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Canon PowerShot TX1 7.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints and can also take 720p HD Video
  • Ultra-compact 10x optical zoom lens; image stabilization
  • Digic III image processor With Face Detection Technology; auto red-eye correction
  • Vivid, high-resolution 2.5-inch PureColor LCD
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus cards (not included)
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  • Built-in Flash
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 2.5 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NK6DZI
  • Item model number: 1265B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,092 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

With the PowerShot TX1, Canon takes a futuristic wish-list and makes it a reality. This is an Elph-sized camera with a whopping 10x optical zoom, that not only captures 7.1-megapixel images, but HD movies, too! The stylish vertical design in stainless steel houses plenty of premium advancements, including Image Stabilizer Technology, DIGIC III Image Processor, Face Detection Technology and automatic Red-eye Correction. And because you’ll want to take this compact wonder everywhere, it’s equipped with a built-in lens cover and tough new scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating on the LCD screen.

PowerShot TX-1 Highlights

DIGIC III Image Processor With DIGIC III, you get images of superior quality, the camera functions at top efficiency and battery life is significantly enhanced. What’s more, DIGIC III enables Canon’s newly improved Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, the PowerShot TX1 automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. To keep every face looking bright and natural -- without scary red eyes -- the camera controls exposure settings and flash, so every shot is just what you were shooting for.

DIGIC III features Face Detection AF/AE, which finds multiple faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point, when the shutter button is pressed halfway. And an additional new feature, Face Detection FE adjusts the flash, based on a person’s face on the screen. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.

Red-eye Correction detects and automatically corrects red-eye during playback for both regular and flash photography. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode from the LCD screen.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Full movie capabilities The PowerShot TX1 is a powerful, highly-advanced tool for recording movies. You’ll experience the unprecedented HD clarity of 720P recording at 30 fps. The camera’s Face Detection AF feature for still images is also available in movie mode: faces are detected and properly focused for a measurable improvement in movie quality. Sound is recorded in stereo, and 1080i component video playback is available for a true HD experience.

1.8-inch vari-angle, wide-view LCD Pull out the wide-view LCD and turn as needed to get just the right angle for your images and movies. The screen’s highly durable new coating resists scratches and fingerprints and is easy to wipe clean. New anti-reflective coating keeps the picture clear and visible even in bright sunlight.

ISO 1600 with ISO Auto Shift The PowerShot TX1 features ISO 1600 with ISO Auto Shift that increases the ISO sensitivity to where camera shake does not occur. Then camera shake can prevented and the ISO speed setting changes each time, automatically.

Elegant all-metal construction with built-in lens cap When you own a camera as compact as the TX1, you’ll want to take it everywhere. This camera is up tothe challenge with high-grade all-metal construction.The built-in ens cap opens when the camera is turned on and closes when the camera is turned off -- no worrying about scratches and smudges.

Shooting modes With 14 Shooting modes, including 7 Special Scene modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

  • Auto The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
  • Manual The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.
  • Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  • Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
  • Super Macro Close to almost touching distance to capture the subject detail.
  • Stitch Assist Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
  • Movie Shoot in 720P HD (30 fps/30 fps LF), VGA (30 fps/30 fps LP), or QVGA (60 fps/30 fps).
Special Scene Modes
  • Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
  • Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
  • Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Aquarium Achieve proper flash-free exposure and natural hues at indoor aquariums.
  • Indoor Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
  • Night Snapshot Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.

The complete print solution The PowerShot TX1's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the TX1 to a Canon CP, Selphy or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon Selphy Compact Photo Printer.

For desktop large-format printing, try one of the Direct Photo Printers that allow you to print without a computer in one of two ways: plug your compatible PowerShot camera into the Direct Photo Printer using the supplied USB interface cable, or simply insert a memory card into the supplied adapter. You can also connect the printer to your computer for more options. Print high-resolution, borderless images as postcards or 8.5 x 11-inch sheets within minutes.

Compact Photo Printers let you produce versatile, fun 4 x 6-inch postcards, 4 x 8-inch wide greeting cards or credit card size prints in just two easy steps: connect and press/print. Control the printer right from your camera's LCD screen. You get durable, dye-sublimated prints quickly with or without borders. Assortedpaper types let you create mini or credit card size labels. You can even take select Compact Photo Printers to a party or an outdoor picnic using an optional rechargeable battery.

