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Canon PowerShot Pro1 Review
Date: May 4, 2004
Amateur - Prosumer
Canon PowerShot Pro1 review is based on a production
Shop (Indoors AWB)
26.3mm, Program AE, Evaluative, 1/6 sec., F3.5
and ISO 50
The Canon PowerShot Pro1 is the top of
the line PowerShot model and boasts an impressive
array of features certain to please the most demanding
photographer. We find the combination of high
quality 8MP images, 7x optical wide-angle zoom
and professional features, all housed in a compact
body a very attractive proposition for the advanced
The Pro1 has 8 megapixels resolution on a 16.7
mm (2/3 in.) CCD image sensor; bright F2.4 wide-angle
28mm 'L' lens; 7x optical zoom from a wide-angle
28mm to medium telephoto 200mm; a manual zoom/focus
ring driven with precision by an Ultrasonic Motor
(USM); a large 2-in. swivel LCD; another monochrome
Display Panel LCD on top of the camera; and a
high resolution, very usable EVF.
Answering to professional photographers' needs,
the Pro1 allows images to be saved in RAW file
format and provides an internal buffer
which allows taking about 4 RAW images in rapid
succession before the camera writes to the CompactFlash
(CF) memory card.
Other notable features: a built-in ND Filter,
Super Macro at 3 cm (1.2 in.), and a Playback
Histogram. To indicate overexposure, overexposed
areas of the image blink in Playback Mode.
The Pro1 has excellent build. It is housed in
a magnesium alloy and high-grade plastic body
with a comfortable grip. It looks very professional
in black finish.
Image quality is simply excellent.
The Canon PowerShot Pro1 is targeted to professional
photographers looking for a compact alternative
to their dSLRs as well as to advanced amateur
photographers desiring a compact digital camera
with the professional features and options usually
available only in dSLRs. See if you fit the Canon
PowerShot Pro1 User Profile below:
||Desire a quality 8 MP
resolution 'prosumer' digital camera.
||Need maximum flexibility
in exposure control.
||Want wide-angle coverage
as well as medium telephoto.
||Want fast response, negligible
||Need professional features.
||Prefer a compact body
with excellent build and finish.