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The PowerShot TX1 records its content on removable flash media supporting SD.

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Pros

Takes 7.1 megapixel still photos

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Small, lightweight design (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in, 0.58 lbs)

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Records 720p HD content

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Inexpensive: retails for $500

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Cons

Short recording times on expensive memory cards

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Noisy at high ISO levels

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Awkward design; tough to hold

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Mediocre image quality

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A direct competitor to the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2, the Canon PowerShot TX1 is a compact camcorder that records 720p HD content at 30fps and can take still photos at 7.1 megapixels. It does all this, while being maintaining a very compact size at 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in, weighing 0.58 lbs (262 g), and only costing $500. Early reviews of the TX1 have raised questions concerning the awkwardness of the ergonomics, and mediocrity of the image quality.

The PowerShot TX1 records its content on removable flash media supporting SD, the newer high-density SDHC, MultiMedia and MMCPlus memory cards. Out of the box, it includes a 32 MB MMCPlus memory card. With SDHC you can upgrade your capacity in the range from 4GB to 32GB. Here is a summary of the data rates for the various recording modes:

resolution: 1280x720 640x480 320x240
fps: 30 30 LP 30 30 LP 60 30
kb/sec: 4,480 2,280 1,920 1,020 1,370 746
sec/GB: 192
384
448
832
640
1120

The PowerShot TX1 includes optical image stabilization, and makes use of the DIGIC III chip to improve image quality, speed up response times, and improve energy efficiency resulting in longer battery life. Released April, 2007.

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Erik
04/19/2007 11:33

The fact that it records HD and can fit in a deck of playing cards while costing only $500 is very attractive. I have my issues with the short recording times, and I believe that it would be awkward to hold. That aside, this product will be sure to turn a few heads.

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