Canon PowerShot SX500 IS and SX160 IS Officially Unveiled

by on August 21, 2012

in Canon

Canon SX500 IS

Canon SX500 IS

Canon has taken the wraps off of a pair of new point and shoot cameras – the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS.

The PowerShot SX500 IS features a 16MP image sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and a whopping 30x optical zoom (24-720mm equivalent).  The camera also captures HD video and sports a 3-inch LCD.  The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS  retails for $329.99 and should be available in September 2012.  You can order the SX500 IS here at B&H Photo.

Canon SX160 IS

Canon SX160 IS

The PowerShot SX160 IS packs a 16x optical zoom lens (28-448mm equivalent) into a quasi-compact camera body.  The SX160 IS also features a 16MP image sensor and DIGIC 4 processor, along with a 3-inch LCD and HD video capture.  The PowerShot SX160 is powered by AA batteries and should be available in September for $229.99.

The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS comes in black and red.  You can order the SX160 IS here at B&H Photo.




1 JOE PRETE August 24, 2012 at 1:50 am

The Canon SX500IS Looks like a cross between the Panasonic DMC FZ100/150 on the left side and the Canon SX5IS on the right side. The attention to detail on the Panasonic, Sony and Canon cameras is incredible. They’re looking more like they were hand finished rather than production line cameras. You can really see it in the way everything lines up perfectly and I haven’t seen any loose battery doors since Fuji’s HS20/30 EXR. Also, there are less protrusions in the strap lugs. Some other cameras are measured including the lugs sticking out. Sometimes adding a half inch to the dimensions. Just a thought, maybe Sony is playing “keep away” with the one inch sensor.

2 JOE PRETE August 24, 2012 at 2:13 am

There’s just one thing that bothers me about the cameras lately, it’s the elimination of the Eye level viewfinder. If I had a choice between the LCD and the EVF, I would pick the Eye Viewfinder every time. In the studio, the live view is good, but it is strange to just have an LCD.

3 Rajeev Upadhye August 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

Camera w/o view finder is practically useless in day light.

4 Richapple August 24, 2012 at 6:03 am

No panorama mode
only 720 p
but worst of all no RAW option

5 Stephen Paine August 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

No eye level view finder!!!???, Was about to trade in my SX20 for a new Sx, but now
NO NO NO ! Steve

6 JOE PRETE August 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Thank You Richapple & Stephen, We should start a petition to Put the “EYE LEVEL VIEW FINDER” back on the cameras. There’s got to be at least half a dozen recent cameras that I passed on because they left out the ELV. When I saw the front of the SX500IS at a glance I thought with that bridge above the lens, there’s got to be a view finder back there. NOPE. Just another 3″ LCD These cameras are clearly not aimed at Photographers or even Amateurs. I could see some of the other brands, but CANON? What are they thinking?

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