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I'm Impressed...VERY Impressed!!!!!!,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD (Camera)
20 odd years ago I used to love going all over the place snapping away with my old Olympus OM2N, but after amassing a few carrier bags full of unprocessed film just gave it up. Then about 3 years back I got an Olympus pocket compact and started getting back into snapping away but always promised myself a DSLR when I could afford.
Well, now's that time!! I thought of something like a Canon EOS450 initially but I dont really want to be lugging all the lenses etc around now, and then came across the Canon SX1 IS. I read the specs..too good to be true I thought, read the reviews, read them all again, had a few cans of beer and got the plastic out and ordered from Amazon. 2 weeks on and after a good play around with it I can't believe what a bargain this camera is!! (now £40 cheaper too..HUH!!). Initially the user guide seems a bit head busting, but taking things one step at a time all the features become apparent and really easy to use. I'd recommend this camera to anyone either looking to upgrade from a pocket compact to the serious amateur or pro photographer needing to travel light.
PROS...Too many to list, it really does what it says on the box. A bargain at the price so spend the extra money you'll save on buying a DSLR plus lenses on rechargeable batteries and chargers instead... Widescreen HD video through the telly looks great... 4 frames/second shooting makes sure you get "that" action shot....No messing about changing lenses, just zoom in.... No carrying bags of extra lenses about....I could go on forever.
CONS...The front of the lens is not threaded so not able to fit filters without an adaptor. None is available in the UK but an adaptor is available from a company called Lensmate in USA (Google it!!) $22 inc postage to UK, this will enable fitting 58mm thread filters.... 4:3 ratio video plays OK on my lowish spec laptop with VLC media player (Google it!!) BUT Widescreen HD video will need serious computing power to play the .mov file format on a PC, although there's no problems with the camera playing this through the telly.
RECOMMENDED EXTRA ACCESSORIES....8GB SDHC Card stores approx 2000 photos at highest quality setting....Lensmate SX1 58mm filer adaptor....UV filter....Circular polarizer filter....Lots of Energizer 2000 mah rechargeable batteries....Widescreen HD telly.