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Customer Reviews

Very few cameras will do macro to 0cm (16x12 field of view), without special macro lenses. Super macro with optical image stabilisation is amazing. Read more ›
I have not yet tried video because i was waiting to receive my 8GB SDHC card. Pictures are great, camera is small. So far so good. Read more ›
I like it because it's very compact, and I can take it anywhere. Besides, it takes good quality photos. The only cons is that it takes a little long until I take the photo... Read more ›
in the past I was reluctant to drag out my considerably larger camcorder. this takes very nice pictures. I have a video of my daughter singing on youtube if you search… Read more ›
Great build quality and feel. cannot wait for some form of TX2 with 1080p and wider angle lens . Read more ›
Great little camera takes awesome 16X9 photos and records HD videos in 1280 x 720 with 16bit stereo sound. Read more ›
Video quality is awesome in daylight. It is not that good in low light conditions, but 1- it is quite normal, 2- you cannot expect such a compact cam to behave like a… Read more ›
There's plenty of pre-programmed settings (snow, beach, portrait etc.), so you'll always be ready to go. And the video quality is unbelievable coming from this little thing. I… Read more ›
Video quality is superb, not HD though and the only low down it's very noisy at low light levels but I'm not using it for broadcast. for that I got to use the SNHVRZ1-J HD… Read more ›
I'm not particularly fond of taking video so I didn't want…However, for those times that I do want to take video, this is perfect, and the picture quality, imo, is great. Read more ›
It works just as advertized and is super small. The video mode is perfect. Certainly way better than a typical point and video. Read more ›
Although I have not used it much recently due to the convenience of a cell phone camera, it is still my go-to device for taking GOOD pictures and videos for watching on the… Read more ›
I recently Purchased a Used TRX 1 , and was Very Surprised at Both The Camera Itself ,…I am Not a Video Fan , But This Little " Gem " is Wonderful to Use , and To Admire ! Read more ›
I…The output quality is excellent and it's easy to use, battery lasts a long time (I actually filmed a wedding ceremony with no problems) - but I have three small complaints: Read more ›
During vacations, I want to shoot good quality pictures and some quick movie clips, thus I looked for a movie camera that fits in one hand & pocket, which is easy to use… Read more ›
This camera is great. It's small, shiny, easy to use and does everything. It does everything a good Canon point and click ought to do, and it also shoots high quality HD… Read more ›
This is a pocket-sized wonder - Progressive HDTV, 7.1 MP photos, no discs or tapes to worry about and simple to use. Sometimes not having every possible feature can be a… Read more ›
I bought my TX1 for a vacation I am still on and when having strangers take my picture they have had no…In short it is simple to use, takes excellent photos and videos. T… Read more ›
This is my favorite digital camera of the 4 that I have. The zoom is excellent, picture quality is sharp and vivid. You can't get this good of an optical zoom on this small… Read more ›
For images, it does everything any other good digital camera does,…(The 10X optical zoom is awesome, btw - I've never found this on any but the pro/commercial end cameras.) Read more ›
Simply too grainy, some out of focus, or under/over exposed. The 10X zoom was pretty cool - but did not make up for the poor picture quality. Read more ›
This is a great all round camera, with great zoom and video. Read more ›
There are a few things…The auto focus speed isn't terrible as others have noted unless your at full max zoom (and at 10x I can forgive a bit of auto focus speed issues). Read more ›
OVERALL: The TX-1 produces excellent quality still pictures, very good 720p video, is tiny, not easily scratched, has a huge zoom, great image stabilization, and will end… Read more ›
I would not buy this. Its to bad too it does have great features. Read more ›
Priceless! Also, the camera has some really neat features that I was unaware of when I bought it which was an absolute fun find for my husband. Read more ›
Pros: 1. it does have a very neat function to manipulate the color setting of the picture AFTER you take it. So you can make every shot you take B/W, Sepia or any of the… Read more ›
It does not have the greatest set of options but this is a camera you'll have in your pocket and is not intended to be the be all and all. It's image stabilizer works well… Read more ›
Overall, this camera is orders of magnitude better than any helmet cam (hopefully, I can find…The 10X zoom is one of the best features of this camera especially for sports. Read more ›
If you wanted to perform tasks such as manual focus…But the quality with the quickly accessible features are excellent and I have already recommended this camera to others. Read more ›
I just ordered the aux flash, I hope that helps the pictures. The size is nice, fits in the pocket, and it's great not to have to carry a len cap since it's built in. The… Read more ›
That said, this is the best small size, still/video…The picture quality is outstanding, the size is outstanding, and it can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Read more ›
