Canon Powershot TX1 Review

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Features & Controls

Canon PowerShot TX1 Camera

The TX1 features a 10x optical zoom lens with a 39 - 390mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f3.5 (Wide) - f5.6 (Telephoto). There is a 4x digital zoom that extends the range to a total of 40x. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into the body and is protected by a built-in lens cover.

It also features true Optical Image Stabilization. Unlike electronic image stabilizer systems that typically cause degradation of image quality, Canon's Lens Shift Optical IS system is based on the advancements made in the development and refinement of Canon's EF and video lenses. Reduced in size to fit ultra-compact models, this Image Stabilizer provides up to three stops of camera shake correction in shutter speed equivalent.

An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center, and also features Canon's Face Detection AF/AE/FE technology. When enabled, the camera automatically detects the position of a face in the frame and uses this data to set the focus and exposure. In addition, the camera will meter the subject so the face is correctly illuminated when using the flash.

Focusing range is 1.6 ft. (50cm) to infinity in normal mode, macro coverage is 3.9 in.- 1.6 ft./10-50cm wide, and Super Macro can get you as close as 0 - 3.9in./10cm at wide angle. The autofocus is light- assisted and works properly even in the dark.

The built in flash offers Auto, Auto w/Red-eye Reduction, Auto w/Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash On w/Slow Synchro, and Flash Off modes. Flash range (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto):

    Normal mode1.6 - 6.6 ft./50cm - 2.0m (W), 3.3 - 3.9 ft./1.0 - 1.2m (T)
    Macro mode1.1-1.6 ft./35-50cm at (W)

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    The optional HF-DC1 external flash can be used with the TX1 to double the flash range of the built-in flash. Compact and elegantly designed, the High-Power Flash HF-DC1 complements your PowerShot perfectly and requires no accessory shoe. With a strong light output (guide number 59 ft.) and wide angular field (28mm), it delivers proper illumination up to approximately 30 feet and in all zoom positions. The flash fires in synchronization with the main flash, and output is adjusted accurately and automatically.

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    The TX1 features a 1.8-inch Vari-angle color LCD which can be rotated 285°. It's used for framing, review and changing settings. Advanced features include "Quick-bright" function which switches the brightness to the highest setting by pressing the DISP button for 1 second. When shooting in dark lighting, the LCD is automatically brightened to make it easier to frame and focus on the subject.

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    Controls on the back: The DISP button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to change ISO sensitivity, press "Right" to change flash modes, press "Down" to change the drive mode and press "Left" to change the focus mode. In the center is the FUNC./SET button which gives you access to the Function menu in record mode or accepts menu options and settings. Next are the Zoom controls, which also serve as the Index and Magnify options in playback mode. The Mode Dial faces the right hand side of the camera and has positions for Play, Auto, Manual, and Scene. And last we have the Movie shutter release.

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    On top you can see the shutter release button and the Print/Share button, which allows you to easily print and transfer images to your computer (Windows users only).

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    The AV Out handles the monaural audio and video signal which can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables. The Component Out port allows you to connect the TX1 to an HD TV. The Digital I/O port handles high-speed USB 2.0 (high-speed) connectivity for image and movie download. The USB port can also be used for direct printing to any PictBridge compatible photo printer.

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    The Powershot TX1 is equipped with a card slot that supports use of SD or MMC cards up to 2GB or SDHC/MMC Plus cards up to 4GB, and comes with a 32MB MMC Plus card. Shown here with a speedy Lexar High-speed 1GB SD card - see the tables below for the approximate storage capacity.

    Approximate Storage Capacities

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    Canon Powershot TX1 Digital Camera

    The TX1 comes with a Canon NB-4L 3.7v 760mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 160 shots and a replay time of approx. 4 hours (CIPA standard).

    The supplied CB-2LV rapid charger plugs directly in the wall socket and charges the battery "out of the camera" which is very handy if you have a second battery (highly recommended!) The normal charging time is approx. 90 minutes.

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