I did some research on the 170 IS and discovered for a small camera it has features that are somewhat surprising because you would expect these to be on larger and more expensive cameras. For example the 200 Megapixel Sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor produce high quality still images and video along with 12x Optical Zoom plus intelligent IS which helps keep images clear and pretty much shake free even at high zoom lengths. The result is sharp high resolution imaging and beautiful still pictures as well as video.
Beautiful 720p HD Video is as simple as pressing a button. Smart Auto selects the right camera settings for the best results. This camera connects to Canons optional new Connect Station CS100 for storing, managing, sharing and viewing still images and your video.
Overall this is a very good camera for the person who takes pictures every once in a while and does not need an expensive camera. In fact this camera is excellent for learning before going on to more expensive models, such as those used by the professionals.