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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 750 reviews of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and zoom. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the contrast and shutter. Opinions about the optics and flash are mixed.

performance, usability, image quality, zoom, portability

price, low-light, viewfinder, shutter, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 user reviews of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated. The exposure and viewfinder get negative views. Reviews about the low light performance and price are different.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, zoom

focus, viewfinder, exposure

73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot SX1IS 10 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch LCDCanon PowerShot SX1IS 10 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : David Elrich (

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review


It's an excellent mega-zoom for the photographer willing to learn its idiosyncrasies and spend $600.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS


With a 20X optical zoom and HD video capabilities, the Canon PowerShot SX1 brings your shots to the next level.

Terrific image quality. 20X optical zoom. Fast zooming and focusing. Captures HD video with stereo audio. Can take still shots while recording video. Comfortable manual controls. Widescreen LCD. HDMI-out.

Pricey. Small screen. Electronic viewfinder. ; Watch the PowerShot SX1 IS in action!

May, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS review


Would you pay as much for a megazoom as you would for a dSLR? That's the question you need to answer before plunking down the same amount of cash for the Canon PowerShot SX1 as you would for the EOS Rebel XS or the Nikon D60 with their 18-55mm lenses....

Relatively fast; good HD video; raw file support.

Big; quirky interface; some image artifacts.

A top megazoom option, the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS offers a 20x zoom lens and HD video, which you can't get in a similarly priced dSLR, and delivers more features and slightly better performance and photo quality than the cheaper SX10 IS.

Apr, 2009


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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS


Canon's popular superzoom range of cameras began with the release of the PowerShot S1 IS back in 2004, and has been incrementally upgraded each year with more features and more pixels, with the last update being the PowerShot S5 IS announced in May of...

Good resolution, Good color; Generally accurate focus gives a high 'hit rate' even in auto mode; Huge photographic versatility with 28-560mm lens and super macro mode; Image stabilization works very well (and can be used in movie mode); Fast continuous...

Noise and noise reduction effects visible at anything over ISO 80; Noise reduction starts to destroy fine detail at anything over ISO 100; ISO 800 and 1600 very noisy and of limited use; Lens is prone to chromatic aberration and purple fringing; Movie...

Lets start with the good.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Mike Flacy (

Canon Powershot SX1 IS Review


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced 10 new PowerShot cameras that offer an array of photographic options for the entry-level consumer right up to the photo enthusiast. Whether on a...

Apr, 2009

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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS


Canon has managed to squeeze in some extra functionality for the SX1 compact digital camera that helps it stand out as a worthy replacement for your existing unit. Given its HD video recording option as well as the increased ability to capture better...

CMOS sensorFull HD Video RecordingRAW mode image captureHDMI output

Selection dial somewhat troublesome

The major benefit of the Canon Powershot SX1 IS is that it can shoot...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review


Well, like Canon's EOS DSLR range, the PowerShot SX1 IS features a CMOS sensor as opposed to regular CCD at its heart, which is a first for any of its compacts, enabling, along with a Digic 4 processor, the camera to shoot full resolution JPEGS at up...

We're loathe to suggest that you pay the full manufacturer's asking price on this occasion though, due to the question mark hanging over value for money. And happily a quick Internet search revealed the SX1 IS could be had for just under 400 from a...

Jan, 2009

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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS


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The big story of the Canon SX1 is its movie capability - significantly improved over the SX10 thanks to the higher-speed CMOS sensor. The SX10 is limited to VGA (640 x 480) movies at 30 frames per second, but the SX1 can capture 1080p (1,920 x 1080...

Expert review by : A. Jitesh (

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review


This digital camera review is for the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS. Find out if this compact digital camera will fit your photography needs. We'll look at how the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS performs, what features it has to offer, how user-friendly the camera...

As a bridge between the advanced compact digital cameras and beginner’s dSLRs, the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS occupies a unique spot. It's as close to an SLR as possible without actually being one. So for a person who needs a fantastic camera with high...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : InsideHW (

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Nov, 2009

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:PCM
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):160 / 420
Battery life (max):12
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:4x AA / NiMH (NB4-300) / 4xAA / AA
Number of batteries supported:4
Power source type:Battery


Built-in processor:DIGIC 4 / DIGIC 4 + iSAPS
Camera file system:DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2
Camera playback:Movie, Single image / Movie, Single image, Slide show
Custom color: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating, Trimming / Trimming
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid / Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Vivid / black&white, Neutral, Sepia, Skin tones
Playback zoom:2
Playback zoom (max):2
Scene modes:Beach, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports / beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, party (indoor), Portrait, Sports, Sunset / beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, party (indoor), Portrait, Sunset / beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Sunset / beach, Fireworks, Landscape, party (indoor), Portrait, Sports, Sunset / beach, Fireworks, Landscape, party (indoor), Portrait, Sunset / beach, Fireworks, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports
Self-timer:10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:10 / 2,10
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten / auto, Cloudy, custom modes, daylight, Tungsten / auto, custom modes, daylight, flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Auto, Manual


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver


Display Diagonal:2.8
Display resolution (numeric):230.000 / 230000
Field of view:100
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: No
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes


Built-in flash: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off / Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / auto, manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):39.4 - 102.4
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 189
Flash recharging time:7


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Face Detection / Selective Auto Focus
Macro focusing range (wide):0.1 - 0.5
Normal focusing range:0.5 - ∞ / 500
Normal focusing range (tele):1 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.5 - ∞
Super Macro focusing range:0 - 0.1

Lens System

Combined zoom:80
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.197 - 3.94
Maximum aperture number:5.7
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):22
Minimum aperture number:2.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1
Number of aspheric elements:1
Number of diaphragm blades:1
Optical Zoom:20 / 4

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:cf, mmc, sd, sdhc / HC MMC+, MMC+, SD, SDHC / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Maximum operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 22
Aperture range (F-F):2.8 - 5.7
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:10
Camera shutter speed:0.125 - 0.0003125 / 1/8 - 1/3200 / 15 - 1/3200
Compatible operating systems:Win XP SP2 / Vista\nMac OS X v10.4 - 10.5 / Windows OS\nMac OS / Windows XP SP2 / Vista\nMac OS X v10.4 - 10.5
Data compression:Superfine, Fine, Normal
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):5.02 x 3.45 x 3.48
Effective sensor resolution:10
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 22
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB / USB 2.0, a/v out (PAL/ NTSC)
Lens focal range:5.0 - 100.0
Memory Type:SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser / ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser\nPhotoStitch
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Bridge camera / Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Scan technology:CCD / CMOS
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200,1920 x 1080,2272 x 1704,2816 x 2112,3648 x 2736,3840 x 2160
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:11.8

Ports & interfaces

I/O ports:1x USB (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)\n1x HDMI Mini\n1x A/V out (PAL/NTSC)
PictBridge: Yes


Fastest camera shutter speed:1/3200
Slowest camera shutter speed:15

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:H.264, MOV / MOV
Video formats supported:H.264,MOV / MOV
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240,640 x 480,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder:Electrical / Optical
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.45 / 3.48
Height:3.45 / 3.48
Width:5.02 / 5.04