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Canon Powershot SX1IS
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Canon’s PowerShot SX1 IS has justifiably become one of the most talked-about super-zoom cameras on the market today. It takes the already capable PowerShot SX10 IS with its powerful 20x zoom and articulated screen, but swaps the sensor for a CMOS version which can deliver both HD video recording and fast continuous shooting. As such, the SX1 IS becomes the latest and arguably one of the best hybrid cameras to date, delivering 10 Megapixel stills at up to 4fps with a decent degree of manual control, along with Full HD video in the 1080p format.

The SX1 IS is more than just the SX10 IS with HD and fast continuous shooting though. Canon’s also fitted an HDMI port to deliver quality output to an HDTV, supplied an infra red remote control to make those HD slideshows even more convenient, and swapped both the viewfinder and screen for wider 16:9 shaped models to better-suit the HD video mode. There’s also a digital teleconverter option which can double the reach of the lens without any loss of quality when filming video, and models running firmware or later also enjoy RAW recording facilities.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

The headline features of HD video and 4fps continuous shooting may grab all the attention, but the core specifications inherited from the SX10 IS are equally compelling: the 20x optically stabilised lens with 28-560mm equivalent coverage, the fully articulated screen which allows easy composition at any angle, the flash hotshoe which can accommodate Canon’s top-end Speedlites, full manual control over exposure, a dedicated record button which can start shooting video regardless of your mode, and finally, the convenience of AA battery power.

In terms of those new features, the HD video mode is truly impressive, delivering great quality footage under good light to rival typical HD camcorders; the stereo microphones, inherited from the SX10 IS and the S5 IS before it, also ensure this is the best sound you’ll get from a movie mode on a stills camera. The ability to shoot full resolution stills at 4fps until you run out of memory takes the SX1 IS way beyond any compact to date, and even exceeds the rates offered by most budget DSLRs. Having HDMI output also allows you to enjoy both stills and video in high resolution on an HDTV, while the remote makes navigating a doddle.

But these new features don’t make the SX1 IS a no-brainer over the SX10 IS. The switch in sensor technology from CCD to CMOS may equip the SX1 IS with HD video and fast continuous shooting, but pixel-peepers will notice slightly higher noise levels at every sensitivity – you can see this in our High ISO Noise results. We don’t consider the difference to be a deal-breaker, but it’s certainly there. Additionally, despite CMOS being a lower power technology, the SX1 IS eats through a set of rechargeables around 50% quicker than the SX10 IS.

The HD movie mode may look great, but suffers from similar issues to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II: some footage can suffer from the wobbling ‘jello’ effect, the files consume memory at a rate of knots (well, at around 5 Megabytes per second anyway), and once you get them onto your computer you may experience issues with smooth playback and editing (although this equally affects AVCHD camcorders). Many will also find the ergonomics and operation of a dedicated camcorder more successful for video.

The 4fps continuous shooting is impressively quick, but like most compacts, the autofocus is fixed during a burst sequence. If you want the SX1 IS to refocus between every frame, you’ll need to drop to a much slower 1.1fps option. To be fair, this may not be as big an issue as it sounds, as the SX1 IS normally has a sufficiently large depth-of-field to ensure many subjects remain sharp over short bursts, but it is important to note the limitation.

Then there’s the new widescreen displays on the SX1 IS. These are of course a perfect fit when shooting 16:9 HD video, but if you switch the camera to 4:3 mode to exploit the maximum 10 Megapixel resolution for stills you’ll have black bars running down each side of the frame. This isn’t too bad on the screen, as you’re still getting a reasonable 2.3in diagonal, but the already small viewfinder image becomes even smaller still, and the subsequent reduction in active dots makes for a coarse view which is hard to manually focus.

By inheriting the same lens as the SX10 IS, the SX1 IS also suffers from the same coloured fringing in high contrast areas. It’s important to note most super-zoom lenses suffer from the same artefacts, but models like Panasonic’s FZ28 digitally reduce it on in-camera JPEGs.

Finally, Canon’s firmware update which brought RAW facilities to the SX1 IS was certainly a very welcome development, but in our tests we didn’t measure any perceptible increase in real-life detail, nor the ability to retrieve lost information in saturated highlights. The supplied Digital Photo Professional software also sadly greyed-out any lens correction options previously offered to its DSLR RAW files. But on the upside, working with an SX1 IS RAW file does at least allow you to easily adjust the White Balance and Noise Reduction after the event, along with choosing your final export format and compression. Just don’t expect a significant boost in quality over the in-camera JPEGs.

Good points
Massive 20x range with 28mm wide angle.
Full HD video in 1080p with stereo sound.
Fast continuous shooting at 4fps.
Fully articulated 2.8in screen.

Bad points

Fringing in corners with high contrast subjects.
Battery life shorter than SX10 IS.
Small viewfinder image, especially at 4:3.
Slightly noisier than the SX10 IS.


Build quality:17 / 20
Image quality:17 / 20
Handling:18 / 20
Specification:19 / 20
Value:17 / 20


Price- Rs 33,995/-

(This my dream camera )
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Wow !! great camara by Cannon,very nice features looks bit costly but for that much features it will do :happy:
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It is not costly when compared to sony dsc hx1 , it costs 29,000 . But it has 9.1mp resolution, 20x zoom , no 1920*1080p hd video , it has 1440* 1080p hd video
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