Canon TX1 – digital still and HD video all in one
Augmented by a simple press of the power button – this digital camera comes alive and the family resemblance to not one, but many of Canon’s crowning camera achievements becomes immediately apparent…a stainless-steel barrier on the camera’s leading-edge slides away to unleash the PowerShot TX1 digital camera’s formidable (and optically image-stabilized) 10x optical zoom lens that glides smoothly from its resting place into the open air. Unfold a simple yet securely hinged housing, and an 115,000-pixel Vari-Angle LCD screen is freed to swivel camcorder-like from the PowerShot TX1 digital camera’s side.
This digital dynamo even adds a 30 fps High Definition (HD) 720p widescreen (16:9) capability to its movie mode at the press of a button. What’s more, the PowerShot TX1 digital camera has easy connectivity to play its movies or high quality stills back on high-def TVs, thanks to Canon’s thoughtful inclusion of a convenient component video output terminal.
Not only is this a power packed little camera, but it also comes with advanced facial recognition, the newest DIGICIII processor and a very reasonable suggested retail price of approximately $500. Assuming you can throw in a nice big storage card and you can shoot a decent amount of video (rather than 30 second clips) this may just be the camera that every amateur video podcaster has dreamed about.
The only obvious down side so far is the apparent lack of external microphone compatibility. Unfortunately, if your sound sucks so will your video. None the less, I think I’m still thinking this might be a camera worth keeping an eye on.