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. Moreover, this superb lens incorporates innovative designs that enable it to fit the compact profile of the PowerShot SX170 IS.
Love this camera
I love this camera. Previously, I had two cameras by a competitor - one a metal body, the other a plastic body, and while they both took excellent pictures, quite frankly, over half of my shots were blurry or otherwise unusable. So far, I have taken about 100 snaps with this camera, and none of them have been blurred. I am amazed. And it was cheaper than the competitor's models that offered similar features. And I bought it from an online company that provided a lot of accessories including an extra batter - sweet. Loving it more, the more I use it.
December 8, 2013
Great Compact point & shoot for the money
Technology marches on. I am an avid amateur photographer with 50+ years of experience with every film and focal plane technology ever created. This camera is my latest "pocket camera" to have with me 24/7, it's for those unique unplanned shots that always pop up when you least expect them and when your DSLR is just not an option to lug around with you all day.
Some have criticized the change from AA sized batteries to a Canon propriety battery pack. Hogwash. Technology is going to move forward and the use of a battery pack simply does not mean this camera is any less useful. When you travel into the great whatever with an older camera you thought ahead and took extra batteries with you. Now you think ahead and make sure your battery is charged and yes if you will be away from an outlet you take as many extra battery packs as you need. I am guilty of not thinking ahead plenty of times with the AA technology with no means of stopping into a store to buy more, this camera is no different.
The feel and user friendliness of this camera is outstanding. The controls are simple, the instructions (PDF on-line only) are clear and easy to follow, and the image quality is great. You are not going to shoot that perfect close-up shot of a running back diving across the goal line with this camera, but for every day snapshots it offers a nice, cost effective solution to carry in your pocket every day.
It's not a DLSR. If you want a full featured high performance camera you'll need to spend a lot more money!
The autofocus feature is very fast, and images shot at max optical zoom are beyond my expectations, far superior to earlier Canon point and shoot products.
December 8, 2013
Good inexpensive camera
A very good little camera that is a tremendous value as competitively priced. It isn't a substitute for a DSLR but it makes a great travel camera with its fairly compact size, high quality images, and wide zoom range. I like the straightforward interface that resembles my DSLR enough that I don't feel as if I have to learn a whole new system. The quality of operation, finish, and durability are all excellent. The battery is fine. The screen is plenty good enough for me. I don't need a lot of features like GPS and WiFi, so this is a great price point in a convenient package. Tip: reset the compression to "superfine" as soon as you get the camera, and leave it there.
December 7, 2013
Worst Purcahse Ever
This camera was one of the worst cameras I have ever bought. It was a waste of money.
December 5, 2013
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