Playback, Editing and Print
Inputs and Outputs Notes
LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS has a 3" TFT LCD monitor, featuring
230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's
brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also
features a Night Display feature that when shooting in dark conditions, the
camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the
subject, making it easier to frame the subject.
Note: There is no separate viewfinder on this camera.
Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor
with 16.6-million total pixels, and 16-million effective pixels.
Optics and Stabilization: The SX170 IS has a
zoom lens with a 5-80mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 28-448mm). The built-in
lens shift-type Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images
when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be used for Still Images
(Dynamic IS), Panning (Powered IS), and Macro Shots (Hybrid IS).
Zoom: In addition to the 16x optical zoom, the camera
features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is
approximately 64x. When optical and digital zoom are combined, the total focal
length is 28-1792mm (35mm equivalent).
Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be
increased by an equivalent of 1.6x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are
44.8-716.8mm when using the 1.6x digital tele-converter, and 56-896mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used
The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC,
and SDXC Memory Cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG
format, and the
movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM
(stereo)). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.
Still Image Resolution/Compression:
The SX170 IS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1,
Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each
resolution, you can set the compression ratio to Super Fine or Fine. You can choose from
the following resolutions:
||4608 x 2592
||4608 x 3072
||4608 x 3456
||3456 x 3456
||3264 x 1832
||3264 x 2176
||3264 x 2448
||2448 x 2448
||1920 x 1080
||1600 x 1064
||1600 x 1200
||1200 x 1200
||640 x 360
||640 x 424
||640 x 480
||480 x 480
Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at
1280 x 720
at 25 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x
480 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and stereo audio.
Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or
the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD.
SD Speed Class 4 or higher memory cards are recommended when recording movies.
Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive
frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot at
approximately 0.8 images per second in the Continuous Shooting mode, and 0.5
images per second in the Continuous Shooting AF mode. In the Low Light mode, you can shoot at approximately
Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus
ranges (from the end of the lens):
- Normal/Auto/Manual: 0.4" to infinity (W),
2' to infinity (T)
- Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (W)
Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on
the top of the camera, you can switch between the following
- Manual: You can manually set the shutter
speed and aperture.
- Aperture Priority: You can set the aperture to a value
at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate shutter
speed for the aperture you set. Aperture values can be set between F3.5 to
F8.0 (W) and F5.9 to F8.0 (T).
- Shutter Priority: You can set the shutter speed to a
value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate
aperture value for the shutter speed you set. Shutter speeds can be set
between 15 and 1/3200 seconds.
- Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and
- Live View Control: Image brightness, colors, and tone
can be easily customized while shooting.
- Auto: The camera will
automatically select the best settings for the scene.
- Special Scene:
Select from the following, according to the
scene or effects desired: Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light,
- Creative Filters: You can add various effects to images
when shooting, such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect,
- Discreet Mode: Lets
you shoot without the flash or camera sounds.
- Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard
Definition in Standard Mode or Miniature Effect
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
Light Metering: used for standard
conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and
light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and
Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more
weight on the subject at the center
the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or
If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may
need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You
can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.
Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set
the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too
strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash
Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure
for shooting with the flash.
White Balance: You
can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy,
Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom.
Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX170 IS has a built-in
You can select Auto (flash fires in low light),
Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The
built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 9.8' in Wide Angle and 2.0' to 6.6' in
Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the
flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set
Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a
greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions.
Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred
images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.
My Colors: You
can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add
the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already
recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker
Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.
Self-Timer: The SX170 IS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and
a custom self-timer to allow
the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using
a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.
Editing and Print Functions
This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that
you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index
playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback
Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory
card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also
protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include:
Favorites, Shot Date, People (detected faces), and Still
Playback Zoom: During playback, you can magnify the image up
to 10x by rotating the zoom lever toward telephoto. You can move the zoomed
image in all directions by using the arrow buttons, and an indicator will show
the approximate position of the displayed area.
Review Info: You can choose different ways to display your
No Information, Simple Information Display, Detailed Information Display, and Focus Check.
You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not
be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge,
faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the
overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a
portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can
choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a
new file, retaining the original image.
the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible
printer of any brand. In this way, you can make prints directly
from the camera without having to connect to a computer.
The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is powered by the NB-6LH Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (3.7V 1060mAh 4.0Wh). The NB-6L battery is also compatible. The NB-6LH charges in approximately 2
hours in the supplied CB-2LY battery charger. For long
periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended
that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC40 AC adapter kit. The
estimated battery life for the NB-6LH is as follows:
||Eco Mode On
||1 hour 20 mins
||2 hours 20 mins
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the
following power saving functions:
- Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn
off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake"
the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on
the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons
are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
- Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer:
The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is
accessed on the camera.
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during
a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.
and Outputs Notes
A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a
Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a
compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via a USB cable. This
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to
your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera
to a TV or video monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks
using the optional AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or
Note: No USB or AV cable is included with the camera.
Included Software: The PowerShot
SX170 IS comes with no software in the box. You can download the following
software from the
- ImageBrowser EX: import images and change
camera settings; manage images (view, search, organize); print and edit
- CameraWindow: transfer images to and from camera, organize
images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows 8
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Windows Vista (SP2)
- Windows XP (SP3)
- Mac OS X (v10.6-v10.8)