Canon PowerShot TX1 Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot TX1 Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot TX1 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 7.1 Megapixels
  • 10x Optical Zoom
  • 1.8-inch Vari-Angle LCD
  • Advanced Movie Capabilities
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • High ISO Sensitivity
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Canon TX1 Overview

  • 1Description

The Canon PowerShot TX1 Digital Camera with it's unique vertical orientation, is no bigger than the original Digital Elph, yet it houses a genuine Canon 10x optical zoom lens with Canon's exclusive Optical Image Stabilizer Technology, eliminating blurry images resulting from camera shake.

This pocket-sized, stainless steel Camera is stylized with textured accents, yet is no bigger than a deck of playing cards. The PowerShot TX1 is also very durable with an integrated stainless-steel barrier to protect the lens, and an all-metal alloy exterior casing. The securely hinged, Vari-Angle LCD screen is free to swivel in a nearly unimpeded manner, making it easy to frame shots, even when the camera is held at an awkward angle to the shooter.

The impressive High Definition (HD) 720p widescreen movie mode makes this camera an obvious camcorder replacement. Furthermore, it is easy to play movies or view high quality stills on a high-definition Television, thanks to a convenient component video output terminal.

7.1 Megapixel Resolution
With 7.1 megapixels of image resolution, the PowerShot TX1 can capture the kind of detail that makes ordinary images extraordinary, and gives you the freedom to crop images and produce large prints that are true-to-life and filled with rich detail.
Ultra-compact Canon 10x Optical Zoom Lens
The wide-range, compact 10x zoom lens provides an equivalent focal length of 39-390mm and astounding Super-Macro that can focus as close as the front surface of the front lens element. The 12 element design (including one UD and one Aspheric element) ensures that your images are tack sharp, while the latest optical and mechanical technologies keep the lens design, and therefore the camera very compact.
Optical Image Stabilizer Technology for Steady Shooting
The Canon PowerShot TX1 features Canon's exclusive Image Stabilizer Technology. Camera shake can cause blurring when shooting in low light and at long focal lengths, but the advanced Image Stabilizer uses digital technology to detect camera shake and signal precise lens shifts that effectively cancel it. This means the TX1 will allow you to take excellent-quality images in many more situations - outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, anytime when lighting conditions are not ideal.
DIGIC III Processor with Face Detection AF/AE
Delivering fast, responsive camera performance and superb image rendering, the DIGIC III processor also drives Canon's landmark Face Detection technology. Face Detection AF/AE ensures accurate and bright people shots by automatically detecting faces in a scene and optimizing focus and exposure accordingly, and because the technology is hardware-based, it operates at the same rapid speed as Canon's standard AiAF. Furthermore, the processor incorporates iSAPS scene-recognition technology using an internal database of thousands of different photos to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.
Expanded Sensitivity
The PowerShot TX1 features ISO 1600 with ISO Auto Shift to increase the ISO sensitivity thereby minimizing the probability of image blur caused by camera shake and subject motion automatically.
14 Shooting Modes
The PowerShot TX1 has 14 easy-to-use shooting modes including Auto, Manual, and a wide selection of Special Scene modes such as Portrait, Indoor and Night Snapshot, and you can quickly access these modes via the cameras intuitive controls. The camera also includes Color Accent and Color Swap photo effects which allow artistic photo effects to be applied in-camera both during and after shooting.
Advanced Movie Capabilities
The Canon PowerShot TX1 lets you capture movies with extraordinary clarity using 720P HD recording. Users can record movies with a resolution of 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps with stereo sound and provides the capability of 1080i component video playback for a true HD experience. The camera's impressive Face Detection AF feature for still images is also available in the movie mode.
1.8-inch Vari-Angle, Wide-View LCD
The LCD display on the PowerShot TX1 Provides vari-angle positioning so you can rotate and turn the screen as needed to properly frame your shots. Additionally the LCD display has a highly durable coating that resists scratches and fingerprints, while the anti-reflective coating keeps the picture clear and visible even in bright sunlight.
Durable and Attractive Design
With its elegant all-metal construction, the PowerShot TX1 is very durable, while the vertical orientation of the camera body makes for a unique photo experience. The built-in lens cap opens when the camera is turned on and closes when the camera is turned off, protecting the lens from scratches and smudges.
Fast USB Interface
The PowerShot TX1 supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface standard, so you'll enjoy the fastest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer.
Easy, Flexible Direct Printing Options
The Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the camera to a Canon Direct Photo Printer or PictBridge supported printer, press the Print/Share button and print. The Direct Print feature allows for image preview and editing (including cropping) on the camera when connected to a compatible printer. Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images directly to a computer (Windows).
In the Box
Canon PowerShot TX1, 7.1 Megapixel, 10x Optical/4x Digital Zoom, Digital Camera
  • 32MB MMC Plus Memory Card
  • NB-4L Lithium Battery Pack
  • CB-2LV Battery Charger
  • USB Interface Cable (IFC-400PCU)
  • Stereo Video Cable (AVCSTV-250N)
  • Component Cable (CTC-100/S)
  • Wrist Strap
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM (ZoomBrowser EX, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Driver)
  • User Guide
  • 1-Year Canon U.S.A. Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Canon TX1 Specs

