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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1229 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and image quality. The performance and price also get good views. There are some negative opinions about the memory and shutter. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder and energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the zoom and battery are on the whole positive. The portability and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the lens. There are mixed views on the reliability and color.

usability, price, portability, battery, zoom

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX170 IS blackCanon PowerShot SX170 IS black

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 717 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and image quality are overall positive. The performance and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the viewfinder. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and memory.

usability, price, performance, image quality, portability

reliability, shutter, memory, energy

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom and 720p HD Video (Black)Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom and 720p HD Video (Black)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the energy efficiency and price. The portability and zoom are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the performance.

usability, zoom, portability, price, energy

89% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom and 720p HD Video (Black)Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom and 720p HD Video (Black)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS delivers a 16x zoom range at a low price, but images are noisy and the camera is a slow performer.

Sharp lens. 16x zoom range. Good control layout.

Images on the noisy side. Slow performance. So-so rear display. Video capture is limited to 720p. No Wi-Fi. Not exactly pocketable.

Performance and Conclusions The SX170 IS is a relatively sluggish performer. It requires 2 seconds to start and take a photo, can only fire a photo once every 2.1 seconds in continuous drive mode, records a 0.2-second shutter lag at its widest setting,...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Red

 

The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS was one of my favorite cameras to recommend to those looking for a good-quality point-and-shoot with semimanual and manual controls that takes AA-size batteries ( and still is ). For the follow-up SX170 IS, the good news is...

The Canon PowerShot SX170 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 and large, comfortable controls.

Despite the switch to a rechargeable battery, the SX170 is still pretty bulky and its shooting performance is too slow for fast-moving subjects like kids and pets -- especially indoors.

If you hate AA batteries, but like inexpensive compacts with manual controls, the 16x zoom Canon PowerShot SX170 IS takes a good photo. Otherwise, seek out its predecessor, the SX160 IS.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

PowerShot SX170 IS Preview

 

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is an affordable long zoom digicam. It features a 16.0-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 16x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilization, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, High-Speed AF (Auto Focus), Intelligent...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is an affordable high-zoom digital compact camera. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 16x 28-448mm image stabilised optical zoom, manual modes for controlling shutter-speed and aperture, a range of digital effects, 720p HD...

The new inclusion of rechargeable lithium ion battery rather than bog standard AAs aside, the 16 megapixel Canon PowerShot SX170 IS doesn’t appear massively altered from its SX160 IS forebear. So if you like your pocket travel zooms to look a little...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Sarah Chong (techradar.com)

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS review

 

A lithium ion battery improves the already impressive Canon PowerShot SX1 range

Full manual mode ; Lithium ion battery ; Easy to use

No full HD movie recording ; Can take a while to focus while zooming ; Lack of CMOS sensor

If you're looking for a point and shoot capable of a little extra then the SX170 will probably tick all of your boxes and more. Easy to use, good value for money and rugged enough to survive life's knocks and bumps.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS review

 

The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS was one of my favorite cameras to recommend to those looking for a good-quality point-and-shoot with semimanual and manual controls that takes AA-size batteries ( and still is ). For the follow-up SX170 IS, the good news is...

The Canon PowerShot SX170 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 and large, comfortable controls.

Despite the switch to a rechargeable battery, the SX170 is still pretty bulky and its shooting performance is too slow for fast-moving subjects like kids and pets -- especially indoors.

If you hate AA batteries, but like inexpensive compacts with manual controls, the 16x zoom Canon PowerShot SX170 IS takes a good photo. Otherwise, seek out its predecessor, the SX160 IS.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Digit Digital Cameras (digit.in)

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

 

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

May, 2014

Expert review by : ePHOTOzine (ephotozine.com)

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Review

 

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.

Good battery life, Decent image quality, Easy to use menu system, 1cm minimum focusing distance, Range of creative filters

Flash doesn't pop-up automatically, Continuous shooting is slow, No outstanding / unique features

Oct, 2013

Consumer review (cnet.com)

"Great camera even for a serious armature like me. "

 

This is my third camera in this line. I owned an SX120 and SX150 before this one. I have seven cameras including a Nikon DSLR, an Olympus ILC, and at least 3 bridge cameras including a Canon SX40 (which I use a lot....) For me the SX-170 gives me all...

