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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The portability and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the features and memory. There are some mixed reviews about the sensor and viewfinder.

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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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS ($179.99 direct) is a bit of an odd duck in terms of design. It's not quite slim enough to fit comfortably into most pockets, its 16x zoom lens is longer than some, but can't compare with cameras of similar size, and its...

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Canon PowerShot SX170 (Black)


Editors' note: The design, features, and shooting options are identical between the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS and the SX160 IS we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some déjà vu when reading the same sections below.

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.

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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...


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"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.

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Amazon review summary for Canon PowerShot SX170 IS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Canon powershot + 8GB SDHC a flop


Camera works great, nice pictures, functionality is pretty good. very nice overall once you install a good memory card

Receive this as a Christmas gift and was excited to take some great pictures, so installed battery after it received a full charge, then installed the Dane-Elec SDHC 8GB card and powered up the camera and received memory card error. finally found...

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Easy to use, perfect for the beginner.


Great camera for the beginner. My son is using it and finds it a lot of fun. (age 13)

Easy To Setup","Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization

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Good Choice


We mainly bought this as a replacement camera for our older, larger, heavier Cannon camera. It is working out very well. No problems.

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Small \/ Compact

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Good camera and easy to use


I have only has this for a short time and it's primarily for business but I like it so farAbout me... casual user

User friendly

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Good camera


The camera works like I expected it to. Very light and easy to use. I'd highly recommend this camera, especially for the casual user.About me... Photo enthusiast, casual user

easy to use, good quality photos

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