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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera, Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
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- Canon's powerful 16x Optical Zoom and 28mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer helps reduce camera shake so you achieve brilliant images whether you are up close or far away.
- 16.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor deliver enhanced image quality, Capture impressive 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting.
- Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations to help ensure the best possible image capture for stills or video.
- High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed so you can capture every shot with ease, Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
- Large 3.0" LCD offers easy viewing even from a wide angle.
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||300 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||0.8 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG v2.3|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||Auto,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 1.73 x 4.25 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1 pound|
|Item Weight||0.55 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.996 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.355 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||448 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Processor Description||Digic 4|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Supported Battery Types||NB-6LH|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
From the Manufacturer
Zoom 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.
Precision Canon Optics
Powerful 16x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera features a powerful Genuine Canon 16x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optical technologies, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that provides an extraordinary 16x zoom range. The lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 448mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous coverage and reach. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings. Moreover, this superb lens incorporates innovative designs that enable it to fit the compact profile of the PowerShot SX170 IS.
Powerful Core Specs Deliver Beautiful Images
16.0 Megapixel image sensor
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera's 16.0 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers impressive photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints.
Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC Image Processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in high levels of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. More powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.
Preserve and Share Your Memories in Spectacular HD
Canon HD Video Advantage
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera lets you record highly detailed 720p HD video at 25 frames per second with clear stereo sound. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, right from your compact digital camera.
Dedicated movie button, Wind Filter feature and Optical Zoom while shooting
It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX170 IS camera has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. The camera also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. The PowerShot SX170 IS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you're shooting a video without sacrificing HD video resolution.
A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos and Videos
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera features Smart AUTO: sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.
Faster Focus Helps You Capture Every Shot
High Speed AF
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera is equipped with Canon's latest advancements in autofocus (AF) technology. Working on multiple fronts, Canon has developed AF that is significantly faster than on previous models, for a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. The extremely responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.
Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously, and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.
A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS, analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to help capture the steadiest possible image.
|Normal||Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.|
|Panning||Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.|
|Macro (Hybrid)||Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.|
|Dynamic||Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.|
|Powered||Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.|
|Tripod||When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.|
See What You're Shooting on a Clear, Big Screen
Large 3.0-inch LCD screen
Easy to see from a wide angle, the camera's 3.0-inch LCD screen with a great resolution of approximately 230,000 dots gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient.
Smaller and More Comfortable Than Ever
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Just pick up the PowerShot SX170 IS camera and you'll discover how comfortable a super-compact camera can be! The new ergonomic design and smaller size are the result of a slim new rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.
|Manual||You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.|
|Aperture-Priority||You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.|
|Shutter-priority||You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.|
|Program||Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.|
|Live View Control||Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.|
|Smart AUTO||The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.|
|Portrait||The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”|
|Face Self-timer||The camera waits for a face to enter the frame before releasing the shutter.|
|Low Light||For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.|
|Snow||Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.|
|Fireworks||Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.|
|Creative Filters||This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.|
|Discreet Mode||Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting – so you can capture images in quiet areas.|
|Movie||Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.|
Special Scene Modes with Creative Filters
Special Scene Modes have fun and creative filters you can add to your photos without having to use a computer. You can make a quirky portrait using a Fisheye Lens Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as if capturing the photo using a toy or pinhole camera. Make a scene appear like a small-scale model with Miniature Effect, when shooting from a high vantage point. Super Vivid enhances an image for bright, intense colors while Poster Effect alters the contrast of an image for poster-like presentation.
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera takes energy conservation to the next level with ECO Mode, which provides more shots per single charge through monitor and camera power management. ECO Mode can be activated for easy power preservation when an outlet is unavailable. ECO Mode quickly wakes the camera from sleep when a button is pressed or with a touch of the LCD screen. With ECO Mode, you can be sure that your camera will keep up when fun with family and friends runs late into the night!