    Camera Type Compact Point-and-shoot Digital Camera
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor 1/2.5" 7.4 Megapixel CCD
    Effective Resolution 7.1 million pixels
    Color Depth 24-Bit RGB
    Color Modes Full Color
    Image File Formats JPEG (SuperFine, Fine, Normal)
    Recorded Resolution Large (3072 x 2304)
    Widescreen (3072 x 1728)
    Medium 1 (2592 x 1944)
    Medium 2 (2048 x 1536)
    Medium 3 (1600 x 1200)
    Small (640 x 480)
    Video Recording AVI Motion JPEG with Stereo Audio
    1280 x 720 @ 30fps
    1280 x 720 LP @ 30fps
    640 x 480 @ 30 fps
    640 x 480 LP @ 30 fps
    320 x 240 @ 60 fps
    320 x 240 @ 30 fps
    Clip length limited to 4GB or 1 hour
    Audio Recording WAVE (Stereo)
    Lens Type Canon Zoom Lens
    Optical Zoom 10x
    Lens Focal Length 6.5mm - 65.0mm (39mm - 390mm equivalent)
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Minimum Focus Distance 0" (0cm)
    Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6
    Optical Image Stabilization Yes (Canon IS)
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount No
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL Autofocus
    Focus Modes Autofocus
    Focus Range Normal: 19.2" (50cm) - infinity wide
    Macro: 3.9" (10cm) - 19.2" (50cm)wide
    Super Macro: 0" (0cm) - 3.9" (10cm) wide
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity Auto ISO
    High ISO Auto
    Selectable ISO (80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600)
    Shutter Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2500 seconds
    Aperture Range f/3.5-5.6 (max.)
    Exposure Metering AiAF (Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot)
    Exposure Modes Program AE, Camera M, Special Scene, Exposure Compensation (±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments), AE Lock
    White Balance Modes Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
    Scene Modes Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Aquarium, Indoor, Night Snapshot
    Built-in Flash Yes (Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash Off)
    Effective Flash Range 1.6' (0.5m) - 6.6 ft (2.0m)
    External Flash Connection No
    External Flash Control Not Applicable
    Start-Up Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Shutter Lag Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Time Between Shots Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Burst Capability Normal: 2.2 fps Continuous
    AF: 1.1 fps Continuous
    Self Timer 2 seconds or 10 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Date & Time Stamp No
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) Card
    MultiMediaCard (MMC/MMC Plus) Card
    Recording Capacity Includes 32MB MMC Plus Card

    Still Image Capacity

    SuperFine Fine Normal
    Large 9 15 33
    Widescreen 12 21 43
    Medium 1 11 21 42
    Medium 2 18 33 66
    Medium 3 30 53 102
    Small 114 177 278

