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Canon PowerShot TX1

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Canon Powershot TX1

PC Magazine
26 April 2008

Canon PowerShot TX1 Review

Photography Review
19 March 2008
  • Pros: Great build and small size, “Face Detection Technology” auto-focus/auto-exposure works well, 10x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 39-390mm), Optical multi-mode image stabilizer reduces blur from camera shake, Zero-cm macro mode provides extremely close focusing, Good color rendition, Very good video quality, ISO 1600 usable, Seamless switching between video and photo, Customizable buttons, Great build and small size, “Face Detection Technology” auto-focus/auto-exposur...
  • Cons: Useful photo features such as live histogram and manual mode sacrificed, Small LCD, Physical design is very video-centric, Requires large, fast (and expensive) cards for reliable video, Video captured in Motion JPG files, rather than MPEG, Playback mode, No manual focus in still or photo modes, Useful photo features such as live histogram and manual mode sacrificed, Small LCD, Physical design is very video-centric, Requires large, fast (and expensive) cards for reliab...
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Overall 6

Canon Powershot TX1

19 September 2007
  • Excerpt: The TX1 looks ore like a really compact camcorder over a digital camera. But then again, you won't be too wrong in mistaking it for a camcorder since that's one of its primary functions too. Confusing? Let me begin at the beginning. Labeling the TX1 as a digital camera or a camcorder would not be entirely accurate, as it actually combines the best of both worlds.
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Overall 6

Canon PowerShot TX1

1 September 2007
  • Summary: The TX1's unique design is sure to turn heads, but it's also quite awkward to use, and its still image quality isn't up to Canon's usual standards.
  • Pros: 10x optical zoom; optical image stabilization; 1,280x720, 30 frames per second HD video capture; very close-focusing SuperMacro mode.
  • Cons: Extremely awkward design; so-so still image quality; sluggish performance; noisy at higher ISOs.
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Overall 8
Value for money 7
Features 9
Performance 8
Picture quality 8
Ergonomics 5
Build quality 9

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DP Review
9 August 2007
  • Conclusion: I have to confess I'm struggling to know who Canon is really aiming the TX1 at; it seems slightly confused as to what its primary function actually is. One the one hand it is, technically, the cheapest 'HDTV' camcorder on the market, and one that is obviously designed to take on the likes of Sanyo's Exacti HD2 and Panasonic's SDR-150 - both of which offer SD recording at HD resolutions, both of which are more expensive, and both of which have received lukewarm reviews,...
  • Pros: Good resolution, good edge-to-edge sharpness at most settings, Surprisingly good output quality at lower ISO settings, Very compact design and superb build quality, Big 10x (39-390mm equivalent) zoom range in a very small camera, Much improved on-screen information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), Effective image stabilization, Generally fast performance, Reliable exposure, good color, good white balance in most situations, External ISO controls and customizable shortc...
  • Cons: Vertical design and control placement have a serious effect on handling, Would be nicer if the lens started a little wider than 39mm equivalent, Very difficult to hold for vertically-orientated shots, Almost impossible to start/stop movies or zoom without jerking the camera, Noisy at ISO 400 and up, ISO 800-1600 of very limited use, Focus tends to hunt at long end of zoom in anything but perfect light, 50cm closest focus distance at wide end of zoom is annoying, Movie...
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Canon TX1 PowerShot 7.1MP Digital Camera

Personal Electronics buzz
29 July 2007
  • Excerpt: The Canon TX1 PowerShot is exactly what I was looking for in a digital camera. I wanted something that was small and takes great looking video on a flash memory card that would work with my Mac. I'm not into video camcorders, so I didn't want to buy a camcorder that only took video. However for those times that I do want to take video, this is perfect, and the picture quality is great.
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Canon Powershot TX1

Steve's Digicams
8 June 2007
  • Excerpt: Physical Views The PowerShot TX1 compared in size to a standard CD. The TX1 and Sanyo's Xacti C6 . Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot TX1 Specifications Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 10x Optical/4x Digital/40x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) System Image Capture Device Type 7.1 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Total Pixels Approx. 7.4 Megapixels Effective Pixels Approx.
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Overall 9

Canon Powershot TX1 Review

10 April 2007
  • Conclusion: As a technology writer, I have trained myself to look at gadgets and hardware with an unbiased eye, and I have to be willing to explore the good AND bad aspects of the subject item. This neutrality is a finely honed skill; one that I am proud of, even though it may come across as dispassionate at times. That said, I found myself absolutely brimming with excitement over the Canon Powershot TX1. The TX1 is a fantastic product.
  • Pros: Excellent video quality; 4:3 & 16:9 recording modes; sturdy feel
  • Cons: Odd shape & location of buttons; heavy for its small size
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Dc Resource
2 April 2007
  • Excerpt: The PowerShot TX1 ($499) represents somewhat of a departure for Canon. It's really their first true hybrid product, offering both advanced still and video recording capabilities in one camera. It's also a bit of a gamble, for two reasons. First, it's expensive -- nearly $200 more than the PowerShot S3 IS. Also, similar hybrids such as the Sony Cyber-shot M-series and Pentax MX4 were less than successful.
  • Pros: Very good photo quality, Big zoom in a compact, stylish metal body, Optical image stabilization, Flip-out, rotating LCD display is visible in low light, AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Top-notch movie mode: super high 720p resolution with stereo sound, wind filter, and use of optical zoom and image stabilizer (but see issues below), Impressive continuous shooting mode, Effective redeye reduction tool in playback mode (and you'll need it), Component video outp...
  • Cons: Expensive, Camera's small size means lousy ergonomics: tiny controls, uncomfortable to hold, requires two hands for best stability, Inefficient video codec means huge movie file sizes and limited recording times (14 mins at 720p setting), Fair amount of noise reduction artifacts at ISO 200, Below average battery life, Weak flash, lots of redeye (though at least it can be removed now), No optical or electronic viewfinder, More manual controls would be nice, Cheap plast...
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Overall 7

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
11 August 2007
  • Summary: If you're after a hybrid HD video and still camera, then the PowerShot TX1 is a fairly decent choice, but a few image quality issues and an irritating control layout stop it from reaching its full potential.
  • Pros: HD video recording, great colour reproduction
  • Cons: Chromatic aberration issues, control layout irritating
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