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Canon SX170 is Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 16x Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Easy to use
Poor expert reviews
Does not have a good screen
104 Reviews
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Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 124 user reviews this Canon digital camera has an average user rating of 82%. 38 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Canon Has Excellent Camera Reviews

We checked 34,085 expert and user reviews (including 1,378 verified purchases) for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and PC Mag this Canon digital camera has an average expert rating of 64%. Experts aren't convinced by this medium megapixel camera.


Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the SX170 IS has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera. The smallest closest focusing distance of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera is 0.001m and the largest is 0.5m.

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Lens System

Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras of this age and type have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4.5mm and 40mm. At 28 millimeters, the SX170 IS has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of cameras that came out around the same time as this camera range from 1.7 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the SX170 IS has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 16 times zoom factor, the SX170 IS has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 16x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Canon SX160 IS which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the SAMSUNG WB150F (18x and higher rated), or the 200F (18x and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS ($229.00) (18x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the SX170 IS has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think the G1 X ($480.92), and the A3400 IS both from Canon or the Nikon L120 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the 31F (5x and higher rated), or the 150F (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung or the SeaLife DC1400 ($299.00) (5x and higher rated).

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Good Zoom

Five Canon SX170 IS owners wrote that this digital camera had a good zoom. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “16x zoom range” in their Canon SX170 IS review. Some Guy said in their review of the Canon SX170 IS on Amazon “Not a bad little camera within this price range with a good amount of Optical Zoom and Megapixals and it is very easy to use” and gave it a rating of 6 stars. Linda Jones mentioned in her review of the Canon SX170 IS on Amazon “Excellent zoom and very clear pictures” and scored this digital camera 9 stars.

One Canon SX170 IS owner who reviewed the product considered that it had a good lens. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag three years ago “Sharp lens” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Fourteen Canon SX170 IS reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned four years ago “The 16x zoom Canon PowerShot SX170 IS takes a good photo”. Three years ago Akindamola wrote “Good product, great picture” in their review of the Canon SX170 IS and rated it 7 stars. Antman mentioned “Fun photo effects -you can mess about with the shutter speed, F-stop, etc” in their review of the Canon SX170 IS.

Two Canon SX170 IS owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good picture resolution. Two years ago Trevan C. wrote on Newegg.com “Great color, no dead pixels” in their Canon SX170 IS review.

Two Canon SX170 IS owners who reviewed the Canon SX170 IS reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Canon SX170 IS on expert review site Ephotozine “The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS was announced in August 2013 and has a 16 megapixel sensor and 16x optical zoom, all in a pocketable body” and rated the Canon SX170 IS 72.454650714764 out of 100. Expert website Photographyblog.com said four years ago “It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 16x 28-448mm image stabilised optical zoom, manual modes for controlling shutter-speed”.

One customer considered that the product was good in low light. G. H. Sharp said in their Canon SX170 IS review on Amazon “Really good results even in low light!”.

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Does Not Have a Good Screen

Two Canon SX170 IS owners agreed that the Canon SX170 IS did not have a good screen. Pc Mag said in their review of the Canon SX170 IS “So-so rear display”. Fontanas mentioned “It provides good protection for the screen which is not covered as my previous model's was” in their review of this digital camera.

Not Good for Video Recording

Two customers who reviewed it said that it was not good for video recording. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Video capture is limited to 720p”. Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “No full HD movie recording” in their review of the Canon SX170 IS.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Five customers who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. Cnet.com said in their review of the Canon SX170 IS on CNET.com “The Canon PowerShot S 170 IS is a good choice for budget-conscious buyers who want to do more than point-and-shoot, thanks to its semimanual and manual shooting modes”. Techradar.com/au/ wrote four years ago “Full manual mode” in their review of this digital camera. Catriona Farrugia gave it a rating of 6 stars and said on Amazon three years ago “NO instruction book, can you believe in 2014”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Five Canon SX170 IS owners who bought the Canon SX170 IS reckoned that it was compact. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote in their Canon SX170 IS review “Billed as a mid-range super zoom compact”. Expert website Techradar.com wrote “Although the compact camera market is undeniably in decline, those cameras which offer something a little extra are continuing to do well” in their Canon SX170 IS review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. R Green said “I needed something small and compact perfect for the price”.

