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Canon Powershot SX1 IS
Canon Powershot SX1 IS

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot SX20 IS.

Canon Powershot SX1 IS

Canon Powershot SX1 IS

We've given the SX1 IS a grade of B.

Editor's Review

[Read our full Canon SX1 review] The Canon SX1 impresses with its full 1080p video mode, putting it head and shoulders above similar "bridge" cameras. Consumers, however, should carefully consider whether that's enough to make them pick the SX1 over the similar SX10 IS. The Canon SX1 IS bears a striking resemblance to the Canon SX10 IS, except it offers full HD video. It has a 20x optical zoom lens, 10 megapixel sensor, and is capable of shooting video in Full HD (H.264) for a maximum of 60 minutes. It improves upon the SX10 IS by including an HDMI output for viewing those videos on an HDTV.


  • 10 megapixels
  • 20x optical zoom
  • Wide-angle lens
  • HD movie mode
  • Canon DIGIC IV Image Processor
  • Image stabilization
  • 2.8-inch LCD display
  • Part Number: 2664B001
  • UPC: 013803101218
  • Release Date: Apr 15, 2009

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Canon Powershot SX1 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SX1 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
the powershot S5 IS (al Misa — 02/01/2010)
It's a good camera, takes good clean and clear photos. good color and captures action well. latley though the low battery warning light comes on quickly. i get about 5 in with a new set of four batteries, a real pain when you have a good subjectand need to be ready.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Raw Format (Juan Luis Sepulveda — 03/02/2009)

Canon in the UK has announced a firmware update which will allow the SX-1 to shoot in RAW format. The download will be avalable in March-April. Go to their site for more details.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good Camera in a small package (Juan Luis Sepulveda — 03/02/2009)

Very impressive performance for such an amateur camera. In general, I like it a lot so far. Everything works as advertised. I got mine in Japan. The shots inspected at 100% mag through PhotoShop are quite acceptable.

You have to do a lot of reading to effectively use this camera. The quality of the pictures is certainly inferior to those I get in my EOS 5D with my EF 24-105 L IS but that, I think, is expected. No complains there. It will probably take me one month to really build on what to do and what to avoid. I seem to get better results shooting manual in the Av setting, especially keeping the ISO setting low.

Movie shooting works fine. I wished it was something other than MOV format.

I can get pretty good photo viewing on my SONY XBR-5 HD TV conected via HDMI. A big plus using the HDMI. I love it. But I had to buy a special mini HDMI to standard HDMI. Got two of them from Best place for cables.

CONS: Why do I have to go to Japan to buy one. I am very dissapointed with Canon Marketing strategy. I believe it stinks.
I seem to get excessive noise when using ISO higher than 400. But I am not sure I may be doing some error.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best ever (idrees — 02/14/2009)

a unique camera