Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review

Overall 36
Imaging 7
Features 41
Size 72
Price 1

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.8″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 128 x 88 x 88 mm
  • Weight: 615 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot SX1 IS that Canon has first introduced to the public in Mar 27, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #221 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1120 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot SX1 IS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot SX1 IS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS has the following external dimensions 128 x 128 x 88 mm (50.39 x 34.65 x 34.65″) with the weight of 615 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 88mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS — 88 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS — 615 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS features a 10.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot SX1 IS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is equipped with a Fully Articulated 2.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

% coverage ensures that that the resulting photo will capture the scene a bit differently from what you could see in the viewfinder while shooting.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/3200 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, PowerShot SX1 IS comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/3200 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

PowerShot SX1 IS features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot SX1 IS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot SX1 IS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot SX1 IS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Canon PowerShot SX1 IS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot SX1 IS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot SX1 IS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot SX1 IS to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX1 IS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX1 IS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (128 x 88 x 88 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX1 IS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS can be called a 57 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (128 x 88 x 88 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/3200s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX1 IS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (615 g)
  • Big size (128 x 88 x 88 mm)

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX1 IS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX1 IS can be called a 57 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SX1 IS
Announced Mar 27, 2009
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 0
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 2.8″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/3200 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.2
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 615 g
Physical Dimensions 128 x 88 x 88 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/MMC card
Storage Slots 1

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