You'll want to carry this compact, versatile camera everywhere, because it gives every shooting opportunity the potential to become a beautiful image. The spectacular 16x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and Optical Image Stabilizer captures clear, vivid images whether your subject is up close or far away. And with the 16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor, every detail is precisely rendered for truly impressive image quality. The PowerShot SX160 IS captures breathtakingly realistic 720p HD video in stereo sound with the press of a button. You can zoom while shooting your videos and view them easily later on your HDTV through the HDMI connector. Smart AUTO makes shooting stills and video easy because the camera automatically selects the right settings for 32 predefined shooting situations. Shoot freely and naturally with new High Speed AF that dramatically increases focus speed so you’ll capture every shot you want. And because the PowerShot SX160 IS is powered by AA batteries, you'll always be ready to shoot.
Salient Features for Canon Powershot Canon SX160IS
16x optical zoom, 28mm wide Canon lens
A Canon 16x optical zoom lets you get close to distant subjects; up to 32x with ZoomPlus, a technology that extends the zoom range while maintaining higher quality than a traditional digital zoom. The 28mm wide-angle lens captures impressive landscapes and fits everyone in the frame for great group shots.
Intelligent IS automatically selects the appropriate Image Stabilizer mode from 7 – combating camera shake to prevent blur and ensuring sharp, detailed photos and videos at full zoom or handheld in low light.
Smart Auto (32 scenes)
Even complete beginners can effortlessly shoot high quality photos or movies with Smart Auto, which detects the scene and selects the optimal settings from 32 variables (21 in movie). Smart Auto is completely automatic - all you have to do is point and shoot.
Fun Creative Filters
Experiment and have fun with a range of Creative Filters. Options include Fish-eye Effect to re-create the distortion of a fish-eye lens and Super Vivid to boost colour saturation. Use Miniature Effect in stills or movies to make scenes look like miniature scale models.
iFrame movie (720p)
Shoot PC and Mac friendly HD video (720p) in the optimized Apple iFrame format for fast importing, easy editing and simple sharing.
A 16 Megapixel sensor delivers detailed high-resolution images that can be printed at very large sizes (A3+) or cropped to achieve the desired composition.
7.5 cm (3.0") LCD; Hints & Tips
A large, high quality LCD screen with wide viewing angle allows for easy framing, effortless menu navigation and pleasurable reviewing and playback of the results. Easy Hints & Tips help you understand your camera and improve your results.
HD movies with HDMI
Effortlessly record high quality HD movies (720p) with stereo sound and optical zoom, with one touch of the dedicated Movie Record button. Dynamic and Powered Image Stabilizer modes keep movies blur free when shooting on the move or using the telephoto end of the zoom. An HDMI output allows easy, high quality playback on HDTVs.
Full Manual control
Expand your creativity and take your photography to the next level with Full Manual control of shutter speed and aperture. Capture beautiful close up detail using 1cm macro mode.
For ultimate convenience the camera uses two AA batteries, which are readily available worldwide.
Standard Accessories for Canon Powershot SX160IS
- 2 x Alkaline Batteries
- Wrist Strap
- USB Interface Cable
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
Canon Powershot SX160IS
1/2.3 type CCD
Colour Filter Type
DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
5.0 – 80.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 448 mm)
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.6x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 64x
f/3.5 – f/5.9
11 elements in 9 groups (1 UD lens, 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Yes (lens shift-type), 3.5-stop. Intelligent IS
AF System/ Points
Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF
AF Point Selection
Size (Normal, Small)
AF Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro
Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
1 – 1/3200 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/3200 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
7.5 cm (3.0”) TFT, Approx. 230,000 dots
Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed
Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock
Manual Power Adjustment
3 levels with internal flash
Built-in Flash Range
50 cm – 3.0 m (W) / 60 cm – 2.0 m (T)
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1,
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Live View Control, SCN (Portrait, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (4.0MP), Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Discreet, Movie
Modes in Movie
Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, iFrame Movie, Program AE, Portrait, Snow, Fireworks, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Single, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. with AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec.(until memory card becomes full)¹²
RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION
4:3 - (L) 4608 x 3456, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (L) 4608 x 2592, (M1) 3264 x 1832, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L) 4608 x 3072, (M1) 3264 x 2176, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 3456 x 3456, (M1) 2448 x 2448, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)¹
(HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 5fps, 2.5fps, 1.25 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)
(HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L ) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
Still Image Type
JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu
Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor
Approx. 2x – 10x
Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC & Macintosh
Windows 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.7
2x Size-AA Alkaline or Ni-MH Batteries (NB-3AH) (Alkaline batteries supplied)
Approx.140 shots (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 380 shots (with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries)
Approx. 420 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 600 min. playback (with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries)
A/C Power Supply
Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800
0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity
111.0 x 72.5 x 44.1 mm
Approx. 291 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)