Three people who reviewed the product thought it was heavy and bulky. Three years ago Michelle D. wrote on Newegg.com “The device is a bit bulky” in her Canon SX170 IS review. Gregory B. said on Newegg.com “It was bulky and got hot during use” in his review of the Canon SX170 IS. Carol B. he wrote “One egg) - Connection speeds fluctuate during heavy file transfers” in his review of this digital camera.

One Canon SX170 IS owner said in their reviews that the Canon SX170 IS was lightweight. Pawel K. wrote in their review of this digital camera “The software drivers a very “ lightweight” just under 3 MB”.

One Canon SX170 IS reviewer who reviewed the Canon SX170 IS reckoned that it was thick. Ronald R. mentioned “Now my old apartment building has very thick walls and all of my devices struggle in the kitchen, although it is less than 30 feet from the router” in his review of the Canon SX170 IS and gave the Canon SX170 IS a rating of 4 stars.

One Canon SX170 IS reviewer said in their reviews that the Canon SX170 IS was a big size. Carol B. rated this digital camera 6 stars and he said in his review of the Canon SX170 IS “IT'S MASSIVE SIZE! (it'll take some effort to lose this adapter) - It's only IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n”.

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Average Weight

The SX170 IS has a fairly typical weight (251 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon SX170 IS supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras of this age and type. 640 x 480 pixels 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). The worst video resolution of all cameras of this type and age is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Four people reckoned that it had a good battery life. Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Lithium ion battery” in their review of this digital camera. Antman wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The battery lasts a good, long time -the video comes out quite sharp”. Three years ago Joanna wrote “Takes lovely clear photo's and the battery has lasted a good while”.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The SX170 IS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The SX170 IS does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which have an HDMI.

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Viewfinder

Fairly High Magnification

Across all the cameras of this age and type the magnifications range from 0.17x to 20x, and the average magnification is 3.3x. With a magnification of 10 times zoom factor, the SX170 IS has one of the higher magnifications amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The SX170 IS has an external flash connector. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an external flash connector.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The SX170 IS has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Very Slow Flash Recharging Time

With a flash recharging time of 15 seconds, the SX170 IS has one of the slowest flash recharging times amongst cameras of this age. The average flash recharging time of comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 5.5s, and the flash recharging times range from 3s to 15s.

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Design

Easy to Use

Nineteen customers who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use. Three years ago Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Good control layout” in their Canon SX170 IS review. Four years ago Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Canon SX170 IS on expert review site Ephotozine “It's easy to use and there are a range of filters for creative photography, so will appeal to those who like to upload”. Michael T. said in his Canon SX170 IS review “This wifi adapter was easy to use” and rated it 8 stars.

Three Canon SX170 IS owners who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use the menus. Jon mentioned “The manual settings are easy to get used to” in his Canon SX170 IS review. Jon also mentioned “The ability to easily adjust white balance settings means that your photos will always be the right colour” in his review. Four years ago Mr. Lewis J. Young mentioned on Amazon “Brilliant little camera, similar software to it's larger brothers, very easy to use, menu easy to work around take spot on pics a lot of camera for your money”.

Two people who bought the product reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Jerome K. rated the product 7 stars and he said on Newegg.com “While I can't speak for them all, I'm more than comfortable recommending this one” in his Canon SX170 IS review.

Two Canon SX170 IS reviewers thought the product was easy to setup. Jeffret G. mentioned in their Canon SX170 IS review on Newegg.com three years ago “The adapter was definitely easy to set up”.

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Good Product Quality

Six people agreed that this digital camera was good quality. Mr Lance Fox gave this digital camera a score of 8 stars and he mentioned “The camera is good quality as I would expect from Canon, can't wait to see how the pictures come out”. Marilyn Metcalfe wrote two years ago “Easy to use and good quality pictures obtained” . An anonymous author said on Newegg.com “The unit is well designed, even the packaging is well thought out”.

Nice Design

Eight customers considered that this digital camera was good looking. Milton B. wrote in his review of this digital camera “It's nice looking”. Three years ago Matthew G. scored it 5 stars and he wrote “Range is pretty good, I was able to get about 50' away outside, separated by 3 interior walls”. Trevan C. mentioned two years ago “The base stand looks great and the see-through plastic stand gives the illusion of the monitor floating which I find pretty cool” in their review of the Canon SX170 IS and gave the product a rating of 7 stars.

