Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review

January 14, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 13 Comments |

Canon PowerShot SX1 ISThe Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is a new 20x ultra-zoom digital camera offering an effective focal length of 28-560mm. The big brother of the SX10 IS that we reviewed before Christmas, the Canon SX1 additionally offers full HD movie recording, a CMOS sensor, larger 2.7 inch tilting LCD screen, 4fps continuous shooting, as well as the same 10 megapixels, built-in image stabilisation, and full range of manual shooting modes. It also costs substantially more - £529 / €679.99 to be precise - making it more expensive than most entry-level DSLRs. Gavin Stoker discovered if the Canon SX1 IS is worth splashing out for…

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#1 Adrian B

Both movie samples links to your 5D mk II samples.

4:29 pm - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#2 Barry

The widescreen stills shooting option does not just crop as you suggest. It uses the sensor in a different way to get a wider resolution of 3840x2160 (vs 3648x2736). You repeat this error in your specifications.

6:35 pm - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#3 Matt

Hi. Thanks for review. But. In this day and age, and considering the hullaballoo around video on the EOS 5D Mk II, when a canon consumer camera offers full 1080p video, you have to review the video capabilities too, with sample movie.

10:28 pm - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#4 Bill Martin

The review seems to miss commenting on what, for me, seems to be this model's Unique Selling Point - 4fps continuous shooting (I find other Bridge and low-end DSLRs limited in that respect). I would also contend that the use of AAs may be considered by some to be a positive (easy availability nearly everywhere), not a negative as this review feels.

5:48 pm - Saturday, January 24, 2009

#5 Paul

How long can you use battery(rechargeable battery) with movie?
And how long can you shoot full HD movie with 4GB memory?

5:38 am - Wednesday, January 28, 2009

#6 speigel

hi, I recently bought this camera and went to the nearby hills to shoot the mighty Himalayas. Its a great camera and with proper light, its still images compares well with the cheaper DLSRs in the market today.
For the HD movie, I just love them though they are filling the card at 45mbps (highest for 1080 h.264 format). my 16gb, class6, card lasts only 54 minutes. Battery life is impressive as with my eneloop battery (2000mAH) set I was able to shoot more than 400 shots (many with flash) and several sets of movies too (and they haven't lost their juice yet!)
I wasnt able to get a subject to test the 4fps still shots.
The only issues I find is its low light performance which I dont complain much taking into account its smaller sensor (compared to DLSRs)

9:27 pm - Wednesday, February 4, 2009

#7 Robin

It was interesting to hear that you felt the image comparison with the CMOS chip and the SX10 weren't so different. That was surprising.
I couldn't get any of the photos on your site though. Does it only work for Windows EXplorer & not Firefox?

8:36 pm - Thursday, February 19, 2009

#8 Tony Conception

Strange, I recoded the hd movie sample using x264 at 4096 mbps and the final video dropped from 70 Mb to 7Mb! I used Mp4Cam2Avi to convert the mov to avi format, ffdshow encoder set to h264 and plain old virtualdub.

HOW these cameras take so much space to store the videos?

8:07 pm - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

#9 John of Stony

I couldn't believe the appalling movie samples which took a long time to download, especially the HD one - what were you trying to do? Show that the camera records noisy pictures at night???? Demonstrate that the image stabilisation can't cope with violent jerks???? I'm afraid that an otherwise reasonable review was completely spoilt by the dreadful movie samples. The bird on the boat was OK but hardly demonstrated the capabilities of the camera.

7:27 pm - Friday, May 8, 2009

#10 Robert

This camera does shoot in the RAW mode

2:54 am - Thursday, April 8, 2010

#11 Anahuac

You should update the review saying that you can have RAW if the firmware is upgraded

7:21 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2010

#12 JP

This is the only camera of this type to include a wireless remote control which along with the tilt and twist screen allows perfect self-take shots.

9:08 am - Saturday, November 20, 2010

#13 lescroix

A very useful and in depth review, having kust purchased a used model for £130 I look forward to using it.

2:41 pm - Monday, July 23, 2012