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-T300) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX210 IS and the PowerShot SD770 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 much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 32 mm), has a significantly 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), doesn't have a touch screen, is older (january 2008 vs august 2009) and slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 15 seconds).

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
  • 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-T300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300
similar age
$348

Significant advantages of the DSC-T300 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-T300 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 28 mm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-T300 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×59×21 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

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

common strengths of the DSC-W130 and DSC-W170

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (88×57×22 mm) vs Compact (94×58×24 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90
1 year newer
$365

Significant advantages of the S90 (vs the DSC-W170)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S90 (vs the DSC-W170)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 370 shots
  • Significantly thicker: 1.2" vs 0.9"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S90 and DSC-W170

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

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W170 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a significantly 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) and is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7").

Canon PowerShot SD770 IS

Canon PowerShot SD770 IS
similar age
$420

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
1 year newer
$239

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

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 much longer battery life (370 shots vs 150 shots) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (january 2008 vs august 2013), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second) and slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 30 seconds).

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
2 years newer
$338

Significant advantages of the SX210 IS (vs the DSC-W170)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX210 IS (vs the DSC-W170)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX210 IS and DSC-W170

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
6 years newer
$80 - $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

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

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
  • Has a flip-out screen

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