Interested in your initial user review. Purchased an SX1 and returned within a week for lens fault. I had an opportunity to take photos and video before it went wonky. Very disappointed with results. Image noise and colour fringing are unacceptable and significantly higher than I had expected. My main camera is the Powershot Pro 1 which though only 8mp blows the SX1 out of the water in every department. Definitely a good weather camera as saturation hides noise levels particularly in shadow area. Unfortunately here the sun does not shine as bright, as often or as long and using the camera above 100 ISO to compensate for poor weather, results in poor image quality. A very big Canon fan, I see no improvement over the SX3 which I used for 2 years. Due to the poor pound to dollar value my local camera shop tells me sales are falling off dramatically as you can now purchase an entry level to mid range SLR for the same price. Average price for SX1 is now $730+
Thanks for your feedback. It's interesting to hear your opinions about the image quality of the SX1, but personally I can't feel as condemnatory as you seem to be.
As you'll see in my original review, I have pointed out the fact that noise can be apparent in the 10 megapixel 100% images (more so in low light), but I also pointed out that if you view the images at a lower resolution, for example at 6 megapixel sizes, then the noise is rarely visible. What that says to me is that if you view the SX1 as being a 'good 5 or 6 megapixel' camera then you'll be perfectly happy with the results. In GOOD light and ideal conditions (or when using the flash) you can also get noise-free 10 megapixel images - but just don't expect perfect images at 10 megapixel resolutions every time.
Now... some users may obviously find that disappointing, but then it depends on whether you really do NEED that resolution. It wasn't long ago that cameras in this class were 5 megapixels maximum, and frankly I consider the 'megapixel competition' between the manufacturers to be just a 'tick on the box' in terms of stealing an edge over their rivals. Most users will find 5 or 6 megapixel images are fine for their needs. Indeed the highly rated (for an entry level model) Nikon D40 DSLR is only 6 megapixels. Now whilst that produces crisp images at 100%, it should be remembered that 100% is 6 megapixels. If comparing its image quality with the SX1 we should compare it with SX1 images resized to 6 megapixels.... which on the whole are generally noise free, and very good quality.
I'm sorry you had a lens problem too.... mine's be fine so far. And, as I've said in the review, the quality of the HD video is excellent - indeed, without rival in this price range. Given the 20x zoom, wider angle, RAW format, 4fps, remote, HD video etc.... surely these are advantages the SX1 has over the S3?