Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon supercharges its PowerShot digital compact camera range with a powerful new PowerShot model: the 10 Megapixel PowerShot SX1 IS, which replaces t...

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Review of "Canon PowerShot SX1 IS"

published 03/11/2008 | murtagh
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"Canon Powershot"

The Canon powershot SX1 IS is a gem of a product. It features the latest in technology and design and has awesome picture clarity. Although it can be a bit daunting to use for a newcomer, this thing works like magic once you get used to it. I found it very good to shoot moving images and it hardly gave me any blur effect.
The camera features a 10 megapixel with 20X optical zoom and shoots at 4 frames per second which is very good. I had a beautiful shot of the hills at sunset with this beauty of a product and that one picture alone negates any of the discomfort that you might find initially from using this product. This one's a stealer at 512 pounds so I suggest you get your hands on this one as fast as possible or gift it to your beloved and you'll see the extra love and affection that you'll get :)
So guys go ahead and grab this one along for its sheer beauty and powerful performance

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Product Information : Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Manufacturer's product description

Canon supercharges its PowerShot digital compact camera range with a powerful new PowerShot model: the 10 Megapixel PowerShot SX1 IS, which replaces the PowerShot S5 IS. The Canon SX1 IS raises the benchmark for compact zooms with an outstanding 20x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom, with USM and VCM for fast, silent, zooming. The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS offers a revolutionary series of features never seen before on a Canon compact camera - a 10 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, 4 frames per second continuous shooting, full HD movie capture and Canon's new DIGIC 4 processor for fast performance and richly detailed, clean images in a wide range of shooting situations.

Product Details

Product type: Digital Camera, Digital camera - compact, Digital Cameras

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Electronic Viewfinder

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card; MultiMedia Card; MultiMedia Card Plus; HC MultiMedia Card Plus

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 20x

Digital Zoom: 4x, 4 x

LCD Display Size: 2.80000244140625

Autofocus: TTL

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Memory Type: External

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.00500000476837158

Manufacturer: Canon

Product Description: Canon PowerShot SX1 IS - digital camera

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.4" - colour

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Weight: 0.59 kg

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.7 cm x 8.8 cm x 8.8 cm

Lens System: 20 x zoom lens - 5 - 100 mm - f/2.8-5.7, 20 x zoom lens - 5 - 100 mm

Display: LCD display - 2.8"

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 4.8 m

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation


Image Recording Format: JPEG, JPEG, RAW

Digital Video Format: H.264

AE/AF Control: FlexiZone

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Optical Zoom: 20 x

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

MPN: 2664B021, 2664B001, 2664B009AA, 2664B012AA, Powershot Sx1 IS, 2664B011, 2664B019AA, SX1IS, 2664B020, 2664B010

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,000,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 11,600,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Exposure & White Balance

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3 EV step

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/3200 sec

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, fluorescent light (warm white)

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid, Custom Effect, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Green, vivid blue, Vivid Red, Positive Film

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, slow shutter, macro, stitch assist, fireworks, night scene, sports mode, sunset, indoor, foliage, beach, night snapshot, snow, high sensitivity, Colour Swap, Colour Accent, aquarium

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO 3200 (2Mpix)

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 0.59 kg

Height: 8.8 cm

Depth: 8.8 cm

Width: 12.7 cm


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x HDMI ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Memory / Storage

Image Storage: JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 2816 x 2112 ¦ JPEG 2272 x 1704 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 3840 x 2160 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Video Capture: H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 320 x 240 - 30 fps

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus

Lens System

Features: UD glass, Ultrasonic Motor (USM), aspherical lens

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 0-50cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 560mm

Lens Construction: 11 groups / 13 elements

Type: 20 x zoom lens - 5 - 100 mm - f/2.8-5.7, 20 x zoom lens - 5 - 100 mm

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Additional Features

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, dioptre adjustment, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, focus bracketing, cropping an image, resizing an image, 16:9 widescreen mode, in-camera red-eye fix, digital tele-converter, safety zoom, Exif Print support, Motion Detection Technology

Continuous Shooting Speed: 4 frames per second, 4 frames per second, 1.2 frames per second, 1.1 frames per second


Viewfinder Resolution: 148,000 pixels

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.4"

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Environmental Parameters

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

Battery Type: AA


Included Accessories: Lens hood, lens cap, neck strap, USB cable, audio / video cable, IR remote control

System Requirements for PC Connection

System Requirements Details: Windows XP SP2 - Pentium - 500 MHz - 256 MB ¦ Windows Vista - Pentium - 1.3 GHz - 512 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.4 - PowerPC G4 - 256 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.5 - PowerPC G4 - 512 MB

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive, XGA monitor

Operating System Support: Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo


Display Features: Rotating

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 2.8" LCD display


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