So there is the Canon PowerShort SX500 IS that you read about just before, how about another digital camera that is even more basic for the uninitiated? I am referring to the PowerShot SX160 IS, where it comes in a compact package, not to mention a powerful 16x optical zoom that makes it one versatile shooter, thanks to its dynamic optical zoom range from 28mm wide up to 448mm. It has been deemed by Canon to be “perfect for everyday use”, although I would easily concede that this is somewhat stretching the truth a little bit thin considering “everyday use” in my books would be for it to be waterproof and shockproof, too.

The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS will sport a 16-megapixel sensor, a DIGIC 4 image processor as well as Canon’s Intelligent IS system, delivering ultimate functionality without burning a huge hole in your pocket – after all, it will retail for just $229.99 when it arrives in the US market later next month. There is a dedicated movie button that allows you to start and stop recording HD video instantly, while relying on the full range of optical zoom when recording, without having to sacrifice the resolution count. Since it is powered by AA batteries, you know that you will never have to worry about running out of juice for this puppy. [Press Release]

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