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Thhis camera / camcorder, to me, is quite unusual. It is a little bigger than a pack of playing cards, however, it packs a fairly impressive punch for a thing that size. It offers a 10x optical zoom; has a varied angle LCD screen (you know, one of them screens that you can turn around); face detection; 1080i component video output and more. Its price is around £300, but it isn't officially imported into Europe. So if you want one, you would probably have to by off a site such as Amazon for roughly $450. For me, this price is a little bit above what I would be willing to pay for such an item, as you can get cheaper and probably better quality camcorders / camera from else where. The camera side to it has a number of modes to maximize its preformance, these include: indoor, snow and night. The picture quality is sufficient, but i would expect better from a camera this price. Overall, having a camera and camcoder in one is a good idea, and i like the design and how compact it actually is. However, i feel that there are better products out there for this price range.
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 Optical Image Stabilizer Technology, DIGIC III Image Processor, Face Detection Technology and 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, scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating on the LCD screen.