Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 16 MP 1/2.3”CCD Sensor
  • 28-448mm equivalent F3.5-5.9 image stabilized lens (16x optical zoom)
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 3” TFT Color LCD with 230,000 dots
  • 1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps) HD video
  • Smart Auto selects the best of 32 predefined settings + PSAM
  • 6 different stabilization modes for different shooting conditions

Product Description

The SX170 IS is much the same as its SX160 IS predecessor with a 16x optical zoom and 16 megapixel CCD sensor, though it's no longer powered by AA-batteries. It now offers a rechargeable lithium-ion pack, and the compact super zoom is overall slightly lighter and smaller than the SX160 IS. The SX170 includes 32 predefined auto settings that it can select for you. Alternately, it offers program, shutter priority, aperture priority, and manual modes for more control.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CCD
Processor Digic 4
ISO Auto,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Superfine, Fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–448 mm
Optical zoom 16×
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F5.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 3.00 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Continuous drive 1 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NB-6LH
Battery Life (CIPA) 300
Weight (inc. batteries) 251 g (0.55 lb / 8.85 oz)
Dimensions 108 x 71 x 44 mm (4.25 x 2.8 x 1.73)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


User Reviews

0.5 out of 5 stars
  • randalusa, Nov 25, 2013 GMT:
    Canon SX170 upgrade from the SX160 - Probable death of the series

    Dreadful move by Canon. This was a barely mid-level slightly large compact in a world where only the lowest level offerings typically feature AA batteries. Those who cherish the inconvenient Li-Ion power source are showered with options, have been for years and are more so in the last 3-4 as just about every manufacturer surrenders to complaints of 350 instead of 380 pics on a charge despite the considerable tradeoff to get those extra minutes. The scarcity of AA cameras and abundance of ...

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