• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 170 IS advantages over Sony A68

  • Less expensive
    $119* vs $698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner

Sony A68 advantages over Canon 170 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 1.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 580 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
    2 years 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
    154k 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
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 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
    5.0 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 340 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 340 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus
Sony A68
Canon 340 HS
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon T6i

Canon 170 IS
Canon T6i
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A68
Canon T6i
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon T6s

Canon 170 IS
Canon T6s
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $746
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A68
Canon T6s
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $746
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon 350 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 350 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Sony A68
Canon 350 HS
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon 360 HS

Canon 170 IS
Canon 360 HS
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Sony A68
Canon 360 HS
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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