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Canon PowerShot Pro1 Review

Review Date: May 4, 2004

Canon PowerShot Pro1

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

The Canon PowerShot Pro1 is the flagship model of the PowerShot series. It features 8 megapixels resolution on a 2/3 in. image sensor. Its 7x optical zoom (operated using a zoom ring) ranges from a wide-angle 28mm (perfect for landscape and group photos) to a medium telephoto of 200mm (perfect for pleasant portrait shots). Macro is as close as 3 cm.

The Canon Pro1 improves on the G5 in most areas, except two: the maximum aperture is now F2.4, still larger than the regular F2.8, but smaller than the Canon G5's bright F2.0; and the low-light AF assist illuminator is absent on the Canon Pro1.

Fortunately, Canon has equipped the Pro1 with professional features:

  • Shutter speed ranges from a long 15 sec. (for night shots) to a fast 1/4,000 sec. (for action-freezing shots).
  • A 2 in. Vari-Angle LCD monitor swivels and makes it easy to take pictures from otherwise arkward angles.
  • A LCD display on top of the camera conveniently provides exposure information.

Like all new Canon digital cameras, the Pro1 is PictBridge-compatible.

Optional accessories include a tele converter and external speedlites.

The Canon PowerShot Pro1 provides an impressive array of professional features and targets the advanced amateur photographers.

Read our Canon PowerShot Pro1 review.

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  The Canon PowerShot Pro 1 Home PagePRO1 Home Page
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  Image Sensor 8.0 effective megapixels
2/3 in. CCD
 
  Lens Canon L USM  
  Focal Length 7.2-50.8mm (28-200mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F2.4 – F8.0 (W), F3.5 – F8.0 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 7x (using the zoom ring)  
  Macro 10 cm (3.9 in.) ; Super Macro 3 cm / 1.2 in. (at 4MP)  
  Auto Focus

Hybrid autofocus (TTL + external metering sensor) (continuous or single)
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: 1-point AF (any position is available)

 
  Shutter Speed 15 – 1/4,000 sec.
1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutter-speed priority mode or Manual mode.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
 
  Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control; AE lock is available  
  Shooting Modes

Auto; Creative (P, Av, Tv, M, Custom 1, Custom 2); Image zone (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Stitch Assist, Movie); Continuous 2.5 images/sec.;
Movie DV-quality VGA 640x480 w/Sound (30 sec.)

 
  Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments; Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is available  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Centre-Weighted Average, Spot (Center or AF-point)  
  White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Flash) or custom (Custom1/Custom2)  
  Viewfinder Color LCD viewfinder (EVF)
Picture coverage 100%
Dioptric adjustment -5.5 to +1.5 m-1 (dpt equivalent)
 
  LCD 2.0 inch low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (235K pixels) with variable-angle function; Coverage 100%
 
  ISO Sensitivity AUTO; ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalent  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or Type II  
  Battery 1. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
(type: BP-511A)
(included in the camera kit/sold separately)
2. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
(type: BP-511/512/514) (sold separately)
3. Compact Power Adapter (CA-560) (sold separately)
4. Car battery adapter (separately sold Charge Adapter/Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560 is required)
5. Coin-type secondary Lithium battery (CR-2016)
 
  Included Accessories
64MB CF Card
Battery Pack BP-511A w/Battery Charger CG-580 (Canada)
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Strap (Neck)
Lens Hood LH-DC10 & Filter Adapter FA-DC58A
Wireless Controller WL-DC100
Software CD-ROMs (Digital Camera Solution, ArcSoft Camera Suite)
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 117.5 x 72 x 90.3 mm /
4.63 x 2.84 x 3.56 in.
(excluding viewfinder and protrusions)
 
  Weight (Camera body only) 545g / 19.2 oz  
  MSRP US$999.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.

DISCLAIMER:

Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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