Canon IXUS 170 vs Nikon Coolpix S2900

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Canon IXUS 170
Nikon Coolpix S2900

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
Slightly more total megapixel count Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a total megapixel count of 20.5MP, however the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is only a 20.48MP digital camera (0.02MP less).
Hugely bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has an optical zoom of 12x, but the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is only a 5x optical zoom digital camera (7x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 is a 300mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 170mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix S2900 (130mm).
A bit shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a minimum focal length of 25mm, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 26mm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm longer).
11s longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 15s, however the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is only a 4s maximum shutter speed digital camera (11s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a vari-angle LCD display, but the Nikon Coolpix S2900 does not have a vari-angle LCD display.
1mm shorter Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a height of 57.6mm, however the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 58.6mm tall digital camera (1mm taller).
Available from 2 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Expert reviews are a lot better
The Canon IXUS 170 has an average expert review score of 80% based on 1 review, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S2900 has an average rating of 65% (based on 2 reviews).
User reviews are a lot better
The Canon IXUS 170 has an average user review score of 90% based on 45 reviews, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S2900 has an average rating of 77% (based on 19 reviews).
8 Reasons For
Slightly higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a megapixel count of 20.1MP, whereas the Canon IXUS 170 is only a 20MP digital camera (0.1MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

13% smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 3.2 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.4 smaller than the Canon IXUS 170 (3.2).
A lot higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a maximum ISO speed of 3,200, however the Canon IXUS 170 is only a 1,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (1,600 lower).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a minimum ISO speed of 80, but the Canon IXUS 170 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 bigger).
2.8mm thinner Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 19.8mm deep digital camera, whereas the Canon IXUS 170 is a 22.6mm deep digital camera (2.8mm thicker).
Marginally narrower Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 94.5mm wide digital camera, whereas the Canon IXUS 170 is a 99.6mm wide digital camera (5.1mm wider).
Fifty more shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is 250.00, but the Canon IXUS 170 only takes 200.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£16 cheaper
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 costs £16.24 less than the Canon IXUS 170.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Moderately lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a megapixel count of 20MP, but the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 20.1MP digital camera (0.1MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

0.4 larger minimum aperture Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 is a 3.6 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.4 larger than the Nikon Coolpix S2900 (3.2).
1,600 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a maximum ISO speed of 1,600, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (1,600 higher).
20% bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, however the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
Thicker Edit
Canon IXUS 170 is 22.6mm deep, but the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 19.8mm deep digital camera (2.8mm thinner).
A bit wider Edit
Canon IXUS 170 is 99.6mm wide, but the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 94.5mm wide digital camera (5.1mm narrower).
Fifty less shots per battery charge Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 takes 200.00 shots per battery charge, however the Nikon Coolpix S2900 only takes 250.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£16 more expensive
The Canon IXUS 170 is more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix S2900 by £16.24.
11 Reasons Against
A bit less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a total megapixel count of 20.48MP, but the Canon IXUS 170 is a 20.5MP digital camera (0.02MP more).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has an optical zoom of 5x, whereas the Canon IXUS 170 is a 12x optical zoom digital camera (7x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Two times shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 130mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 170mm shorter than the Canon IXUS 170 (130mm).
Marginally longer minimum focal length Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a minimum focal length of 26mm, however the Canon IXUS 170 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm shorter).
11s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Nikon Coolpix S2900 is only 4s maximum shutter speed, but the Canon IXUS 170 is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (11s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Does not have a vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 does not have a vari-angle LCD display, however the Canon IXUS 170 has a vari-angle LCD display.
1mm taller Edit
Nikon Coolpix S2900 is 58.6mm tall, but the Canon IXUS 170 is a 57.6mm tall digital camera (1mm shorter).
Less retailers
Only 1 shop sell the Nikon Coolpix S2900, whereas 3 sellers sell the Canon IXUS 170. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
One month older
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is older than the Canon IXUS 170 by one month.
A lot Lower expert review Score
The Nikon Coolpix S2900's average expert rating is only 65%, however the Canon IXUS 170's is 80% (based on 1 review).
A lot Lower user review Score
The Nikon Coolpix S2900's average user rating is only 77%, however the Canon IXUS 170's is 90% (based on 45 reviews).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
20MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 640 x 480
 5120 x 2880
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 640 x 480
 5120 x 2880
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
20.5MP
BEST
20.48MP
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 16:9
 1:1
 4:3
 16:9
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x
BEST
5x
Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.6 3.2
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
300mm
BEST
130mm
Minimum Focal Length
25mm
BEST
26mm
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 54 4.6 - 23
Extra / Smart Zoom
24x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
9/7 6/5
Combined Zoom
48x Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
3 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.1 - ∞
Auto Focus Point
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Speed
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
Maximum ISO Speed
1,600 3,200
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
4s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Pre-flash
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Pre-flash
Tele Flash Range
1 - 2 0.8 - 2
Flash Range
0.5 - 4 0.5 - 4
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1280 x 720
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 25MB
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 230,000 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
Photo Effect
 Vivid
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Maximum Playback Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mount
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
 Direct printing
Scene Mode
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 119g
Height
57.6mm
BEST
58.6mm
Depth
22.6mm 19.8mm
BEST
Width
99.6mm 94.5mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
141g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
NB-11L/ NB-11LH EN-EL19
Shot Per Battery Charge
200 shots 250 shots
BEST
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 AV
BEST
 AV
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
 DIGIC 4+
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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