With a 10.0 MP Canon CMOS sensor and 20x wide-angle zoom for incredible reach, the PowerShot SX1 IS offers continuous shooting up to 4fps. Supplement photos with Full HD videos.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review

Features

 - 20x wide-angle zoom with optical IS
 - 10.0 MP Canon CMOS sensor
 - Full HD movies
 - DIGIC 4
 - Extra fast continuous shooting at full resolution (4fps)
 - Face Detection and anti-blur technology
 - i-Contrast
 - 2.8” wide vari-angle LCD
 - EX Speedlite flash compatible

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review

Super zoom
The powerful 20x wide-angle (28mm, f/2.8) optical zoom provides outstanding reach and composition flexibility. With Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM), zooming is fast, accurate and near-silent, while Canon’s renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology counteracts camera shake.

Canon CMOS sensor
The PowerShot SX1 IS is the first Canon compact camera to incorporate a Canon CMOS sensor, which allows high resolution shooting in exceptionally rapid bursts. The sensor boasts 10 Megapixels for capturing the finest detail, allowing creative cropping and superb large-scale prints.

HD movies in stereo
Create smooth, high quality movies in full high definition (1080, 30p), then use HDMI connectivity for playback on HD widescreen TVs – complete with CD quality stereo sound.

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DIGIC 4
Incorporating the latest in image processing technology, DIGIC 4 delivers extraordinary noise reduction. The result is richly detailed, cleaner images, even when shooting at high ISO speeds. DIGIC 4 also drives exceptional processing speeds and responsive operation.

Miss nothing
With the Canon CMOS sensor, extra fast continuous shooting speeds (up to 4fps) at full resolution are achieved. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Face Detection Technology
Great people shots are assured with the latest Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB – even faces at angles and far away. Face Select & Track optimises settings for a chosen person, while FaceSelf-Timer waits for you to enter the frame for great self-portraits or group photos.

Eliminate blur
The PowerShot SX1 IS combats potential blur with High ISO Auto and Motion Detection Technology, which ascertains movement of both camera and subject to set the optimum ISO, whatever the shooting situation. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Optimum contrast
Working in both shooting and playback, i-Contrast boosts brightness in dark areas. The result is improved contrast with detail retained in tricky lighting conditions.

Large LCD
The 2.8" widescreen vari-angle LCD enables framing from challenging angles and easy sharing of images in playback. Night Display mode enhances screen visibility in low light.

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Flash compatible
For extended shooting options and better light coverage, the comprehensive accessory system includes compatibility with Canon EX Speedlite flash range.

Specification

IMAGE SENSOR
   
Type
1/2.3” Canon CMOS
   
Effective Pixels
Approx.10.0M
   
Colour Filter Type
Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR
   
Type
DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology

LENS
   
Focal Length
5.0 - 100.0 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-560mm (4:3 aspect ratio) / 29-580mm (16:9 aspect ratio))
   
Zoom
Optical 20x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom ) . Combined approx. 80x
   
Maximum f/number
f/2.8-f/5.7
   
Construction
13 elements in 11 groups (1 UD and 1 single-sided aspherical element)
   
Image Stabilisation
Yes (shift-type)
   
Ultrasonic Motor (USM)
Yes, zoom

FOCUSING

Type
TTL
   
AF System/ Points
Face Detection, 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)

AF Modes
Single, Continuous, Servo AF
   
AF Point Selection
Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock
On/Off Selectable
   
AF Assist Beam
Yes
   
Manual Focus
Yes
   
Focus Bracketing
Yes
   
Closest Focusing Distance
0cm (W) from front of lens in Super Macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL
   
Metering modes
Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
   
AE Lock
Yes
     
Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction

AEB
1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments

ISO sensitivity
AUTO, High ISO Auto (incorporating Motion Detection Technology), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

SHUTTER

Speed
1/8 - 1/3200 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/3200 sec (total range - varies by s
hooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type
TTL
   
Settings
Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder
EVF (0.40" type), aspect ratio 16:9, approx. 148,000 dots

Dioptre Correction
Yes

LCD MONITOR

Monitor
Vari-angle 2.8” TFT, aspect ratio 16:9, approx. 230,000 dots

Coverage
100%
   
Brightness
Adjustable to one of two levels

FLASH
   
Modes
Auto, Manual Flash On / Off

Slow Sync Speed
Yes
   
Red-Eye Reduction
Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
   
Flash Exposure Lock
Yes
   
Manual Power Adjustment
3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 220EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II )
   
Second Curtain Synchronisation
Yes
   
Built-in Flash Range
50cm-4.8m (W) / 1.0m-2.6m (T)
   
External Flash
E-TTL with EX series Speedlites , Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes
Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Indoor, Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Super Macro

Photo Effects
My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

Drive modes
Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer
   
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 4.0 shots/sec.(6), AF: Approx. 1.1 shots/sec., LV: Approx. 1.2 shots/sec.(6) (until memory card becomes full)

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size
(L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 1704, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (LW) 3640 x 2160, (SW) 1920 x 1080. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240. LW to SW)
   
Compression
Superfine, Fine, Normal
   
Movies
(HD) 1920 x 1080, 30fps (1080p), (L)640 x 480, 30fps, (M)320 x 240, 30fps

Movie Length
(HD) Up to 4GB or 29 min. 59 sec.
(L and M) Up to 4GB or 1 hour

FILE TYPES
   
Still Image Type
JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
   
Movies
MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
   
Sound Files
WAVE (stereo)

DIRECT PRINT
   
Canon Printers
Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
   
PictBridge
Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction
Yes, during shooting and playback
   
My Camera / My Menu
Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation.

My Category
Image tagging feature

Sound Memo
Up to 60 sec per image

Intelligent Orientation Sensor
Yes
   
Histogram
Yes, live histogram
   
Playback Zoom
Approx. 2x – 10x
   
Self Timer
Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer
   
Menu Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

Computer
Hi-Speed USB (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)

Other
HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type
SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh
Windows XP SP2 / Vista (including SP1)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Other
PhotoStitch

POWER SOURCE

Batteries
4x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries (NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)

Battery life
Approx. 160 shots (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 420 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)
Approx. 720 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 840 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)

A/C Power Supply
Optional, Power adapter CA-PS700

ACCESSORIES

Case
Soft Case DCC-800

Flash
Canon Speedlites (220EX, 430EX II, 580EX, 580EX II ), Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3
High Power Flash HF-DC1

Remote Controller/ Switch
Wireless Controller WC-DC300
   
Power Supply & Battery Chargers
Compact AC power adapter CA-PS700, Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300

Other
Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment
0 – 40 °C , 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions)
127.5 x 88.3 x 87.7 mm
   
Weight (body only)
Approx. 585g