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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera Black (discontinued by manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera, Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 513 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Size5.0   above average
Photo4.8   above average
Video4.7   above average
Price4.5   average
Zoom4.5   above average
Manual4.2   above average
Speed4.2   above average
Light4.1   average
Quality4.1   average
Image4.0   average
Setting3.5   below average
Battery3.3   average
Screen3.1   below average
Flash3.0   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Camera takes great pictures but the operation takes getting use unlikely my A-720 that broke (A-720's battery lid lost its nubs and wont lock shut)."
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"Other cameras that I have had that use the AA batteries go dead so quickly."
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"Thought I wouldn't like the ideaof not being able to use 2 rechargeable batteries like my last camera."
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"The other problem was the battery."
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"I choose the one that had the 2 AA batteries for a reason and I got the one that you had a special rechargeable type battery, very annoying specially when you are places without power to charge the battery."
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"Only downside: dead battery right out of the box."
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"Battery life is great, but I don't use video and turn it off immediately when I'm done shooting."
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"This battery stays charged for months without any problems."
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"The SX 150 I had used lithium batteries but they lasted a good while but I like the new chargeable battery It did NOT come with a USB cable but I used the one that came with SX150 I had and it works just fine."
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"I love this camera...... took it on vacationIt was all great..... until the battery diedThe camera didn't come with a chargerWas it missing?"
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Color

Color:
"when i saw it on amazon for a reduced price because of the discontinued color it was great."
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"Rechargeable,battery and the color is beautiful!"
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"Love the color."
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"I really enjoy the color and the picture it produces."
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"The red color is beautiful."
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Flash

Flash:
"It would be really nice if their was a reminder on the screen about manually lifting up the flash - it's hard to remember everything when you are in a hurry to get a picture."
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"My only complaint would be that when you need the flash, it will tell you to lift the flash up."
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"I didn't play around with it much because I decided quickly that I'd rather return it and go buy what I wanted at the big box store but the pictures were clear so long as I took them with the flash in my not well lit living room."
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"Other Features: No WiFi, not the typical mini USB plug, flash needs be manually deployed, confusing menus, limited manual adjustments, basically disappointment all round."
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"The only problem is that you have to manually take out the flash but that's not really a big deal for me."
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"It would be really nice if their was a reminder on the screen about manually lifting up the flash - it's hard to remember everything when you are in a hurry to get a picture."
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"We are getting rid of this one, and will make sure our next camera has an exposed flash, and is easier to use."
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"Good camera but did not notice earliere that the flash light does not have auto pop up feature."
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"I took niagara falls night illumination photos with flash turned off in the night and they are good."
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"-Love the convenience of a flash that doesn't come on unless you manually pop it open."
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Image

Image:
"The screen is not great but the image is amazing once printed."
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"not bad for the price, but the images were not the best."
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"Negatives: image quality is average for a current generation compact zoom camera - indoors with less light it is below other long zoom cameras (albeit, some twice the cost) due to noticeable pixel distortion or colors not replicating what the eye is seeing in those settings."
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"Images on some settings are disappointing."
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"Sometimes the T3i is not the perfect camera to grab and take a photo from the car window, but I think this one will be."
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"still getting used to using the new camera...so far pics are very good....was unhappy that manual didnt come with camera and needs to be downloaded from website...tried but had problems"
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"did focus well at all for photo, great for video,"
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"I use my camera for everything, indoors & outdoors and I haven't had any problems with the quality of pics."
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"It was a gift to my niece and she said she loves it, she is taking great pics"
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"all of which are fast moving and I expect a camera to be able to snap the photo without blurred hands and arms from movement and to take bright, crisp, clear photos with most every shot."
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"Takes beautiful pics."
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Lens

Lens:
"The telescoping zoom lens is unable to extend and is stuck."
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"I dropped mine from 2 feet onto a carpeted area and got a lens error."
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"I'm a beginner at this whole photography thing so I was a little disappointed to figure out you can't attach lenses to this camera... Well at least that's what I think."
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"I use this camera in the field and also for family functions, for the price I paid for it the pictures are wonderful, and the zoom lens is very nice for long distance shots."
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"probably the best camera without interchangeable lenses I have ever had."
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"I really love the look and feel' of it and with the super lens, capturing images at a distance is simply a breeze."
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"I just love the wide angle lens."
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"Canon makes the best lenses on all there camera lines."
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Light

