• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 170 IS advantages over Nikon S6900

  • Less expensive
    $119 vs $159
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More pixels
    20.0 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon S6900 advantages over Canon 170 IS

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Higher-res screen
    115k vs 78k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.0 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon S6800

Canon 170 IS
Nikon S6800
  • $134
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S6900
Nikon S6800
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Canon 340 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 340 HS
  • $134
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus
Nikon S6900
Canon 340 HS
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic SZ10

Canon 170 IS
Panasonic SZ10
  • $134
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
  • $129
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Larger lens aperture
Nikon S6900
Panasonic SZ10
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $129
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon 350 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 350 HS
  • $134
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Nikon S6900
Canon 350 HS
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $189
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Canon 360 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 360 HS
  • $134
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Nikon S6900
Canon 360 HS
  • $159
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
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