Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBCPSSX1 MFR # 2664B034AA
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  • 10.0 Megapixels
  • 20x Optical Zoom Lens (28-560mm)
  • 2.8" Vari-Angle LCD
  • Manual Exposure Control
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 3200)
  • RAW File Capture
  • HD Video Recording
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • E-TTL Hot Shoe
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Canon 2664B034AA overview

  • 1Description

The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera boasts incredible super-zoom flexibility, superior ergonomics and many other features only found in larger, heavier SLR system cameras. Compact and easy to carry, the camera provides a powerful 20x optical zoom lens (28-560mm equivalent), low light sensitivity, and advanced image stabilization. Canon's 10.0 megapixel CMOS sensor coupled with a newly developed DIGIC 4 image processor renders brilliant photographs with amazing color accuracy, incredible detail, and superb sharpness - even in large scale prints. Innovative Face Detection, 25 unique shooting modes, and 1080p HD video recording further expand the possibilities of image making. With all these features and more, the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera is a superb choice for discerning photographers of all levels.

HD Video Recording
If you long for the convenience of an advanced still camera that also creates superb movies, the new PowerShot SX1 IS was developed with you in mind. Movies shot in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), capture your memories with clarity, realism and brilliance. HDMI output makes playback of video and photos on your HDTV simple.
CMOS Sensor Technology
Canon's proprietary CMOS sensors were formerly reserved for its storied EOS line. Unlike the CCD sensors on most digital cameras, CMOS sensors convert and amplify signals before they are transferred to the image processor. This enables the CMOS sensor to produce exceptionally clean image data, free of the stray signals that can mar images. The resulting images show a notable brilliance and clarity.
28mm Wide-Angle 20x Optical Zoom Lens with Optical Image Stabilization
The PowerShot SX1 IS features Canon's precision 28mm wide-angle lens that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. It lets you capture more in every frame, so everyone fits in a family gathering shot. When it's time to take a closer look, a 20x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent 28-560mm) greatly minimizes camera shake and maximizes the brilliance of every detail. The camera uses a USM (Ultrasonic Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.
Large 2.8" Swiveling LCD and Viewfinder
The camera's 2.8" LCD widescreen gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. It also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot close-up with the Super Macro shooting mode.
RAW Image Capture
RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.
Advanced Face Detection Technology
Canon's most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.
Multiple Shooting Modes
With 25 Shooting Modes including 12 Special Scene Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way. When you're taking pictures, the only thing you want to think about is your subject. With the PowerShot SX1 IS, you can count on exact focus no matter where your subject is in the frame. You've got Shooting Modes including Special Scene Modes that give you breathtaking, exhilarating pictures even when shooting conditions are tough.
Easy Printing and Sharing
The Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the PowerShot SX1 IS to a Canon PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printer or SELPHY Compact Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print. Also use the Print/Share button to easily transfer images to your personal computer.
In the Box
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera
  • 4 x AA-size Batteries
  • USB Interface Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Wireless Controller WC-DC300
  • Neck Strap
  • Lens Hood LH-DC50
  • Lens Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Canon 2664B034AA specs

    Camera Type Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera
    Resolution Effective: 11.8MP, Recorded: 10.0MP
    Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
    Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
    File Formats RAW, JPEG, QuickTime, WAV
    File Size Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Color Spaces sRGB
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Crop Factor N/A
    Lens 5-100mm f/2.8-5.7 (35mm film equivalent: 28-560mm)
    Zoom Optical: 20x, Digital: 4x
    Lens Mount N/A
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Focus Range Normal: 1.6ft. (50cm) - infinity
    Macro: 3.9" (10cm) - 1.6ft. (50cm) wide
    Super Macro: 0in (0cm) - 3.9" (10cm) wide
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity ISO 80-1600 (expandable to ISO 3200)
    Shutter Speeds 1/3200 - 15 sec
    Metering Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot
    Exposure Modes Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Custom, Scene
    White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
    Mirror Lock-Up N/A
    Burst Capability Up to 4.0fps
    Self Timer 2 seconds or 10 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Remote Control WL-DC300 (included)
