Canon IXUS 165

Canon IXUS 165 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 128g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2015
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon IXUS 165 overview

Canon IXUS 165 is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera initially revealed on January of 2015. The camera includes a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The IXUS 165 is ranked #23 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #761 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your custom factors.

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The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon IXUS 165 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Canon IXUS 165 based on aspects which are oftentimes viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
good min ISO (100)
good zoom range (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
rather wide (28mm)
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have mic jack
does not have Time Lapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
manual focus not available
max frames per second low (0.8 frames per second)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no manual mode
no moving screen
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.2)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Canon IXUS 165 Sensor features

The Canon IXUS 165 features the DIGIC 4+ processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Canon IXUS 165 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 20MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The image underneath shows the IXUS 165's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The IXUS 165 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon IXUS 165 dimensions

Canon IXUS 165 has a weight of 0.28 lb (128 grams or 4.52 ounces) and features exterior dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Canon IXUS 165 is on par compared with various competitors.

Photography Glossary

Down below is a image of the Canon IXUS 165 next to a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Canon IXUS 165 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the IXUS 165.

Canon IXUS 165 topview buttons dials

Canon IXUS 165 Lens features

The IXUS 165 has a built in lens with a focal range of 28-224mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which is definitely not great nevertheless it may be convenient in some circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.2 and that's really sluggish and not very good in low light circumstances and you might find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to increase your ISO setting which causes noisy photos. On the long end, 224mm comes to f6.9 making it quite sluggish and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Canon IXUS 165 Connectivity

The IXUS 165 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy images and sometimes change settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Canon IXUS 165 Video features

The maximum video quality in the Canon IXUS 165 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should really try to get at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone socket which means you have got zero control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for another model if you need better audio in your videos.

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Canon IXUS 165 Weather Sealing

Canon IXUS 165 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions might damage the camera.

Canon IXUS 165 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon IXUS 165 includes a 2.7" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon IXUS 165 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Canon IXUS 165 Shutter features

Canon IXUS 165 has the capability to shoot continuously at 0.8 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon IXUS 165 Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon IXUS 165 includes just built-in flash without external flash ability.

Canon IXUS 165 Autofocus features

Canon IXUS 165 includes only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which makes it useful for people photography.

It includes 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking AF for objects on the move. Canon IXUS 165 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus ability is good for low light occasions or you require more accurate focus control.

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Canon IXUS 165 Battery life

The battery (NB-11L/LH) for the Canon IXUS 165 is designed to last for 220 shutters according to the CIPA benchmarks which is similar to its rivals. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest possible (320) battery life for this group of cameras.

Following is a collection of Ultracompact cameras having the best battery life:

Canon IXUS 165 for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration presents a summation of the Canon IXUS 165 for specific kinds of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Canon IXUS 165 as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon IXUS 165 receives a points tally of 39 which is really bad, and means the camera is not really appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files plus the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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decent megapixels (20MP)
features face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Canon IXUS 165 Street photography information

Getting a modest points total of 59, the Canon IXUS 165 is relatively adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Canon IXUS 165 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography points total of 44 suggests the Canon IXUS 165 is not really appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
supports tracking focus
max frames per second low (0.8 fps)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Canon IXUS 165 Travel photography factors

Weight is very critical when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon IXUS 165 gets a very good 67 as a travel camera which is a good choice to purchase for your holidays.

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decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)

Canon IXUS 165 Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Canon IXUS 165 at it's really bad score of 41 for a landscape camera is not really appropriate among it's rivals.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Canon IXUS 165 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should come with a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Canon IXUS 165 is not really appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a really bad score of 32.

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decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone jack

Canon IXUS 165 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the IXUS 165, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Ultracompact.

The diagram listed below will give you a bird's eye view of the IXUS 165 vs it's top rated competitors listed previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might look into as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon IXUS 165
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
0.8 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
128 gr (0.28 pounds)
95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Battery life
220 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Cost at launch