Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

16.0 MP Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom  8.5/10


Canon SX160 IS
Canon has a great reputation for beginner digital cameras. This is a perfect example. You get a sturdy, durable, and compact digital camera that features a 3-inch LCD screen. Having to manually lift the flash is a nifty feature because there are many times when we don’t want the flash to automatically fire. Its 16.0 MP and 16x optical zoom produces sharp, clear pictures whether you’re close up or far away from your subject. The dedicated movie button is big and another convenient feature. This makes it so you don’t have to go searching through menus for the option to start recording. For $149.95, this is a superb all-purpose digital camera with great speed and intuitive controls.

Quick Specs

  • Colors: Black and Red
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • 16 MP
  • 16x wide-angle optical zoom
  • 10.2 ounces
  • 1.7” x 4.4” x 2.9”

Lightweight and easy to hold

28mm wide-angle capability great for landscapes

Optical image stabilizer feature reduces shaky camera shots

Dedicated movie button lets you start and stop recording instantly

Manual control over flash

The price is right for a beginner digital camera


A little bigger and bulkier than most compacts

Powered by AA batteries, which have limited lifespans

720p video recording is falling behind the times

Brian Jones has had a passion for photography and anything related for the majority of his life. One photography class in high school was all it took to get hooked on everything to do with the subject. He became more focused on learning about camera equipment as he experiemented with everything available… See more about Brian