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Advantages of the Canon ELPH 170 IS

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Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony WX50

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.6 vs f/3.6
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At its widest zoom, the WX50's lens captures slightly more light (0.9 f-stops)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The WX50's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
92×52×19 mm vs 100×58×23 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 12.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
117 g vs 141 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$119.98 vs $158.32
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The best price we've seen is $38 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              ELPH 170 IS100×58×23 mm
              WX5092×52×19 mm
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Thickness Very thin Help
              ELPH 170 IS0.9"
              WX500.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              ELPH 170 IS141 g
              WX50117 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              ELPH 170 IS$158.32
              WX50$119.98
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              ELPH 170 IS200 shots
              WX50240 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              ELPH 170 IS230k dots
              WX50460k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              ELPH 170 IS0.8 fps
              WX5010 fps

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              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
              PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
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