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First Look: Canon PowerShot SX170 IS drops the alkaline

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First Look: Canon PowerShot SX170 IS drops the alkaline

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One of Canon's last remaining series of PowerShots running on AA batteries changes over to a rechargeable battery.

-Hey there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET, and this is a look at the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS. Now, what's notable about it is that it's a relatively inexpensive 16 megapixel camera with a 16 x zoom lens, and semi manual and manual shooting loads. Usually budget minded cameras are strictly automatic but this one has everything from manual to movies, including the live view mode that lets you change the look of your photos on the fly using simple on screen sliders. Now, past versions of this model were also notable for being AA battery powered. Canon dropped that from this update going with a rechargeable lithium-ion pack instead. That and it also dropped the mini HDMI port found on its predecessor the SX160 IS. In fact, those are really the only differences between the two. So if you want AA batteries you should track down an SX160. Like that camera, photos and movies are good enough for capturing nice shots for sharing online or small prints. But you have to have good lighting to take advantage of that zoom while hand-held. While I wouldn't recommend it for regular shooting fast moving subjects, it's not painfully slow either. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS.

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