Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Canon PowerShot A2500

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Canon PowerShot A2500

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2500

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Super compact 98x56x21 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
125 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2500

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A2500's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
98x56x21 mm vs 108x71x44 mm
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2.9x smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1.7"
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2.1x thinner
Weight
Lighter
125 g vs 251 g
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2x lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX170 IS

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$119.00 vs $159.00
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2500:$159.00
              SX170 IS:$119.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              0.8 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2500:720p @ 25fps
              SX170 IS:720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $198

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A2500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $124

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $109 - $129

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70 - $88

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $269

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $111

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $249

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Larger

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