PowerShot ELPH 160

PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 Review

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Review posted 04/14/2015

Quick Take
Pros
  • Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Bright 2.7-inch LCD is easy to see in most shooting situations
  • Good Battery Life
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • High levels of noise at all ISO settings
  • Lacking shooting performance
  • Weak built-in flash
  • No Full 1080p HD video capture
  • No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV
  • No Optical image stabilization
  • No sharing features
Bottom Line
The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam. A 20-Megapixel imaging sensor and lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time. A perfect example of "you get what you pay for". Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is an affordable new point-and-shoot digicam with a sub $120 MSRP. It is replacing the 135 model from last year. While it features the same 20MP CCD image sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor from its pricier S170 IS sibling, it has a shorter 8x optical zoom lens (28-224mm) and only offers "digital" IS (image stabilization) rather than optical. 

The 160 also boasts 720p HD video recording with a dedicated movie recording button, and a 2.7-inch LCD display. Smart AUTO mode allows the camera to optimize itself for almost any shooting condition. And, finally, ECO mode helps extend batter life.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 Features:
  • 8x optical zoom lens
    • 28-224mm
  • 20MP CCD image sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ image processor
  • 720p HD video recording @ 25fps
  • 2.7" LCD display
  • Digital IS (image stabilization)
  • Smart AUTO
  • ECO Mode

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 is available in black, white, silver, or red, with a MSRP of $119. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

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