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CanonPower Shot SX170 IS Point-and-Shoot Camera (Red)
 
4.6

(based on 40 reviews)

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    (25)

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    (13)

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    (1)

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    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Good image quality (27)
  • Compact (23)
  • Zoom range/performance (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (6)
  • No viewfinder (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (21)
  • Landscape/scenery (21)
  • Travel (21)
  • Low light (12)
  • Video (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good camera to learn the basics

I have been using this camera for a couple of months now and it is a great camera to learn the basics of photography. Takes pretty good photos but struggles in low light but...Read complete review

I have been using this camera for a couple of months now and it is a great camera to learn the basics of photography. Takes pretty good photos but struggles in low light but besides that this camera is good. Has good enough zoom at 16x so this could be a good basic camera for the traveler that wants to pack light and doesn't want to bring the dslr or spend the money on a Sony rx100

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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

Nice inexpensive camera, many features

By Tom the Inventor

from Bellevue, WA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I'm using this camera to take pictures for a website. It's been recommended for that. Huge LCD screen which is really nice. I like the intuitive interface it was impossible to figure out the interface on my last camera.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Excelent option

      By Gofer 64

      from Montevideo, Uruguay

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Nice Body Color

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

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

        Great utilities, comfortable grip

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I didn't want just a pointn'shoot

        By Bryan the Maverick

        from Florence, SC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is really handy since you get a better zoom and way more lens than you get with regular point n' shoots. Also, it's more manual...ish. I like it.

        In my opinion, this is for anyone who's sort of a jack of all trades-- and you're not really 'a photographer'-- but you're definitely technical enough to learn about exposure and all that.

        Still no manual focus or eye-hole... so... it's still technically a cam for anyone-- which is good!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Just as expected

        By lamichel

        from Ridgeland, MS

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

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

          Camera was just as described - a good price for the quality.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Good camera to learn the basics

          By Cory G

          from Meriden, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

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

            great beginner camera

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Good camera to learn the basics

            By Cory G

            from Meriden, CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

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

              I have been using this camera for a couple of months now and it is a great camera to learn the basics of photography. Takes pretty good photos but struggles in low light but besides that this camera is good. Has good enough zoom at 16x so this could be a good basic camera for the traveler that wants to pack light and doesn't want to bring the dslr or spend the money on a Sony rx100

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Great beginner camera

              By joaquin

              from Nevada City CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

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

              The cameras are being used by 5th-8graders who are documenting findings from field trips to Malakoff Diggin's State Park, a Hydraulically mined area in the 1870s.Students are also learning the basics of photography which this camera supports. While it is inexpensive it still has sufficient controls so students can explore how shutter speed and f-stop affect outcome of photos.Lagtime is an issue but students have learned to work with that.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great training camera at a great price

              By Michael - Graphics Instructor

              from Winder Ga.

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great For School Students

              Cons

              • Non At This Time

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Studnets In School
              • Travel

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

              Great camera for the price. Great picture quaility when printed out. A midsize camera so won't go missing as quickly. Great for school system to purchase.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Happiness is this camera

              By Camera Bug

              from Fair Oaks, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I just received my camera a short time ago, so I haven't had a lot of time to use it. I have taken some pictures around the house and I am happy with the clear pictures. I find it easy to use.
                My last camera, which I dropped, was a Canon Power Shot. I love the pictures it took. This new camera is a little bigger and has more pixels and better zoom capabilities.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Solid Camera

                By Espear

                from New York City

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

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

                  Easy to set up and use. Image quality is good.
                  Would be nice if it came with a memory card though.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great price

                  By Dino

                  from Florida

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

                  This was a great buy

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                  5.0

                  Really easy to use

                  By Dino

                  from Florida

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

                  I am very satisfied with how easy this unit is to operate

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                  5.0

                  Power Shot has the POWER!

                  By Paul

                  from Connecticut

                  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
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I purchased one of these for my wife last Christmas. She loved it, but sadly it was stolen while out to dinner with a large group. My wife is not a camera person, but was very comfortable with using this camera - SO I bought her a new replacement.

                    Very easy to use functions that are comparable to any full-DSLR camera on the market.

                    Video is impeccable.

                    Downfalls of the camera are:
                    - No case
                    - Did not come with a SD card
                    - Flash must be manually set

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera

                    By YF

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer
                    Staff Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Great Zoom

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I bought this camera as a present for my daughter, and she's crazy about it. The zoom blew her away. She took a picture of a calendar page from accross a long room, and the calendar entries were perfecty sharp and readable.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Power Shot SX170

                        By Tex

                        from Colorado Springs, Colorado

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          Easy to use and take great photos. Great product for the money for a point and shoot camera. Canon has always sold great photography equipment and that is one reason I purchased this camera for my wife.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Love this too

                          By Ajanson

                          from Ohio

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

                          Bought this to replace my cool pix camera' loveit

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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!

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                            • 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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