Playback Screens & Menus


Please excuse the quality of these screen captures, the SX160 camera kit does not include AV cables, so we photographed the LCD.

CanonSX160IS_playback1.jpg The Display button alternates between four image views in playback mode. This one shows basic information such as file resolution, file number, and date & time.

CanonSX160IS_playback2.jpgThis more detailed Playback view includes more information about the file, including a histogram, file size, ISO, aperture and shutter speed, shooting mode, and metering mode.

CanonSX160IS_playback3.jpgThis view, which is not available for videos, allows you to inspect a magnified detail of the image and navigate it using the four-way control and zoom ring.

CanonSX160IS_playback-no info.jpgYou also can choose to have no information displayed in Playback mode.

CanonSX160IS_playback-zoom.jpgYou can zoom in substantially on your images in Playback mode. But on a 230,000-dot resolution LCD, this isn't as impressive as it could be.

CanonSX160IS_playback-index4.jpgIndex view is controlled by the zoom ring. Pressing left brings up a four-image index.

CanonSX160IS_playback-index9.jpgPressing leftward again on the zoom ring increases the index view to nine photos, which you can quickly scroll through using the rear dial.

CanonSX160IS_playback-index36.jpgIncreasing the index view to 36 images makes it even easier to navigate through dozens of images.

Including 100 thumbnails on the 3-inch screen makes quick navigation easy, except seeing which image the tiny thumbnail represents can be a bit of a challenge - and probably still would be even if the LCD resolution were higher.

CanonSX160IS_playback-menu1.jpgWhile in Playback mode, the Menu button brings up 17 settings you scroll through with the dial. While using My Category, you can scroll through images using the dial and apply one of seven categories. To keep up with those with a quick thumb, the playback scroll works here as it does in conventional playback, quickening the pace and reducing the size of the images to  five or three at a time on-screen (depending on your speed), with the center selectable image slightly larger. These categories can be used later to select images for viewing, slideshows, protecting, erasing, a print list, and photo books.

Playback Menu:
  • Smart Shuffle
  • Slideshow
  • Erase
  • Protect
  • Rotate
  • Favorites
  • My Category - View pictures by category or label them with a categary
  • Photobook Set-up
  • i-Contrast - Brightens shadows (Auto, Low, Medium, High)
  • Red-Eye Correction
  • Cropping
  • Resize
  • My Colors
  • Scroll Display
  • Auto Rotate
  • Resume
  • Transition

CanonSX160IS_playback-menu2.jpgThere isn't a wealth of edit options after the fact, but what is offered is well-tailored to knowledgeable photo buffs.

You can use i-Contrast to adjust the amount of shadow detail. There are four settings: Auto, Low, Medium, and High.

Red-Eye Correction is self-explanatory, and self-guided. The camera selects the offending eyes and zaps the red out of them.

And you also get all the My Colors selections at your disposal. They are applied as an effect, as they are if you select one in shooting mode. That's to say, if you took a shot with My Colors Sepia Tone applied, you can't roll it back in a Playback edit to show all the vivid blues or reds that might have been present in the real-life scene (not that you'd expect to). I find this to be an important flexibility in a camera - the ability to apply many of the same effects available in shooting mode after the fact as an edit. I often don't like having to commit to a particular effect or filter when shooting.

CanonSX160IS_playback-menu-print2.jpgThe Print menu offers a typical assortment of selection options for printing directly from the camera. You can select up to 998 images to the print list, in digital print order format (DPOF). This can be set up in conjunction with the My Categories feature, using assigned categories of images to include in a print order.

CanonSX160IS_playback-menu-setup-HDMI.jpgThe Setup menu includes settings for the camera's sounds, date/time stamp, LCD brightness, file numbering, etc. This is also where you enable HDMI control for playing video on a TV, if you choose (mini-HDMI cable not included).

In Playback mode, there isn't a dedicated playback button for video files. You must first press the function/set button to enter this view. Then you press it a second time to begin playback. This is apparently necessary because in addition to playing video, you can make minor edits to video files, which requires the func/set button to enter your edits.

CanonSX160IS_playback-movie-edit2.jpgFrom the video playback menu along the bottom of the screen, you navigate right using the four-way control to select the edit function.

CanonSX160IS_playback-movie-edit.jpgThe top left icon is the Cut Beginning icon. In this screen, I've selected the second option, Cut End. You navigate through the video using the rear dial. After you're done, you can overwrite the original file or save the shorter version as a new file.

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