• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-W170 advantages over Panasonic ZS70

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    24 mm vs 41 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    169g vs 322g
    Lighter weight

Panasonic ZS70 advantages over Sony DSC-W170

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 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
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    20 months vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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 Panasonic DMC-FS20

Sony DSC-W170
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SD890 IS

Sony DSC-W170
Canon SD890 IS
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic ZS70
Canon SD890 IS
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS1

Sony DSC-W170
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • HDMI out
Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Sony DSC-W170
Panasonic ZS60
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $354
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Panasonic ZS70
Panasonic ZS60
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Newer
  • $354
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon SX730 HS

Sony DSC-W170
Canon SX730 HS
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS70
Canon SX730 HS
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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