Canon SX500 IS comes with a 24mm wide-angle lens capable of 30x optical zoom and Canon SX 160 IS comes with a 28mm wide-angle lens capable of 16x optical zoom as much. Canon SX 160 IS uses two AA batteries which are more flexible while the Canon SX500 IS is equipped with a Lithium-ion battery that can be recharged.
Both cameras use a 16 megapixel sensor which is supported by the DIGIC 4 image processor and image stabilization system (IS). The camera is equipped with Smart Auto Mode that automatically analyzing 32 different scenes and make the proper settings for the best picture quality. Creativity users also supported by a range of Creative Filters pinned six different image effects, both in images and video that can be recorded with 720p HD quality. The images and videos can be enjoyed via the 3-inch LCD display on each camera.
If you use this Canon camera, then in addition technology equipped with IS (Image Stabilizer), both cameras are also equipped with special features to reduce vibration caused by hand-shake, scene mode selection options and filter effects, to focus faster performance Canon also equip it with a new feature called Zoom Framing Assist.
This technology is the latest technology from Canon which is useful to speed framing and determine the focus when the lens at maximum zoom position. By pressing the Zoom Framing Assist button, the camera will automatically withdraw immediately re-adjust the lens and re-positioning the lens at a distance that you need to do framing and focus on a subject shot. This feature would be very useful if you want to shoot a lot of moving objects from a distance, such as an animal or a candid photo.
What is the difference of the two cameras? Major difference lies in the lens of each camera. Powershot SX500 IS utilizing 24mm wide-angle lens with 30x optical zoom, while the PowerShot SX160 IS uses a wide-angle 28mm lens with a 16x optical zoom. With technology ZoomPlus made by Canon, a long zoom of each camera can be enlarged to 60x on the SX500 IS, and 32 x SX160 IS.
You can buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS at EUR349, while the PowerShot SX160 IS for around EUR199. You can use this camera for various shooting action, either indoors or for shooting scenery, for the holidays, and other activities with family, friends or business activities such as seminars, new product launches and casual events anywhere in any situation.
You simply choose one of the two Canon cameras, but if you want to buy for a loved one, then it's time you rushed to buy it, it seems like you can get discounts and extra gifts such as memory card and camera bag.