Available in 30 Languages
There are now a total of 30 display languages from which you can choose: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
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Top Customer Reviews
Some have criticized the change from AA sized batteries to a Canon propriety battery pack. Hogwash. Technology is going to move forward and the use of a battery pack simply does not mean this camera is any less useful. When you travel into the great whatever with an older camera you thought ahead and took extra batteries with you. Now you think ahead and make sure your battery is charged and yes if you will be away from an outlet you take as many extra battery packs as you need. I am guilty of not thinking ahead plenty of times with the AA technology with no means of stopping into a store to buy more, this camera is no different.
The feel and user friendliness of this camera is outstanding. The controls are simple, the instructions (PDF on-line only) are clear and easy to follow, and the image quality is great. You are not going to shoot that perfect close-up shot of a running back diving across the goal line with this camera, but for every day snapshots it offers a nice, cost effective solution to carry in your pocket every day.
It's not a DLSR. If you want a full featured high performance camera you'll need to spend a lot more money!
9/30/2013 addition- the more I use thus camera the more I like it. The autofocus feature is very fast, and images shot at max optical zoom are beyond my expectations, far superior to earlier Canon point and shoot products.
We had some traveling coming up and wanted a new camera since my current camera looks in really bad quality at night time or dim lighting (like concerts). So I opted for this camera with the Black Friday sale. I've taken multiple shots with this camera and my old one to see what the difference really is and I will say that this camera shoots way better. My old camera in natural light in my home would be dark, this one is naturally very bright. If I took a photo of a carrot peel with my old camera it would just look like some orange thing, whereas with this camera the carrot peel looks way brighter, the image is sharper, you can see the details such as texture or drops of water on the carrot unlike the old camera. I did go outside and try to take photos and while this does shoot better at night than my other camera, there isn't even a night time option so I'm still having that issue of the photo comes out with the bright lights looking hazy, but it's an improvement from the other camera we owned.
Overall, if you just need to update your "point and shoot" then I recommend this camera. My old camera only had a 10x zoom and it was 8 MP so this was a really nice upgrade. I take photos of animals, food, and landscapes and have been really pleased with the outcome. If you own a fancy camera, you probably won't be impressed with this camera.
Accordingly, I bought a new Canon SX170. I tested it out to compare it. For sentimental reasons, I intend to keep it. But for the most obvious of reasons, which I just indicated in the above statement, I'm not pleased with it. To the contrary, I am deeply saddened about what has now been completely lost to all consumers, worldwide - The day the last full-featured, full-manual-control, compact, 2-AA battery, travel & field camera left on the entire worldwide market - Died.
Here is a summary of my comparative conclusions.
SX160 IS vs. the SX170 IS - A CAMERA COMPARISON - THE BOTTOM LINE
The Canon SX160 runs on 2-AA rechargeable batteries.
The Canon SX170 runs on a Canon NB-6LH proprietary battery.
Other than the battery, the two cameras are virtually identical.
I will start with the conclusion first - There is no serious reason even to consider buying the new Canon SX170 instead of the previous model Canon SX160 ... unless you absolutely HATE using 2-AA rechargeable batteries in a camera.
Both cameras have exactly the same features, the same functions, and the same specs - except for the batteries.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very happy with this camera. Easy to use and compact enough to fit in my purse. Good picture quality.Published 1 month ago by Sharron
this was a good camera until i dropped it off the floatplane into the pond. fished it out and the camera was dead, never did come back, but the photos were ok on the sd cardPublished 1 month ago by rojo
its ok. Very slow and the quality isn't that great. I take better pictures with my phone.Published 2 months ago by Katie
easy to use and great pictures. really like it . have an older Powershot A 75. Canon is on their game.Published 2 months ago by Nick A. Klinkenberg
takes great pictures and is small and easy to carry around. I love itPublished 2 months ago by Susan Nardone
Very good Photos, the pixels doesn't break even when viewed on high resolution laptop.Published 3 months ago by aamir khan