    Video Capacity

    Video Mode Record Time
    1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 6 seconds
    1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 12 seconds
    640 x 480 @ 30 fps 14 seconds
    640 x 480 LP @ 30 fps 26 seconds
    320 x 240 @ 60 fps 20 seconds
    320 x 240 @ 30 fps 35 seconds
    Battery Type NB-4L Rechargeable Lithium Battery
    Power Adapter ACK-DC10 AC Adapter Kit (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
    Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
    Remote Control No
    Video Output Yes (1080i component, NTSC & PAL)
    Web-Cam Capable No
    System & Software Requirements Windows System
    • Pentium 500MHz processor (1.3GHz for Vista)
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 (SP4), XP, Vista
    • 256MB RAM (512MB for Vista)
    • 270MB available Hard Drive space
    • USB Port
    • Video Display with 1024x768 pixels and 16-Bit color or better
    • CD-ROM Drive for Software Install

    Macintosh System

    • PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) or Intel Processor
    • Macintosh OS X (10.3 - 10.4.x)
    • 256MB RAM
    • 270MB available Hard Drive space
    • USB Port
    • Video Display with 1024x768 pixels and 32,000 colors or better
    • CD-ROM Drive for Software Install
    Viewfinder No
    LCD Display 1.8" Vari-angle Low-temperature Polycrystalline Silicon TFT color LCD (115,000 pixels), with Brightness Adjustment (15 levels)
    Language Options English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian
    Playback Options Single Image, Magnification (2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Sound Recorder, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Movie (Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume)
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.2" (89 x 60 x 29mm)
    Weight 7.8 oz. (220g) without battery

