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Amazon Customer, Amazon
5 September 2011
Summary: I too own a SX1 IS. I have had it now for about two years. Was about to go on a 8 day trip back east, excited about the pictures I would be taking. I thought I might check out the camera; you know, clean the lens, add new batteries and such.
Summary: I've had this camera for a couple of years now and it has given me some great photographs but only because I have experience with film cameras and DSLR's. I am a biologist/wildlife photographer and I've used it while doing field work with great results.
Summary: When I bought this camera it was for the hybrid capabilities and the impressive array of features for the price class. Pros: - Awesome HD video quality - Powerful 20x optical zoom - Quality optical stabilizer - Quality construction Cons: - Only average image quality - Confusing settings and modes...
Summary: Hi I researched for a good camera and zeroed in on the SX1. It was real hard for me to shell out about $650 for the camera and memory card. Pros: What I liked with the camera: good contrast, colors in pictures. 20x optical and 4x digital (80x combined) zoom is super! Cons: Pathetic image quality.
Summary: I bought this to replace an S5IS, so I'll be comparing the 2 cameras. in some ways it is a better camera, but the old S5 still does a few things better. The good: HD Video: The 1080P movie capability is pretty awesome.
Summary: After several months of trying to decide on a digital SLR or a high end digital camera I decided on the Canon Powershot SX1 IS. I have had the camera for a couple of days now, and it is wonderful.
Summary: We bought our first Canon SX1 before our Grand Voyage to the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. Actually we were three couples and we each bought one. The ship had their own photographers with very special photo equipment.
A step forward in features, two steps back in image quality
14 March 2010
Summary: Canon added a lot of features to this camera, but failed to provide a sensor that delivers good image quality. Pros: The Canon user interface makes learning how to use this camera very easy and intuitive.
Summary: I have used Canon cameras for many years now. I am starting to not like them any longer. I moved to this from the SX5 IS. I had to have it replaced immediately due to it taking double exposures and only putting out one photo. The Canon person on their phone was, as he put it, baffled.