Took this mighty mite on its 1st trip to Mexico. We were able to capture all the important shots because of the compact size. I was able to put it in my pocket or around my… Read more ›
I had it down in pretty short order. It is a great size for slipping it in your pocket as well. That being said, it did take a little bit of time for me to find a… Read more ›
I delayed buying this camera because I was…I wear a men's large glove size but have found no problem with the physical placement of controls in relation to hand size. I… Read more ›
The result are huge file sizes: an 8 GB SDHC flash card only hold 28 min of 720p video in the TX1 (though each file itself can be no bigger than 4 GB; this is a limitation… Read more ›
The zoom was awesome. The videos and photos have great saturation and color. Read more ›
I've had this camera for over a month. The video quality is excellent, sharp with great color. Excellent portability, almost dissapears in your hand. Read more ›
*Starts up fast. *Video sharp with great color. You will love the color Read more ›
The video quality of this little toy is beyond anything I've seen. Images are sharp and colors are vividly true to the original scene. However, if you try to play the video… Read more ›
Quality is…Though criticized by some for their large file sizes, Canon's Motion JPEG compression codec yield video that is of excellent contrast, and good color saturation. Read more ›
*Video sharp with great color. You will love the color *Audio is great but if you take it to a concert turn down the gain it is very sensitive. Read more ›
The LCD screen is a bit small , but necessarily so to keep the unit compact. The LCD is quite crisp though- much brighter than most. I would say that a person looking for a… Read more ›
The buttons controlling the record function,…In addition, the camera does not balance well with the LCD screen extended on its base (it has a tendency to tip to the left). Read more ›
- 1080i or 1080p using H.264/AVC or AVCHD. - The TX1 comes with component cables, plenty good enough to display 720p video on your HD TV. But it would have been nice to… Read more ›
I have a Canon sd500 that is 7.1 MP same as the TX1 It shoots Videos at 640 that have better quality then that of the TX1 The photos are JUST as good the screen is a whole… Read more ›
I…720p output to my 1080p Sharp Aquos LCDTV via component left a little to be desired but I don't know of any other camera this size that has the capabilities this one does. Read more ›
This digital small camera is not a good value nor is it a win performer. Very poor performance in a low lighting venue. Read more ›
- Sliding "door" for the lens is nice to protect it. - Price: great value. Read more ›
For the price and size this camera really can't be beat. The still camera images are crystal clear and the 720p video is great for the price. Add on top of that that the… Read more ›
I would say that a person looking for a digital camera that is extremely portable and easy to…I also got a great price from Worldwide Distributors on Amazon ( about $335). Read more ›
I consider the TX1 to be an excellent camera and a good value. I suggest that anyone considering the TX1 read the user reviews on CNET and other forums. Read more ›
Redeeming factors: stabilization was the best of any camera. Read more ›
ZOOM: 10X zoom is really powerful; I can zoom in a lot more than I…The excellent image stabilization allows these zoomed in shots to not be blurred from camera motion. Read more ›
OVERALL: The TX-1 produces excellent quality still pictures, very good 720p video, is tiny, not easily scratched, has a huge zoom, great image stabilization, and will end… Read more ›
The only thing it does not do well is do either if it is dark - this creates alot of noise. But if you take pictures outside or inside with the flash it does a great job. It… Read more ›
Unexpectedly,…I've noticed with past cameras that indoor flash pictures screamed "FLASH!" and were bright with a thin dark shadow next to foreground objects from the flash. Read more ›
I was also looking for a camera that would be smart enough to have both automatic "point and shoot" settings with image stabilization (for pictures on the fly) and… Read more ›
I have a Canon sd500 that is 7.1 MP same as the TX1 It shoots Videos at 640 that have better quality then that of the TX1 The photos are JUST as good the screen is a whole… Read more ›
Color saturation and contrast are excellent. Focus is fast and accurate. Overall, superb qualtiy still pictures. Read more ›
The 16:9 aspect photos are very clear, I hear the professionals talk…It takes photos, they're clear and in focus, the colors are accurate, that's really all i can ask for. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

131 of 133 people found the following review helpful By J. Weber on July 14, 2007
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After testing the Canon TX-1, this has been my experience:

PHOTO QUALITY: Excellent. Canon wisely uses in-camera noise reduction (blurring) lightly and preserves sharp detail. On close magnification, single pixel detail is present, which the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 that I compared blurred details into a gradient. Color saturation and contrast are excellent. Focus is fast and accurate. Overall, superb qualtiy still pictures.

