- 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 1600
- Digital Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
- 127g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
- Revealed January 2015
- Other Name is IXUS 160
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon 160 summary
Canon 160 is Canon's Ultracompact camera initially released on January of 2015. It includes a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 5152 x 3864. It is referred to as "IXUS 160" in some regions.
The 160 is scored #25 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over-all #769 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personal factors.
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Canon 160 family
The Canon 160 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list underneath.
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Canon 160 Gallery
You can look at the 160 from various angles in the gallery here.
Canon 160 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Canon 160 based on factors which are normally regarded as crucial in a camera.
Canon 160 Sensor information
The Canon 160 features the DIGIC 4+ processor. The measurement of the sensor on the Canon 160 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 5152 x 3864 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Digital). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CCD sensor boasts 20MP and features a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the 160's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The 160 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Canon 160 dimensions
Canon 160 weighs around 0.28 lbs (127 gr / 4.48 oz) and features exterior measurements of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Canon 160 is similar as compared to other competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Down below is a shot of the Canon 160 next to a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will provide the button layout on the 160.
Canon 160 Lens information
The 160 features a built-in lens offering a focal range of 28-224mm making it a 8.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional nevertheless it can be invaluable in some circumstances.
At it's widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f3.2 and that's really sluggish and not the best in low light occasions and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You would also need to increase your ISO producing noisy photographs. With the long end, 224mm comes with f6.9 making it really sluggish and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.
Canon 160 Connectivity
The 160 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and sometimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Canon 160 Video information
The highest possible video resolution on the Canon 160 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should strive for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means that you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for another model should you need good audio in your video clips.
Canon 160 Weather Sealing
Canon 160 does not have environment proofing so rainy conditions may ruin the camera.
Canon 160 Display and Viewfinder
The Canon 160 includes a 2.7 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specs regarding Canon 160 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are pretty useful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Canon 160 Shutter information
Canon 160 is able to shoot continuously at 0.8 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Canon 160 Flash and Hot shoe information
Canon 160 boasts just built in flash lacking external flash support.
Canon 160 Autofocusing information
Canon 160 boasts only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & precise as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it useful for taking photos of people.
The Sensor includes 9 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking AF for things that move. Canon 160 has not got manual focus. Manual focus option can be good during low light or you require more exact focusing control.
Canon 160 Battery life
The battery life (NB-11L/LH) for the Canon 160 is designed to last for 220 photographs based on the CIPA requirements making it similar to its competitors. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life within this group of cameras.
Below is a list of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:
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Canon 160 for varying types of photography
The following graph presents a outline of the Canon 160 for varying types of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Canon 160 as a Portrait photography camera
The Canon 160 has a points total of 39 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files in addition to the flexibility to work with external flash.
Street photography with Canon 160
Having a reasonable rating of 59, the Canon 160 is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon 160 Sports photography advice
A dreadful sports photography points total of 44 means the Canon 160 is not really very good for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon 160 Travel photography factors
Weight is really important in selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Canon 160 gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent option to buy for your holidays.
Canon 160 as a Landscape photography camera
When you are planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Canon 160 with it's dreadful grade of 41 for a landscape camera is not really very good amongst its competition.
Canon 160 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving display, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon 160 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful rating of 32.
Canon 160 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the 160, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Ultracompact.
The line chart just below gives you a bird's eye view of the 160 versus it's top ranking rivals listed earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To see a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.