Canon IXUS 170 vs Sony DSC-W800

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Canon IXUS 170
Sony DSC-W800

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Moderately more total megapixel count Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a total megapixel count of 20.5MP, however the Sony DSC-W800 is only a 20MP digital camera (0.5MP less).
Hugely bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has an optical zoom of 12x, but the Sony DSC-W800 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.

Moderately smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a maximum aperture of 7, but the Sony DSC-W800 is only a 6.4 maximum aperture digital camera (0.6 bigger).
13s longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 15s, however the Sony DSC-W800 is only a 2s maximum shutter speed digital camera (13s shorter). Read more

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

User reviews are marginally better
The Canon IXUS 170 has an average user review score of 90%, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 has an average rating of 86% (based on 498 reviews).
7 Reasons For
0.1MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 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.

Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a digital zoom of 40x, however the Canon IXUS 170 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (36x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

13% smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 is a 3.2 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.4 smaller than the Canon IXUS 170 (3.2).
1,600 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 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).
400 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a display resolution of 230,400 pixels, but the Canon IXUS 170 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (400 pixels lower).
£83 cheaper
The Sony DSC-W800 costs £83.10 less than the Canon IXUS 170.
Available from 24 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
A little lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a megapixel count of 20MP, but the Sony DSC-W800 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.

Nine times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a digital zoom of 4x, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 is a 40x digital zoom digital camera (36x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

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 Sony DSC-W800 (3.2).
1,600 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a maximum ISO speed of 1,600, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (1,600 higher).
Moderately lower display resolution Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a display resolution of 230,000 pixels, however the Sony DSC-W800 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution digital camera (400 pixels higher).
£83 more expensive
The Canon IXUS 170 is more expensive than the Sony DSC-W800 by £83.10.
Fewer sellers
Only 1 seller sell the Canon IXUS 170, but 25 shops sell the Sony DSC-W800. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
6 Reasons Against
0.5MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a total megapixel count of 20MP, but the Canon IXUS 170 is a 20.5MP digital camera (0.5MP more).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 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.

0.6 bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a maximum aperture of 6.4, whereas the Canon IXUS 170 is a 7 maximum aperture digital camera (0.6 smaller).
13s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Sony DSC-W800 is only 2s maximum shutter speed, but the Canon IXUS 170 is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (13s longer). Read more

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

One year older
The Sony DSC-W800 is older than the Canon IXUS 170 by one year.
Moderately Lower user review Score
The Sony DSC-W800's average user rating is 86%, however the Canon IXUS 170's is 90% (based on 45 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

22 months Ago 35 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
20MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 640 x 480
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 640 x 480
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
20.5MP
BEST
20MP
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
BEST
 4:3
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x
BEST
5x
Digital Zoom
4x 40x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
7
BEST
6.4
Minimum Aperture
3.6 3.2
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
300mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 54 4.6 - 23
Extra / Smart Zoom
24x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
9/7 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
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
Auto Focus Point
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

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
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
2s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Tele Flash Range
1 - 2 0.6 - 1.76
Flash Range
0.5 - 4 0.4 - 3.5
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 30fps
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
BEST
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 29MB
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Photo Effect
 Vivid
 Calm
 Vivid
 Calm
Self-Timer
2,10 12,60
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
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Slide show
 Movie
 Slide show
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Beach
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 109g
Height
57.6mm 55.5mm
Depth
22.6mm 20.8mm
Width
99.6mm 96.8mm
Weight Including Battery
141g 125g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Size
NB-11L/ NB-11LH NP-BN
Shot Per Battery Charge
200 shots 200 shots

Operational Conditions

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

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 AV
 USB
 AV
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Included Wrist Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included wrist strap

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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