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CanonPower Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red)
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Compact (17)
  • Zoom range/performance (15)
  • Good image quality (14)
  • Large clear LCD (11)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • No viewfinder (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (13)
  • Landscape/scenery (13)
  • Travel (12)
  • Low light (9)
  • Wildlife (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lots of bang for your buck!

I bought this for my wife who is not a trained photographer. She loves it. It has lots of bells and whistles but is very user friendly for a beginner. It's also great...Read complete review

I bought this for my wife who is not a trained photographer. She loves it. It has lots of bells and whistles but is very user friendly for a beginner. It's also great for using in concert venues that won't allow DSLR's.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Canon SX170is not up to task

The Canon SX170is has a lot of handy features, seems to be sturdy, is easy to use, and will be good for the applications that most people need. I don't agree with some ...Read complete review

The Canon SX170is has a lot of handy features, seems to be sturdy, is easy to use, and will be good for the applications that most people need. I don't agree with some reviews stating that it is heavy or bulky. To the contrary, it seems reasonably compact and light weight. I would give it a "4" out of 5, were it not for the fact that it can't meet the primary needs for which I bought it; namely, to take closeup shots of nature subjects in field settings. To its credit, it does have full manual exposure and white balance compensation. However, it claims to have manual focus, which it doesn't; that is, not true manual focus. Though its manual focus capabilities are much more sophisticated than those of earlier point-and-shoot cameras, they are still not quite good enough. They provide a distance scale that shows approximately how far the subject is from the camera. And, you can also manually set the aperture to increase or decrease depth of field, and depress the shutter button half way to make it try to focus. BUT - the camera decides when and how the subject is supposed to be focused, not the photographer. Many plant subjects have significant depth of field, and I need the ability to determine exactly where, within the area of the subject, I will force the focus. In field settings with bright ambient light you can't determine whether the subject is really sharply focused because the screen can't be viewed clearly. (This may not be as big a problem for indoors shooting.) So, consistently getting a sharp focus on the elements in your composition, when and where you want the focus, is a hit or miss proposition. In testing, I was getting about half my shots in focus. I can't afford the time to do these images only to find that many are blurry. They also give you a "magnifier", which is a square area in the middle of the frame, that is supposed to let you determine when focus is correct, but because of the ambient light, it doesn't really help, and in fact probably makes things worse. For the most part, getting a nice, blurry background when the lens is an inch away from the subject, and the lens effectively providing a near fish-eye view, isn't a possibility. In short, you can't control critical aspects of your composition. Despite all of this, I may have been tempted to keep the SX170, just because it's light weight and compact, for times when I don't want to tote around 25 lbs of gear, were it not for one more deficiency - something even more critical. That is, the image quality stinks. The jpeg images are very soft and "fuzzy" (lossy) when enlarged to full pixels. They literally fall apart. That's one thing I just won't tolerate. Unfortunately, Canon doesn't enable this camera to produce images in a "raw" format. I tested this matter at both ISO100 and ISO400, and at the largest image size and the size below that. Very little difference in image quality. SO, if you need an SLR camera, open your wallet and pay for it.

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5.0

Compact, but Powerful!

By Gregg the Teacher

from Gunnison, Colorado

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red):

    I will use this product with students in my Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) courses. I believe that the compact design and 16 megapixel resolution will serve my students well!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great point and shoot for the price

    By Jim O.

    from Western PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red):

    Camera used for casual shooting. It performs very well. Good color, sharp, IS works fairly well when zoomed in close. Movie mode the same. Very satisfied with the results. Not the best in extremely low light, but some of the low light stuff worked good. Also impressed with some of the odd light situations. Got this for the wife. I use a Canon 70D and I was very impressed with this little camera.

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    • No

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    2.0

    Disappointed

    By sweetpea

    from North Carolina

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor Image Quality

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

    As a photographer sometimes it's nice not to lug all the gear around. I wanted a small point and shoot for fun. This camera read like it would be the perfect companion. It was easy to learn the controls. I am however very disappointed in the quality of the shots. I have yet to get a sharp picture. The macro setting is too cumberson and slow. Not happy with the camera for the price.

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    • No

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    5.0

    One Great Compact

    By Canon Camera Fan

    from Maryland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Hot Shoe
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

    Bought this as a kick around disposable p&s. For the price point you can't beat it. It has a nice handgrip for a small camera and best of all it uses lithium batteries not the AA type that are awful.

    Image stabilization is nice as well as the built in flash. The only downside is no hot shoe

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    • No

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    3.0

    Canon SX170is not up to task

    By Sprari

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder
    • Poor Flash
    • Poor Image Quality

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red):

