Announced: Canon SX1 IS Digital Camera

Canon releases the the  Powershot SX1 IS in the USA. The same camera had been released in Japan last year but Canon said it was not coming to the US.

Well, it’s here and this may be the dream camera to have as a picture camera and a video camera rolled into one for folks with kids – of any age!

The camera has an estimated street price of $600, sports a CMOS sensor, has BDT (Blink Detection Technology) will shoot video’s at 1080, and yes it has RAW.

I was told the reason this did arrive at our shores last year was because of production capacities and the chances were good that it would be be here in 2009.

Another enhancement available with select PowerShot models is Blink Detection Technology, which uses the Face Detection function to display an icon after shooting with a warning that someone’s eyes were closed (such as when blinking) during shooting. Unlike other systems which prevent users from taking a photo, Canon’s Blink Detection Technology lets users know immediately whether there’s any need to reshoot the image, thus providing a far more intuitive experience.

Some of the highlights include:

* 1080p HD Video
* 10mp CMOS Sensor
* 2.8 LCD
* Mini HDMI Terminal
* RAW Files
* 20x Zoom Lens 28-336
* DIGIC 4 Image Processor
* ERP $600

From the press release:

The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera is a 10.0-Megapixel powerhouse incorporating a CMOS image sensor and 1080p Full HD Movie mode, both first-in-class features for a PowerShot camera, resulting in superb image quality and enhanced flexibility. Still images can be captured easily with a 20x wide-angle Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 28-560 mm) with Optical Image Stabilization and a 2.8-inch vari-angle wide-format LCD for great on-camera viewing and editing. What’s more, this camera offers a full range of shooting and recording modes, including RAW + JPEG for ultimate creative control. While the camera is in Movie Mode, the PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera can easily play back video and view photos on an HDTV, via a built-in HDMI connector. With all these great features and now Full HD Movie Mode, the PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera is the perfect complement to a DSLR. The PowerShot SX1 IS Digital Camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $599.99.

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