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Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620

Portability
95
Imaging
47
Features
29
Overall
39
Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS front
 
Samsung SL620 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
13
Overall
26

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 Key Specs

Canon 170 IS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.6-7.0) lens
  • 141g - 100 x 58 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2015
  • Additionally referred to as IXUS 170
Samsung SL620
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-175mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
  • 168g - 92 x 61 x 23mm
  • Released February 2009
  • Alternative Name is PL65
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Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 Overview

Following is a in-depth comparison of the Canon 170 IS versus Samsung SL620, both Ultracompact digital cameras by manufacturers Canon and Samsung. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the 170 IS (20MP) and SL620 (12MP) but they feature the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The 170 IS was introduced 5 years after the SL620 which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before we go in to a full comparison, below is a short summation of how the 170 IS grades vs the SL620 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 170 IS over the Samsung SL620

 170 IS SL620 
ReleasedJanuary 2015February 2009More modern by 72 months

Reasons to pick Samsung SL620 over the Canon 170 IS

 SL620 170 IS 

Common features in the Canon 170 IS and Samsung SL620

 170 IS SL620 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent display measurements
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and size. The Canon 170 IS features physical measurements of 100mm x 58mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Samsung SL620 has specifications of 92mm x 61mm x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") having a weight of 168 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the 170 IS and the SL620.

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the 170 IS and SL620 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 top view buttons comparison

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to envision the contrast between sensor sizes merely by looking at specs. The picture here may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the 170 IS and SL620.

All in all, both of those cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Canon 170 IS to give you extra detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images a little more aggressively. The more recent 170 IS is going to have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 sensor size comparison

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 170 IS
Portrait photography with Samsung SL620
39
decent MP (20MP)
has face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
26
offers face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon 170 IS Street photography features
Samsung SL620 Street photography features
59
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
47
fixed screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than average in class (168 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon 170 IS as a Sports photography camera
Samsung SL620 as a Sports photography camera
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
has tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (0.8 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
17
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon 170 IS Travel photography features
Samsung SL620 Travel photography features
70
decent MP (20MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
50
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (168 grams)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon 170 IS
Landscape photography with Samsung SL620
41
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
23
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 170 IS Vlogging features
Samsung SL620 Vlogging features
32
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic support
24
offers face detect focus
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic support
heavier than average in class (168g)
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Canon 170 IS vs Samsung SL620 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 170 IS and Samsung SL620
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 ISSamsung SL620
General Information
Company Canon Samsung
Model Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS Samsung SL620
Also called as IXUS 170 PL65
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2015-01-06 2009-02-17
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4+ -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 5152 x 3864 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-300mm (12.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.6-7.0 f/2.8-5.7
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 0.8 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m 4.60 m
Flash settings Auto, on, off, slow synchro Auto, On, Off, Auto & Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-Eye Fix
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 141g (0.31 lb) 168g (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 100 x 58 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 92 x 61 x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 shots -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-11L/LH -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $149 $200