As well as being compared against other compacts, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 is also often compared to travel zooms and ultra compacts. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W130 and the Cyber-shot DSC-W830) and Canon (such as the PowerShot A800 and the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 32 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs digital), has a significantly longer battery life (370 shots vs 210 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it is older (january 2008 vs february 2010), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second) and slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-W130 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W130 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much worse wide angle: 32 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DSC-W130 and DSC-W170

  • Fairly small: Super compact (88×57×22 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 370 shots vs 370 shots
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
6 years newer
$135

Significant advantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Better wide angle: 26 mm vs 28 mm
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 370 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W810 and DSC-W170

  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×53×23 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Canon PowerShot A800

Canon PowerShot A800
3 years newer
$180

Significant advantages of the A800 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second
  • Longer exposures: 15 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the A800 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the A800 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cybershot W580

Sony Cybershot DSC-W580
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the W580 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the W580 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the W580 and DSC-W170

  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Samsung ES73

Samsung ES73
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the ES73 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the ES73 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ES73 and DSC-W170

  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×58×22 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W100 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W100 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DSC-W100 and DSC-W170

  • Fairly small: Compact (94×61×25 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 360 shots vs 370 shots
  • Thin: 1" vs 0.9"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly longer battery life (370 shots vs 230 shots) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
6 years newer
$99 - $118

Significant advantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W830 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
6 years newer
$158

Significant advantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 370 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ELPH 150 IS and DSC-W170

  • None found

Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS
3 years newer
$240

Significant advantages of the 310 HS (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the 310 HS (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 370 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the 310 HS and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
1 year newer
$599

Significant advantages of the DSC-H20 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H20 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-H20 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 370 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-HX9v and DSC-W170

  • None found

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (370 shots vs 220 shots) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.6), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 26 mm), is slightly larger (compact (94×58×24 mm) vs ultra compact (91×52×17 mm)) and is older (january 2008 vs february 2011).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W350 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W350 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W350 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cybershot W570

Sony Cybershot DSC-W570
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the W570 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the W570 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

common strengths of the W570 and DSC-W170

  • None found