Powerful camcorder in a tiny package
The Canon PowerShot TX1 is only as big as a typical digital camera, but it packs a high-quality camcorder inside its miniature frame.
At first glance, the PowerShot TX1's metallic finish looks suspiciously like one of the company's first compact digital cameras, the IXUS.
But a closer examination reveals a completely transformed product.
The lens comes out of the side of the camera and the 1.8-inch display flips open and swivels.
The design of the camera has one obvious advantage: the extra space gained by putting the lens on the side allowed Canon to put a 10x optical lens in the TX1, probably the biggest zoom on any compact camera.
The PowerShot offers HD (high definition) video (1280 x 720 pixels) at 30 frames per second (fps) - that's twice the resolution of VGA - or standard TV - quality that most digital cameras offer today.
It also allows 60fps video at the lower resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.
As a regular camera, the PowerShot TX1 gives you 7.1 megapixel images with a host of value-added functions such as face-recognition and image stabilisation.
The TX1 offers a SDHC (SD high capacity) format slot, which will support (expensive) memory cards of up to 32GB, but but also supports standard SD cards.
The TX1 is priced at HK$3,280.
PROS: HD video capabilities, 10x optical zoom lens, SDHC memory card slot
CONS: no external flash socket for extra light, only does 60fps at reduced resolution
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