Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS over the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size (111×73×44 mm)
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 195 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
111×73×44 mm vs 104×70×80 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 3.2"
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Around 50% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/1600s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
291 g vs 341 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 16x
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More than 3.5x more zoom
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$180.00 vs $249.88
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              1,600 ISO
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              0.8 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 25fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX160 ISf/3.5
              SX500 ISf/3.4

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $266

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $249

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $89

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $114

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Travel zoom

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom More zoom
              Focus points More focus points
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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