• 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 - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 170 IS advantages over Olympus SH-2

  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    141g vs 271g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.0 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Olympus SH-2 advantages over Canon 170 IS

  • 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
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.0 vs f/3.6
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    600 mm vs 300 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 380 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Higher-res screen
    154k 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
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.5 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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 Olympus SH-50

Canon 170 IS
Olympus SH-50
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Newer
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Larger lens aperture
Olympus SH-2
Olympus SH-50
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • RAW file ability
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus SH-1

Canon 170 IS
Olympus SH-1
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus SH-2
Olympus SH-1
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Nikon S3700

Canon 170 IS
Nikon S3700
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Olympus SH-2
Nikon S3700
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon 350 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 350 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $198
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Olympus SH-2
Canon 350 HS
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $198
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Manual focus

Compared to Canon 360 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 360 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Olympus SH-2
Canon 360 HS
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Manual focus
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