Canon Powershot SX1 IS reviews and prices: Hybrid camera

36 customer reviews

+ This digital camera has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on ease of use.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 36 reviews.
Canon Powershot SX1 IS: 10 MP (Megapixels), 10x optical zoom, SDHC Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Hybrid camera.

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Some customer reviews of Canon Powershot SX1 IS

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Peter , GREASBY, WIRRAL Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
EASY TO USE WITH EXCELLENT PICTURE QUALITY . THE MOVEABLE PREVIEW SCREEN IS VERY HANDY
Bad points:
NO REAL BAD POINTS WITH THE USE I HAVE HAD WITH IT IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS.
A BIT PRICEY EVEN WITH THE RELATIVE LOW PRICE ON SIMPLY ELECTRONICS , CERTAINLY WOULD NOT PAY FULL LIST PRICE .
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good build quality and image quality
Bad points:
A little expensive for a bridge camera
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Mar 2010

Paul, Leeds, Yorkshire

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent Camera overall...................
Bad points:
Nothing bad about the camera but
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Sep 2009

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good video quality, the only camera on the market that can produce HD1080P video with 40x zoom without any quality loss.

Easy to use and very intuitive.
Bad points:
Not the best bridge for still photos.
Very short battery life, especially when using the LCD.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Mar 2009

Barry, Brighton Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The camera is of the high standard and quality you expect from Canon giving excellent results. Being a bridge camera it is just what I wanted with SLR facilities but not the need to keep changing lens for different situations. I would highly recommend this camera to anybody who is looking for more than an ordinary compact but not wanting a full blown SLR. In short it is solidly built good quality Canon camera with lots of scope for the beginner to advance with.
Bad points:
None discovered so far.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Dec 2009

Charles, Totnes, Devon Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I have not had much time to use it yet but so far it seems extremely good.
Bad points:
A complex product if you really want to use it in depth which will require quite a bit of study. A paper manual would be helpful.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Dec 2009

Mitch, Canterbury Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Feels good and solid, and easy to pick up the basics. Even for a complete novice like me.
Bad points:
Minor point, but I would prefer a proper user guide manual, instead of the cd version.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jan 2010

Product Features

Camera Type Hybrid
Resolution (Pixels) 3264x2448
Optical zoom ratio 10
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot No
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 266
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2500
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
Dimensions (mm) 108x71x46
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-4.3
Release date 2007-10-09
Height in mm 8.8
Width in mm 127.5
Depth in mm 8.8
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 560
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Powershot SX1 IS, Canon PSSX1IS, Canon PS SX1 IS

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Manufacturer's Description

With a 10.0 MP Canon CMOS sensor and 20x wide-angle zoom for incredible reach, the PowerShot SX1 IS offers continuous shooting up to 4fps. Supplement photos with Full HD videos.

Features

  • 20x wide-angle zoom with optical IS
  • 10.0 MP Canon CMOS sensor
  • Full HD movies
  • DIGIC 4
  • Extra fast continuous shooting at full
    resolution (4fps)
  • Face Detection and anti-blur technology
  • i-Contrast
  • 2.8 wide vari-angle LCD
  • EX Speedlite flash compatible

The supercharged super zoom.

Super zoom
The powerful 20x wide-angle (28mm, f/2.8) optical zoom provides outstanding reach and composition flexibility. With Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM), zooming is fast, accurate and near-silent, while Canons renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology counteracts camera shake.

Canon CMOS sensor
The PowerShot SX1 IS is the first Canon compact camera to incorporate a Canon CMOS sensor, which allows high resolution shooting in exceptionally rapid bursts. The sensor boasts 10 Megapixels for capturing the finest detail, allowing creative cropping and superb large-scale prints.

HD movies in stereo
Create smooth, high quality movies in full high definition (1080, 30p), then use HDMI connectivity for playback on HD widescreen TVs complete with CD quality stereo sound.

DIGIC 4
Incorporating the latest in image processing technology, DIGIC 4 delivers extraordinary noise reduction. The result is richly detailed, cleaner images, even when shooting at high ISO speeds. DIGIC 4 also drives exceptional processing speeds and responsive operation.

Miss nothing
With the Canon CMOS sensor, extra fast continuous shooting speeds (up to 4fps) at full resolution are achieved. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Face Detection Technology
Great people shots are assured with the latest Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB even faces at angles and far away. Face Select & Track optimises settings for a chosen person, while FaceSelf-Timer waits for you to enter the frame for great self-portraits or group photos.

Eliminate blur
The PowerShot SX1 IS combats potential blur with High ISO Auto and Motion Detection Technology, which ascertains movement of both camera and subject to set the optimum ISO, whatever the shooting situation. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Optimum contrast
Working in both shooting and playback, i-Contrast boosts brightness in dark areas. The result is improved contrast with detail retained in tricky lighting conditions.

Large LCD
The 2.8" widescreen vari-angle LCD enables framing from challenging angles and easy sharing of images in playback. Night Display mode enhances screen visibility in low light.

Flash compatible
For extended shooting options and better light coverage, the comprehensive accessory system includes compatibility with Canon EX Speedlite flash range.


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