20.00
Megapixels
8.00x zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
Resolution: 20.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Lens: 8.00x zoom
(28-224mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 1600
Extended ISO: 100 - 1600
Shutter: 1/2000 - 15 seconds
Max Aperture: 3.2
Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.1 x 0.9 in.
(95 x 54 x 22 mm)
Weight: 4.5 oz (127 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2015
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon 160 specifications

Canon ELPH 160 Review -- First Impressions

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Canon ELPH 160 Review -- 3/4 front view

Canon ELPH models are notable for their stylish and slim design, as well as their sheer affordability. The latest entry-level ELPH model, the Canon ELPH 160, undoubtedly keeps these qualities. Serving as the replacement to the Canon ELPH 135, the ELPH 160 keeps things simple and budget-friendly by leaving out Wi-Fi connectivity and opting for a 20-megapizel CCD sensor over a faster CMOS.

The lens on the Canon ELPH 160 is the same 8x zoom as on the previous model, providing a versatile 28-224mm equivalent zoom range with an f/3.2 to f/6.9 maximum aperture range. The ELPH 160 does not include image stabilization -- again, another cost-saving factor -- so, if you can afford a little more, we'd recommend considering the ELPH 170 IS, which includes image stabilization.

Canon ELPH 160 Review -- 3/4 front view, all colors

While the lens remains the same as the predecessor, the new ELPH 160 gets an updated CCD sensor, going from 16 megapixels to 20 megapixels. As with the ELPH 170 IS, given the CCD chip in these models, HD video recording is limited to 720p resolution and at only 25 frames per second. Videos are saved with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression in an MOV file format.

For quick and easy shooting, the Canon ELPH 160 features a SMART Auto mode that automatically selects the optical shooting settings for a given scene or subject. For more creative shots, the camera includes a host of special effects and filters, including Fisheye, Toy Camera and Monochrome.

Canon ELPH 160 Review -- Rear view
The Canon ELPH 160 features a 2.7-inch LCD screen with a 230K-dot resolution, which is small and lower-resolution than average, but a good compromise given the price point.

Like many other compact digital cameras, the ELPH 160 uses SD memory cards for image storage, and like its predecessor, uses Canon's NB-11LH rechargeable lithium ion battery pack. The camera offers a special ECO mode to help you squeeze the maximum amount of juice out of the battery for extended shooting periods.

Offered in four different colors -- white, red, silver or black -- the Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 will be available in February at a very budget-friendly price of US$119.99.

 

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