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range 1.6 - 15.7ft. (50cm - 4.8m)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Dedicated Flash System Canon Speedlite EX-series
    Max Sync Speed 1/500 sec
    Built-in Memory No
    Memory Card Type SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus
    Still Images per GB RAW: Not Specified By Manufacturer
    JPEG: High Res: 224 - Low Res: 3,415
    A/V Recording
    Video Recording Yes
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps, 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 1 hour or 4GB
    Audio Recording Audio with Video
    Up to 60 seconds with an image
    Up to 2 hours as a Voice Memo
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Display 2.8" LCD
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity USB 2.0, A/V Out, HDMI (Type C)
    System & Software Requirements Windows 2000 (SP4), XP, Vista
    Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
    Weatherproofing Not Rated
    Durability Not Rated
    Battery Type 4 AA-size batteries
    Power Adapter CA-PS700 Adapter Kit (optional)
    Dimensions 5.02 x 3.48 x 3.45" (127.5 x 88.3 x 87.7mm)
    Weight 20.6 oz (585g) body only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 9.5 x 6.1"

    Canon 2664B034AA reviews

    PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 37.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great HD video - OK P&S camera. I purchased the SX-1 to replace my G-9. Solely on the HD video. I was not disappointed. However my wife used it indoors where no flash was allowed. All of the images were pixelated (at higher ISO) or fuzzy (Lower ISO). Battery life in short if using alkaline batteries. Not much longer with Rechargeable Lithium. Takes great snap-shots due to F-8 as a max aperture. The HD video is amazing and I love the 28mm to 560mm focal range and ability to zoom while shooting video.
    Date published: 2009-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from love my new camera! the zoom is incredible. we are fostering 3 puppies right now they were out back and there was an awesome pic of one so i went for my camera i knew if i opened the door the shot would be lost. shot through the back door with zoom almost maxed i got an unbelievable picture!!!! The auto shoot is easy to use and the pics are really nice. impressive. the macro/super macro is great. sell jewelry do some selling on line and now my pics are impressive. Really good detail and color. Continious shooting really quick and nice. trying to catch 3 puppies isn't easy. Oh and 4 small grandchildren. Lots of great features and great pic quality highly reccommend!!!
    Date published: 2010-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from CMOS sensor awesomeness. Several features on this camera really make it shine, the tilt-shift desplay and its resolution and refresh rate, the video performance and ease of use, the hot shoe with EX speedlights and the CMOS sensor with RAW. As others have stated, the general low-light performance of this camera is less than stellar. With its small sensor and huge zoom this is almost to be expected but is still not a strong selling point in its favor. Add a speedlight to it, I have an older 420ex on mine, and the world changes drastically and pictures, even standard jpgs, are stunning. As with dSLR bodies the built in flash, if they even have one, is greatly underpowered and is not a good primary light source but is good for fill and catch lights. The video performance is as good as others have stated and the ease of use makes it a definite boon and possibly too tempting to shoot videos. The ability to shoot videos in any mode with the simple push of a well protected button and the ability to take full resolution stills while filming is very seductive. In low light, video recording does not benefit from the exposure or flash performance of stills. Daylight filming is simply awesome. An issue, besides filming too much (filling an 8gig card in under a week) is the file sizes are huge and the camera has a better processor then most peoples computers. My top-of-the line (but from five years ago, lol) desktop, which I have added a ton of memory to, chokes on the videos. They end up looking like a slide show with sound. Downloading the latest zoombrowser update from canon's website helps but not a lot. A 4s clip, at full res, is over 20mb. As I do not have an HDMI tv I need to school myself not to film at full resolution except for important events. Videos at 640x480 and 30fps are still a decent replacement for stand alone video recorders for those of us who are not videophiles. The best features of this camera are the CMOS sensor and the processor. On the processor, even videos are essentially written as the file is recorded giving little or no wait time. The ability to shoot at 4 fps, until the card is full, is a huge selling point for me as is the ability to shoot RAW. A note of RAW. Someone above commented that the RAW images on this camera are soft. With every dSLR canon has released this has been criticized. This is not a fault with the camera or the software, etc., but is a design philosophy by Canon. The RAW images are under-sharpened, by most peoples' standards, as they are designed to be post processed allowing the photographer to add sharpening as he or she sees fit. Personally, I like that I do not have to fight the camera or start with