Fujifilm A170

Fujifilm FinePix A170 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 140g - 93 x 60 x 27mm
  • Revealed July 2009
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  • Alternatives
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Fujifilm A170 summary

Fujifilm A170 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Compact camera initially revealed on July of 2009. The camera has got a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3664 x 2748.

The Fujifilm A170 stands at #259 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1261 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Here is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Fujifilm A170 family

The Fujifilm A170 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-XP90 front thumbnailFujifilm XP90
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP90
Fujifilm-XP80 front thumbnailFujifilm XP80
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP80
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Fujifilm-FinePix-XP70 front thumbnailFujifilm XP70
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP70
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP60 front thumbnailFujifilm XP60
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP60
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP200 front thumbnailFujifilm XP200
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP200
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Fujifilm-FinePix-T400 front thumbnailFujifilm T400
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm T400
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP50 front thumbnailFujifilm XP50
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP50
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX550 front thumbnailFujifilm JX550
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm JX550
Fujifilm-FinePix-JZ200 front thumbnailFujifilm JZ200
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm JZ200
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Fujifilm-FinePix-JX500 front thumbnailFujifilm JX500
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm JX500
Fujifilm-FinePix-JZ100 front thumbnailFujifilm JZ100
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm JZ100
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP150 front thumbnailFujifilm XP150
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP150
Fujifilm-FinePix-XP30 front thumbnailFujifilm XP30
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm XP30
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX370 front thumbnailFujifilm JX370
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm JX370
Fujifilm-FinePix-JV150 front thumbnailFujifilm JV150
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm JV150
Fujifilm-FinePix-A170 front thumbnailFujifilm A17032-96mm
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Fujifilm-FinePix-Z35 front thumbnailFujifilm Z35
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm Z35
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z37 front thumbnailFujifilm Z37
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm Z37
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z33WP front thumbnailFujifilm Z33WP
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm Z33WP
Fujifilm-FinePix-Z30 front thumbnailFujifilm Z30
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm Z30
Fujifilm-FinePix-A100 front thumbnailFujifilm A100
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm A100
Fujifilm-FinePix-A150 front thumbnailFujifilm A150
Fujifilm A170 vs Fujifilm A150

Fujifilm A170 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Fujifilm A170 based on factors which are often considered important in a camera.

good minimum ISO (100)
good zoom range (32-96mm 3.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
can't use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic jack
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have Time Lapse mode
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of image stabilization
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400s)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
MP count low (10MP)
no manual focus
no manual mode
no shutter priority
screen is fixed
sluggish at full zoom (f5.6)
small screen (2.7 inch)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
wide angle not great (32mm)
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Fujifilm A170 Sensor information

The size of the sensor on the Fujifilm A170 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3664 x 2748 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.

The image underneath shows the Fujifilm A170's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The Fujifilm A170 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm A170 dimensions

Fujifilm A170 weighs about 0.31 lbs (140g or 4.94 oz) & the size of the camera is 93mm x 60mm x 27mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Fujifilm A170 is less heavy compared to various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Fujifilm A170 with a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Fujifilm FinePix A170 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the Fujifilm A170.

Fujifilm FinePix A170 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm A170 Lens information

The Fujifilm A170 has a built in lens giving a focal range of 32-96mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which may not be perfect nevertheless it will definitely be helpful in a few circumstances.

At it's widest 32mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.1 and that's fairly sluggish and not very good for low light situations and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up your ISO producing noisy pictures. For the long end, 96mm comes at f5.6 making it pretty sluggish and you would have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm A170 Connectivity

The Fujifilm A170 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and sometimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Fujifilm A170 Video information

The max video quality on the Fujifilm A170 is 640 x 480 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low for today's standards. You really should shoot for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not have a microphone and headphone socket which means that you have zero control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to buy an alternative model if you need better audio for your video clips.

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Fujifilm A170 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Fujifilm A170 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Fujifilm A170 Display and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm A170 has got a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Fujifilm A170 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be quite helpful.

Fujifilm A170 Shutter information

The highest shutter speed is 1/1400 sec.

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Fujifilm A170 Flash and Hot shoe information

Fujifilm A170 comes with just inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Fujifilm A170 Autofocusing information

Fujifilm A170 comes with only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and exact compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Fujifilm A170 has not got manual focus. Manual focus can be good in low light situations or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Fujifilm A170 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the maximum (470) battery life in this class of cameras.

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Fujifilm A170 for various kinds of photography

The following diagram presents a rundown of the Fujifilm A170 for various kinds of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Fujifilm A170 as a Portrait photography camera

The Fujifilm A170 has a rating of 19 which is lousy, meaning that it is simply not good for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Fujifilm A170 Street photography info

Getting a decent points total of 47, the Fujifilm A170 is somewhat acceptable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Fujifilm A170 Sports photography highlights

A lousy sports photography rating of 16 means the Fujifilm A170 is simply not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Fujifilm A170 Travel photography factors

Portability is pretty important in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Fujifilm A170 gets a modest 50 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited to take on your trips.

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flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)

Fujifilm A170 Landscape photography factors

For anybody who is looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Fujifilm A170 with it's lousy rating of 22 as a landscape camera is simply not good among it's rivals.

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manual focus not available
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Time Lapse function

Fujifilm A170 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Fujifilm A170 is simply not good for vlogging as it comes to a lousy score of 22.

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wide angle not fantastic (32mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not feature selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no microphone jack

Fujifilm A170 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the Fujifilm A170, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart here gives you a summary of the Fujifilm A170 versus it's top ranking rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To see a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Fujifilm FinePix A170
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution
3664 x 2748
RAW files
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
32-96mm (3.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
8 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1400 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
140g (0.31 pounds)
93 x 60 x 27mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Retail cost