Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review
The SX1 IS features seven white balance settings including the default automatic mode plus the manual (custom) white balance option, which is set by aiming the camera at a white (or gray) subject and pressing the DISP button. Automatic white balance appeared to work well outdoors but produces images with a distinct cast in low artificial light.
If you prefer a more neutral tone to your indoor shots you're much better off using one of the presets (or custom WB). Compared to the S5 IS WB in incandescent light is slightly worse, but in fluorescent situations is better in both auto and preset settings. As we've mentioned before Canon has told us that the warm tone on incandescent auto WB is intentional and is designed to preserve some of the 'atmosphere' of the original scene.
|Incandescent - Auto WB
Red 8.8%, Blue -14.0%,
|Incandescent - Incandescent preset WB
Red 3.0%, Blue -3.7%
|Fluorescent - Auto WB
Red 1.7%, Blue -2.3%
|Fluorescent - Fluorescent preset WB
Red 1.0%, Blue -0.8%
The built-in pop-up flash unit has a specified range of 5.2 m at wide angle and 4.0 m at telephoto (when the ISO is set to auto). In use we found it to work very well indeed, with most indoor flash shots perfectly exposed. The FUNC menu offers a Flash Exposure Compensation setting (-2.0 to +2.0), and the AF illuminator helps focus in low light (though it isn't powerful enough for such a long zoom camera - it only really works over distances of about 1.3 m and lower). The SX1 IS retains the flash hot-shoe from the S5 IS, being compatible with Canon's 220EX, 270EX, 430EX II and 580 EX II Speedlites, but should offer full dedication with any Canon compatible flashgun. Note also that the flash exposure is linked to the face detection AF/AE, and this does help avoid 'blown out' flash shots of friends and family.
|Skin tone - Excellent color and exposure.
Portrait mode, Face Detection ON.
|Color chart -Slight warm tone, excellent exposure|
Macro performance at the telephoto end is very similar to the S5 IS despite the new lens, with similar magnification and very low distortion. The camera has some difficulty focusing at macro distances on the long end of the zoom range, and will report that it is in focus when it is actually not. On the wide end of the zoom range, the SX1 IS can focus down to 0 mm, producing very high magnification and moderate amounts of distortion. In the wide angle macro shot below, the front of the lens is touching the test chart.
The SX1 IS also has a super macro mode, at which setting the lens is locked to the wide zoom setting (28 mm), and is supposed to do a better job at macro then the standard macro mode by allowing the camera to focus on a subject that is 0cm away from the front of the lens. Since the normal macro mode can focus at something touching the front of the lens, shooting in super macro mode produced the same results as shooting in normal macro mode with the lens set to the widest zoom setting. The problem with super macro, and indeed normal macro mode if you focus on something really close to the front of the lens, is that they need to be either back lit or side lit to so the subject is not too dark.
Barrel and Pincushion Distortion
The SX1 IS exhibits relatively low distortion given the huge focal length range - 1.3% barrel distortion at the wide end, and no measurable distortion at all at the full 560mm telephoto end. There is also only barely measurable - and hardly noticeable - vignetting.
|Barrel distortion - 1.3% at Wide angle
Equiv. focal length: 28 mm
|Pincushion distortion - 0.0% at Telephoto
Equiv. focal length: 560 mm
Mar 27, 2009
Sep 17, 2008
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
|The Engineer by EXX|
from Steam Trains
|Madrid subway by MAGMATCICO62|
from Your City - Public Transport
|Incandescent Bulb by Kukla|
from Illuminate- Macro only
|Curiousity by PERCY2|
from Macro - Your Best Macro Ever
|Hoar Frosted Trees by sabishiT3T|
Rotolight has released the Anova Pro 2 circular LED for stills and video, boasting a 70% increase in brightness and what the company describes as "unrivaled battery performance."
Designer Vinicius Araújo has imagined what he believes the perfect Adobe software keyboard might look like. From customizable touch pads, to a scroll wheel, to a little display that shows the tool in use, his design is pretty compelling.
