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Canon IXUS 170 vs Nikon Coolpix S2900

Canon IXUS 170 vs Nikon Coolpix S2900

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Canon IXUS 170
Nikon Coolpix S2900

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has an image stabilizer, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S2900 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

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.

Slightly smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Canon IXUS 170 is 7 maximum aperture, but the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is only a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera (0.5 bigger).
Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 300mm. That's 170mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix S2900 (130mm).
A bit shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 26mm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm longer).
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).
6 Reasons For
Slightly higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a megapixel 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 number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a minimum aperture number of 3.2. That's 0.4 smaller than the Canon IXUS 170 (3.2).
Lighter Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 119g digital camera. That's 22g lighter than the Canon IXUS 170 (119g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Fifty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is 250.00, but the Canon IXUS 170 only takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

£44 cheaper
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 costs £44.10 less than the Canon IXUS 170.
Available from 1 shops
A greater number of stores 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
Moderately lower megapixel Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 has a megapixel 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 number 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).
16% heavier Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 is a 141g digital camera. That's 22g heavier than the Nikon Coolpix S2900 (119g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Fifty less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Canon IXUS 170 takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Nikon Coolpix S2900 only takes 250.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

£44 more expensive
The Canon IXUS 170 is more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix S2900 by £44.10.
Fewer sellers
Only 1 shop sell the Canon IXUS 170, but 2 stores sell the Nikon Coolpix S2900. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Seven months older
The Canon IXUS 170 is older than the Nikon Coolpix S2900 by seven months.
6 Reasons Against
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.

A bit bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Canon IXUS 170 is a 7 maximum aperture digital camera (0.5 smaller).
Two times shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Nikon Coolpix S2900 is only 130mm maximum focal length. That's 170mm shorter than the Canon IXUS 170 (130mm).
Marginally longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 26mm, however the Canon IXUS 170 is a 25mm minimum focal length digital camera (1mm shorter).
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
20MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
20.5MP
BEST
20.48MP
Supported Aspect Ratios
 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 Number
7
BEST
6.5
Minimum Aperture Number
3.6 3.2
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
300mm
BEST
130mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm
BEST
26mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 54 4.6 - 23
Extra/Smart Zoom
24x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
9/7 6/5
Combined Zoom
48x Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
3 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) 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 - ∞ / 0.8 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.1 - ∞
Auto Focus (AF) Points
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Focus
 TTL
 TTL
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.8m

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 320
 3200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
1,600 3,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
4s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

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

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 25MB
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 230,000 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
Photo Effects
 Vivid
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 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 Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
 Direct printing
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

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

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
NB-11L/ NB-11LH EN-EL19
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
200 shots 250 shots
BEST
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

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

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

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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