Canon PowerShot SX170 IS review

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

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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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The SX170 IS takes great macro photos.

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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An example of the 'toy camera' creative filter.

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Photos taken in low light can suffer from higher levels of noise.

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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An example of a photo taken with the Super Vivid creative filter.

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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The original photo without the filter.

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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For those users who like to post process their shots, photos taken with the PowerShot SX170 IS provide a good start to get the look you want. This shot was taken with the monochrome creative filter, and then had the contrast levels adjusted.

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The original photo, before post processing.

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The PowerShot SX170 has a full manual mode, allowing users to take full control of their shots.

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Colours are well represented and the SX170 does a great job on auto mode.

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The SX170 sometimes struggles to expose correctly when dealing with backlit subjects.

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Shots taken with the macro setting create a pleasing shallow depth of field.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMINo
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)228 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height71.1 mm
Width108 mm
Depth43.9 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX170 IS
Product NamePowerShot SX170 IS Comapct Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8410B001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing InformationZoom Big, Shoot Comfortably
Zoom in on images you're not likely to capture with a smartphone. The 16x Optical Zoom on the PowerShot SX170 IS camera gets you up close to kids and wildlife, down on the field and up on the stage, while Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer keeps images steady and clear. The 28mm Wide-Angle lens captures everything from large family shots to breathtaking landscapes. With the 16.0 Megapixel sensor, you can crop and enlarge all you want, and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures fast, precise performance. Relive fun times in smooth, detailed 720p HD video. Or simply point and shoot for excellent stills quality in all kinds of situations: Smart AUTO senses the conditions and chooses optimized camera settings for 32 pre-defined scenes. High Speed AF captures quick action shots, and Intelligent IS counteracts camera shake for virtually blur-free shooting. Easily see what you're shooting and show off what you've captured on the big, clear 3.0-inch LCD screen. Powered by a slim, new rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the PowerShot SX170 IS sports an even smaller, more ergonomic design that makes this the perfect camera to have at the ready all day long.