Although you can, the design of the SX160 IS is a tad heavy for single-handed use. Hence, it’s recommended that you wear the wrist strap all the time and grip the camera using both hands. The user interface is typical Canon—it’s similar to what’s present in other PowerShot and IXUS models. The Function/Set button brings up the vertical stack of settings on the left and the options are listed in the horizontal strip at the button. You use the up/down buttons to navigate through the vertical stack and the jog dial to select options. As you navigate, a one-liner describing the option is displayed. The Menu button brings up a page with less frequently used options including AF type, grid lines, IS mode, blink detection and digital zoom. The user interface is snappy and intuitive, requiring few key presses to change values while shooting.
It takes about two seconds for the SX160 IS to initialise and get ready to shoot. The AF is pretty quick throughout the zoom range and we didn’t encounter any focussing issues throughout while testing.
The noise is handled quite well at up to ISO 400, after which you can clearly see a lot of graininess creeping in. However, the grains are tiny with a bit of artefacts and they don’t take away too much of the detail. Use a noise-removal plug-in/software and rescale the images, and you will have great-looking results even if viewed at 100 percent zoom.
Updated 23 May, 2013, 9:28 am IST
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