LCD and Viewfinder
Canon SX170 IS has a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
SX170 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 (Compare) or (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon SX170 IS can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/3200 sec
Unfortunately SX170 IS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon SX170 IS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. Canon SX170 IS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon SX170 IS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30,25 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
SX170 IS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon SX170 IS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider or in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Canon SX170 IS has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Canon SX170 IS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 300 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Canon SX170 IS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon SX170 IS Features Compared to Main Competitors