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-HX5v and the Cyber-shot DSC-W180) and Kodak (such as the EasyShare M530)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to other compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (5x vs 3.8x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs digital), has a much longer battery life (370 shots vs 200 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it is older (january 2008 vs june 2009).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180
1 year newer
$80

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
  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 5x
  • 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

Kodak EasyShare M530

Kodak EasyShare M530
1 year newer
$140

Significant advantages of the M530 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the M530 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 5x

common strengths of the M530 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×57×23 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Samsung ES73

Samsung ES73
2 years newer

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

  • None found

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great zoom: 5x vs 5x
  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×58×22 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)

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
  • Great zoom: 5x vs 5x
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×58×24 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
similar age

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

  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 5x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 370 shots

common strengths of the DSC-W300 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 370 shots

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
2 years newer
$516

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly less zoom: 3.8x vs 5x
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 370 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S95 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.2" 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 240 shots) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.6 fps vs 10 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (january 2008 vs january 2011) and slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 30 seconds).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX5v (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX5v (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-HX5v and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
1 year newer
$525

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

  • 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 Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690
4 years newer
$392

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

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • 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

Sony DSC WX100

Sony DSC WX100
4 years newer
$391

Significant advantages of the WX100 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 1.6 fps

Significant disadvantages of the WX100 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 370 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the WX100 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 better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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 significantly more zoom (5x vs 4x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a much longer battery life (370 shots vs 220 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), is slightly larger (compact (94×58×24 mm) vs ultra compact (86×54×20 mm)), is older (january 2008 vs january 2010) and is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7").

Sony Cybershot W570

Sony Cybershot DSC-W570
3 years newer
$272

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
1 year newer
$199

Significant advantages of the DSC-W310 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W310 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W310 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD770 IS

Canon PowerShot SD770 IS
similar age
$228

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