"Great camera. Horrible PC software."4.0 starson by Mika-1
Pros: Good zoom range. Point and shoot works under a wide range of conditions. Many choices of manual settings that aren't difficult to find and use. Very clear pictures with adequate light. Using AA batteries we can carry a supply and keep on shooting.
Cons: Short battery life. Barely usable PC software.
Summary: This camera replaces our old A-610. We like that Canon cameras are very point-and-shoot friendly, yet allow custom settings as well. The SX-160 IS resolved tree foliage over a block away at maximum optical zoom. The image stabilization works well. Thanks to Canon for remembering the AA battery users! The 3-inch screen is outrageously clear. One thing we will miss on occasion is the twisty-turny swivel screen on the A-610 that we could see while snapping the LA Marathon over the crowd's heads. An overall great camera for casual users.
The four star review does NOT apply to the PC software that comes with the camera. The installation not only hung but took over my PC so that even Task Manager couldn't kill it. I had to do a battery-out shutdown, then I chose Custom Install, taking just the User's Manual (which is only provided as a digital file). We have not found the PC software essential to using the camera. Just say no! Download the pictures some other way, then process and print using a program that works.