- Focal Length: 28 - 448 mm
- Resolution: 16 MP
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CCD
- Optical Zoom: 16x
- Type: advanced Point & Shoot
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Battery Type: Lithium-ion
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS: One of the Better Low-End Cameras
The budget savvy individuals have their hands full with the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS which comes with a great repertoire and an exhaustive specs sheet, all that at a nominal price range. One may look at this gadget as one utilitarian option provided the ever-increasing camera needs. While the DSLRs and Bridge Cameras look to continue their everlasting brawl, this elusive device surprisingly comes out with smarter images which are mainly focused upon those who aren’t expecting a lot.
Pros: The budget conscious buyers have it easy as it does more than a usual point and shoot while offering a wider range of controls and also certain manual shooting modes.
Cons: The AA batteries seem to miss out as Cannon makes the shift towards the rechargeable ones. While this minimizes the flexibility, the size still remains a tad out of proportion. Performances aren’t that pacey while users often miss out on fast moving subjects.
This review would delve into every single aspect besides the existing image ad build quality of this device. If you are willing to go for a strategically priced camera sans the usual gimmicks, then the PowerShot SX170 IS comes out to be the perfect option.
Inexpensive point and shoots do not emanate a lot of potential but this device readily snaps a few wonderful images while keeping the detailing intact. The aspect ratios provided need to be maintained whereas the full resolution images aren’t as vibrant and sharp. For the given price, the PowerShot SX170 IS comes out with satisfactory performances. ISO sensitivity of a mere 100 brings in noise much to the amazement of many pixel peepers whereas the artifacts come in at higher levels of 400 and more. Auto mode is available and it quickly resorts to the slower shutter speed at higher ISO levels. In comes the 720p recording prowess which is far better than most entry level HD claims. CCD sensor performs quite perfectly and the zooming prowess is quite a competent addition. Stereo microphone does pick up the motor noise while zooming during recording and this isn’t much of an encouragement to those preferring the stealth mode.
The PowerShot SX170 IS is considerably powerful than most of the predecessors but the slow image processor and CCD sensor do come in as the disheartening aspects. The Autofocus system did undergo an update which resulted in the minimum hold up time at 0.3 second in usual lighting conditions and 0.5 second with a darker backdrop. The boot and shoot time is mere 2 seconds whereas the shot-to-shot timings correspond to a minimal 1.5 seconds. One might turn the flash on which slows down the capturing prowess at 4.7 seconds at least. Burst performance is quite disappointing at 0.8 frames per second and with the AF mode switched on this drops drastically to 0.6fps. This is one camera meant for capturing slow or static objects and one must avoid using it for capturing fast, action oriented games or subjects. The 16X optical zoom augers well with the semi-professionals and those picky individuals whereas the 16MP sensor resolution is more of a sellout in terms of budget and functionality.
Design and Added features:
The AA batteries do get eliminated which resulted in a sleeker device which is still a bit large for our liking. While this isn’t a pocketable option as of yet, this is a bit lighter as compared to the SX160. The grip is slightly better and the PowerShot SX170 IS is quite comfortable to hold on to. One must not undermine the weight of this device as it renders steadiness to the hand while capturing the scenes. The lockable battery door is missing while the firm closure is readily provided. Mini-USB support is also included whereas the HDMI access readily misses out. Be it the white balancing modes or the multiple focusing aspects, the PowerShot SX170 IS readily addresses ever single aspect with utmost care.. Aperture priorities can be changed accordingly which range from f3.5 and goes up to the sizeable f8.0, at the telephoto range. One can also modulate the shutter speeds accordingly with the maximum being 15 seconds. In comes the Canon Smart Auto mode which automatically analyses the subjects and brings in the appropriate settings for capturing the same. 32 predefined layers can be used whereas the 25fps MOV format is quite an intriguing aspect.
Here is a budget friendly gadget which lacks a modern image sensor but kind of makes up for the loss with the sizeable buttons and multiple automatic modes. One can also make use of the varied creative filters besides the lower ISO sensitivity which can often impair the quality and sharpness of the concerned images.
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix L820
Nikon Coolpix L320
Nikon Coolpix L620
Canon PowerShot SX160