Excellent zoom lens, excellent exposure metering, lots of bells and whistles for a very reasonable price.

Battery life could be better. It is a slow camera, so you have to determine what you will use it for.

Jun, 2014

Consumer review (cnet.com)

"Imagestore Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Camera review"

 

Who says you need to dole out a fortune to own a power zoom? The PowerShot SX170 IS rewrites the equation. It is fairly priced and easy to use, and loaded with wonderful features like 16x Optical Zoom that lets you get up close to your subject for some...

What a splendid camera! The high resolution sensor just doesn't let the pictures get pixelated. Compact and very easy to manoeuvre.

The display could have been better and the layout could have been a little sharper. There's really nothing negative about it.

Jan, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:LPCM / PCM
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):300 / 440
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB-6LH
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC / Battery

Camera

Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor:DIGIC 4 / DIGIC 4 w/ iSAPS
Camera file system:DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3 / DPOF 1.1 / DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Custom color: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Rotating
Image processor:DIGIC 4 / DIGIC 4 iSAPS / DIGIC DV IV
Languages support:3.31 x 1.93 x 0.413 / Multi
Live view: Yes
Multi-shot: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Orientation sensor: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid
Playback zoom:10
Playback zoom (max):10
Scene modes:Fireworks, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow / Fireworks, Portrait, Snow
Self-timer:2, 10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Scene, Shutter priority / Auto, Manual, Movie
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black / Red
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Field of view:100
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: No

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):23.6 - 78.7
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 118.1
Flash recharging time:15
Flash sync-speed:0.0005 / 1/2000

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:9
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Mode focusing range (tele):23.6 - ∞
Auto Mode focusing range (wide):0.394 - ∞
Closest Focusing Distance:0.394
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range (wide):0.394 - 19.7
Manual focusing range (tele):23.6 - ∞
Manual focusing range (wide):0.394 - ∞
Normal focusing range:1.97 - ∞, 23.6 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):0.6 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.05 - ∞

Lens System

Combined zoom:64
Digital Zoom:4
Extra/Smart zoom:32
Focal length range (f-f):0.197 - 3.15
Lens structure:11/9
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/9
Lens Type:Wide-angle
Maximum aperture number:5.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):17.6
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1
Number of aspheric elements:1
Optical Zoom:16

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 1600, Auto / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):1600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:ImageBrowser EX, PhotoStitch / ImageBrowser EX\nPhotoStitch
Cables included:AV
Carrying case: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Wrist strap included:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Megapixel:16
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):4608 x 2592\n3264 x 1832\n1920 x 1080\n640 x 360\n4608 x 3072\n3264 x 2176\n1600 x 1064\n640 x 424\n3456 x 3456\n2448 x 2448\n1200 x 1200 / 4608 x 3072\n4608 x 2592\n3456 x 3456\n3264 x 2448\n3264 x 2176\n3264 x 1832\n2448 x 2448\n1920 x 1080\n1600 x 1200\n1600 x 1064\n1200 x 1200\n640 x 480\n640 x 424\n640 x 360\n480 x 480 / 4608 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480,\n4608 x 2592, 3264 x 1832, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360,\n4608 x 3072, 3264 x 2176, 1600 x 1064, 640 x 424,\n3456 x 3456, 2448 x 2448, 1200 x 1200, 480 x 480 / 4:3 - (L) 4608 x 3456, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480\n16:9 - (L) 4608 x 2592, (M1) 3264 x 1832, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360\n3:2 - (L) 4608 x 3072, (M1) 3264 x 2176, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424\n1:1 - (L) 3456 x 3456, (M1) 2448 x 2448, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:16.6

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: No
PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Mini-USB B
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Fastest camera shutter speed:1/3200
Slowest camera shutter speed:15

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Image processor:DIGIC DV IV
Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: No
HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:25 / 30
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@25fps, 640x480@30fps
Video compression format:H.264, MOV / MOV
Video formats supported:H.264,MOV / MOV
Video Frame Rate:25 / 30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480, 1280 x 720 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720

Viewfinder

Magnification:10

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.69 / 1.73
Height:2.8
Weight:8.04 / 8.85
Weight (including battery):8.85
Width:4.25