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Overview

Zoom Big, Shoot Comfortably

Zoom in on images you're not likely to capture with a smartphone. The 16x Optical Zoom on the PowerShot SX170 IS camera gets you up close to kids and wildlife, down on the field and up on the stage, while Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer keeps images steady and clear. The 28mm Wide-Angle lens captures everything from large family shots to breathtaking landscapes. With the 16.0 Megapixel sensor, you can crop and enlarge all you want, and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures fast, precise performance. Relive fun times in smooth, detailed 720p HD video. Or simply point and shoot for excellent stills quality in all kinds of situations: Smart AUTO senses the conditions and chooses optimized camera settings for 32 pre-defined scenes. High Speed AF captures quick action shots, and Intelligent IS counteracts camera shake for virtually blur-free shooting. Easily see what you're shooting and show off what you've captured on the big, clear 3.0-inch LCD screen. Powered by a slim, new rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the PowerShot SX170 IS sports an even smaller, more ergonomic design that makes this the perfect camera to have at the ready all day long.
 

Features

Powerful 16x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera features a powerful Genuine Canon 16x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optical technologies, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that provides an extraordinary 16x zoom range. The lens starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 448mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous coverage and reach. The telephoto end lets you capture subjects from a considerable distance, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings.

16.0 Megapixel image sensor
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera's 16.0 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers impressive photos with fine detail and brilliant color. The high resolution ensures superb image quality even when cropping or making very large prints.

Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC Image Processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in high levels of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, HD video and Face Detection Self-timer. More powerful noise reduction algorithms also provide improved low-light capture.

Canon HD Video Advantage
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera lets you record highly detailed 720p HD video at 25 frames per second with clear stereo sound.

Dedicated movie button, Wind Filter feature and Optical Zoom while shooting
It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. The PowerShot SX170 IS camera has a dedicated movie button that lets you start and stop recording instantly. The camera also incorporates an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. The PowerShot SX170 IS lets you use the full range of optical zoom when you're shooting a video without sacrificing HD video resolution.

Smart AUTO
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera features Smart AUTO which automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

High Speed AF
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera is equipped with Canon's latest advancements in autofocus (AF) technology. Working on multiple fronts, Canon has developed AF that is significantly faster than on previous models, for a shooting experience that's spontaneous and natural. The extremely responsive High Speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with reduced lag time.

Large 3.0-inch LCD screen
Easy to see from a wide angle, the camera's 3.0-inch LCD screen with a great resolution of approximately 230,000 dots gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient.

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Just pick up the PowerShot SX170 IS camera and you'll discover how comfortable a super-compact camera can be! The new ergonomic design and smaller size are the result of a slim new rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Type
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 16x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom and 64x Combined Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Back to TopImage Capture Device

Type
16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD

Total Pixels
Approx. 16.6 Megapixels

Effective Pixels
Approx. 16.0 Megapixels

Back to TopLens

Focal Length
5.0 (W) - 80.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 448 mm)

Optical Zoom
16x

Digital Zoom
4.0x

Focusing Range
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 2.0ft. (60cm) - infinity (T)
Auto/Manual: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 2.0ft. (60cm) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0.4 in. - 1.6ft. (1 - 50cm) (W)

Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus

Back to TopViewfinders

Optical Viewfinder
Not available

LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle

LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 dots

LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%

Back to TopAperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 (W) , f/5.9 (T)

Shutter Speed
1-1/3200 sec.

15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

Back to TopExposure Control

Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 100 - 1600

Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted Average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock

Exposure Compensation
Still Images: ± stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (Not available when shooting movies)

Back to TopWhite Balance

White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.

Back to TopFlash

Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off

  • Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
  • Flash Range
    1.6 ft. - 9.8 ft. (W), 2.0 - 6.6 ft. (T) (50cm - 3.0m (W), (60cm - 2.0m (T))

    Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance

    Recycling Time
    15 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)

    Flash Exposure Compensation
    ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

    Back to TopShooting Specifications

    Shooting Modes
    M, Av, Tv, P, Live View Control, Auto, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Discreet, Movie*3

  • Shooting movies is possible with the movie button


  • *1 Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Snow, Fireworks

    *2 Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect

    *3 Standard

    Photo Effects
    My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*

    *Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available

    Self Timer
    Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay, custom*

    *Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

    Wireless Control
    Not Available

    Continuous Shooting

    1. Normal: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
      Normal: Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)

    2. AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. (in P mode)

    3. LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)
  • Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
  • Differs depending on the zoom position
  • Back to TopImage Storage

    Storage Media
    SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

    File Format
    Design rule for Camera File System, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

    Image Recording Format
    Superfine / Fine

    JPEG Compression Mode
    Still Image: 2.3 (JPEG)
    Video: MOV (image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))

