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Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85

Portability
86
Imaging
40
Features
45
Overall
42
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 Key Specs

Canon SX160 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-448mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 291g - 111 x 73 x 44mm
  • Revealed June 2013
  • Succeeded the Canon SX150 IS
  • Renewed by Canon SX170 IS
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Released September 2009
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Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Canon SX160 IS versus Pentax E85, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Canon and Pentax. There is a big difference among the sensor resolutions of the SX160 IS (16MP) and E85 (12MP) but they possess the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SX160 IS was manufactured 3 years after the E85 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the SX160 IS matches up versus the E85 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX160 IS over the Pentax E85

 SX160 IS E85 
ReleasedJune 2013September 2009More modern by 46 months
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Canon SX160 IS

 E85 SX160 IS 

Common features in the Canon SX160 IS and Pentax E85

 SX160 IS E85 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Canon SX160 IS comes with exterior measurements of 111mm x 73mm x 44mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 291 grams (0.64 lbs) whilst the Pentax E85 has proportions of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have attached at the time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the SX160 IS vs the E85.

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the SX160 IS and E85 is 86 and 95 respectively.

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to picture the contrast in sensor sizes only by viewing specifications. The picture below should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the SX160 IS and E85.

Plainly, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You should expect to see the Canon SX160 IS to result in greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The newer SX160 IS should have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX160 IS Portrait photography advice
Pentax E85 Portrait photography advice
46
has manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports face detection focus
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
21
no manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX160 IS Street photography features
Pentax E85 Street photography features
59
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (291 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX160 IS as a Sports photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Sports photography camera
51
incredible zoom range (28-448mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (380 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
17
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX160 IS Travel photography info
Pentax E85 Travel photography info
69
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
lighter than competitors in class (291g)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
great zoom (448mm)
missing Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
51
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX160 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Landscape photography camera
51
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
better than average battery pack (380 CIPA)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse function
23
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX160 IS Vlogging factors
Pentax E85 Vlogging factors
31
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
lighter than competitors in class (291g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone jack
22
wide angle not great (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing mic jack
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Canon SX160 IS vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX160 IS and Pentax E85
 Canon PowerShot SX160 ISPentax Optio E85
General Information
Brand Canon Pentax
Model Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Pentax Optio E85
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-06-21 2009-09-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-448mm (16.0x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focus range 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 2s
Fastest shutter speed 1/3200s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/2000s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 291 gr (0.64 lb) 145 gr (0.32 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 73 x 44mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.7") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 380 images -
Battery format AA -
Battery model 2 x AA D-LI95
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $199 $0