Canon Powershot ELPH 160 Brief Review



  • 20 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.2-f/6.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000
  • ISO range 100-1600
  • Burst shooting up to .8 shots/sec (2.2 in low light mode)
  • Macro focusing to .4 inches
  • 2.7” LCD
  • 720p video at 25 fps
  • Li-ion battery rated at 230 shots (310 in ECO mode)
  • Weighs 4.48 oz.
  • Release Date: 2015-01-04
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 offers basic performance on a budget
Canon's 2014 budget model sits at $120 for a basic camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 12/11/2015

Point-and-shoots aren't going anywhere--Canon released five of them at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show alone. The Canon Powershot ELPH 160 is the cheapest of the bunch, a no-frills camera that's easy on the budget.

The Canon ELPH 160 uses a 20 megapixel sensor that's 1/2.3", a typical size for a point-and-shoot. The previous model, the ELPH 140, has 16 megapixels, but cramming more pixels onto the same size sensor doesn't really get you better photos at this point. Unfortunately, it looks like Canon downgraded the speed to make that change. Where the 140 had a sluggish 3.3 burst mode, the new 160 has an even slower .8 fps.

The best feature on the Canon ELPH 160 is probably the 8x optical zoom--something a lot of smart phone cameras still lack. Still, with just 720p video, the slow speed and no extras like wi-fi, the 160 will likely be the camera giant's least-featured camera of 2015.

If budget is your top consideration, the ELPH 160 may just fit the bill, just proceed with caution and check out models like the ELPH 140 as well as competitor's offerings in the point-and-shoot category before you make that jump.

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Top quality optics, dependability, and convenience of use are just some of the reasons that customers choose Canon digital cameras. One of the top makers of digital cameras in the world today, Canon has attained a reputation for creating some of the best digital cameras and digital SLRs available on the market. Canon cameras are inevitably on the camera wish list of any consumer that desires a high quality camera.

Canon is not generally a cheap brand by any means. In spite of this, Canon digital cameras have achieved the best buy status. This proves that you get great value for the extra money. In the past few years, Canon has begun releasing several types that are more inexpensive, without cutting quality.

Canon cameras come in two main types—the smallest is the Powershot line, compact, point-and-shoot cameras that still maintain a reasonable level of image quality. Canon Powershot cameras range from budget point-and-shoots like the ELPH 115 to an advanced compact with a 1.5” sensor, the G1X Mark II. Typically, if you are going to buy a point-and-shoot on nothing but the reputation of the brand, Canon is a pretty safe bet.

The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.

While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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