Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 Brief Review



  • 20 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 12x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.2-f/7.0
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000
  • ISO range 100-1600
  • Image stabilization
  • Burst shooting up to .8 shots/sec (2.2 in low light mode)
  • Macro focusing to .4 inches
  • 2.7” LCD
  • 720p video at 25 fps
  • Li-ion battery rated at 200 shots (255 in ECO mode)
  • Weighs 4.97 oz.
  • Release Date: 2015-01-04
  • Final Grade: 70 3.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 Review: Small budget camera with a solid zoom
The 12x optical zoom is the highlighting feature on the Canon Powershot ELPH 170.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/7/2016

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS.

Adding another $30 to Canon's most basic 2015 model gets you a better zoom, but not a whole lot else. Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, the 170 is a basic, yet portable camera.

The 12x zoom allows the small 170 to get up close, and it's a decent feature for the price point. The image stabilization system will help keep shots steady too. Outside of the extra zoom, the 170 is very similar to the $120 Canon PowerShot ELPH 160, with a 1/2.3" sensor, slow .8 fps burst mode and solid .4 inch macro focusing. That .8 fps burst mode is rather concern, indicating a pretty slow performance. And while the 170 is very similar to 160, it does have an even shorter battery life.

If $150 is your max, the Canon ELPH 170 is certainly an option, but look at a few other point-and-shoots first--you can find the Nikon Coolpix S6800 for a similar price if you catch a sale, and it has a much better 9.4 fps burst mode.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 is expected out in early February for $149.

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