Light:
"It is a good camera for the proice, don't expect good picture with low light but during daytime it takes good quality pictures the same as video, the only thing I would change is the fact that uses AA batteries so you need to keep at least another set of rechargeable batteries with you all the time."
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"Low light pictures: Horrible, grainy, not even worth trying."
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"It has a noticeable shutter lag, a slower focus, a slow image processor, a slow maximum shooting speed of 0.8 fps (less than one picture per second,) a very slow flash recovery time, it doesn't work very well indoors or in low light, and it does not shoot full 1920x1080 HD video, either, only the older 1280x720 quasi-HD video.~ By John Sturgeon (Monterey, California)http: www."
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"It has a noticeable shutter lag, a slower focus, a slow image processor, a slow maximum shooting speed of 0.8 fps (less than one picture per second,) a very slow flash recovery time, it doesn't work very well indoors or in low light, and it does not shoot full 1920x1080 HD video, either, only the older 1280x720 quasi-HD video."
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"Excellent low light level and pictures."
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"Otherwise, it was small and light, could be a good option for small travel camera."
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"Overall: a fun camera to learn on and get some descent photos with good light."
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"Great pics, price & light...just remember it doesnt come with a case, but nothing a trip to Walmart cant fix"
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"So light, so easy to use and yet has features to let you be more creative."
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Manual

Manual:
"Other Features: No WiFi, not the typical mini USB plug, flash needs be manually deployed, confusing menus, limited manual adjustments, basically disappointment all round."
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"still getting used to using the new camera...so far pics are very good....was unhappy that manual didnt come with camera and needs to be downloaded from website...tried but had problems"
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"Easy to use after we read the manual."
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"Takes excellent shots lots of auto control as well as manual setting and video."
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"A major drawback is that this machine, which I haven't had for more than a few weeks and seems pretty easy to use, does not come with a manual."
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"I had to download manual - would have liked it printed in the box instead."
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"still getting used to using the new camera...so far pics are very good....was unhappy that manual didnt come with camera and needs to be downloaded from website...tried but had problems"
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Photo

Photo:
"I feel like there must be a setting I'm missing because the photos of my children (who are never still) never come out despite all the advanced auto focus, stabilization features this camera supposedly has."
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"Only problem is that photos at high zoom levels are not crisp-but that is not what this camera is for."
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"This camera takes very good photos and videos (not DSLR quality but great for most situations), And is rugged enough to take into a snow storm."
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"love this camera too bad its discontinued for its size takes amazing photos i get get beautiful prints poster size with this thing."
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"The close up photo's or cropped photo's come our beautifully."
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"Good camera for the price, it takes good quality photos and has good speed."
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Price

Price:
"Not only was this the best price I found anywhere, but the camera quality is amazing."
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"not bad for the price, but the images were not the best."
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"Mirrorless camera or no, use your cell phone before wasting money on this piece of junk."
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"For the price it is a good camera, does not take the best action shots though."
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"Older Nikon L16 (inexpensive) puts our some great clear pictures but horrible on batteries."
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"Not worth the money, terribly slow, takes horrible pictures, tons of foggy pics, the flash is just terrible, makes the people bright white and the background dark."
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"I got mine for a good price, around $85, lightly used, like new, and it was well worth that range."
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"Good camera for the price, it takes good quality photos and has good speed."
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"For such a small camera, it is one of the best on the market for this price."
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"It is a great little camera for the price."
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"I believe it is the best camera at this price point and produces very nice pictures all things being considered."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not only was this the best price I found anywhere, but the camera quality is amazing."
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"Negatives: image quality is average for a current generation compact zoom camera - indoors with less light it is below other long zoom cameras (albeit, some twice the cost) due to noticeable pixel distortion or colors not replicating what the eye is seeing in those settings."
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"It takes excellent quality pictures, and though its not as great as some of the DSLRs out there, this is a great option that is way cheaper, still takes great photos, and has the look and feel of a camera far more expensive than it is."
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"Overall quality good outdoors but not great indoors."
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"The quality is truly horrible."
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"My only complaint is the display screen is not of awesome quality & was scratched within a couple days."
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"I think that most people would be pleased with the quality level and user friendly features."
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"This camera takes very good photos and videos (not DSLR quality but great for most situations), And is rugged enough to take into a snow storm."
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"Good camera for the price, it takes good quality photos and has good speed."
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"I use my camera for everything, indoors & outdoors and I haven't had any problems with the quality of pics."
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"I am pleased with this camera - it's high quality."
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Screen

