Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera
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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is a 16MP compact camera with zoom capability up to 16X with 28 – 448mm lens supporting optical image stabilization, allowing users to adjust shutter speed and aperture manually.

PowerShot SX170 IS (where IS stands for "Image Stabilization") is the SX510HS "juniors" product. PowerShot SX170 IS is shaped like a miniature DSLR. It has a 16X optical zoom lens (32X digital zoom) but can easily fit into your pocket.

It has 2 versions, an eye-catching red version and a traditional black version. The original price offered by Canon is 180 USD (US price, equivalent to 3.8 million VND). The maximum resolution of the device is 16MP with a 1 / 2.3-inch CCD-type sensor instead of the traditional CMOS sensor.

The following are reviews of the PowerShot SX170 IS camera Photography Blog:

Experience using

The SX170 IS lens has a wide aperture when shooting at 28 mm wide, the maximum aperture when telephoto is 448 mm. You will have to open the flash above the lens manually before shooting. Above the body is a wheel that selects the mode with the familiar P / A / S / M modes and some fully automatic modes. Among them is the Smart Auto mode that automatically selects one of 32 types of scenes. The trigger button is surrounded by the lever to control the flash, right behind is the on / off button.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

The startup time of SX170 IS is 2 – 3 seconds, which is equivalent to the time the lens moves from a wide focal length to a telephoto focal length. Fortunately, you can zoom even after you start video recording, but the transition time from wide focal length to telephoto focal length will be up to 9 – 10 seconds. Although the microphone still captures the sound of the lens when zooming, the sound is not too loud and therefore may be drowned out by the sound from the surroundings.

The difference of the SX170 IS compared to other popular models includes not only the lens but also the stereo (2-channel) stereo microphone on both sides of the lens and a set of speakers located on both sides of the top of the device. Behind it is a 3-inch LCD screen, 4: 3 aspect ratio with a 230k "dot" resolution. The buttons are on the right side of the screen. If you have used the PowerShot or IXUS product lines, you will quickly become familiar with SX170 IS.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

At the top of the back is the armrest and an HD movie button. You can only record video at 1280 x 720 pixels instead of Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels like other Canon models. Just below this button is the Play button to view photos and clips. In the middle of the navigation dial is the Function / Set button.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

To the right of the navigation button is the exposure adjustment button (+ -2EV), and just below the familiar Display and Menu button. All big size buttons are arranged appropriately so you can easily control them with your thumb.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

On both sides of the device there are eyes for mounting the strap, the right side of the machine has an AV / USB connection slot. The SX170 IS is not equipped with Wi-fi photo sharing.

While the older generation SX160 IS uses a primary battery, Canon has supplied the PowerShot SX170 IS with a li-ion battery. The battery slot is also where you insert the SD card. Canon has also charged and plugged the cord. The bottom of the SX170 IS is the screw for you to plug into the tripod.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

When the on / off button is pressed, the SX170 IS will be started: the lens opens off the camera body with the widest aperture and the screen is turned on. LCD screen with 230,000 dots resolution is the only means for your perspective. The lack of a viewfinder is a minus point, since SX170 IS is clearly trying to "eat" professional and semi-professional machines. The plus point of the LCD monitor is that this screen can display 100% of the field of view.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

The trigger button slightly protrudes from the top of the device, which feels quite "pressed". When you press lightly, you can focus on the photo before pressing it fully to take a picture. On the PowerShot SX170 IS there are 10 shooting modes, in which the auto (Auto) mode is marked with green. You still have the familiar P / A / S / M modes.

Live View mode allows you to adjust brightness and color easily: for example, the screen will have a slider (activated with the Function / Set button) to select the brightness or choose a warm or cold color . ISO levels are only between 100 and 1600. The maximum aperture is f / 3.5, so it is difficult to take low-light shots, even if Canon has added low-light shooting mode with low resolution (4MP) to reduce noise.

