Canon Powershot TX1 Review

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Review posted 6/8/2007

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The new 7.1 megapixel PowerShot TX1 is Canon's first hybrid digicam/tapeless camcorder, and some very powerful features like a formidable 10x optical zoom lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 1.8-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen, 30 fps High Definition (HD) 720p widescreen (16:9) movie mode, just to name a few. And, it's all packed in a familiar stainless steel body that is about the size of a deck of playing cards.

The TX1's 10x optical zoom lens covers and extensive range (39mm -390mm equivalent), and Canon included its advanced optical image stabilization (OIS) system to help significantly reduce the blurring effects of camera shake that can occur at long zoom settings or during long exposures. Superior to electronic IS systems that simply use software to mask movement, this OIS system actually shifts the lens to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images and smooth movies, when the camera is hand-held or in low-light conditions.

The "brain" of this new PowerShot camera is DIGIC III, the newest iteration of Canon's ultra-efficient (and proprietary) image processor. The new gold standard on all new Canon cameras, the DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels including faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times, improved image quality and more efficient power consumption; resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

With Canon's new Face Detection AF/AE/FE function, the camera can detect, lock on, and track multiple human faces in a scene. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces (based on Canon's Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to help ensure the best possible results for even easier picture taking moments. The result is flattering portraits and group shots where all of the subjects are in clearer focus and accurately exposed. Compared to previous Canon cameras with Face Detection technology, the PowerShot TX1 digital camera adds several improvements, including the ability to use the function for movies as well as still images, the ability to detect faces that are further away or not aimed directly at the camera, and better control of flash exposure.

Working with the camera's Face Detection technology, Canon's new Red-eye Correction feature helps detect and corrects, during playback mode, that bothersome by-product of flash photography. Images can be corrected manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen to help vanquish red-eye, once and for all. Because most images will no longer require laborious post-processing with a computer, the new in-camera Red-eye Correction feature is ideal for direct printing.

The versatile TX1 helps users to shoot stunning home movies while recording CD quality Stereo Sound, in 44 KHz. Users can also take full advantage of the 10x optical zoom lens and image stabilization while shooting movies, which is a rare feature in most digital cameras. In addition to recording widescreen 720p HD movies at a rate of 30 fps for stunning High Definition clarity, the TX1 digital camera shoots high-quality VGA (640 x 480 pixels) movies at 30 fps (in a traditional 4:3 aspect ratio) and has the option of shooting at 30 fps or 60 fps in the QVGA 320 x 240- pixel setting (also in 4:3 format).

The PowerShot TX1 digital camera comes equipped with 14 shooting modes that will allow users to capture great photos in a variety of different shooting conditions including Automatic, Camera Manual, Super Macro for close-up work, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch-Assist, Movie (including HD), and seven Special Scene Modes: Portrait, Night Snapshot, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach and Aquarium.

PowerShot TX1 Features:

  • Compact, Stylish and durable stainless steel body
  • 7.1-megapixel CCD imager
  • 10× optical zoom lens with 39-390mm 35mm equivalent coverage
  • Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) System
  • Dedicated Movie and Still shutter releases
  • DIGIC III image processor for faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times as well as improved image quality and battery life
  • True 720p HDTV (1280x720) MPEG-4 movies @ 30fps with stereo audio
  • Recording CD quality stereo sound in 44 KHz
  • Movies @ 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (60 fps/30 fps) with stereo audio
  • 1.8" Vari-Angle LCD, swivels 285°
  • Continuous capture @ approx. 2.2 fps
  • Advanced TTL 9-point autofocus system with Macro and Super Macro focus options
  • Canon's Face Detection AF/AE/FE technology + Red-eye Correction feature
  • Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (7 modes), Color Accent, Color Swap, Super Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
  • Evaluative, Center-weighted and Spot metering options
  • White Balance: Automatic, 5 presets or Custom
  • ISO speeds: Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80 - 1600 equivalent
  • Built-in stereo microphones and speaker
  • HD Component video output
  • SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC Plus memory card storage (32MB MMC Plus card included)
  • High-capacity rechargeable Lithium NB-4L battery
  • Exif Print, Print Image Matching III and PictBridge Compatible
  • USB 2.0 high speed plug-n-play connectivity for PC and Mac

The Canon PowerShot TX1 camera kit has an MSRP of US$499.99 and includes a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and battery charger, a 32MB MMC plus memory card, USB interface cable, stereo AV cable for audio/video output, and a component video cable for connecting to High Definition TVs.

