Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Announced Sep 17, 2008 •
10 megapixels | 2.8 screen | 28 – 560 mm (20×)
Rustynnuts
 
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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. Overall it been an enjoyable camera and small enough that its always nearby

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waderobb1
 
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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.

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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. They lack some crispness and look like muddy cr@p. ...

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patthebeelvr
 
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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. Until "lens error, restart", something very very ...

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JECesch
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This is the most disappointing camera I ever bought primarily because the battery life is extremely short. During an 8 hour day of shooting, batteries had to be changed 2 times. In addition, it was hard to get good focus. I have worked with digital cameras since 1999, and film cameras before that. My Canon cameras have included, Elan II, S90, s70, G5,G6, G9, Rebel xTi IS, & Rebel xSi IS, and I have gotten very good results with all of them. Enter the SX1 IS--poor images & battery life. ...

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sdb75
 
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Read my review on voceallefoto.blogspot.com

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Rajvell
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Relatively to think more in terms of performance Problems: Yes, active performance

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AFTER FIRST LOOK,HAVE PROBLEMS WITH MANUAL EXPOSURE IN H D VIDEO MODE, BUT EXPERIMENTING A BIT, FOUND THAT THE BUTTON FOR CONTROLLING MANUAL EXPOSURE IS ON THE RIGHT UPPER SIDE ( +/-).NO THREADS FOR ATTACHING ANY ADD ON ON LENS LIKE POLARISER, UV FILTERS. RECORDING OF H D VIDEO IS POSSIBLE ON CLASS 4 SDHC CARDS ALTHOUGH IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT TIME AFTER RECORDING COMPLETES.

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I've had my SX1 for about two months now and I'm still learning the ins and outs of it. The amount of functions is still overwhelming! The HD video is amazing, the zoom is mind-blowing, and the RAW capture mode is a very notable feature on this model. If you want the ultimate non-DSLR, then you've found it! Problems: Not entirely happy with the quality of night time photos, but that could just be user inexperience!

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I bought my SX1IS in December 2008, one year ago….I was waiting for a successor of my SX2S which gave me good results… I am globally speaking quite happy about the SX1IS. Picture quality is good, a little bit noisy (if compared to equivalent cameras) above 400 ISO and softened between ISO 100 and ISO 400 but we enjoy watching the pictures on a quite big plasma…so why always looking for details you do not see apart if you zoom…and zoom….on the picture? Video is amazing! You are just impressed ...

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