images sharpened as I like to create the best image I can and sharpen them to an appropriate level for the output size. To me, this is a feature not a negative. The images this camera produces have the same 'quality' about them that Canon's dSLRs have been noted for for many years. I was stunned that the images from this 1/2.3 sensor-ed digicam can honestly compete with my d10 bodies. For casual shooting, ie. pictures of my 7 month old first born, family events, vacations, etc., this camera really is a dream come true when I do not want, or cannot, bring my dSLR bodies and 5-6 lenses. As I tend to shoot wildlife, portraits, and macro photography, the lens on this digicam has a wider angle of view then I currently have on my dSLRs (with my 28-85 f2.8 I am bottoming out at about 45mm, it has not been worth the cost to buy a high enough quality true wide angle lens for me). Negatives, as already stated its low light abilities could be better. Also, I really do not like the sensitivity of the rear control wheel. I want to change the Av setting and end up cycling through the macro modes or the manual focus. This is really annoying and detracts a bit from joy of use. If there is a lock out to shut down the four point menus I have yet to find it, if there isn't there really should be. The metal (yay!) tripod screw is not on the center line of the lens/sensor plain. The camera is significantly larger than the S1-is which it replaces for me and does not fit in its case (nor does it allow the old remote to be used). I would also have liked to see an easy way to attach filters. As an aside I was very pleased to see the lens shade and remote were included. I would strongly suggest that people purchase the plug in power adaption for this camera especially if you enjoy the video recording and tend to edit files on the camera. This camera, and all other digicams, cannot replace a dSLR for a professional or advanced amateur. The relatively slow lens, F2.8-5.6, and tiny sensor do not allow for much creativity when it comes to depth of field. Even at maximum aperture there is little or no delineation between the subject focus and background. This will always be the case until digicams begin to have much larger sensors and or the lenses they include are much faster. If someone wants or needs to be able to record technically creative images or needs to have zero lag time for shutter response, etc., a dSLR (or film) is still the only way to go.
    Date published: 2009-11-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from A step backward I use a camera for portraits, landscapes, flowers, skies and general interest photos. I can't name anything great about it? It just does not measure up to the S5 IS, which is a great camera and accompanies me and my 40-D on all excursions.A really big surprise was the amount of noise at 200 ISO when zoomed all the way out. This CMOS thingie just might not be there yet. I returned the camera after about 4 hours of testing and BH was gracious enough to approve my return.
    Date published: 2009-05-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from SX1 is OK I've been a photographer for a lot of years and have shot with everything from 35mm to 4x5 plate film, from first generation digital Casio 480x240 to >10 mpx DSLRs. For 5 years my favorite was a Rebel DSLR. I took almost 40,000 shots with it and I was very satisfied with that camera. Over the past couple years I've purchased several Canon SX series cameras; SX3, SX5, SX10 and now the SX1 and now with 3 months and 80 gig of photos and video experience with the SX1 I think I can offer a fair review for about anyone who may be looking at it. The SX1 isn't for everyone, especially pros that really count on DSLR quality. The SX1 has several very nice features that produce some really WOW shots and videos but there are some pretty strict guidelines you have to follow to get those WOW results, and those results aren't as consistent as a DSLR. Pros won't use this as the main camera although it can be a great carry anywhere type camera. I keep it in my utility bag with my iPod and basic personal utility tools. Those of us that are used to DSLR feel will have a little trouble with the weight and balance of the SX(anything) simply because it's so different than what we're used to. If you haven't had a SLR/DSLR hanging from your side for the better part of 30 years then it may not feel as weird to you. My hands, arms and elbows have learned how to take pictures with a SLR/DSLR and retraining them has taken time. The SX is easy to use and, with a little retraining, has some great advantages for getting good pictures. Now that I'm getting a little older I don't like to stoop and lay on the ground to get shots as much as I used to. The swivel viewfinder makes getting those types of photos very easy still, just remember to take your glasses along. Polarized glasses don't work well in that case. Photos shot at 80 and 100 ISO look very good if you have enough light. Anything above 100 ISO starts to artifact and if you use the 2x extender it gets grizzly, still usable for smaller format shots, not enlargements. Video shot using 2x is still OK and a little jittery even with the IS kicked in. I wish F8 wasn't the extent of the iris but I have a feeling that anything smaller might attenuate incoming light a little too much with that size pickup. I photograph birds in the wild and have captured some spectacular, crisp photos on