As well as being compared against other compacts, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 is also often compared to ultra compacts and travel zooms. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W300 and the Cyber-shot DSC-W220) and Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS and the PowerShot A2500)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a significantly longer battery life (370 shots vs 300 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 30 seconds).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-W300 (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-W300 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 370 shots

common strengths of the DSC-W300 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×59×27 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W220 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W220 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W220 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×57×22 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W290 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W290 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W290 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×57×23 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180
1 year newer
$180

Significant advantages of the DSC-W180 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W180 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W180 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×58×24 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-W150 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W150 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W150 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×58×24 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

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3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-P200 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-P200 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DSC-P200 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (104×52×28 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.7), is slightly larger (compact (94×58×24 mm) vs ultra compact (91×52×17 mm)), is older (january 2008 vs january 2010), is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7") and is slightly heavier (173 g vs 117 g).

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

Canon PowerShot SD770 IS

Canon PowerShot SD770 IS
similar age

Significant advantages of the SD770 IS (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD770 IS (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD770 IS and DSC-W170

  • None found

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 has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2008 vs april 2013).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W690 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W690 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 370 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-W690 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
6 years newer
$278

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
6 years newer
$117 - $118

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

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm

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

Nikon Coolpix S6600

Nikon Coolpix S6600
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the S6600 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • 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 S6600 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much shorter battery life: 150 shots vs 370 shots
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S6600 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
5 years newer
$445

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and DSC-W170

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 370 shots

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
2 years newer
$328

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX9v and DSC-W170

  • None found