Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review
One of the key differences between the SX10 and the SX1 - enabled by the new CMOS sensor - is that the SX1 offers 1080p (1920x1080) capture at 30 frames per second. The movies are recorded in Quicktime format, and the files are actually not heavily compressed, meaning the resulting videos are full of detail, but also that file sizes can get very large - you should get a large card if you plan to shoot a lot of HD video. If HD isn't needed 640x480 and 320x240 video sizes are also available, the latter can be recorded at 60 fps.
To record a video, all you need to do is press the prominent movie recoding button to the right of the EVF in any mode (other then playback) (movies will be captured with the current video setting specified in the FUNC menu). There is also a dedicated video recording setting on the mode dial, which reduces the the number of options available in the menu to only those applicable to movie recording. You can also use many of the parameters available in stills mode, including (if you really want to) the 'special effects' in the MyColors menu.
Zooming, AF and IS are all available during movie recording, and they operate very quietly, adding no sound during filming. The AF on the SX1 IS is quite slow, and this is especially noticeable during movie recording, meaning it is a good idea to prefocus before starting video recording if you don't want blurry results. You can also shoot a still image during movie recording, which causes a pause in the video, and records the still image in a separate file.
Video quality is generally quite good, especially in 1080p mode, though it does display the same problems as still images in terms of image noise, and noise reduction at high ISO causing image softness. Being a CMOS sensor, the SX1 IS is also prone to image tearing during quick panning.
|The SX1 IS has large dedicated video recording button situated to the right of the viewfinder. Pressing this button will begin video recording in any shooting mode. You can also take stills during movie recording, doing so will cause a brief pause in your video and save the still image to a separate file. The button is in the same location as previous Canon super zoom cameras, which means it can be awkward to use depending on the size of your hands.|
|There is a dedicated movie mode on the main mode dial too, which is where the screen captures here were taken. The main difference is that you can preset a couple of options. As with stills recording you can choose the amount of information overlaid on the live preview image.|
|There is a simple brightness control which can be used during the recording of a clip (the zoom can also be used). In movie mode (as opposed to just pressing the movie button) you can preset the brightness level.|
|In order to record 1080p videos (1920x1080) the camera has to be set to wide aspect ratio. In wide aspect ratio mode you can only record in 1080p mode, and stills are recorded in a wide aspect ratio too - at 8mp.|
|There is a cut down record menu in Movie mode.|
|As with stills there are various options for how movies are displayed in playback mode, including this very detailed view complete with histogram.|
|In playback mode you get some basic controls for playing movies, slow motion, fast forward and rewind and edit.|
|Choose edit and you can trim the start and end of the movie clip, and save the result as a new file or overwrite the existing clip.|
Mar 27, 2009
Sep 17, 2008
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
|scrum break away by al booth|
from Sport competition
|Parking Deck by Olaf R|
from Your City - Parking Garage
|Communication Tech by alberto_b|
|With & without by OBellini|
from Empty - Full
The winners of the 10th annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and they're striking.
If you were disappointed by reports that the Sony a9 struggles with adapted Canon glass, you might be able to take some comfort from Metabones' latest update.
Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices of its Video Assist external monitor/recorders for a limited time. Prices of the SD card-based recorders will be reduced in all markets, while supplies last.
Instagram has started testing a new feature called 'favorites' that enables users to share photos with only certain people. Only a small number of users have access to the feature at this time, though it may roll out to everyone in the future.
Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85 F1.8 for interchangeable lens cameras. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts.
It's the end of an era. Parent company Micron has announced that they are discontinuing the Lexar retail brand. This includes 'memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives.'
Youthful trainspotter turned adult photographer, John Sanderson has traveled across the United States, documenting the country's railroads. But you won't find any trains in his pictures.
Sony's new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and offers an all-pixel global reset function which should drastically reduce rolling shutter effect when panning.
Shoulderpod has converted its offerings into a lego-like modular system by offering all individual parts of existing products separately, allowing users to build exactly the rig they need for a specific project or simply replace a damaged part.
Photographer Felix AAA has spent the past ten years touring the world with a variety of musicians, capturing behind the scenes shots and portraits. He talks about some of his favorite images on the FujiFilm Blog.
A roll of film discovered in an Argus C2 from an Oregon Goodwill turned out to contain some incredible images – and has been re-united with the original owner's family.
Nikon's 28mm F1.4E ED appears to roundly complete the company's updated lineup of fast, professional prime lenses. We've already seen some initial images from a Nikon ambassador, but we've worked through a gallery of our own, with a lens of our own over the past week. Take a look.
Google is holding a competition that could see your Pixel photos gracing millions of screens.
Nikon's 100th birthday party continues worldwide as a distributor in Italy organized a one-of-a-kind feat: assembling the world's largest 'human camera' from over a thousand volunteers.
Ricoh has dropped the price of its Theta SC 360 spherical camera by to $199, a reduction of roughly $50. The camera features two 12MP sensors and can record Full HD video in addition to stills.
Photojournalist Pete Souza served as the presidential photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. In an interview with fellow photographer Marcia Nighswander, he discusses several of his most noteworthy images.
Photographer Michael Wolf has been documenting the crowded conditions of Tokyo's subway trains since the 1990s. The photos have gone viral regularly in the years since he started the project, and he just published the final edition in the series.
The just-launched OnePlus 5 is getting a minor update that should improve camera function.
A Belgian camera shop is showing off an extremely rare, limited 'Rex Edition' Nikon D500. The cosmetic alterations were provided by a customer's German Shepherd Rex, who got ahold of the camera within a day of its purchase.
Adobe says that many of its users have been relying on SkyBox for VR editing and it therefore made sense to make the plug-ins available to all subscribers through Creative Cloud.
The Pictar grip provides a number of customizable physical controls for your iPhone camera, but at its price point we would like to see better materials and build quality.
Peak Design's 'consider every detail' approach shines in the Everyday Backpack. While expensive, it's one of the best options out there for a photographer who needs to pack a lot of stuff in addition to gear.
If you're thinking of using Canon's sports glass on the Sony a9, think again. The ultra-fast camera slows way down when you attach off-brand glass.
The Polish town of Katowice is not famed as an area of beauty, but as all photographers know, that doesn't mean that beauty can't be found if you look in the right places. Mariusz Pietranek used a drone to look down on the colorful sedimentation tanks at an ironworks.
New York Times video journalist Ben Solomon spent a harrowing three weeks accompanying Iraqi Major Sajjad al-Hour as he and his men fought to retake Mosul from I.S. forces.
The 3D VR camera launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 goes on sale beginning June 26.
Noctilucent clouds, a crescent moon and Venus were visible in the pre-dawn sky over Budapest yesterday. Photographer György Soponyai captured NASA's astronomy picture of the day.
Squirming pets won't sit still for photos? A Kickstarter campaign is looking to help.
Find out how Chris Burkard shifted from editorial photography to his true passions: landscapes, conservation and, of course, surfing.
The updated EyeEm app scans your camera roll and picks images that are composed particularly well, have the best quality, or highest chance of selling on EyeEm Market.