If ever there was any truth in the argument that smartphones have eroded the sales of cameras, the merits of such an argument would apply mostly to the compact system cameras (CSCs). Another pragmatic way of looking at the issue is from the point of view that CSCs are an entirely unique product from camera phones therefore enabling them to continue dominating the budget segment of photography equipment.
Canon IXUS 170 is one such CSC that you simply cannot downgrade to the level of a camera phone. Although it lacks the capabilities of professional cameras, it performs really well while managing to sport sleek looks to attract potential photographers.
Just slide the IXUS 170 into your pocket and you will not even notice it is there since it is nicely small and weighs only 141 grams. It is therefore lighter than most smartphones. Its thickness on the other hand is just 23 mm which in camera terms qualifies it as one of the thinnest ever. Apart from the svelte form factor that makes it look stylish, the body of this camera is made out of metal at the front. In terms of aesthetics, that is all that can be said because surely the nature of cameras is such that the output is what determines the suitability more than anything else. To achieve both while still maintaining a low price tag is what makes this camera special.
This point- and- shoot device features a 20 megapixel CCD sensor (common among budget cameras) with 12x optical zoom. In terms of size, this is a 1/2.3 inches sensor that is set to get the job done just right. Normally, you would want a sensor that tends towards 1/3 inches in order to get really good quality.
Otherwise known as Canon PowerShot Elph 170 IS, it comes with 3D shooting capability as well as image stabilization. These are vital capabilities to have because they are part of what define the uniqueness in this CSC. A vast majority of functions are accomplished using automatic mechanisms. In fact, looking around the camera, as would be expected, you will find a scarcity of buttons to manually adjust the settings.
There is a zoom rocker at the top of the camera as well as a shutter release button and the on/off button. The back is dominated by a 2.7- inch LCD display screen that acts as the viewfinder. It is not an exceptionally good screen to say the least since it has a resolution of 230k dots which is considered below average in some cases. It is a non- articulating screen and unsurprisingly at this stage, it does not have touchscreen support. A touchscreen would particularly be a nice feature to have since you won’t be relying a lot on manual buttons, therefore the convenience of touch will be missed.
The buttons found at the back include a menu button, a video record button, a button for previewing your compositions, a help button (marked by a “?” sign); then of course there is the iconic four- stage settings button. I single out the ECO function on this controller since it is a nifty addition that enables you to conserve power while using the camera. Otherwise, you get a maximum 200 shots from a full charge as standard.
|Device type||Compact Digital Camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||99.6 x 57.6 x 22.6mm|
|Sensor||20 MP, 5152 x 3864 pixels, CCD|
|Burst speed||Up to 0.8fp|
|ISO sensitivity||100 – 800|
|Zoom||12x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom|
|Screen size||2.7 inches, TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0, A/V, SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Battery||NB-11LH rechargeable Li-Ion, 200 shots per charge|
|Others||DIGIC 4+ image processor, Lens-shift VR, Intelligent IS,