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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.
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. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot high definition video whenever you want, right from your compact digital camera.
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 is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want. 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.
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera features Smart AUTO: sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO 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. Several engineering breakthroughs contributed to this major enhancement to speed. In addition to improved AF algorithms, the camera can process multiple sequences simultaneously, and takes advantage of reworked controls between AF and the start of shooting.
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS, analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to help capture the steadiest possible image.
Normal - Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning - Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Macro (Hybrid) - Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic - Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered - Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod - When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.
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.
PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.
Manual - You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-Priority - You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority - You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program - Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Live View Control - Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
Smart AUTO - The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Portrait - The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Face Self-timer - The camera waits for a face to enter the frame before releasing the shutter.
Low Light - For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Snow - Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks - Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Creative Filters - This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
Discreet Mode - Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting so you can capture images in quiet areas.
Movie - Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.
Special Scene Modes with Creative Filters
Special Scene Modes have fun and creative filters you can add to your photos without having to use a computer. You can make a quirky portrait using a Fisheye Lens Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as if capturing the photo using a toy or pinhole camera. Make a scene appear like a small-scale model with Miniature Effect, when shooting from a high vantage point. Super Vivid enhances an image for bright, intense colors while Poster Effect alters the contrast of an image for poster-like presentation.
The PowerShot SX170 IS camera takes energy conservation to the next level with ECO Mode, which provides more shots per single charge through monitor and camera power management. ECO Mode can be activated for easy power preservation when an outlet is unavailable. ECO Mode quickly wakes the camera from sleep when a button is pressed or with a touch of the LCD screen. With ECO Mode, you can be sure that your camera will keep up when fun with family and friends runs late into the night!
Available in 30 Languages
There are now a total of 30 display languages from which you can choose: 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, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 16x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom and 64x Combined Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD
Approx. 16.6 Megapixels
Approx. 16.0 Megapixels
5.0 (W) - 80.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 448 mm)
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)
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
Approx. 230,000 dots
f/3.5 (W) , f/5.9 (T)
15-1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
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
Still Images: ± stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments (Not available when shooting movies)
White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
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
15 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
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
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
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.
Normal: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Normal: Approx. 2.8 shots/sec. (in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.5 shots/sec. (in P mode)
LV: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically. Differs depending on the zoom position
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
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:16:9 - Large: 4608 x 2592; Medium 1:3264 x 1832; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360
3:2 - Large: 4608 x 3072; Medium 1:3264 x 2176; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424
4:3 - Large: 4608 x 3456; Medium 1:3264 x 2448; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480
1:1 - Large: 3456 x 3456; Medium 1: 2448 x 2448; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480
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)
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.
*1 Playback frame rate is 25 fps.
*2 Playback frame rate is 30 fps*3.
*3 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
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)
Single, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Resize, My Colors, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
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
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.
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Battery Pack NB-6LH, AC Adapter Kit ACK-40
Approx. 300 shots
Approx. 440 shots in ECO Mode
Approx. 7 hours
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.25 x 2.80 x 1.73 in. / 108.0 x 71.0 x 43.9mm
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.
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you PowerShot SX170 IS that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40
AC Adapter Kit for Digital Cameras.
Battery Charger CB-2LY
Battery Charger for NB-6L Li-Ion Batteries.
Battery Pack NB-6L
Battery Pack for the selected PowerShot S series, ELPH series and D series.
Battery Pack NB-6LH
Battery Pack for selected S-series and SX-series models.
Deluxe leather Case PSC-3300
Deluxe Leather Case designed to fit the selected PowerShot SX series digital camera safely and securely.
High-Power Flash HF-DC1
Powerful slave flash, fired by the camera's pre-flash. Effectively doubles the flash range of the camera. Comes with mounting bracket.
High-Power Flash HF-DC2
Powerful slave flash, fired by the camera's pre-flash. Effectively doubles the flash range of the camera. Comes with mounting bracket.
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
The Canon IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable enables you to transfer your camera pictures to a computer fast. The cable connects to your camera and to the USB port on your PC or MAC Computer. Comes standard with the EOS 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark II, 5D Mark II, 7D, 5D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, Digital Rebel XTi, Digital Rebel XT and Digital Rebel. Please see Compatibility tab for compatible models.
PowerShot: CarePAK PLUS (2YR)
CarePAK PLUS offers protection from accidental damage such as drops, spills, power surges, and more, including normal wear and tear, beyond the standard warranty period. It also includes Image Recovery (included with Cameras, Camcorders, and Printers with a memory card slot only), priority repair service, free return shipping, $0 deductible, genuine Canon factory service with only genuine Canon parts, and is transferable if you sell or gift your product. With a CarePAK PLUS, a damaged product will be repaired to good working condition or replaced with an equivalent product.
Video Cable AVC-DC400ST
Enables direct image display from the EOS to an HD television or a similar display device. Comes standard with the EOS 1D Mark IV, 7D, 60D, Rebel T3i and Rebel T2i. Please see Compatibility tab for compatible models.
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