Canon Powershot SX170 IS clearly qualifies as a "best buy" for budget conscious shutterbugs who want a lot of bang for their camera buck. The SX170 IS would be an almost ideal choice for a first digital camera, an excellent choice as a primary family camera, and a very good choice for travelers who want an inexpensive, feature rich, dependable, and relatively inexpensive P&S digicam that is capable of producing consistently excellent images. In the past, the SX150 IS's single major shortcoming was poor battery life with OTC alkaline AAs. This has been remedied by substituting for a 2500 mAH NiMH rechargeable battery instead. The bottom line--bargain seeking consumers aren't really going to be able to get any more for their camera buying dollars than the Canon Powershot SX170 IS provides.
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