Canon today announced the SX160.  They’re billing it as a compact camera with an extended zoom.  And we’d have to concur as it boasts a 16x optical zoom and a 28mm wide angle lens.

Under the hood is Canon’s Digic image 4 processor with Intelligent IS system, as well as a 16-megapixel sensor for high rez photos.  A dedicated video button always ensures that HD video capture isn’t more than one click away, while a 3-inch LCD screen allows you to view your handy work almost instantly.  And much like the Coolpix L610 – it was just announced earlier this month – the SX160 takes AA batteries, which means if you lose your rechargeables while on vacation, you can just head to the nearest convenience store and pick up a fresh set.

Canon says the SX160 has been equipped with the company’s latest advancements in auto focus technology enhancing AF speeds over previous SX-series cameras.  Furthering that is Canon’s image stabilization tech, which analyzes the scene being captured and compensates for camera movement resulting in steady images and video even when panning or walking.   And if that isn’t enough, the SX160 has been equipped with Smart AUTO mode, which automatically applies the correct setting for up to 32 different shooting scenarios.

The Canon SX160, which comes in red or black, will be available this September for $230.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."