a big number of capturing choices or controls; they're primarily made for absolutely computerized capturing. Among the many many modes on the SX160, nonetheless, are shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and guide. Accessible apertures on the broad finish are f3.5, f4.0, f4.5, f5.0, f5.6, f6.3, f7.1, and f8.0; at telephoto you get f5.9, f7.1, and f8.0. Shutter speeds go from 15 seconds all the way down to 1/3,200 second. If that is an excessive amount of management for you, you may change to Program and management the whole lot however shutter pace and aperture.
After all, you will additionally discover Canon's dependable Good Auto, which analyzes your topic and mechanically selects an acceptable scene setting from 32 outlined settings; some normal scene modes like Portrait, Panorama, and Fireworks; a Discreet mode that shuts off all noise and lights whereas capturing; and a Film mode for capturing clips at resolutions as much as 720p HD in MOV or iFrame codecs.
For individuals who are hooked on the photograph filters from a favourite smartphone app, Canon consists of a number of of its high-quality Artistic Filters: Fish-eye Impact, Miniature Impact, Toy Digital camera Impact, Monochrome, Tremendous Vivid, and Poster Impact. One other mode, Reside View Management, enables you to simply experiment with publicity and shade whereas seeing your outcomes onscreen earlier than you shoot (the identical goes for the filters). Whereas some might contemplate these gimmicks that may be performed with software program, they are often enjoyable to play with should you're seeking to do one thing totally different and might truly make it easier to arrange your shot appropriately for the impact you are after.
The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS began out at about $230, but it surely's now all the way down to $150, making it an excellent worth. For rookies on a price range or these simply in search of a very good occasional-use digital camera that you do not have to fret about charging first earlier than capturing with it, it is a good selection. Nonetheless, a digital camera with a chargeable battery pack will get you higher efficiency and battery life and a lighter, smaller physique. Additionally, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS did produce higher images and is actually the identical digital camera, just a bit slower with rather less zoom, and may be discovered for even lower than the SX160 IS whereas it is nonetheless round.