Canon SX1 IS Reviews

First published on: Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Last update (Jun 12, 2009): User opinion on Canon SX1 vs Sony HX1.

This post is a compilation of Canon Powershot SX1 IS digital compact camera professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback.

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User opinion on Canon SX1 vs Sony HX1

Steve McDonald has written up a forum post comparing the Canon Powershot SX1 IS vs the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1. The following is a summary:


  1. The Sony HX1 takes better still images and video in low light situation, but in every other area, the Canon SX1 excels, especially in better light.

  2. The SX1 feels as solid as a brick, and is larger and heavier than the HX1. The SX1 weighs 615 g (21.7 oz) and measures 128 x 88 x 88 mm (5 x 3.5 x 3.5 in), vs. the HX1 which weighs 544 g (19.2 oz) and measures 115 x 83 x 92 mm (4.5 x 3.3 x 3.6 in).

  3. Video quality is much better on the SX1, and IS (image stabilization) works better than on the HX1. For the quality though, the HD video files from the SX1 are much much larger owing to the high bit rates used to record the video, at 42.5 Mbps on the SX1 vs only 12 Mbps on the Sony.

  4. For HD video, the SX1 records at 1920 X 1080 pixel-size, while the HX1 uses only 1440 X 1080.

  5. The microphones on the SX1 don’t pick up wind noise as easily as the mics on the HX1.

  6. Operation and controls for exposure compensation and image size selections are better implemented on the SX1.

Refer to DPReview’s side-by-side comparison of the two cameras for more information.

Canon SX1 IS hands-on review at Steves Digicams

Steve seems to really like the camera from the tone of the review, and he has the following conclusion:

Canon has produced one awesome digital powerhouse, that can be used by anyone! The SX1 is a perfect “bridge” camera that fills the gap between consumer point-n-shoots and entry-level dSLR systems. While the price is close to a dSLR kit, there are several features you will not get on most dSLRs at this price point, like the 20x optical zoom, image stabilization, a 2.8-inch articulating LCD, full HD movie mode, etc. This model offers outstanding performance in both single and continuous capture modes as well as awesome image quality.

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