The next mode is quite simple: Portrait (Face portrait), Face Self Timer (Counting hours after recognizing faces), shooting snow and shooting fireworks.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

On the mode dial, you can also select effects for images, such as fisheye effects, poster effects, monochrome effects … You can choose different aspect ratios like 4: 3, 16: 9, 3: 2 and 1: 1

Next is a "secret" shooting mode: this mode will turn off all the alarm sounds and stork sounds to create a more "quiet" shooting experience. Finally, the video recording mode supports Canon's My Colors settings, white balance, the ability to switch from HD recording to 640 x 480 and vice versa.

The PowerShot SX170 IS is light enough that you can use it comfortably with one hand, but if you use telephoto you should use both hands. The size of the machine is 108 x 71 x 43 mm; weight 251 grams. It has a solid body but not too big and heavy.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

The included li-ion battery is enough for you to take 300 photos (CIPA standard).

Photo quality

Although the PowerShot SX170 IS has learned the design of DSLRs, its image quality is still not comparable to today's professional cameras. It can be said that the PowerShot SX170 IS is just a normal universal camera, with a slightly higher zoom.

While the image taken at the 28 mm focal length is sharp enough (but still inevitably the common mistake of compact cameras like purple pixels), photos taken from the same location at the maximum telephoto aperture will be smooth surprisingly, even when using optical image stabilization to avoid blur.

PowerShot SX170 metering feature IS slightly poor: If you want to emphasize the details on the foreground, the sky will be very pale, otherwise if you want to get the details of the cloud in the picture, the background The bottom looks very dark. Luckily, sometimes you can still capture brilliant colors.

when the Photography Blog testing firework photography at a local festival, the result is that the photos are less blurred than Smart Auto mode.

Since there is only a maximum ISO of 1600, the PowerShot SX170 IS is not a good low light camera. Even the noise phenomenon began to appear from ISO 400 on dark areas. On ISO 800, noise appears on the whole frame (though not too severe). At ISO 1600, you can see the noise clearly even without enlarging the image. Perhaps this is why Canon did not equip SX170 IS ISO 3200.

Noise level

The following is a 100% crop showing the noise level on different ISOs.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Focal distance

The 16X lens of the PowerShot SX170 IS has a 28 mm wide-angle focus; 448 mm telephoto shooting.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Sharpen

The following 2 photos have been saved as Web – Quality 50 in PhotoShop. The photo on the right has been sharpened in PhotoShop.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Color noise

PowerShot SX170 IS handles color noise relatively well, although there is still purple fringing in high-contrast shots.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Macro

The PowerShot SX170 IS has a Macro mode that allows you to focus on objects only 1 cm away from the camera when shooting a wide angle. The first picture shows how close you can be to a sample.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Capture flash

There are 3 flash options on the PowerShot SX170 IS: Auto (Manual), Manual (On / Off – on manually), Slow Synchro (Slow sync) and Red-Eye Reduction (Red-eye reduction). The following photos were taken 1.5 meters from the wall.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

In the following two pictures, it can be seen that both normal flash and red-eye reduction do not cause red eyes.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Night shooting

The PowerShot SX170 IS has a maximum shutter speed of up to 15 seconds, allowing you to capture night quite well. The following photo was taken at ISO 400 at a rate of 1 second.

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Other photos taken from Canon PowerShot SX170:

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Rapid assessment of Canon PowerShot SX170 IS camera

Conclude

Although SX170 IS's appearance "learns" a lot from high-end DSLRs, the SX170 IS's image quality is still inferior to professional camera models. If you want a popular camera that outperforms smartphones like the iPhone 5s or Lumia 1020, you should look for another product.

However, the hardware quality and performance of the PowerShot SX170 IS is still quite good considering the price of $ 180 (3.8 million) of the machine. Although the image quality is not too high, the PowerShot SX170 IS offers a "good hand" feel and the device is also quite nice – an extremely important plus point in today's popular camera market.

Le Hoang

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