Thursday, October 4, 2007

Canon PowerShot TX1 Concise Review

Announced back in February just before this year's PMA, the PowerShot TX1 is an unusual offshoot of the hugely popular IXUS / ELPH range that attempts to straddle the divide between digital stills and digital video cameras with its unusual vertical styling and 720p HDTV video capture. Despite its diminutive dimensions (it's little bigger than a pack of playing cards) the TX1 packs a fairly impressive punch, offering a 10x optically stabilized zoom, 7.1MP CCD, vari-angle LCD and 1080i HDTV component video output. So does the TX1 represent a new direction for compact digital cameras or has Canon set off down a blind alley? Let's find out, starting as ever with the headline features:

  • New vertical design
  • New 1/2.5-inch 7.1 million pixel CCD
  • Vari-angle LCD monitor (1.8-inch)
  • 10x optical (39-390mm equiv.) zoom lens - 12 elements (one UD & one Aspheric element)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • ISO 80-1600
  • DIGIC III and Face Detection
  • 720p (1280 x 720) movies at 30 fps with stereo sound
  • 1080i component video output
  • Flexible movie / still shooting Shoot a full-resolution still image during movie recording, or start movie recording by simply pressing record button

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