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Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 is Digital Camera

20.5MP 12x CCD Jan 2015
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Stylish Ease, Outstanding Performance. High quality still images and video are practically effortless with the slim and stylish new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera. The ideal tool for capturing... More
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26 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and gadgetspeak.com this camera has an average expert rating of 77%.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 31 owner reviews this camera has an overall owner rating of 88 out of 100.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Canon compact camera digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Canon is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Good Size

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS was compact. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned last year “Harder to find a compact camera that fits a tight budget” . Also last year expert website Todayonline.com mentioned “Under the new Coolpix's svelte shell is a 20.1-megapixel CCD sensor”.

One Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS owner who bought it reckoned that it was thin.

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Good Quality Lens

One Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. One Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS owner who reviewed the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS thought it had a good zoom.

One Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Gadgetspeak.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS review “Quick startup and focus”.

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Good Technical Features

One Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS reviewer who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had good features. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “It offers many great features -- a nice, long 12x zoom (25-300mm” .

Nice Design

One Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS reviewer concluded that this digital camera was a good design. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said in their Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS review “Featuring a slim, compact design the update to the ELPH 150 IS keeps things simple” .

Good Quality Pictures

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “Optical IS (image stabilization”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this type and age. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year that we have checked, the megapixel count of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS of 20.5 megapixels is one of the highest. The average megapixel count of similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago is 17MP.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this type and age. This camera has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution, whereas most cameras of this type and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Canon camera have still image resolutions of 3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536 and 5152 x 2896 and 2560 x 1920.

A 5152 x 3864 still image resolution is in fact the best still image resolution across all cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 640 x 360.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a greater number of audio formats than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This Canon digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. The photo effect "Vivid" is also found on this camera.

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Features Four Flash Modes

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than a year ago. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. The flash modes "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

Digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS have maximum apertures of between 2.7 and 17, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8. The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has one of the smaller maximum apertures (7) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

This digital camera's image resolution (5152 x 3864 pixels) is in fact the best image resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 124 grams, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is one of the lighter compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS amongst cameras of this age. The weights of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS range from 100g to 460g.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080).

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Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Canon camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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TFT Display

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a better display than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display across all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst display is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Short

The average height of digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 61mm. With a height of only 57.6 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is one of the shorter cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS amongst cameras of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS do not have a built-in flash. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than a year ago do not support WiFi connectivity. The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this age and spec do not support Full HD video. The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS does not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS do not support video recording. The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. The smallest screen size of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is 1.3", the largest is 3", and the average screen size is 2.8".

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS, the JPEG frame rate of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS of only 25 frames per second is one of the lowest. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS the JPEG frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Only Has One Shooting Mode

The number of shooting modes found on the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 1,600, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than a year ago. The maximum ISO speeds of digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS range from 100 to 13,000.

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Only One Supported Battery

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS have between one and three supported batteries, including the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS which has one supported battery.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture

The minimum apertures of digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS range from 1.7 to 3.9. With a minimum aperture of 3.6, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has one of the larger minimum apertures amongst cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

Released Over Two Years Ago

Canon released the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS over two years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Technical Details
Image Processor

Expert Reviews

(6)
3 August 2015

My unit was metallic blue but they do other colours. Just because it is small does not mean it lacks quality in fact it can capture images up to 20MP and they are excellent.You have only to choose... Read more…

12x zoom lens
Inexpensive
Very small
Quick startup and focus
Stabilized lens
Low-res rear display
No Wi-Fi
Omits Canon Creative Shot
Video limited to 720p
19 March 2015

The Canon PowerShot Elph 170 IS omits a lot of features that we're used to seeing in pocket cameras, but hits a price point that's decidedly affordable...

16 March 2015

Going by technical specifications, the Coolpix S2900 has an edge in several aspects.Under the new Coolpix's svelte shell is a 20.1-megapixel CCD sensor, a negligible bit higher in resolution than... Read more…

5 January 2015

The new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS adds to Canon's series of budget friendly ELPH point-and-shoot cameras. It offers many great features -- a nice, long 12x zoom (25-300mm), a 20MP CCD image sensor,... Read more…

5 January 2015

Affordability is the name of the game with the refreshed Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. Featuring a slim, compact design the update to the ELPH 150 IS keeps things simple and budget-friendly by... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 27 April 2015 by ARTIST GUY
ARTIST GUY would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (Verified Purchase)

WHAT I AM USING THE CAMERA FOR: I am using the camera to photograph my paintings and collages. Because it can do such incredible macro work with SMART stabilization, it is perfect for my objective... Read more…

Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Ram
Ram would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (Verified Purchase)

I have my Canon 5d Mark III but needed a camera that I could take everywhere and capture moments. Great camera at great price!

Reviewed 22 July 2015 by Denny
Denny would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (Verified Purchase)

Only real complaint is that it doesn't come w/ a USB cable. It comes w/ a wall charger that requires you to remove the battery...

Reviewed 21 June 2015 by PB
PB would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (Verified Purchase)

Needed a point-and-shot camera for a vacation in New England looking at lighthouses. This worked great. Took very nice pictures. Loved the 12x zoom and the vibration control features - helped a... Read more…

G. would recommend the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (Verified Purchase)

Bought it as a replacement for my point and shoot Canon. It is much more pocketable, and can shoot macro as well as telephoto with IS. The 20MP's give more detail than my DSLR...

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 0130c001, canon 0127c001, details 0114c001, details 0127c001, details 0130c001, canon powershotelph170, canon powershotelph170i, canon powershotelph170is
Barcodes 00013803252217, 00013803252743, 00013803252750, 00490561014514, 00616639691825, 00700371354497, 00845251091366, 00845251091373, 00845251091397, 00845251091403, 00845251091427, 00845251091434
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