Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs Canon PowerShot A2500

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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Canon PowerShot A2500

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great battery life
Battery life
300 shots
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2500

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
125 g

Items often bought with the SX170 IS or A2500

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A2500.
Explore our gallery of 13 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2500

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Aperture
Significantly 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
98×56×21 mm vs 108×71×44 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
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2500$134.00
              SX170 IS$169.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              0.8 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2500720p @ 25fps
              SX170 IS720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              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

              $320

              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 - $111

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $336

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot A2500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $96

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Travel zoom

              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $198

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Compact

              $70 - $97

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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