• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 170 IS advantages over Panasonic G9

  • Less expensive
    $119 vs $1298
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    141g vs 658g
    Lighter weight

Panasonic G9 advantages over Canon 170 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.34 vs 1.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    9 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    347k vs 78k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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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
Panasonic G9
Nikon S3700
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $129
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

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
Panasonic G9
Canon 350 HS
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $198
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

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
Panasonic G9
Canon 360 HS
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Canon 170 IS
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic G9
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Longer video battery life
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Canon 170 IS
Panasonic GH5
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic G9
Panasonic GH5
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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