Peak Design has teamed up with Leica to release a limited-edition backpack made special for fans of the Red Dot.
A portrait of an android woman has beaten over 5,700 pictures of humans to take third place in this year’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. The judges were not told the subject was an 'android' until after the winning images were chosen.
Hauling around C-Stands just got a whole lot less annoying thanks to these new Matthews shoulder and roller bags, which can hold two or three C-stand (respectively) plus accessories.
Neal Preston has shot timeless photos of everyone from Led Zeppelin, to Whitney Houston, to Michael Jackson. In this interview, he offers insights into his craft to up-and-comer Elijah Dominique.
Future prosumer Canon DSLRs might feature light-up buttons, if this newly published patent is any indication of the camera company's plans.
Sony's a7R Mark III shoots 42.4MP files at 10fps and incorporates a robust video feature set, large battery, refined ergonomics and more. It certainly looks impressive, but what is it like to use, and how does it stack up against the rest of the market? Find out in our full review.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017 – the Fujifilm X100F takes the bronze and the #3 spot.
There's never been a better time to shop for a new camera, but the number of options available can be overwhelming. In this series of buying guides we've provided customized recommendations for several use cases, from shooting landscapes to buying a first camera for a student photographer.
Shopping for a camera with a set budget? No problem! We've rounded up our favorite cameras, broken them into price brackets and picked the best of the bunch.
Looking for a lightweight compact camera that's easy to bring with you anywhere? Or maybe you're smartphone-shopping and want the one that takes the best picture. And what if you want to shoot from above? In these buyers guides we have recommendations for the best compact cameras, smartphones and drones.
Despite reports to the contrary, analysis of DPReview images by our friend Jim Kasson confirms a disappointing fact: Sony a7R III is still a Star Eater. But there may be some improvements.
As the saying goes: A photo is worth a thousand words. And if you're sending that photo through Facebook Messenger, your thousand words now look twice as nice after today's update to 4K resolution.
Get to know the new Leica CL in short order by giving our 90 second 'First look' video a watch.
Leica has just released the CL, the forth in its series of APS-C L-mount cameras. Despite sharing a name with a camera released in the mid-70s, the new CL is a thoroughly modern ILC, with a 24MP sensor and built-in electronic viewfinder.
The Leica CL is a 24MP rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, which sits alongside the TL2 in the company's APS-C lineup. We've been using one for a few days – check out our gallery of images.
While it shares a name with one of Leica's most popular and affordable cameras of the 1970s, the new CL is separated from its namesake by more than just years. We've been using one for a few days - click through for a detailed first-impressions report.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and the #4 ranking goes to the Leica M10.
Sigma is discounting 13 different high-performance 'Art' series lenses from today until November 30th. The company is calling it an 'unprecedented' sale.
See DJI's 'AeroScope' drone-tracking technology in action. This is the system that DJI says can help law enforcement and airport (among others) track and identify rogue drones.
iPhone X owners can already accessorize their new phone with high-quality smartphone photography lenses courtesy of Moment's new lineup.
Considering buying Sigma's exciting new 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for crop-sensor E-Mount and M43? Check out these official full-res samples first!
Vimeo has just added support for 8K HDR 10-bit content, making it possible to show up to 75% of the colors the human eye can perceive vs the usual 35%. Take THAT YouTube.
The holidays are coming, but your gear isn't cutting it? It's time to treat yourself!
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and sitting pretty at #5 is the Fujifilm X-T20.
See some of the most iconic black-and-white photographs throughout history brought to life by a community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers in the new book Retrographic.
Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we've got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Drum roll please... the #6 spot belongs to none other than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art.
Read the story behind this gorgeous wedding photo captured at Trolltunga in Norway by husband and wife duo Priscila Valentina Photography. The 14 hour hike in the rain that preceded this shot was TOTALLY worth it.