    Number of Recording Pixels
    Still Images:

    1. 16:9 - Large: 4608 x 2592; Medium 1:3264 x 1832; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360

    2. 3:2 - Large: 4608 x 3072; Medium 1:3264 x 2176; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424

    3. 4:3 - Large: 4608 x 3456; Medium 1:3264 x 2448; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480

    4. 1:1 - Large: 3456 x 3456; Medium 1: 2448 x 2448; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480

    Videos:
    HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
    Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 5 fps / 2.5 fps / 1.25 fps
    Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
    640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)

    Back to TopNumber of Recordable Images

    Image data

      16:9 3:2 4:3
    File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB
    Large (L1) SF 5184 1506 6081 6144 1272 5136 6912 1131 4567
    F 3069 2531 10219 3638 2135 8620 4093 1903 7684
    Medium 1 (M1) SF 2595 2958 11943 3083 2505 10115 3436 2252 9094
    F 1537 4912 19826 1825 4162 16802 2060 3721 15020
    Medium 2 (M2) SF 1095 6822 27537 899 8187 33044 1002 7442 30040
    F 604 12280 49567 496 14448 58314 558 12927 52176
    Small (S) SF 188 35089 141622 221 30703 123919 249 27291 110150
    F 113 49125 198271 133 40937 165225 150 40937 165225
    Medium* (M) F NA NA NA NA NA NA 1144 6638 26792

      1:1
    File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB
    Large (L1) SF 5184 1506 6081
    F 3069 2531 10219
    Medium 1 (M1) SF 2601 2958 11943
    F 1540 4912 19826
    Medium 2 (M2) SF 760 9824 39653
    F 420 16374 66090
    Small (S) SF 188 35089 141622
    F 113 49125 198271
    Medium* (M) F NA NA NA

    Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
    * When in Low Light.
    • The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

    Back to TopTime of Recordable Movies

    Movie data

      Miniature Effect
    HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480
    5x 10x 20x 5x 10x 20x
    5 fps*1 2.5 fps*1 1.25 fps*1 6 fps*2 3 fps*2 1.5 fps*2
    Movie Size (KB/sec.) 487 243 122 246 123 61
    8GB 4 hrs. 00 min. 33 sec. 7 hrs. 34 min. 23 sec. 13 hrs. 37 min. 54 sec. 7 hrs. 34 min. 23 sec. 13 hrs. 37 min. 54 sec. 22 hrs. 43 min. 11 sec.
    32GB 16 hrs. 11 min. 39 sec. 30 hrs. 35 min. 22 sec. 55 hrs. 03 min. 40 sec. 30 hrs. 35 min. 22 sec. 55 hrs. 03 min. 40 sec. 91 hrs. 46 min. 07 sec.
     
      Other
    HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480
    25 fps 30 fps*3
    Movie Size (KB/sec.) 2621 1416
    8GB 49 min. 15 sec. 1 hr. 28 min. 53 sec.
    32GB 3 hrs. 19 min. 00 sec. 5 hrs. 59 min. 05 sec.
               
    *1 Playback frame rate is 25 fps.
    *2 Playback frame rate is 30 fps*3.
    *3 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

    Back to TopPlayback Specifications

    Playback Modes File
    Stills & Videos:
    Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Slideshow (Repeat, Interval, Effect)

    Still Images:
    Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Resize, My Colors, Histogram, Overexposure Warning

    Videos:
    Normal Playback*1, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2

    *1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
    *2 Approximately 4 seconds
    *3 Slow motion available

    Back to TopErasing Specifications

    Erase Modes
    Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images

    • The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
    • Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie (1 sec. increments) can be deleted.

    Back to TopInterfaces

    Video Out
    NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)

    Audio Out
    Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)

    Other
    SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers

    Power Source
    Battery Pack NB-6LH, AC Adapter Kit ACK-40

    Shooting Capacity
    Approx. 300 shots
    Approx. 440 shots in ECO Mode

    Playback Time
    Approx. 7 hours

    Back to TopPhysical Specifications

    Operating Temperature
    32-104°F/0-40°C

    Operating Humidity
    10-90%

    Dimensions (W x H x D)
    4.25 x 2.80 x 1.73 in. / 108.0 x 71.0 x 43.9mm

    Weight
    8.85 oz. / 251g (CIPA standard)
    8.04 oz. / 228g (camera only)

    Note: 27 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, and Hindi).

    All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

    Canon, DIGIC, ELPH, PIXMA, and PowerShot and SELPHY are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.
    PowerShot SX170 IS Kit Contents
    G12 Kit Contents
    • PowerShot SX170 IS Digital Camera
    • Battery Pack NB-6LH
    • Battery Charger CB-2LY
    • Wrist Strap WS-800

    (USB Interface Cable and Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM are not included.)

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