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Most of the best Canon digital cameras with price under 200 are nice and small ultra-compacts, capable of pleasing performance, with minimum user effort. The proof of the pudding is that such cameras serve as reliable backups for even professional photographers. Many of these models will give you over 10+ megapixel resolution, and reasonable zoom. Take care to read fine print about video capability, image stabilization, and battery life, because some manufacturers of the best Canon digital cameras under 200 pack a new feature like a wide-angle lens or a touch-screen and sacrifice some essentials like HD video.

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Canon IXUS 160

Canon IXUS 160


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Canon IXUS 160
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS (IXUS 265 HS)
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
Canon IXUS 160
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS (IXUS 265 HS)
Canon SX160 IS Digital Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Jul 2014
Jun 2014
May 2014
Aug 2012
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Compact
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
8.0 x
12.0 x
8.0 x
12.0 x
16.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CCD
CCD
CCD
CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 is one of the least expensive compact cameras you can buy, but you're better off spending just a little bit more on a point-and-shoot.


  • Budget compact cameras rarely set the world alight with exceptional performance or innovative features, but the IXUS 160 is even more lacklustre than the norm. Aside from including a respectable amount of manual shooting options and a few nifty features, it’s an unremarkable camera.
    Image quality is average at best, with reasonable performance in good light, but disappointing indoor and low light results.

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    The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam. A 20-Megapixel imaging sensor and lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time. A perfect example of "you get what you pay for".


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 150 IS packs a long zoom lens into a small body, but its images have way too much noise.


  • The Canon IXUS 155 has been designed to be appealing to look at and very easy to use. However, this sexiness with the point and shoot mentality isn't necessarily enough so the camera adds a few other bits and bobs to lure you up from the IXUS 150.
    It's a very easy camera to use and as such will suit most people in a family from young to old, technophobe to tech savvy. The compact design will slip easily into a pocket or bag which makes it great for days out or nights on the town.


  • The Canon Powershot SX150 IS has its share of niggles. But it is nevertheless a good buy. Definitely, not an upgrade over its predecessor but worth a look for first-time buyers. Casual users who wish to have a truckload of manual controls will enjoy the camera.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 140 IS doesn't have the features of more expensive cameras, but is a decent option for budget-minded photographers.


  • If you want a camera that will do everything for you with the scope for taking some control over pictures if you decide you want to, then the Canon IXUS 150 has those options once you place it into Program mode.
    It's still a very easy to use camera although if you have no previous experience with Canon compacts it's likely that you may struggle to initially discover the other modes as they're snuggled away in the Function menu once in Live mode.


  • The Canon IXUS 265 HS is a small, slim camera with a versatile zoom that's easy to use and stylish enough to impress your friends, with some unique creative features such as the Hybrid Auto and Creative Shot modes to keep you entertained. The built-in wi-fi also ensures that the Canon IXUS 265 HS will appeal to the smartphone user, although sadly there's no touchscreen interface on this model.

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    This little ELPH delivers a lot of power and convenience, with as 12X zoom and NFC Wi-Fi on board. Creative Shot mode delivers artsy results, and image quality is high overall. If you don't need an extremely fast lens or a quick full-resolution burst mode, this slim point-and-shoot is worth a good look.


  • Cameras like the 340 are a reason why smartphones are winning the compact point-and-shoot war. Despite the 340 having an optical zoom lens and other easy-to-use features, most new smartphones are just as good in terms of functionality and image quality, if not better in many cases. We are shocked and disappointed that image quality seems to have been downgraded, no thanks to lesser specs. Throwing in Wi-Fi and NFC really doesn’t solve the convenience factor that smartphones offer. If there were an argument for not carrying two devices, it would be this.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a good, inexpensive travel-zoom option for those wanting more control over results or who are just getting into photography and don't want to empty their wallets.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX160 is a low cost, big zoom point and shooter that will have an option or mode for pretty much anything that a photographer can throw at it. We say photographer because with the manual controls, that's exactly what you become. If you've ever thought about getting into photography but don't have the money or are unsure if you'll enjoy it, a camera like this is perfect because it offers the possibility to advance your knowledge without a massive outlay.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS has a decent spec considering its slender price tag, and it performs reasonably well for the money too.

    But don't expect too much: the LCD screen's viewing angle is poor, we're not fans of the AA batteries, and the pictures are soft and underwhelming.

    But if money is the dominant factor and you're seeking a wide-ranging zoom compact camera then the SX160 IS has enough points for it to be a serious consideration.