Summary: This camera is great for a starter camera. Not really what I expected. It is not ideal for snapping photos of kids, pets, or anything that moves fast. When I received the package, I noticed it felt lighter than what I thought it would be, since I was purchasing a mini tripod within the set as well. Come to find out, the tripod is a table top tripod that is only 8" tall, therefore I was a little disappointed.
Summary: Very disappointed with this camera. After reading all the rave reviews, I'm seriously wondering if mine is a lemon. Pictures are much grainer than those taken with my old Nikon Coolpix, especially when using the zoom or taking shots in lower light conditions. It is also very hard, sometimes impossible, to take pictures on sunny days--no matter which way you are facing relative to the sun--all you can see on the screen is your own reflection.
Summary: One of the cameras didn't turn on and wouldn't hold a charge. No trying to work with vendor to get an even exchange. Product was delivered in a timely manner and all accessories available. Let you know how the defective camera return/exchange once it is resolved.
Conclusion: I have owned a Canon SX100is for many years and it is the best camera I have ever owned. It has taken a beating and been dropped, thrown, left out in the rain, and still worked as good as new until finally the LCD display began having issues. I decided it was time to retire that camera and purchased the latest model expecting it to be just as reliable and even better at taking photo's and video.
Pros: Nice features/settings, durable, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Cons: Poor image quality, Poor Low-Light Performance, Short battery life, doesn't focus well when filming video
This Canon PowerShot SX170 is okay for anyone new to digital photography.
Book Lover in NE LA, Amazon
20 July 2014
Summary: This Canon PowerShot SX170 is okay for anyone new to digital photography. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, although I do find it to be useful. It comes with all accessories, as advertised.