Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.
Explore our gallery of 13 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon SX170 IS

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Weight
Slightly lighter
251 g vs 291 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$169.95 vs $231.00
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              1,600 ISO
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              0.8 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              SX160 IS720p @ 25fps
              SX170 IS720p @ 30fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.5

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              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 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $188

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              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 SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $221

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $130

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $437

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $228

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

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              Avatar for robert scott robert scott (5:06 PM, January 14, 2014)
              This camera has only a 1/2.3" CCD Sensor (6.17mm x 4.55mm).
              We've all seen dodgy images from high megapixel cameras and know that after a point, megapixels don't matter for most people – a 16 MP compact isn't
              ever going to be as good as a 12 MP Full Frame DSLR. What does matter is the Sensor Size!
              The cameras sensor sizes are:
              1/3.2"(4.54 x 3.42mm)
              1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55mm) Canon SX160 IS
              (0.617x0.455cm)=0.281cm2 Pickle density 16MP/0.281=57MP/cm2 Quality starts at 5MP/cm2.
              1/1.7"(7.60 X 5.70mm)
              2/3" (8.80 X 6.60mm)
              1/1.2"(10.67x 8.0mm)
              Micro Four Thirds 4/3"(17.30x13mm)
              1" (12.8X9.60mm), mostly Video Cameras.
              1.5"(18.70X14.00mm)
              APS-c (Canon) 22.20X14.8mm
              APS-C 23.60x15.60mm
              APS-H 27.9 x 18.6mm
              Full Frame 36.00 x 24.00 mm
              Higher-end Compacts – With demand growing and the price of producing larger sensors falling, there are a growing number of higher-end
              compact cameras with larger sensors. For example the Fujifilm X20 has a 2/3-inch (8.8 x 6.6 mm) sensor Price: $445.50, while the Sony RX100 has an even bigger 1-inch sensor (12.8 x 9.6 mm). Price: $548.00. The Canon G1 X even boasts a 1.5-inch sensor (18.7 x 14 mm) Price: $579.00.
              So you get what you pay. If you want to take crude pictures then you go for Cameras sensor size 1/3.2" or1/2.3" without extras at around $100.
              If you needs more decent pictures, and not to discredit yourself on Facebook then you go for around 1"(12.80x9.60mm). Don't be fooled by
              megapixels. This is an illusion and deception. Concentrate at lenses quality, and CCD sensor. A 6 MegaPixel camera with good quality pixels, can
              outperform a 24 MegaPixel camera with bad quality pixels. Choose a good camera, and care for your pixels.
              What sensor processor is nominal for a 16MP camera (digital processor) ?
              x=16/5 = 3.2cm2 or at least a light sensor 1.5" (18.70X14.00mm) a 2.62cm2 LIGHT PROCESSOR.
              The most expensive parts of a digital camera are Lenses and light CCD sensor. Installing a 16MP processor in a camera with dodgy lenses,
              and a dodgy light sensor 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55mm) at Canon SX160 IS an illusion, delusion and deception.
              In fact this camera commpites at x=sensor 0.281cm2x5MP/cm2 = 1.4 MP camera.