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Canon PowerShot TX1 digital camera

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Canon PowerShot TX1 digital camera

Canon PowerShot TX1 digital camera

Canon PowerShot TX1 digital camera

Canon PowerShot TX1 digital camera

The PowerShot TX1 compared in size to a standard CD.

Canon PowerShot TX1 digital camera

The TX1 and Sanyo's Xacti C6.

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Powershot TX1 Specifications

Type of Camera

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 10x Optical/4x Digital/40x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) System

Image Capture Device


7.1 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 7.4 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 7.1 Megapixels


Focal Length

6.5-65.0mm f/3.5-5.6 (35mm film equivalent: 39-390mm)

Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (WIDE), 3.3 ft./1.0m-infinity (TELE)
Macro: 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (WIDE)
Super Macro: 0-3.9 in./10cm (WIDE)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus


Optical Viewfinder


LCD Monitor

1.8 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (vari-angle)
Brightness adjustment: 15 levels

LCD Pixels

Approx. 115,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/3.5 (W) - f/5.6 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/2500 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.

Exposure Control

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection
** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method

Program AE; AE Lock is available

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom


Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off

Flash Range

Normal: 1.6-6.6 ft./50cm - 2.0m (W), 3.3-3.9 ft./1.0-1.2m (T)
Macro: 1.1-1.6 ft./35-50cm (W) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

Recycling Time

20 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Flash Exposure Compensation


Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Aquarium, Indoor, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Super Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie


Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

Wireless Control


Continuous Shooting

Normal: Approx. 2.2 fps
AF: Approx. 1.1 fps

Image Storage

Storage Media

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Stereo))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)
Movie: 1280 x 720/640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (60 fps/30 fps) available up to 4GB

Number of Recordable Images

Small/N Small/F Small/SF Medium3/N Medium3/F Medium3/SF Medium2/N
File Size 84KB 150KB 249KB 278KB 558KB 1,002KB 445KB
32MB MMC Plus 278 177 114 102 53 30 66
SDC-128M 1,118 711 460 411 217 121 269
SDC-512MSH 4,317 2,747 1,777 1,590 839 471 1,041
Medium2/F Medium2/SF Medium1/N Medium1/F Medium1/SF Large/N Large/F
File Size 893KB 1,602KB 695KB 1,395KB 2,503KB 902KB 1,897KB
32MB MMC Plus 33 18 42 21 11 33 15
SDC-128M 136 76 173 87 49 134 64
SDC-512MSH 529 295 671 339 190 520 251
Large/SF Widescreen/N Widescreen/F Widescreen/SF
File Size 3,045KB 678KB 1,420KB 2,304KB
32MB MMC Plus 9 43 21 12
SDC-128M 40 177 86 53
SDC-512MSH 156 686 335 207

Time of Recordable Movies

1280x720 640x480 320x240
30 fps 30 fps LP 30 fps 30 fps LP 60 fps 30 fps
File Size 4,480KB/sec. 2,280KB/sec. 1,920KB/sec. 1,020KB/sec. 1,370KB/sec. 746KB
32MB MMC Plus 6 sec. 12 sec. 14 sec. 26 sec. 20 sec. 35 sec.
SDC-128M 26 sec. 50 sec. 58 sec. 1 min. 48 sec. 1 min. 21 sec. 2 min. 24 sec.
SDC-512MSH 1 min. 42 sec. 3 min. 17 sec. 3 min. 48 sec. 6 min. 59 sec. 5 min. 17 sec. 9 min. 19 sec.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 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

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie


Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

Video Out


Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply

Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-4L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 160 shots (NB-4L/LCD on)*

Playback Time

Approx. 240 min. (NB-4L)*

* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature


Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.50 x 2.36 x 1.14 in. / 88.8 x 59.9 x 29.0mm


Approx. 7.76 oz. / 220g (camera body only)

Note: Note: 25 display languages provided (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)

All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

Canon, DIGIC, ELPH, PIXMA, PowerShot and SELPHY are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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