Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

20.5MP, 1/2.3" CCD, 5152x3864, 12x Optical, 4x Digital, HD 1280x720 @25fps, NTSC/PAL, TTL, 6.858 cm (2.7 ") TFT, ISO 100-1600, Exif. 2.3 (JPEG), SD/SDHC/SDXC, Blue

Stylish Ease, Outstanding Performance.
High quality still images and video are practically effortless with the slim and stylish new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera. The ideal tool for capturing everything from daily fun to special occasions, it's equipped with a powerful 12x Optical Zoom for maximum versatility, plus Intelligent IS to make images clear and almost shake-free even at high zoom lengths. Sharp, high-resolution imaging is fast and easy thanks to the 20.0 Megapixel sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor. Beautiful 720p HD video is as simple as pressing a button, while Smart AUTO intelligently selects just the right camera settings based on predefined shooting situations, so all different types of shots come out perfectly. Fun and easy-to-use Scene Modes such as Fisheye add instant creativity to your photography. And the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera can easily connect to Canon's optional new Connect Station CS100: the ideal all-in-one solution for storing, managing, sharing and viewing images and video.

12x Optical Zoom
The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera features a 12x Optical Zoom so spectacular shots are within your reach. You'll love the flexibility it gives you when shooting with an amazing range of 25–300mm (35mm equivalent) in a slim, stylish compact camera. Plus, the Wide-Angle lens captures expansive image in every shot, adding depth, perspective and grandeur. Landscapes, city scenes, family shots and more benefit from the extra width. Whether you're shooting wide group shots or zooming to the telephoto end, your images are assured to be bright and clear.

20.0 Megapixel sensor
Preserve all those special moments from weddings to vacations in stunning quality with the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera. The camera is equipped with a 20.0 Megapixel* sensor to help ensure that images are incredibly clear and beautifully detailed. The high level of resolution gives you the flexibility to be more creative with your shots: crop and enlarge any part of an image – you can be confident that the detail and resolution you need are there, even when you want to print and frame your photos.

DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor features accelerated processing speed to create fast, responsive performance, giving you a shooting experience that's easy and natural. The DIGIC 4+ Image Processor also enhances image quality in several ways. Processing of high ISO shots has been shortened by 60% compared to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. This significantly reduces noise for brilliant color, smooth gradations, and beautiful detail even in low light. The processor also allows for the integration of electronic Dynamic IS. This advanced system compensates for multiple motion types, effectively preventing angular blur, shift blur, and blur caused by parallel movement and tilt shift. The result is images that are reliably sharp and clear at all lengths of the camera's powerful 12x Optical Zoom. The processor's highly efficient design also extends battery life.

720p HD video
Using the slim PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera, you can shoot high definition video anytime, anywhere. With a simple push of the dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record every moment in motion. 720p HD video is smooth, vivid, and beautifully lifelike, making it an ideal way to capture special memories.

Smart AUTO
Getting that great shot is as simple as pressing the shutter button on the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera with Smart AUTO, which automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. On the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS, detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations.

The camera then makes optimal settings to help ensure the best possible image capture, whether you're shooting stills or video. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

Scene Modes
The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera provides shooting modes that easily give your shots a distinctly artistic feel without the need for any extra lenses and filters. You can make a quirky portrait using the Fisheye Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as if capturing the photo using a "toy" or pinhole camera.

Compatibility with Canon Connect Station CS100
The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera connects via a simple USB cable to Canon's brand new photo and video storage device: the Canon Connect Station CS100. The Connect Station CS100 makes it easy to store (with up to 1 TB of hard drive space with the capacity for approximately 150,000 photos or up to 70 hours of video content)*, manage and sort images and videos by albums, date or device name with simple menus. From there, images and videos can be viewed on an HDTV via HDMI cable, sent to compatible wireless printers, viewed/uploaded/downloaded smartphones and tablets or PCs, and shared with other Canon Connect Stations and social networking sites.

ECO Mode
The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera features ECO Mode to provide more shots per single charge through LCD monitor and camera power management. The mode can be activated via a dedicated button for easy power preservation when an outlet is unavailable or the moment is too exciting to put the camera down. ECO Mode quickly wakes the camera from sleep when a button is pressed so you won't miss the moment. When the fun with family and friends runs late into the evening, ECO Mode makes sure your camera keeps up.

Help Button
The PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera is designed to be fun and easy to use, even for beginners. A Help Button on the camera's exterior brings up the help menu any time you need it, right on the LCD screen. From here, you can scroll through a variety of topics that answer your questions with clear explanations, offer helpful shooting advice, and show you diagrams highlighting the position of any buttons you'll need.


Full HD 
Maximum video resolution 
1280 x 720 pixels
Video resolutions 
640 x 480, 1280 x 720 pixels
Video formats supported 
H.264, MOV, MPEG4
Motion JPEG frame rate
25 fps

Technical details

Colour of product 
ISO sensitivity 
100, 1600, Auto
Focal length range (f-f) 
4.5 - 54 mm
Analog signal format system 
Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Auto focusing (AF) modes 
Face detection
Camera file system
DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
Compatible memory cards 
Flash modes 
Auto, Flash on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Light exposure control
Program AE
Light exposure correction
± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light metering 
Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot
20.5 MP
Memory slots 
Optical zoom 
Scene modes 
Fireworks, Portrait, Snow
2, 10s
Sensor type 
Shooting modes
White balance 
Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten

Ports & interfaces

Built-in microphone 


Power source type 
Battery type 
Number of batteries supported 


Display aspect ratio
Display resolution (numeric) 
230000 pixels
Field of view
Vari-angle LCD display
Touch screen 

Technical details

Display diagonal 
6.86 cm (2.7")


Voice recording
Audio formats supported 

Lens system

Combined zoom
Focus adjustment
Digital zoom 
Image stabilizer 
Maximum aperture number 
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) 
30 cm
Minimum aperture number 
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) 
2.5 cm


Camera type 
Compact camera
Photo effects 
Black&White, Vivid
Camera playback
Single image, Slide show
Live view


Auto Mode focusing range (tele)
1 - ∞
Auto Mode focusing range (wide)
0.01 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide)
1 - 0.5m
Normal focusing range
0.05 - ∞, 1 - ∞

Light exposure

Light exposure modes 
Auto, Manual
ISO sensitivity (max)
ISO sensitivity (min)


Flash range (tele)
1 - 2m
Flash range (wide)
0.5 - 4m
Flash recharging time


Fastest camera shutter speed 
Slowest camera shutter speed 

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T) 
0 - 40 °C
Operating relative humidity (H-H)
10 - 90%


Battery life (CIPA standard)
255 shots

Packaging content

Battery technology 
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
AC adapter included
Batteries included
Quick start guide 

Picture quality

Image sensor size
25.4/58.4 mm (1/2.3")
Maximum image resolution 
5152 x 3864 pixels
Image formats supported 
Still image resolution(s) 
5152 x 3864<br />3648 x 2736<br />2048 x 1536<br />640 x 480<br />5152 x 2896<br />2560 x 1920

Weight & dimensions

Weight (including battery)
9.96 cm
2.26 cm
5.76 cm