As well as being compared against other compacts, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 is also often compared to pro digicams, ultra compacts, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LX5) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and the Cyber-shot DSC-W350)

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) and has a slightly longer battery life (370 shots vs 300 shots).

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

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)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 32 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the DSC-W130 and DSC-W170

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180
1 year newer
$120

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
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

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
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-W120 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W120 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 32 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the DSC-W120 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

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
  • 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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
2 years newer
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and DSC-W170

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 370 shots

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs digital) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (94×58×24 mm) vs ultra compact (91×52×17 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is older (january 2008 vs january 2010) and is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7").

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
1 year newer
$237

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
$339

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

Samsung PL120

Samsung PL120
3 years newer
$340

Significant advantages of the PL120 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PL120 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • None found

common strengths of the PL120 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 slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 38 mm), has a slightly longer battery life (370 shots vs 320 shots) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.6 fps vs 10 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
5 years newer
$444

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (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-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 Cyber-shot DSC-H20

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

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

  • 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 Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX150 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX150 (vs the DSC-W170)

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

common strengths of the DSC-WX150 and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (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-HX20V (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10
similar age
$550

Significant advantages of the DSC-H10 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H10 (vs the DSC-W170)

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

common strengths of the DSC-H10 and DSC-W170

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is much smaller (compact (94×58×24 mm) vs prosumer size (123×92×68 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 2.7") and is much lighter (173 g vs 580 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 12.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.6 fps vs 4.7 fps) and has much more startup delay (2800 ms vs 600 ms).

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
1 year newer
$1,495 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-x (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much less shutter lag: 97 ms vs 360 ms
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the K-x (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the K-x and DSC-W170

  • Very small: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 0.9"