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Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS

Portability
88
Imaging
40
Features
41
Overall
40
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS front
Portability
69
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Key Specs

Canon SX170 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-448mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 251g - 108 x 71 x 44mm
  • Released August 2013
  • Replaced the Canon SX160 IS
Canon SX530 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 442g - 120 x 82 x 92mm
  • Revealed January 2015
  • Earlier Model is Canon SX520 HS
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Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Overview

On this page, we will be looking at the Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both are designed by Canon. The image resolution of the SX170 IS (16MP) and the SX530 HS (16MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras posses the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SX170 IS was launched 16 months prior to the SX530 HS which makes them a generation apart from each other. Both cameras have different body design with the Canon SX170 IS being a Compact camera and the Canon SX530 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the SX170 IS matches up against the SX530 HS when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX170 IS over the Canon SX530 HS

 SX170 IS SX530 HS 

Reasons to pick Canon SX530 HS over the Canon SX170 IS

 SX530 HS SX170 IS 
RevealedJanuary 2015August 2013More recent by 16 months
Screen resolution461k230kSharper screen (+231k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX170 IS and Canon SX530 HS

 SX170 IS SX530 HS 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera, you will have to consider its weight and size. The Canon SX170 IS has outside dimensions of 108mm x 71mm x 44mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.7") and a weight of 251 grams (0.55 lbs) whilst the Canon SX530 HS has specifications of 120mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6") having a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the SX170 IS compared to the SX530 HS.

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the SX170 IS and SX530 HS is 88 and 69 respectively.

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its hard to envision the gap between sensor measurements only by looking at specs. The visual here will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX170 IS and SX530 HS.

All in all, both the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same exact megapixels so you should expect similar quality of files though you may want to take the release date of the products into consideration. The older SX170 IS is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX170 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Canon SX530 HS as a Portrait photography camera
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manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
provides face detect autofocus
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
44
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon SX170 IS Street photography information
Canon SX530 HS Street photography information
60
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (251g)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
47
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX170 IS Sports photography info
Canon SX530 HS Sports photography info
48
amazing zoom range (28-448mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
provides tracking focus
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
51
excellent zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
has tracking focus
comes with phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (1.6 frames/s)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (210 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX170 IS Travel photography details
Canon SX530 HS Travel photography details
68
lighter than competition (251g)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
very long zoom (448mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
55
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
long zoom (1200mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (210 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX170 IS Landscape photography information
Canon SX530 HS Landscape photography information
49
manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
46
has manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
terrible battery (210 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX170 IS
Vlogging with Canon SX530 HS
31
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
lighter than competition (251g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have mic jack
29
decently wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic jack
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Canon SX170 IS vs Canon SX530 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX170 IS and Canon SX530 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX170 ISCanon PowerShot SX530 HS
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-08-22 2015-01-06
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 DIGIC 4+
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-448mm (16.0x) 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focus range 1cm 0cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 1.6 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m 5.50 m
Flash settings Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 251 grams (0.55 lbs) 442 grams (0.97 lbs)
Physical dimensions 108 x 71 x 44mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.7") 120 x 82 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 300 shots 210 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6LH NB-6LH
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $0 $379