As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot SD870 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, super zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD1100 IS and the PowerShot SX210 IS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ62)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD870 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 34 mm), has a slightly longer battery life (270 shots vs 240 shots) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/1400 of a second).

However, on average it has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (august 2007 vs february 2011), is thicker (1" vs 0.9"), is slightly heavier (205 g vs 165 g) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
5 months newer
$399

Significant advantages of the SD1100 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD1100 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the SD1100 IS and SD870 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (87×55×22 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)

Olympus TG-610

Olympus TG-610
3 years newer
$444

Significant advantages of the TG-610 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the TG-610 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2.8
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1200 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

common strengths of the TG-610 and SD870 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1"

Kodak EasyShare M863

Kodak EasyShare M863
4 months newer
$120

Significant advantages of the M863 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1"

Significant disadvantages of the M863 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 34 mm vs 28 mm
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the M863 and SD870 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (91×57×21 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

Canon PowerShot SD880 IS
1 year newer
$699

Significant advantages of the SD880 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD880 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD880 IS and SD870 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×57×24 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the 100 HS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1"
  • Lighter: 140 g vs 205 g

Significant disadvantages of the 100 HS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 100 HS and SD870 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SD800 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD800 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the SD800 IS and SD870 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (90×58×25 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD870 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4) and has a slightly longer battery life (270 shots vs 220 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks and external mic jack and is older (august 2007 vs february 2014).

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
2 years newer
$499

Significant advantages of the SX210 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX210 IS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX210 IS and SD870 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
7 years newer
$134

Significant advantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the ELPH 160 and SD870 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
8 years newer
$180 - $189

Significant advantages of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Higher resolution screen: 461k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 180 shots vs 270 shots

common strengths of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS and SD870 IS

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
7 years newer
$320

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 180 shots vs 270 shots

common strengths of the S7000 and SD870 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
6 years newer
$429

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SD870 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SD870 IS

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD870 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (93×59×26 mm) vs prosumer size (120×81×92 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 3.3"), is slightly lighter (205 g vs 470 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/850 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.3 fps vs 8 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and has a much shorter battery life (270 shots vs 450 shots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 450 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (120×81×92 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ62 and SD870 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×81×92 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)
  • Light weight: 493 g vs 205 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1"

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1"

common strengths of the L820 and SD870 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1"
  • Light weight: 470 g vs 205 g

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ
3 years newer
$489

Significant advantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thicker: 2.9" vs 1"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/850 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

common strengths of the SP-810 UZ and SD870 IS

  • Very small: Standard size (106×76×74 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1"
  • Very light: 413 g vs 205 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon SD870 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (compact (93×59×26 mm) vs professional size (133×100×80 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (205 g vs 570 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.3 fps vs 4 fps).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
4 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the SD870 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1"

common strengths of the D3200 and SD870 IS

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the SD870 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the SD870 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Compact (93×59×26 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1"

common strengths of the T3i and SD870 IS

  • None found