VIDEO QUALITY: Very good. Quality is roughly midway between DV and a dedicated HD camcorder. Though criticized by some for their large file sizes, Canon's Motion JPEG compression codec yield video that is of excellent contrast, and good color saturation. I took video samples and re-compressed them using Canon's codec (included with their camera's software) and other codecs including MPEG2, QuickTime, and multiple other codecs from Adobe Premiere, and found that the Canon motion-JPEG, though theoretically not as efficient a compression scheme, ended up with the best quality video, while other codecs of similar file size were more washed out. Another advantage of this compression scheme is that you can get good quality frame captures, as each frame is compressed individually. It's not perfect: unlike my dedicated HD camcorder, the TX-1's video has a vague "shimmering" effect, from the JPEG compression varying from frame to frame. Also, with moving objects, the motion isn't quite as fluid with as with my dedicated HD camcorder. But for a combination still/video platform, the video of the TX-1 is remarkably good. File sizes are large, but they will be with any high quality video.

ERGONOMICS: In my medium to small hands, the camera is easy to hold.
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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Balzer on May 7, 2007
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Do not buy this camera if you are looking for either a great camera or camcorder, buy it as the best micro image recording device available.

As you will find in other reviews, the camera portion is average. What makes this camera stand out is the fact that it will do 1280 X 720, 30 frames PROGRESSIVE! This is simply amazing since this camera is no larger than a box of cigarettes. It is not perfect though. There are few manual controls, e.g. no shutter rate or ISO control, however you do have control over locking ASE and Focus, as well as white balance. Some reviewers have complained about ergonomics, but a small monopod or makeshift grip that attaches to the tripod mount will do the trick. I personally would have preferred a REC button in front of the camera. If I could also make a couple of wishes, I would also ask for an external 1/8" stereo external microphone connector, as well as LANC control that could be used for zoom, focus, record/pause and stop. Finally, low light levels are very noisy.

There are also concerns about battery power. I have been able to go an hour without a charge. Again, it is suggested to buy an extra battery. If you really need to have this camera running continuously, buy the external power adapter. If you need more remote power, buy one of those extra lithium ion external power packs that has an output of 3.5 volts and retrofit a coaxial plug to fit the external power adapter.

Some reviewers are complaining about Canon using the Motion JPEG file format for video. True it is not the best compression format for making small files, but the quality is better than most MPEG 4 or even MPEG 2 file formats. Plus, you get frame by frame editing. To make up for the poor compression, just buy a larger card.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By P. Yoon on June 12, 2007
The TX1 is exactly what I'm looking for. In order of importance, I was looking for something (1) small that (2) takes good/excellent video on (3) flash memory that will (4) work with my Mac and (5) can replace my point-and-shoot camera. I'm not particularly fond of taking video so I didn't want to buy a camcorder that only took video and was large, or at least larger than the TX1. However, for those times that I do want to take video, this is perfect, and the picture quality, imo, is great. I can have it with me all the time because it's small. It's not as small as some cameras, but what do you expect for all that it does? This is cheaper than Panasonic and Sanyo equivalent camcorders, the small ones also with pistol grip.
Those hoping for video quality on par with an HD camcorder are looking in the wrong place.
Personally, I think the videos and still shots are fine for this type of device. The clips and photos I take with the TX1 aren't being broadcast, and they're not going in magazines. So for what I need, it's perfect. Actually, the video quality is better than my (older) MiniDV camcorder. And the truth is, I never use that older DV camcorder anymore. With my old camcorder I didn't like watching unedited clips from the machine itself, so I had to tranfer them to my computer, which was cumbersome. The clips from the TX1, while large, transfer via USB, so that's faster than the DV transfer. And like I mentioned, better picture quality. I've already used the TX1 more in the past 14 days than I have used my DV camera in the past two years. When I want to "serious" pictures I haul my D200 and lenses. If you want to take "serious" video, buy something dedicated, which will be more expensive.
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