Awesome camera (love the zoom range, fold-out screen & full HD video)
18 January 2013
Summary: It's a gem! Love the fast C-mos sensor and full HD video with designated record button. AA batteries are a plus for me because even outside of 'civilization' I can find AA batteries if need be. For the most part, I use rechargeable, ultra low discharging batteries, and get about 400 shots on one set of batteries, using the zoom a lot, but not the flash. I love that it's a point-and-shoot camera with the capability of manual settings.
Shoot RAW format photos with this (4) AA battery powered camera!!!
5 January 2013
Summary: This camera is one of the few cameras that uses 4 AA batteries for its operation. Two notable features of this camera is the manual control and the ability to shoot raw pictures. Instead of the typical CCD sensor, this camera uses a CMOS sensor. To maximize use, lithium-ion batteries should be used instead of alkaline, if not, users will cycle through 4 batteries every 30 minutes. Nikon has (newer) Coopix L610 and Coolpix L810 that have similar features.
Excerpt: Robust consumer camera with a big zoom. In reasonable light the picture is grainy past half zoom but still useful. Quick focus with IF illuminator and quite effective for video. Good value for money and the articulated screen is great. Struggles in low light but its not a full size sensor so you cant expect much else.
A geat affordable full featured 10 Meg camera that also shoots RAW
28 June 2012
Summary: This is a great little camera. I bought it to use on a trip through the Grand Canyon floating down the Colorado river. I did not want to take my Sony DSLR because it 1.) it is expensive and might get wet and 2.) it uses a propietary battery; there is no battery charging in the wilderness. I chose the Cannon SX1 because it uses AA batteries, takes a great 10 megapixel image, can be used in manual as well as programmed modes AND it shoots RAW as well as JPEG.
Excerpt: I have not been happy with this camera. The pictures have always been noisy. In low light it is worse. With the flash you get an uneven picture. Previously had the Pro 1 which produced superior pictures to this camera. I am now moving to the T3i which I hope will provide the expected quality. Outside this camera has done OK.
Excerpt: I tested this cameras a cheap alternative to nowadays models. On paper there aren´t so much improvements on nowadays cameras. The SX1 works with normal batteries, that´s fine I think. No rip-off with special Li-Ion packs with chips. You can get spares everywhere in the world. Only downsinde is that it is pretty heavy with 4 Mignon batteries. The image quality is however a disappointment. Even at base ISO the pics show ugly noise artifacts.
I'd buy another in a heartbeat takes the best pics
15 August 2011
Summary: I have wanted a nice camera for ever..read an article about Megapixels and said anything over a 6 for amitures was useless. If a 6 takes really good pics then u know a 10 takes even better. I Love this camera, got such a gooood deal. I'm in awe everytime I pick her up to take pictures. Nice is all I can say about this.
Excerpt: In general, love this camera. I do not do videos. I bought it for the zoom and to take pictures of butterflies without having to approach them too closely. And to take pictures of plants, including flower closeups showing enough detail to be able to id them. I have taken over 2000 pictures with it, and many of them have been excellent, even fantastic, and highly zoomed. (I never use the digital range) OK zoom, fabulous for two years.
Summary: Picture quality is magnificent. Love using all the features, and there are plenty of them. Size is a little large but not heavy. Great zoom and focus for a non DSLR. The range on the camara flash is good and love the ability for adaptable external flash.
Summary: After paying several hundred dollars, this camera has been a disappointment. During our trip to Costa Rica this year, it went into a "lens error" and was unusable for the remainder of the trip. We sent it in for repair and it worked just long enough to die (same error) at the beginning of our Australia/New Zealand trip. Next week we are going on a 400-mile bicycle trip, and guess what... The camera has gone into the same error, and Is not usable for this trip either.