Screen:
"It would be really nice if their was a reminder on the screen about manually lifting up the flash - it's hard to remember everything when you are in a hurry to get a picture."
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"I really liked this camera being i had the sx120 for some time and the features on the newer model looked promising but i was shocked to find out it still had low the resolution lcd screen from my old model and the terrible grainy and fuzzy view you get from indoors and low light on the screen like a old tv channel the x-tra zoom seemed nice but the lack of advancement on there lcd screen made me send it back."
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"The screen is not great but the image is amazing once printed."
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"My first one came with dead pixels on the screen so I had to return it."
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"Sometimes you will look at the screen before snapping the picture and it looks grainy and terrible, but when you snap that bad boy it looks picture perfect."
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"My only complaint is the display screen is not of awesome quality & was scratched within a couple days."
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"It would be really nice if their was a reminder on the screen about manually lifting up the flash - it's hard to remember everything when you are in a hurry to get a picture."
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"I really liked this camera being i had the sx120 for some time and the features on the newer model looked promising but i was shocked to find out it still had low the resolution lcd screen from my old model and the terrible grainy and fuzzy view you get from indoors and low light on the screen like a old tv channel the x-tra zoom seemed nice but the lack of advancement on there lcd screen made me send it back."
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"Easy to see the large display screen."
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"As with most cameras without a view finder, I strongly recommend that you purchase a Delkin shade cover made specifically for the Canon 3 screen in order to see images well in bright daylight."
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"It does have a nice 3 screen for viewing images before taking your photographs."
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Setting

Setting:
"I feel like there must be a setting I'm missing because the photos of my children (who are never still) never come out despite all the advanced auto focus, stabilization features this camera supposedly has."
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"Found the camera to be very inconsistent with the lighting and auto settings."
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"Images on some settings are disappointing."
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"Returned not happy with the quality of pictures, tried all the different setting manual and auto."
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"tried changing the settings several times and nothing works well."
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"Allows you to easily move from setting to setting."
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"The settings are easy to use."
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"Takes excellent shots lots of auto control as well as manual setting and video."
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Simple

Simple:
"I wanted a simple point and shoot camera that would take good pictures."
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"A high-quality camera this one step beyond a simple snapshot camera."
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"I would definitely recommend this for all those looking for a simple good camera! "
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"Never having used a digital camera before, I found the PowerShot wonderfully simple with great performance."
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"I am sure that this camera is one of the best but for me, I wanted something that was simple and easy to use."
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Size

Size:
"love this camera too bad its discontinued for its size takes amazing photos i get get beautiful prints poster size with this thing."
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"For such a small camera, it is one of the best on the market for this price."
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"Otherwise, it was small and light, could be a good option for small travel camera."
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Speed

Speed:
"I should have kept it in a case & I guess that is my fault but I was surprised at how fast it scratched with normal use."
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"Not worth the money, terribly slow, takes horrible pictures, tons of foggy pics, the flash is just terrible, makes the people bright white and the background dark."
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"Good camera for the price, it takes good quality photos and has good speed."
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"all of which are fast moving and I expect a camera to be able to snap the photo without blurred hands and arms from movement and to take bright, crisp, clear photos with most every shot."
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"great product fast service"
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"But it's not only held up fine so far, it takes excellent photographs under most conditions, though in dim light and no flash (slow shutter speeds) I've had some trouble with shake."
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"Nice looking camera with a good zooming power, but slow to process after picture taken."
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Video

Video:
"While the video is not as superior as the T3i, it works for me and I am very pleased with this purchase."
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"I was not expecting any great low-light video capability when I ordered this camera, but I just took a very acceptable video of my cat lit by a single desk lamp, at night."
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"This camera takes very good photos and videos (not DSLR quality but great for most situations), And is rugged enough to take into a snow storm."
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"did focus well at all for photo, great for video,"
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"It takes amazing, high-quality photos, as well as videos."
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"The pictures and video are clear....free of distortion and blur."
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"It takes great video."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Only problem is that photos at high zoom levels are not crisp-but that is not what this camera is for."
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"The telescoping zoom lens is unable to extend and is stuck."
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"The zoom is a problem for me, you have to hold VERY still or it blurs."
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"This camera is barely a notch above a smart phone, the only thing that is an improvement is the optical zoom, and even that is a bit flaky."
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"My only complaint is that the zoom does just that...it is virtually impossible to s-l-o-w-l-y focus and frame with the telephoto."
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"It has a good zoom, not the 30-40 range like some do now but good enough for most bird close ups."
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"The SX170 is great, and has a nice zoom."
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"I really liked this camera being i had the sx120 for some time and the features on the newer model looked promising but i was shocked to find out it still had low the resolution lcd screen from my old model and the terrible grainy and fuzzy view you get from indoors and low light on the screen like a old tv channel the x-tra zoom seemed nice but the lack of advancement on there lcd screen made me send it back."
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"I use this camera in the field and also for family functions, for the price I paid for it the pictures are wonderful, and the zoom lens is very nice for long distance shots."
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"It takes fabulous pictures, has the most amazing zoom capabilities and is easy to use for someone that is not that camera savy."
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