bright days at extreme zoom while leaning on something. Everything shot in lower light is fairly useless because the CMOS just doesn't work well unless it gets a lot of light. The key with this camera is to have a lot of light if you want to use the shots for something other than a memory book. On the other hand I have seen some of the medium light shots produce a silky, almost 35mm grain, quality. One of the really neat things about this camera is that if you are shooting with a Class 6 chip you can engage the shutter and shoot rapid shots, about 4 fps, until the chip fills up or batteries run out. That brings up another point, use rechargeable 600 mAh batteries or better. Shooting with anything else gets real expensive and frustrating. OK here's the really cool part of this camera, the video. I worked in the broadcast industry for a good part 30 years and shot with some outrageously expensive cameras. To compare this $600 camera with some I've shot with would be silly but I have to tell you that this camera makes some extremely nice 1080p video. It's impressive, I was shocked. This camera has an HDMI output which pushed some very nice video to a 56 monitor. You will have to purchase a mini HDMI converter to hook it up but it's well worth it. Audio if also good since the stereo mics are in the front of the camera, not on top like Sony. Sorry Sony my video cameras always pick up my breathing and not the sounds I'm trying to record like this Canon does. The SX1 is great for new and amateur photogs and will make very good photos for you if you learn the setups and give it some light. Pros may want it as a fun camera, especially for video. Be prepared to eat up a lot of digital space while you are playing with it and be prepared to not be able to see your videos in normal video players on your computer, 1080p drinks up a lot of ram and video card processing. I am glad I purchased the camera but it took a month of constant shooting to get me there. Be patient and try different settings vs environment where you are shooting. I hope this helps someone make an informed decision.
    Date published: 2009-09-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would recommend with some limitations I purchased this camera for my office after having used the S2 and S5 for years in my personal photography. Overall the staff is happy with the camera and they would recommend other to purchase this. I have a few issues though. The first being the lens cap that is not attached to the camera in any way. How crazy is that? Surely there must have been a way for canon to have a lens hood attachment and the lens cap. I anticipate the cap is lost within 2 weeks. Second, I am disappointed in the quality of the video. While the HD is great, the camera is constantly trying to focus and blurring the picture. I never had this problem with the S2 or S5 and find it really annoying. I know I can change some settings to fix this but that means not being able to quickly throw it into video from auto setting and roll. And lastly, the pics just don't seem as crisp as those from the older S models. Not sure what the issue is and haven't had enough time to decide if its an ISO issue or what. Overall we are pleased but I think Canon still has some work to do.
    Date published: 2009-10-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very versitle camera I bought this camera fully aware of its limitations. Let me be specific: It is large and heavy for a non SLR, it is difficult to use the adjustment wheel despite the knurled edge, it uses a very small image processor which limits effective resolution, it produces somewhat noisy pictures when shooting above ASA 100, it does not accept without an adapter standard 58 mm lens filters, the resolution of the viewfinder would be better if greater pixel density was used, the tripod connector is not centered over the lens line of sight, and the cost is comparable to lower cost SLR. Now despite all these reservations, I would still purchase this camera again. Its flexibility, wide angle and optical zoom capability, rapid shooting capability, good video capability made me more than happy with it.
    Date published: 2009-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Next Best Thing to a Digital SLR! I've used analog SLRs for years and transitioned to digital point and shoot cameras about 8 years ago. I've steadily upgraded and finally after much research settled on what I now consider to be the best technology short of a digital SLR. I will use this for not only family pictures, but also on the cruises that my wife and I take periodically. In particular I'm looking forward to pictures from our upcoming Alaska inland passage cruise in early September. The 20X zoom with an effecitve 28 to 560 mm range is fantastic and at long focal lengths the image stabilization does a great job. I like the fact that you can record HD movies, but wish the HD cable was standard rather than what appears to be proprietary. Otherwise, I am thoroughly pleased with this camera. While it has high tech features that will take me months to master, the ease of taking pictures right out of the box and the quality of the results with virtually no learning curve is a real plus. Would definitely recommend this camera to anyone looking for a longer zoom point and shoot that will provide consistenly high quality pictures.
    Date published: 2009-06-24
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