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Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 is Digital Camera

20.5MP 12x CCD Dec 2015
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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24 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and gadgetspeak.com this Canon digital camera has an overall expert rating of 77 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, PowerShot ELPH 170 IS owners rated this digital camera 88%.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 19,820 owner and expert reviews for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically for its compact cameras.

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 typical of many compact cameras that have been available for more than a year. 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 Stabilizer

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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Very High Megapixel

Similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS have megapixels of between 1.3MP and 22MP. The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has one of the highest megapixels (20.5 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many similar spec 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(s)

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a higher still image resolution than most compact cameras that came out more than a year ago. This camera has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Canon digital camera have still image resolution(s)s of 3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536 and 5152 x 2896 and 2560 x 1920.

A 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution across all cameras of this age and spec.

Across similar types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. The photo effects "Vivid" is also found on this Canon camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 2.7, the smallest is 20, and the average maximum aperture number is 7. At 7, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best image resolution across all cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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

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Very Light

With a weight of only 124 grams, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is quite light compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. Across all the cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS the weights range from 98g to 460g, and the average weight is 180g.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is more than most compact cameras that came out more than a year ago. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 100, 1600 and Auto are also supported by this Canon camera.

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

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). 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). Across all cameras of this type and age the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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TFT Display

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of this age and type. 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.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all compact cameras that have been around for more than a year.

The worst display amongst similar types of camera is LCD.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is more than most cameras that have been around for more than a year. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM are also supported by this Canon camera.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS are not 3D. The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS does not support video capability. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS also do not support video capability.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is not waterproof.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS the display diagonals range from 1.3" to 3", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Canon camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. The flash modess "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a fairly low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS. Digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS have motion JPEG frame rates of between 25fps and 240fps.

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Only Has One Shooting Modes

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. The display resolution (numeric)s of digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS range from 1 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 3.6, the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS is 1.7, the largest is 3.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.3.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

Released Over a Year Ago

This Canon camera has been on the market for over a year.

Average Digital Zoom

The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a pretty typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 0130c001, canon 0127c001, canonn elph170, canonn elph170c, canon elph170cr, details 0130c001, canonn elph170cr, details 0127c001, canon powershotelph170, canon powershotelph170i, canon powershotelph170is
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