Canon SX1 IS
- 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.8" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 80 - 1600
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 28-560mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
- 615g - 128 x 88 x 88mm
- Announced March 2009
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- Size Comparison
Canon SX1 IS summary
Canon SX1 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally launched on March of 2009. It includes a 10 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The SX1 IS is scored #128 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #682 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should use our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your custom requirements.
The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Canon SX1 IS history
The Canon SX1 IS comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all previous and brand new models along with important features.
SX1 IS vs SX70 HS21-1365mm
SX1 IS vs SX740 HS24-960mm
SX1 IS vs SX730 HS24-960mm
SX1 IS vs SX620 HS25-625mm
SX1 IS vs SX720 HS24-960mm
SX1 IS vs SX540 HS24-1200mm
SX1 IS vs SX420 IS24-1008mm
SX1 IS vs SX410 IS24-960mm
SX1 IS vs SX710 HS25-750mm
SX1 IS vs SX530 HS24-1200mm
SX1 IS vs SX610 HS25-450mm
SX1 IS vs SX60 HS21-1365mm
SX1 IS vs SX520 HS24-1008mm
SX1 IS vs SX400 IS24-720mm
SX1 IS vs SX700 HS25-750mm
SX1 IS vs SX600 HS25-450mm
SX1 IS vs SX170 IS28-448mm
SX1 IS vs SX510 HS24-720mm
SX1 IS vs SX160 IS28-448mm
SX1 IS vs SX280 HS25-500mm
SX1 IS vs SX270 HS25-500mm
SX1 IS vs SX50 HS24-1200mm
SX1 IS vs SX500 IS24-720mm
SX1 IS vs SX260 HS25-500mm
SX1 IS vs SX150 IS28-336mm
SX1 IS vs SX240 HS25-500mm
SX1 IS vs SX40 HS24-840mm
SX1 IS vs SX230 HS28-392mm
SX1 IS vs SX220 HS28-392mm
SX1 IS vs SX30 IS24-840mm
SX1 IS vs SX130 IS28-336mm
SX1 IS vs SX20 IS28-560mm
SX1 IS vs SX210 IS28-392mm
SX1 IS vs SX200 IS28-336mm
SX1 IS vs SX10 IS28-560mm
Canon SX1 IS Gallery
You can look at the SX1 IS from various angles in the gallery below.
Canon SX1 IS Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon SX1 IS based on factors that are normally considered necessary in a digital camera.
Canon SX1 IS Sensor information
The measurement of the sensor on the Canon SX1 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CMOS sensor boasts 10 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. RAW format is supported which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below shows the SX1 IS's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The SX1 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Canon SX1 IS dimensions
Canon SX1 IS weighs in at 1.36 pounds (615g / 21.69 ounces) and features external size of 128mm x 88mm x 88mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 3.5"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Canon SX1 IS is heavier as compared with various rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The following is a pic of the Canon SX1 IS beside a softdrink to help you have a feel for its size.
The top view below will highlight the button layout on the SX1 IS.
Canon SX1 IS Lens information
The SX1 IS offers a fixed lens having a focal range of 28-560mm giving it a 20.0 x zoom which is amazing and can make it easier to zoom right in.
At it's widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f2.8 which will be kind of sluggish and not great in low light events and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to up your ISO leading to noisy images. Towards the long end, 560mm is fantastic zoom and comes to f5.7 making it pretty sluggish and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Canon SX1 IS Connectivity
The SX1 IS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send images and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting physically with the camera.
A few apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Canon SX1 IS Video information
The max video resolution on the Canon SX1 IS is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance for video quality vs file size but 1080p won't give you much room to downsample. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably best to take a look at another camera in case you want better sound in your videos.
Canon SX1 IS Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Canon SX1 IS so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.
Canon SX1 IS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon SX1 IS includes a 2.8 inch fully articulated display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
The screen is selfie friendly to get self portraits as well as group shots if needed. Please note that the display offers no touch support.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The View Finder details regarding Canon SX1 IS are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
Viewfinders can be quite beneficial for bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Canon SX1 IS Shutter information
Canon SX1 IS has the ability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/3200s.
Canon SX1 IS Flash and Hot shoe information
Canon SX1 IS boasts both built in flash and also external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/500s.
Canon SX1 IS Autofocusing information
Canon SX1 IS boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & accurate as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be handy for portrait photography.
The Sensor includes 9 focus points to pick from. Canon SX1 IS has the ability to use manual focusing when needed for low light conditions or you need more exact focusing control.
Canon SX1 IS Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life for this group of cameras.
Here is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the highest battery life:
SX1 IS vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SX1 IS vs B500600 nonoyes
SX1 IS vs L840590 noyesno
SX1 IS vs FZ200540 yesnono
SX1 IS vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Canon SX1 IS for various forms of photography
The following graph shows a rundown of the Canon SX1 IS for various forms of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Canon SX1 IS Portrait photography information
The Canon SX1 IS receives a points tally of 46 which is average, meaning that it is reasonably acceptable to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files in addition to the capability to work with external flash.
Street photography with Canon SX1 IS
Getting a decent points tally of 56, the Canon SX1 IS is reasonably suited to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon SX1 IS Sports photography factors
A low sports photography score of 33 means the Canon SX1 IS is not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon SX1 IS Travel photography details
Size is pretty critical in getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Canon SX1 IS gets a reasonable 52 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly appropriate for your travels.
Canon SX1 IS as a Landscape photography camera
For anyone looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Canon SX1 IS at it's low rating of 44 for a landscape camera is not suitable among its rivals.
Canon SX1 IS Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Canon SX1 IS is fairly acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a decent rating of 57.
Canon SX1 IS Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the SX1 IS, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph listed below will give you a bird's eye view of the SX1 IS versus it's top scoring rivals listed above.
Here are a few more cameras you may have a look at as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.