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Camcorders become Canon fodder

The just-announced Canon PowerShot TX1 is a strong candidate to become my next everyday digital camera. An image-stabilized 10x zoom and 720p video recording in a compact form factor should be a highlight of PMA.

HD was supposed to save the camcorder market, and of course products using discs and hard drives can store a lot more than the 13 minutes a 4 GB flash card can for the TX1. But the TX1 already supports SDHC for higher-capacity cards, and I’ve never shot anything close to 13 minutes of video with a digital camera. That said, low-light video performance on most digital cameras is still far below those on dedicated camcorders. I’m also hoping that Pure Digital will go upscale with its Point & Shoot line.