    Canon TX1 Reviews

    PowerShot TX1 Digital Camera is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Cam That Could The camera is the funnest investment I have made in years. I shoot more video than snap pictures when I'm hiking or camping. I bought an 8GB class 6 card online I figured that would give me nearly a half hour of full quality HD video. I was very surprised when I found out that this camera has an HD LP mode which gives me nearly an hour of quality video on my card. I am so blown away by this mode that I don't even use the HD SP mode. It's really hard to tell the difference. I'm most impressed that Canon's motion JPEG shows no pixelization at high speeds, even in detailed mountain landscapes. One of my favorite features is that the video mode and still mode are not separate so any setting you change affects both video and still. This gives you a lot of manual control for video. I edit the video in Sony Vegas and it chops very cleanly and fast. I can extract any frame I want as a still and it is clean and sharp. I do a lot of audio recording as well and the built in sound recorder is really handy. It records in stereo at 44.1 Khz and it has manual mic levels. Can't say enough about it and will likely sell my Sony camcorder. Problems Encountered: The number one complaint you'll hear is ergonomics. I have small hands and have no complaints. The number two complaint you'll hear is battery life. My first test shoot included a three hour hike with intermitent recording, zooming, playing with settings, using the flash, transferring video, etc. I shot about a half hour of footage with no battery warning. The number three complaint is the codec. I already addressed this above. The HD LP mode is fantastic. My personal complaint is with the Image stabilizer. I could see it working in my video footage. I set it to shoot only mode, so it only works when snapping a still so it's still useful. As you might expect, the camera can be slow or dramatic when adjusting to light changes. But as with any camera, if you take time to set up your shot, you will be pleased and the 10x optical zoom helps out tremendously with scene composition as well. I found render times to the WM-HD codec very slow and moderately slow for MPEG 2 SD when compared to DV render times. I have not authored to HD-DVD yet but I watch the WMV-HD raw files on my XBOX 360 and it looks crisp and clean with no signs of transcoding. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Sony DSC-W1 MPEG2 VX mode Items I Recommend: 8GB Class 6 SDHC card
    Date published: 2007-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shoot it WITH YOUR THUMB... I won't belabor the excellent picture/video quality of this camera. That has been covered, in depth, in numerous reviews. However, these same reviewers all complain about the ergonomic design. This is because they are HOLDING THE CAMERA INCORRECTLY! Instead of trying to trigger the shutter release with your index finger, USE YOUR THUMB. This allows you to support the camera with the ring and pinky fingers underneath the bottom and allows the index and middle fingers to wrap around the front - between the lens and wriststrap attachment point. Suddenly, the whole thing comes together and feels right. There are numerous additional advantages to this position, such as not looking like you are taking a picture. This is the ultimate, candid street camera because you can leave everything on auto, look down on the rotatable screen and never have to raise the camera up to eye level to grab a shot. The camera is practically invisible and very stable when held this way. Expertise: Advanced Amateur, Member NY Stereoscopic Society, Member NANPA Problems Encountered: Deciding which function to assign to the print button. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Leica IIIa, Lumix DMC-FZ50, Canon EOS 3 w/ L lenses, etc Items I Recommend: 4GB Sandisk SDHC card
    Date published: 2007-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canon TX-1 as camcorder replacement This camera has what I'm looking for compact, decent video quality, point and shoot. It's smaller than 2 packs of playing cards. The video quality, while very clear, isn't as good as dedicated HD camcorders, but is cheaper than those cameras. I think the quality is great, and better than my MiniDV camcorder, which is, admittedly, old. Video clips are quickly uploaded to iMovie and easy to work with. Some like to connect their camcorders to the TV and watch from the camcorder. I like to take my video clips and cut-and-splice them on the computer. The TX1 won't take super long clips at the highest quality setting, but I feel that most people take far too much footage and cut it down anyhow because it's too boring. I try to shoot only what's necessary. I went with this instead of a dedicated camcorder because video isn't of great interest to me. I'd like to take it sometimes, but I don't make movies and I just have a few select clips I like to watch. I don't enjoy sitting through endless hours of my video taped experiences. The TX1 takes long enough clips for what I need. Besides, you can always buy bigger SD cards if you want to take longer clips.For pictures, it works as well as any Canon point-and-shoot. Very few manual controls, but that's what I wanted: simple, automatic. When I want to take real pictures I bring my Nikon D200 and various lenses. The TX1 is easy to carry around for simple shots, still and video. Two concerns; battery life is short (buy an extra) and the pistol-grip is not optimal, but I'm fine with it. Problems Encountered: Two concerns battery life is short (I bought an extra) and the pistol-grip is not optimal, but I'm fine with it. I've gotten used to holding the camera this way. The TX1 is not for the person hoping to make a full-length movie or take professional photos. I look at this basically as an easy-to-carry all-in-one gadget that lets me take video for those few times I like to take video. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Canon A80 Items I Recommend: Extra battery; large, fast SD cards
    Date published: 2007-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ski / snowboard camera The strap surprisingly secures the camera and adds stability while shooting on the go. I took this camera on several ski and snowboard trips and took live action shots. The 10X zoom is very handy. Just wish the mic was up near the flash rather than behind the LCD. I keep the LCD folded flush while shooting on the run to prevent damage in case I fall but doing so covers up the mic. I wish there is an underwater case available for scuba trips. Also, would be nice to have the option to program the top button to turn stabilization on/off. Ultimately, if there is a helmet strap made for this camera, that would be perfect - the form factor of the camera makes it convenient to be strapped vertically - i.e. arm, helmet, leg, etc. I think this camera is ahead of its time and many reviewers don't get it (yet).
    Date published: 2008-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I use this camera everywhere! I video recorded my sons school play, plus took lots of pictures of the event. I have taken inside and outside shots, action shots, and lots of zooming. Overall I am very pleased! It is compact enough to fit in my pocket, but the screen is a nice size. Only warning is that you will have to buy a card(or two) because the one that comes with the camera only hold about of minute of video.
    Date published: 2008-06-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A niche? If this camera had a mic line in, it would be worth buying a dozen times over! However, it is missing this cheap yet invaluably useful function. Therefore it is only a passing fad. There are many products that have comparable functions in smaller or more fashionable bodies. Close but no cigar, Canon.
    Date published: 2008-03-13
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