LCD and Viewfinder
Canon 170 IS has a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7", the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
170 IS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon 170 IS can shoot continuously at max speed of 0.8 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec
Unfortunately 170 IS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon 170 IS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from. Canon 170 IS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon 170 IS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 25p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution
170 IS has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon 170 IS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung PL120 or Samsung SH100 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Canon 170 IS has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Canon 170 IS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 200 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Canon 170 IS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend 170 IS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Ultracompact Cameras
Nikon L32 with its 320shots is the model with longest battery life among Ultracompact cameras. Check the comparison of Canon 170 IS vs Nikon L32 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon 170 IS Features Compared to Main Competitors