Hybrid cars are a hot topic these days, but here's a hybrid camera that deserves the spotlight. While a typical compact is just OK at shooting video, the TX1 is designed to work well for both still and video capture. On the still side, it offers 7.1-megapixel resolution and an optically stabilized 10X zoom (39mm-390mm equivalent in 35mm). Its various shooting modes are enhanced by a wide shutter-speed range (1/2,500 second to 15 seconds) and a decent firing speed (2.2fps). The TX1's image stabilization can be set to a panning mode in which the system won't undo the desired effect by compensating for horizontal movement.
As for moving pictures, the new PowerShot captures 1280x720-pixel high-definition video at 30fps, with stereo sound. A modest amount of video editing can be done in-camera, and the TX1 connects via an HD component cable for direct viewing on wide-screen HDTVs. The camera is a hybrid in looks, too. Folded up, it looks very much like a Canon Digital ELPH. With the 1.8-inch LCD monitor deployed, it looks like a palmcorder -- a very small one.