Canon Powershot SX1 IS Review

Review Date: January 14th 2009
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Type 1/2.3” Canon CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx.10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology


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 ¹) ². 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


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 AF¹
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


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


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


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


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


Monitor Vari-angle 2.8” TFT, aspect ratio 16:9, approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of two levels


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 ¹)
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 ¹, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1


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 3200¹, 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.¹, LV: Approx. 1.2 shots/sec.(6) (until memory card becomes full) ²


Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 20%4, (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. ¹
(L and M) Up to 4GB or 1 hour ²


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)


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


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


Computer Hi-Speed USB (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)
Other HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)


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


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


Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch


Batteries 4x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries (NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)
Battery life Approx. 160 shots (with supplied batteries)¹
Approx. 420 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
Approx. 720 min. playback (with supplied batteries)¹
Approx. 840 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
A/C Power Supply Optional, Power adapter CA-PS700


Case Soft Case DCC-800
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 430EX II, 580EX, 580EX II ¹), 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


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C ¹, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions) 127.5 x 88.3 x 87.7 mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 585g
¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
¹ Some settings limit availability
¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200.
¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity.
¹ SDHC Speed Class 6 is required for maximum record time.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated.
¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used
*Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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