Canon Releases Two New PowerShot Cameras

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Canon has announced the release of two new point-and-shoot cameras in their popular PowerShot line: the SX500 IS and the SX160 IS. Both of these cameras include a 16 megapixel CCD sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, and are capable of recording high-definition video at 720p resolution. They also feature impressive optical zoom ranges and they integrate an Optical Image Stabilizer to minimize camera shake and blur for working at longer focal lengths.

Optical Zoom

The SX500 IS features a wide angle, 24mm f/3.4 lens with built-in 30x optical zoom for an effective zoom range of 24-720mm. This broad range of focal lengths is ideal for working in almost any situation, and when coupled with the built-in Optical Image Stabilizer, you will obtain sharp imagery even when working at the longer lengths. An Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist button further helps when working at telephoto lengths, by improving subject tracking and capturing possibilities. This function automatically widens your angle of view momentarily at certain telephoto lengths to make it easier to locate your subject. Once located, you release the Zoom Framing Assist button and your camera will return to the intended focal length and maintain focus on the desired subject.

The SX160 (available in red and black) is a bit more compact in size and has slightly less of a zoom range at 16x; which is equivalent to 28-448mm in 35mm format. The SX160 also integrates an Optical Image Stabilizer for reducing camera shake at any focal length.

In addition to an optical stabilizer, both cameras also feature Intelligent IS, which automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize stabilization settings depending on the conditions in which you are photographing. These modes include Normal, for general reduction of camera shake; Panning, which overrides the OIS due to intentional camera movement; Hybrid, which corrects for shift-type shake that is common when working in macro situations; Dynamic, for working in video or other situations where movement is more fluid; Powered, which makes up for handheld shake when working at the longest end of the zoom range; and Tripod, for disengaging OIS since it is not required on a tripod.

Imaging Performance

In regard to imaging power, both the SX500 IS and SX160 IS incorporate a 16 megapixel CCD sensor along with a powerful DIGIC 4 image processor. The combination of these elements lends itself to quickened camera performance and permits impressive image quality as well as the ability to record 720p HD video. To further aid in producing high-quality imagery, Smart AUTO can select from 32 predefined shooting situations and apply image adjustments to improve the look of your photographs or video. By assessing the conditions in which you are working, Smart AUTO can apply settings to help render portraits, close-up work, low-light shooting or a wide array of other common situations you are likely to encounter.

Both cameras incorporate a large 3.0” LCD for image composition and review. For even greater photo and video playback, there is an HDMI output for relaying your imagery to an HDTV for group viewing.

Both the SX500 and SX160 are compact solutions for photographing in a large variety of situations. Aided by their long zoom capabilities and high image quality, both of these cameras are ideal for carrying at all times. Their wide array of focal lengths and intuitive image stabilization and focus modes means you can photograph equally well from far away as you can when working up close. Even more pleasing is the way the cameras can intelligently and automatically determine your exposure settings for you, allowing you to focus and participate more on the action in front of you.