    The Canon SX170is has a lot of handy features, seems to be sturdy, is easy to use, and will be good for the applications that most people need. I don't agree with some reviews stating that it is heavy or bulky. To the contrary, it seems reasonably compact and light weight. I would give it a "4" out of 5, were it not for the fact that it can't meet the primary needs for which I bought it; namely, to take closeup shots of nature subjects in field settings. To its credit, it does have full manual exposure and white balance compensation. However, it claims to have manual focus, which it doesn't; that is, not true manual focus. Though its manual focus capabilities are much more sophisticated than those of earlier point-and-shoot cameras, they are still not quite good enough. They provide a distance scale that shows approximately how far the subject is from the camera. And, you can also manually set the aperture to increase or decrease depth of field, and depress the shutter button half way to make it try to focus. BUT - the camera decides when and how the subject is supposed to be focused, not the photographer. Many plant subjects have significant depth of field, and I need the ability to determine exactly where, within the area of the subject, I will force the focus. In field settings with bright ambient light you can't determine whether the subject is really sharply focused because the screen can't be viewed clearly. (This may not be as big a problem for indoors shooting.) So, consistently getting a sharp focus on the elements in your composition, when and where you want the focus, is a hit or miss proposition. In testing, I was getting about half my shots in focus. I can't afford the time to do these images only to find that many are blurry. They also give you a "magnifier", which is a square area in the middle of the frame, that is supposed to let you determine when focus is correct, but because of the ambient light, it doesn't really help, and in fact probably makes things worse. For the most part, getting a nice, blurry background when the lens is an inch away from the subject, and the lens effectively providing a near fish-eye view, isn't a possibility. In short, you can't control critical aspects of your composition. Despite all of this, I may have been tempted to keep the SX170, just because it's light weight and compact, for times when I don't want to tote around 25 lbs of gear, were it not for one more deficiency - something even more critical. That is, the image quality stinks. The jpeg images are very soft and "fuzzy" (lossy) when enlarged to full pixels. They literally fall apart. That's one thing I just won't tolerate. Unfortunately, Canon doesn't enable this camera to produce images in a "raw" format. I tested this matter at both ISO100 and ISO400, and at the largest image size and the size below that. Very little difference in image quality. SO, if you need an SLR camera, open your wallet and pay for it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By Renato Pinto

    from Brazil

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red):

        Easy to use and quick access to menus and configurations. The optical zoom is great and sharp. I enjoyed using the camera in manual mode and getting full control of exposure and aperture. Definitely a good buy considering its quality and excellent price. The red color was my wife's choice (I would pick the black) but it is not bad.

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        • No

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        5.0

        I GOT A CAMERA MORE THAN I EXPECT

        By DELIP

        from VIRGINIA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

          I USE CANON CAMERA FROM LONG TIME LIKE FROM 2006. AT THAT TIME I BOUGHT ONE 7.2 MEGAPIXEL. BUT NOW MORE ZOOM MORE MEGAPIXEL MAKE THE CAMERA REALLY FANTASTIC.I BELIEVE ANYONE BUY THIS CAMERA THE PERSON WILL BE HAPPY AFTER THE CAMERA USE.

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          • No

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          4.0

          I would by this camera again.

          By Bill

          from CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • Flash Manually Activated

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red):

          Easy to use, the optical zoom is powerful and provides very clear images. Have only had for a week but so far very pleased.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Good for Non-Techie Parents!

          By A Rose

          from Pittsburgh, Pa.

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

            Got this for my mom who just needed something small to put in the pocket, rechargeable battery and decent quality. Not having to mess around with AA batteries is a big plus. The viewfinder could be a lot better quality. And I wish the video was 1080 instead of just 720. Good enough for my non-techie mother though. Carry on!

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Good compact camera

            By Grammy

            from Williamsburg, VA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

              This is a value camera with a lot of features.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Exceeds expectations

              By Doug

              from Iowa

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Plenty of features
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                While the camera is not as functional as my Canon DSLR, the SX170 has many of the features and modes of the DSLR; even some features and modes I wouldn't expect in a "point and shoot" camera. It's a great "grab 'n go" camera at great price.

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                • No

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                5.0

                PERFECT FOR DOGGIE PICTURES, FAMILY PICS

                By Sauceygirl

                from Mercer, Pa.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red):

                  Our dog, a collie puppy is definitely a moving target. I have gotten the best still pictures of him than could have been expected. It's like he's on a zip line, never knowing which way he'll move.
                  The camera, and I give all credit to the camera, takes gorgeous outdoor pictures as well. The snow is not a glare. (Wish it was gone) I can't wait for the spring and summer pictures to take in the flowers and beauty God gave us. Love the camera.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Starter for Kids

                  By BavonB

                  from Mathews, VA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                    Great camera for kids to get started in photography. Bought this for my 12 year old daughter and she loves it. I love the price! Easy to use with all the expected auto modes and manual controls as well. Great image and video quality.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    PowerShot SX170

                    By Cheyenne Blue Horse

                    from Lancaster County, PA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                    I'll be using my new camera with my grandsons, my flowers and my butterflies. I am looking forward to learning more and more about how to use this camera to its fullest potential. Check out the manual online and print off parts of interest. http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/6/0300012156/01/pssx170is-cu-en.pdf

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent choice

                    By Sam the Man

                    from Pine Bluff, Ar

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good battery life
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red):

                      Use this camera for pictures and videos at Branson, Mo. and Nashville, Tn. Used in 8 degree temperatures and it worked without a problem and took great pictures.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great!!!

                      By Danwal

                      from Philadelphia

                      Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                      A very Good camera the pictures comes out Great! They look high definition. I would recomend to anybody.

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                      4.0

                      Great Camera

                      By Gift giver

                      from Oregon

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                        Got this as a gift and they love it. Amazing picture quality and very compact. I am extremely happy with this camera.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Love it!!

                        By Meg

                        from Utah

                        Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                        Love this camera! Got it for my mother in law for Christmas!! :)

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                        4.0

                        My experience with the new one.

                        By nromeo3

                        from Miami

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Poor Flash

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                          despite it was smaller than I supossed, as seen in the page, it is really acurate to take very good photos, it´s easy, and really friendly the menu. Fantastic zoom, which sorprise me a lot. what is not very easy is the flash. but, still, i recomend it. it´s simply, price and quality.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good camera for price. Great seller

                          By MIKE

                          from Sunnyvale, ca

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Lag / Shutter Delay
                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Power Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Black):

                          This is a gift for my parents. they are not too tech savvy. The required a decent camera with good zoom. sx170is fits the bill perfectly. Loved the picture quality. It is small, easy to carry. The resolution of screen is grainy which is a downer. It has CCD sensor not the best in low light. But for daily use, its hard to beat at this price.

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