The results of the SX160 IS looked very pleasing—neither too punchy nor too drab. Photos had good contrast and the reproduction of details even in distant objects was very good. However, colour fringing around bright areas was a bit of a letdown. Green and purple fringes were present along the borders of bright objects.
Shot using the Toy Camera effect filter
Macro shots look great with excellent reproduction of colours and details
Notice the green and purple fringing along the bright borders
Good looking results with good contrast and colours
Excellent reproduction of details even in distant objects
The quality of video recording was very disappointing. Videos look good so long as you keep your hand steady and don’t zoom or pan. You must be patient and pan very slowly to avoid stutter. We have seen cameras do a much better job than the SX160 IS when it comes to shooting videos.
Verdict and Price in India
The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is priced at Rs 12,995 (MRP), but you can buy it for a few hundred rupees less from online stores, and that too with a case, rechargeable batteries, a charger and a 4GB SD card included as freebies. At this price point, the flaws in performance can be overlooked. Despite the niggles, the SX160 IS performs significantly better than some of the other digital cameras in its class, and even some more expensive travel compacts.
If you want full manual controls, plenty of zoom and stellar performance in an affordable package, this camera is certainly a worthy consideration.
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