Canon PowerShot TX1 Concise Review
Announced back in February just before this year's PMA, the PowerShot TX1 is an unusual offshoot of the hugely popular IXUS / ELPH range that attempts to straddle the divide between digital stills and digital video cameras with its unusual vertical styling and 720p HDTV video capture. Despite its diminutive dimensions (it's little bigger than a pack of playing cards) the TX1 packs a fairly impressive punch, offering a 10x optically stabilized zoom, 7.1MP CCD, vari-angle LCD and 1080i HDTV component video output. So does the TX1 represent a new direction for compact digital cameras or has Canon set off down a blind alley? Let's find out, starting as ever with the headline features:
- New vertical design
- New 1/2.5-inch 7.1 million pixel CCD
- Vari-angle LCD monitor (1.8-inch)
- 10x optical (39-390mm equiv.) zoom lens - 12 elements (one UD & one Aspheric element)
- Optical image stabilization
- ISO 80-1600
- DIGIC III and Face Detection
- 720p (1280 x 720) movies at 30 fps with stereo sound
- 1080i component video output
- Flexible movie / still shooting Shoot a full-resolution still image during movie recording, or start movie recording by simply pressing record button
PowerShot TX1 specifications
|Street price|| US: $480
UK: £300 (the TX1 doesn't appear to be officially imported into Europe)
Plastic and metal
• 1/2.5" type CCD
|Image processor||DIGIC III with iSAPS technology|
• 3072 x 2304
• 1280 x 720 @ 30fps
• JPEG Exif 2.2
• 39-390mm (35mm equiv)
• Yes (lens shift type)
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
Face Detect AF / 9-point AiAF
1 point AF (center)
• Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (WIDE), 3.3 ft./1.0m-infinity (TELE)
• Macro: 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (WIDE)
• Super Macro: 0-3.9 in./10cm (WIDE)
• Centre-weighted average
• Spot (Center)
|Scene modes||• Portrait
• Night Snapshot
|Shutter speeds|| 15 - 1/2500 sec (dependent on shooting mode)|
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3 EV increments|
High ISO Auto
|White Balance||• Auto
• Fluorescent H
|Image parameters||My Colors: My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Light Skin Tone, Dark Skin Tone, Custom Color|
|Continuous||• Continuous (2.2 fps, no frame limit)
• Continuous with AF (1.1 fps, no frame limit)
• Forced on
• Forced off
• Red-eye reduction
• Flash exposure lock
• Slow synchro
• Normal: 1.6-6.6 ft./50cm - 2.0m (W), 3.3-3.9 ft./1.0-1.2m (T)
• Macro: 1.1-1.6 ft./35-50cm (W) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
|Storage||• SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus compatible
• 32 MB card supplied
|LCD monitor||• 1.8-inch polycrystalline TFT
• 115,000 pixels
• Night Display, Quick Bright LCD available
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
|Power|| NB-4L Li-ion cell
• Charger included
Optional AC adapter
|In the box||
Canon PowerShot TX1
Up to 60 sec sound memo per image
|Weight (inc batts)||Approx 220 g (7.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||89 x 60 x 29 mm (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)|
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