Two Canon SX170 IS owners mentioned in their reviews that the Canon SX170 IS was well designed. Three years ago Matthew G. wrote on Newegg.com “Features great speed, good range, nice design aesthetics and ease of use”.

One person said in their reviews that it was smooth. Imaging-Resource.com scored it 5 stars and said on Imaging Resource.com “Canon also incorporated its High-Speed AF and Intelligent IS system in the SX170 to provide smooth and sharp images -- both still” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

Nine Canon SX170 IS reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Canon SX170 IS was well made. Matthew G. wrote three years ago “I was genuinely surprised to see that this adapter more than sextupled the speed of the built in wifi to over 300 Mbps” and gave the Canon SX170 IS a rating of 7 stars. Michael E. rated it 6 stars and he mentioned in his Canon SX170 IS review on Newegg.com “The lack of drivers that can be installed automatically, performance thats on par with run of the mill built in wireless cards”. Vincent C. mentioned in his review of the Canon SX170 IS “TP-Link is a solid brand name”.

Six people who bought this digital camera concluded that it was reliable. Pawel K. said three years ago “The connection was always reliable and I have not experienced any dropped connections or connection errors” and gave the product a score of 8 stars. Kevin R. scored the product 7 stars and he wrote in his review of the Canon SX170 IS on Newegg.com “I found this adapter to be reliable under all circumstances”. Vincent C. he said “The premium design and packaging, as well as the quality of their product are a testament to their dedication to selling reliable equipment”.

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Camera

Supports Direct Printing

The SX170 IS supports direct printing. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also support direct printing.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Canon SX170 IS has a custom colour, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The SX170 IS features multi-shot function, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon SX170 IS has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Canon SX170 IS features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Supports Live View

The SX170 IS supports live view. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also support live view.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The SX170 IS features contrast adjustment. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The SX170 IS features histogram, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The Canon SX170 IS has a wrist strap included. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have a wrist strap included.

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Has a Carrying Case

The SX170 IS has a carrying case. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have a carrying case.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Canon SX170 IS has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Canon SX170 IS has an AC adapter included. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The SX170 IS has a self-timer, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SX170 IS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Casio EX-ZR1000, or the Nikon 3200 ($69.99) which has better reviews.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX170 IS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the L120, and the 4200 both from Nikon or the GE C1433 is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The SX170 IS has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon digital camera has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1832, 2448 x 2448, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 424 and 640 x 360 and 480 x 480. Digital cameras of this age and spec still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the SX170 IS has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. The smallest display diagonal of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2", the largest is 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Fujifilm F800EXR, or the Samsung 31F.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2"), the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2"), or the D4S ($4,489.00) (3.2") all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Quite Wide Field of View

At 100 percent, the SX170 IS has a fairly wide field of view compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera. Comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have field of views of between 95% and 100%.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera is 230 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels. The Canon SX170 IS has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two Canon SX170 IS owners who reviewed it concluded that it was quiet. David T. mentioned “Purchased this server because it was advertised to run quietly” in his review of the Canon SX170 IS. David T. also mentioned “Compared to previous generation Lenovo servers (I have 2 TD230s) which ran very quietly, these generate so much noise that I hate leaving it running” in his review.

One person said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “Images are noisy and the camera is a slow performer” in their Canon SX170 IS review and rated this digital camera 6 stars.

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Features Voice Recording

The Canon SX170 IS features voice recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon SX170 IS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One Canon SX170 IS owner who purchased it considered that it was good in terms of connectivity.


Features

Good Technical Features

Three people said in their reviews that it had good features. Salman Gilani mentioned three years ago “Has great features to it I will recommend it to every one to buy” in their review of this digital camera. Ethan H. mentioned in his review of this digital camera “It is attractively priced for the feature set and offers (most of the time) easy setup”.


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Released Over Two Years Ago

Canon released the SX170 IS in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 8410b001
Barcodes 00013803229042, 00013803229110, 00138032290424, 00138032291100, 00714574610030, 08714574610030, 08714574610115, 08714574611235, 08714574611273

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