  PowerShot SX500 IS PowerShot SX160 IS
Camera Type Compact digital point-and-shoot Compact digital point-and-shoot
Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor Type CCD CCD
Total Pixels 16.6MP 16.6MP
Effective Pixels 16MP 16MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4
Lens Focal Length 4.3-129mm (24-720mm 35mm equivalent) 5-80mm (28-448mm 35mm equivalent)
Digital Zoom 4x 4x
Maximum Aperture f/3.4-5.8 f/3.5-5.9
Focusing Range Normal W: 0” / 0cm to infinity
Normal T: 4.6’ / 1.4m to infinity
Macro: 0”-1.6’ / 0-50cm
Normal W: 0.4” / 1cm to infinity
Normal T: 2’ / 60cm to infinity
Macro: 0.4”-1.6’ / 1-50cm
Focus System TTL autofocus, manual focus TTL autofocus, manual focus
LCD Monitor 3.0" 461K-dot TFT-LCD 3.0" 230K-dot TFT-LCD
LCD Coverage Approx. 100% Approx. 100%
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 sec. 15-1/3200 sec.
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100-1600 Auto, ISO 100-800
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps (not available during video shooting) +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps (not available during video shooting)
White Balance Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-In Flash Modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range W: 1.6-16’ / 0.5-5m
T: 4.6-9.8’ / 1.4-3m
W: 1.6-16’ / 0.5-5m
T: 4.6-9.8’ / 1.4-3m
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage 3.7 V) 15 sec. or less (battery voltage 3 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
Shooting Modes M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color 
Self Timer 10 or 2 sec. delay 10 or 2 sec. delay
Continuous Shooting Normal (P mode): Approx. 0.8fps
Normal (Low Light mode): Approx. 2.8fps
AF (P mode): Approx. 0.5fps
LV (P mode): Approx. 0.6fps
Normal (P mode): Approx. 0.8fps
Normal (Low Light mode): Approx. 2.8fps
AF (P mode): Approx. 0.5fps
LV (P mode): Approx. 0.6fps
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Compression Superfine, Fine  
Still Image File Type JPEG (Exif 2.3) JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Movie File Type MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM Stereo) MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM Stereo)
Number of Recording Pixels 16:9:
L: 4608 x 2592
M1: 3264 x 1832
M2: 1920 x 1080
S: 640 x 360
3:2:
L: 4608 x 3072
M1: 3264 x 2176
M2: 1600 x 1064
S: 640 x 424
4:3:
L: 4608 x 3456
M1: 3264 x 2448
M2: 1600 x 1200
S: 640 x 480
1:1:
L: 3456 x 3456
M1: 2448 x 2448
M2: 1200 x 1200
S: 480 x 480
Video:
HD: 1280 x 720; 25fps
iFrame HD: 1280 x 720; 30, 25fps
Miniature Effect HD: 1280 x 720; 5, 2.5, 1.25fps
Miniature Effect: 640 x 480; 6, 3, 1.5fps
SD: 640 x 480; 30 (29.97)fps
16:9:
L: 4608 x 2592
M1: 3264 x 1832
M2: 1920 x 1080
S: 640 x 360
3:2:
L: 4608 x 3072
M1: 3264 x 2176
M2: 1600 x 1064
S: 640 x 424
4:3:
L: 4608 x 3456
M1: 3264 x 2448
M2: 1600 x 1200
S: 640 x 480
1:1:
L: 3456 x 3456
M1: 2448 x 2448
M2: 1200 x 1200
S: 480 x 480
Video:
HD: 1280 x 720; 25fps
iFrame HD: 1280 x 720; 30, 25fps
Miniature Effect HD: 1280 x 720; 5, 2.5, 1.25fps
Miniature Effect: 640 x 480; 6, 3, 1.5fps
SD: 640 x 480; 30 (29.97)fps
Number of Recordable Images (8GB memory card, Superfine) 16:9:
L: 1506
M1: 2958
M2: 6822
S: 35089
3:2:
L: 1272
M1: 2505
M2: 8187
S: 30703
4:3:
L: 1131
M1: 2252
M2: 7442
S: 27291
1:1:
L: 1506
M1: 2958
M2: 9824
S:35089
16:9:
L: 1506
M1: 2958
M2: 6822
S: 35089
3:2:
L: 1272
M1: 2505
M2: 8187
S: 30703
4:3:
L: 1131
M1: 2252
M2: 7442
S: 27291
1:1:
L: 1506
M1: 2958
M2: 9824
S:35089
Time of Recordable Videos (8GB memory card) HD: 49 min. 18 sec.
iFrame HD: 27 min. 28 sec.
Miniature Effect HD:
-5fps: 4 hrs. 0 min. 48 sec.
-2.5fps: 7 hrs. 34 min. 51 sec.
-1.25fps: 13 hrs. 38 min. 45 sec.
Miniature Effect 640 x 480:
-6fps: 7 hrs. 34 min. 51 sec.
-3fps: 13 hrs. 38 min. 45 sec.
-1.5fps: 22 hrs. 44 min. 36 sec.
SD: 1 hr. 28 min. 59 sec.
HD: 49 min. 18 sec.
iFrame HD: 27 min. 28 sec.
Miniature Effect HD:
-5fps: 4 hrs. 0 min. 48 sec.
-2.5fps: 7 hrs. 34 min. 51 sec.
-1.25fps: 13 hrs. 38 min. 45 sec.
Miniature Effect 640 x 480:
-6fps: 7 hrs. 34 min. 51 sec.
-3fps: 13 hrs. 38 min. 45 sec.
-1.5fps: 22 hrs. 44 min. 36 sec.
SD: 1 hr. 28 min. 59 sec.
Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, and Vietnamese English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, and Vietnamese
Interface (Video Out) NTSC/PAL
Mini-HDMI
NTSC/PAL
Mini-HDMI
Interface (Audio Out) Stereo Stereo
Power Source NB-6L rechargeable lithium-ion battery 2x AA batteries
Shooting Capacity Approx. 195 shots AA Alkaline: Approx. 140 shots
AA NiMH: Approx. 380 shots
Playback Time Approx. 4 hrs. AA Alkaline: Approx. 7 hrs.
AA NiMH: Approx. 10 hrs.
Operating Humidity 10-90% 10-90%
Operating Temperature 32-104ºF / 0-40ºC 32-104ºF / 0-40ºC
Dimensions 4.1 x 2.7 x 3.2" / 10.4 x 6.9 x 8.1cm 4.4 x 2.9 x 1.7" / 11.2 x 7.4 x 4.3cm
Weight 12oz / 340.2g 10.26oz / 290.9g

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