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PowerShot SX1 IS

PowerShot SX1 IS

PowerShot SX1 IS

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Marketed December 2008

The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS, high-end models in the SX series, realize significant improvements over the S5 IS, which launched in June 2007 and featured a high-magnification zoom lens equipped with high-precision Image Stabilization.
The SX1 IS incorporates a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor developed by Canon especially for compact digital cameras, marking the first appearance of a CMOS image sensor in a Canon compact digital camera. The SX1 also makes possible full HD video (1,920 x 1,080 pixels at 30 frames per second) recording for high image-quality movies that can be enjoyed on large-screen, full HD televisions.

The SX1 IS feature a newly developed 20x optical zoom lens for wide-angle (28 mm*) to telephoto (560 mm*) coverage. An Ultra Sonic Motor on the zoom lens drive and the newly equipped Voice Coil Motor on the focus lens drive enable quick and quiet zooming and focusing.

* In 35 mm format with an aspect ratio of 4:3

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch type CMOS (Total number of pixels: Approx. 11.6 million pixels)
Lens Aspect ratio of 4:3
5.0 (W)–100.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W)–560 (T) mm)
Aspect ratio of 16:9
5.0 (W)–100.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 29 (W)–560 (T) mm)
f/2.8 (W)–f/5.7 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 80x in combination with the optical zoom)
Viewfinder Color LCD finder, 0.40-inch type TFT color, picture coverage rate 100% Dioptric adjustment: -6.0 to +2.0 m-1 (dpt)
LCD Monitor 2.8-inch type, TFT color LCD, 230,000 dots, picture coverage 100% (Wide viewing angle and Vari-angle type), aspect ratio 16:9
AF System TTL autofocus (continuous/single)
AF lock and manual focus are available
AF frame mode: Face Detect*1 *2 /Center/FlexiZone*3

*1 AF frame can be moved and fixed to specified face.
*2 If no face is detected, Center (1-point) is used.
*3 AF frame size can be selected.

Focusing Range (From the front of the lens) Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.)–infinity/1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity (T)
Macro: 10–50 cm (W) (3.9 in.–1.6 ft. (W))
Super Macro: 0–10 cm (0–3.9 in.) (W only)
Manual focus: 10 cm (3.9 in.)–infinity(W)/1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity(T)
Sports mode:1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity (W)/4 m (13.1 ft.)–infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter and electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8–1/3200 sec.
15–1/3200 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Slow shutter speeds of 15 to 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Image Stabilization Lens-shift type
Continuous/Shoot Only*1 /Panning*1 /Off

*1 Still images only.

Metering System Evaluative*1 /Center-weighted average/Spot*2

*1 Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.
*2 Fixed to center or linked to the AF frame.

Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments, Auto exposure bracketing (AEB), Safety Shift
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index) Auto*1 , High ISO Auto*1 , ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

*1 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

White Balance Auto*1 , Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom

*1 The colors of faces are evaluated in Face Detect AF.

Built-in Flash Auto, on, off
Flash output compensation (±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments), Red-Eye Correction, Red-Eye Reduction, flash output settings (3 steps), FE Lock, Slow Synchro, 2nd-curtain Synchro and Safety FE are available.
Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm–5.2 m (1.6 in.–17.0 ft.) (W)/1.0 m–2.8 m (3.3–9.2 ft.) (T)
Brightness of image periphery may reduce depending on shooting distance.
External Flash Flash output compensation (±3.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments), Red-Eye Correction, Red-eye Reduction, flash output settings (19 levels*1 ), FE Lock, Slow Synchro, 2nd-curtain Synchro, High- Speed Sync, Safety FE and wireless flash (On/ Off) are available (580EX II only).

*1 22 levels with 580EX II

Terminals for External Flash Hot shoe flash-sync contacts
Use of the following external flashes is recommended:
Canon Speedlite 220EX, 430EX II and 580EX II.
Shooting Modes Auto
Creative zone:
P Program, Tv Shutter-speed priority, Av Aperture priority, M Manual, C Custom
Image zone:
Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Special Scene*1 , Stitch Assist, Movie

*1 Night Scene, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Longshutter, ISO 3200, Color Accent and Color Swap.

Continuous Shooting Approx. 4.0 shots/sec.
Approx. 1.1 shots/sec. (Continuous Shooting AF)
Approx. 1.2 shots/sec. (Continuous Shooting LV)
Under the conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
Self-timer Self-timer: Approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, custom or FaceSelf-timer/Wireless Delay
Wireless Controller Shooting and playback are available (wireless controller is included in the camera kit)
Recording Media SD memory card/SDHC memory card/MultiMediaCard/MMCplus card/HC MMCplus card
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*1
Movies: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo))
Sound Memo and Sound Recorder: WAVE (stereo)

*1 This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
*2 Use Digital Photo Professional to process these files.

Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still images
Large: 3648 x 2736 pixels
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 pixels
Medium 2: 2272 x 1704 pixels
Medium 3: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Widescreen (L): 3840 x 2160 pixels
Widescreen (S): 1920 x 1080 pixels

Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
1920 x 1080 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB*1 at one time)

*1 Even if the file size has not reached 4 GB, the recording is stopped when the recording time reaches one hour. Depending on memory card capacity and data write speed, recording may stop before the file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches one hour.

Audio Quantization Bit Rate: 16 bit
Sampling Rate
Sound Memos: 11.025 kHz
Movies: 44.100 kHz
Sound Recorder: 44.100 kHz
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (12 images), Magnified (approx. 2x to 10x max.), Resume Playback, Image Inspection Tool, Jump, My Category, Trimming, Movie Playback (editing/slowmotion playback possible), Rotate, Slide Show, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, My Colors, Resize, Sound (recording/playback up to 1 min.), Sound Recorder (up to 2 hours sound-only recording/playback possible) or Protect.

* In 35 mm format with an aspect ratio of 4:3

Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, self-timer sound, and shutter sound.
Interface Hi-Speed USB (mini-B)
HDMI Mini Output Terminal
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Communication Settings MTP, PTP
Power Source AA-size alkaline batteries (included in the camera kit)
AA-size NiMH batteries (NB-3AH) (sold separately*1 )
Compact Power Adapter (CA-PS700) (sold separately)

*1 Supplied with the separately sold NiMH Battery NB4-300 set or the Battery and Charger Kit CBK4-300

Operating Temperatures 0–40°C (32–104°F) (when NB-3AH is used, 0–35°C (32–95°F))
Operating Humidity 10–90%
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) 127.5 x 88.3 x 87.7 mm (5.0 x 3.5 x 3.5 in.)
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 585 g (20.6 oz.)