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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Thursday 18th, September 2008
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Canon supercharges its PowerShot digital compact camera range with a powerful new PowerShot model: the 10 Megapixel PowerShot SX1 IS. The Canon SX1 IS raises the benchmark for compact zooms with an outstanding 20x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom, with USM and VCM for fast, silent, zooming. The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS offers a revolutionary series of features never seen before on a Canon compact camera - a 10 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, 4 frames per second continuous shooting, full HD movie capture and Canon’s new DIGIC 4 processor for fast performance and richly detailed, clean images in a wide range of shooting situations. With a Canon 20x wide-angle optical zoom lens, the SX1 IS tackles everything from long-range telephoto shots to sweeping landscapes.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
The Canon SX1 IS powershot camera features a resolution of 10 Megapixels, capturing all the necessary detail for poster-size prints or creative cropping in post processing. A Canon CMOS sensor allows the Canon SX1 IS to shoot full-resolution JPEGs at speeds of up to 4fps - making it a powerful, pocket-sized tool ideal for capturing fast-paced action sequences. For the ultimate in visual quality, the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS delivers 1080p (30fps) High Definition video - ready for instant playback on any HDTV via a built-in HDMI connection. Movies on the camera are enhanced with CD quality stereo sound, optical zooming and Face Detection Technology; and if extra reach is required, the Canon SX1 IS includes Canon’s Advanced Tele-Converter for an extra 2x zoom with no loss in movie quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon Motion Detection Technology
Canon’s improved Motion Detection Technology delivers fantastic, sharp results by registering camera and subject movement, then automatically adjusting ISO to prevent image blur. Blur is further guarded against by new Servo AF, which continuously adjusts focus on subjects moving towards or away from the camera. DIGIC 4 also powers Canon’s new i-Contrast feature, which brings out great, natural-looking detail in dark areas of pictures - without blowing out lighter areas.

Canon DIGIC 4 image processor
The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS features Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor. As well as ensuring ultra-fast operation and superb, low-noise images, DIGIC 4 drives several intelligent technologies that make great photos easier than ever. People shots benefit from improved Face Detection Technology, which even detects faces positioned at an angle to the camera, or in profile. Face Select & Track tracks a specific subject even more accurately, while a new FaceSelf-timer function - which automatically triggers the shutter shortly after a new face enters the frame - makes group shots and self-portraits easy.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS manual control
For the ultimate creative precision, the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS offers full manual control over both aperture and shutter speed. A Multi Control Dial offers fingertip access to all key settings. Plus, compatibility with a range of accessories - including Canon’s professional Speedlite EX flash units - extends creative potential even further. Also included with the PowerShot SX1 IS is Canon’s WC-DC300 controller, which allows wireless control of shooting and playback. This is ideal for tripod shots at slow shutter speeds, or any situation where keeping a distance from the camera is preferable.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon SX1 IS price & availability
“The new Canon PowerShot SX1IS digital camera offers exceptional imaging possibilities,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “The PowerShot SX1 IS genuinely redefines what a compact digital camera can do. This kind of power and versatility must be experienced to be believed.”. The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS digital camera is available from December priced at £519.99 / €679.99 RRP inc VAT.

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