Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SX1 is a 10 megapixel ultra-zoom camera with a 20X zoom lens and optical image stabilization. The camera features a large, widescreen 2.8 inch LCDâ€¦ and it rotates too so you can face it towards yourself or make good use of it to take high/low angled shots. The LCD has decent visibility under bright light and very good visibility in low-light. Thereâ€™s an electronic viewfinder as well, if you prefer using that instead.
Pros: Very good image quality in general; effective redeye removal tool, 20X optical zoom lens covers wide-angle till telephoto; has optical image stabilization, Nice bundle in general: includes lens hood and wireless remote, Good battery life, Large, rotating widescreen LCD, Full manual controls, flash hotshoe and RAW image mode, Custom menu, button and mode position for your own settings, Insanely close 0 cm super macro mode, Speedy camera performance, Excellent 4 FPS bur...
Cons: Some chromatic aberrations (color fringing), barrel distortion, Command dial doesnâ€™t have any tactile â€œclicksâ€�; no dedicated zoom/focus rings, Doesnâ€™t come with rechargeable batteries; no battery indicator, No support for conversion lenses or lens filters
Summary: Compact, light, good quality construction, the SX1 is definitely not a DSLR. However it takes better photos than an average 10Mpix censor point and shoot, and its 1080p video recording mode is a nice touch if you’re looking for a good camera with good HD Video capability.
Conclusion: The vari-angle screen is a particular favourite added feature, which only helps to sell the PowerShot SX1 IS as an advanced compact unit perfect for anybody wanting more than basic point-and-shoot operation but not as much control or responsibility as a DSLR will require them to take on.
Conclusion: We have some minor gripes with the Canon PowerShot SX1—including its high price—but it's one of the best superzoom cameras you can buy.
Pros: Terrific image quality. 20X optical zoom. Fast zooming and focusing. Captures HD video with stereo audio. Can take still shots while recording video. Comfortable manual controls. Widescreen LCD. HDMI-out.
Cons: Pricey. Small screen. Electronic viewfinder.
Conclusion: Lets start with the good. The SX1 IS is a nicely designed, easy to use camera with a very useful zoom range and an effective image stabilization system. This combined with the new interface and features that come with Digic 4, such as auto ISO, the slightly tweaked interface and fast shot to shot speeds, and also RAW mode (something rarely seen in cameras of this class) makes the SX1 IS a camera that has the potential to become one of your favorite toys.
Pros: Good resolution, Good color, Generally accurate focus gives a high 'hit rate' even in auto mode, Huge photographic versatility with 28-560mm lens and super macro mode, Image stabilization works very well (and can be used in movie mode), Fast continuous shooting mode (with AF off), 1080p (1920x1080) HD video recording at 30 fps, Good movie quality with high quality stereo sound, RAW shooting for more control over image processing, Solid construction and good handling, ...
Cons: Noise and noise reduction effects visible at anything over ISO 80, Noise reduction starts to destroy fine detail at anything over ISO 100, ISO 800 and 1600 very noisy and of limited use, Lens is prone to chromatic aberration and purple fringing, Movie button in awkward position for some people, Electronic viewfinder may be improved, but it's still not fantastic and is bettered by cheaper SX10 IS, Focus hunts in low light situations and at the longer end of the zoom ra...
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS has a lot going for it, as well as some drawbacks. After testing it we really can’t wait for the 2010 version of this camera as Canon takes care of the issues we – and other reviewers – have detailed. In the meantime, this is an excellent mega-zoom for the photographer willing to learn its idiosyncrasies, take the time to master its capabilities, and spend $600.
Pros: 20x wide-angle zoom; good 1080P video at 30 fps; fine photos with enough available light; very effective OIS
Cons: DSLR price, no DSLR response; steep learning curve vis-a-vis other point-and-shoots; high noise at ISO 800; no auto pop-up flash; disappointing LCD screen; no Smart Auto
Excerpt: The PowerShot SX1 ($599) takes the PowerShot SX10 super zoom camera and turns it into a "hybrid", capable of recording movies in Full HD (1920 x 1080). As you'd expect, sound is recorded in stereo, with full access to both the optical zoom and image stabilizer. The secret lies in the sensor: the SX1 uses a CMOS sensor, instead of the more traditional CCD found in the SX10.
Summary: When the SX1 IS was announced, three things set it apart from it its older brother, the SX10 IS: a CMOS sensor, true HD movie capability and a RAW shooting option. Well, four things if you count a significantly higher MSRP. Canon dubbed the SX1 IS a camera with "evolved technology", and it has upped the ante over the SX10 IS in a number of areas.
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