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The PowerShot Pro1 is the digital compact for serious photographers. It includes an 8.0 megapixel CCD, retractable 7x L-series zoom lens, hybrid AF sy...

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published 03/06/2005 | magicands
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Pro Compact - lightweight - Flip/Turn screen - Manual Mode.
Cons No AF Illuminator - No Bulb setting - Cluttered buttons
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"Canon Powershot Pro1 - Vs - 35mm/Medium Format."

As an ex professional photographer I wanted a digital camera that gave me many of the benefits I use with my everyday 35mm and Medium format gear, but without the hassle of lugging a large amount of equipment around.
I looked therefore at the Nikon Coolpix 5400 and the Canon Powershot Pro 1, both of which are aimed at the more advanced photographer or prosumer (A word I hate).
As a long time Nikon user I was leaning toward the coolpix at 6 mega pixels purely because it had a Bulb facility enabling the shutter to remain open for a maximum of 10 minutes.
Instead I purchased the Pro1 as I preferred its looks and feel and it also has a much larger LCD than the poultry one on the coolpix.
In general use the Pro1 is a fabulous camera, it handles well, and feels good to hold. The buttons are laid out nicely but some are just a little too close together for my large fingers. The image on the 2 inch LCD is superb & will rotate taken pictures automatically for you if you shoot them in Vertical format.
Exposure modes run from fully automatic right down to manual where your input is essential for shutter speed, aperture, etc.
My biggest gripe with this camera has to be the Manual mode, I said earlier that the coolpix had a Bulb Facility to keep the shutter open for 10 minutes. Well the Canon's longest exposure is 15 seconds which leaves you caught between the devil & the deep Blue sea at times. My other major gripe is the lack of an AF illuminator to assist with focusing in low light conditions, this said the coolpix doesn't have one either and I think that the lack of this feature lets both Canon & Nikon down very badly..........Why did they not install it?????
My only other gripe would be image quality really, for an 8 mega pixel camera I expected more from the Pro1. Sure images are good but my 35mm is as good and my Medium format leaves it at the starting line. I was hoping to leave the heavy gear at home and get out and about with what I thought was the first serious contender in the digital Vs 35mm war. Unfortunately that is not going to happen with the Pro1, and I doubt if it would have had I purchased the coolpix instead.
The Powershot is a superb compact camera that yields very high quality images and has an array of functions, it looks cool and attracts jealous eyes, but I am afraid it is just that "A digital Compact" and anybody reading this who is a keen photographer would be well advised to cherrish the 35mm camera they already have. Canon have made a giant leap forward with this neat camera but to aim it at Prosumers (there's that word again) is a no no.


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    Great first review. Welcome to Ciao. My partner is looking at the Canon 20D as his next this may be of interest to him. Thanks Linda
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Product Information : Canon PowerShot Pro1

Manufacturer's product description

The PowerShot Pro1 is the digital compact for serious photographers. It includes an 8.0 megapixel CCD, retractable 7x L-series zoom lens, hybrid AF system and Micro Ultrasonic Motor. The PowerShot Pro1 has an 8.0 megapixel CCD for high-resolution printing up to A2. Its Canon 7x L-Series zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 28 - 200mm, f/2.4 - f/3.5) includes fluorite and UD elements to significantly reduce chromatic aberration. The PowerShot Pro1 features a new hybrid AF system, which together with the Micro Ultrasonic Motor (USM) provides quick, quiet auto-focusing to ensure you don't miss that perfect shot. The combination of Canon's unique iSAPS technology to optimize shooting settings, high-performance DIGIC processor for fast processing, together with Image Rendering technology for accurate reproduction of colors, ensures every shot is represented faithfully. Because every shot is different, Canon has made the PowerShot Pro1 incredibly versatile. There are 12 shooting modes - from Manual to Auto (including 2 custom settings), for greater creative control. There's a choice of two color space formats - standard sRGB and Adobe RGB. With a choice of 3 compression rates and 5 resolutions, plus RAW mode for maximum image data recording, you have a total of 16 modes for increased recording flexibility. As well as total compatibility with the complete range of EX Speedlites, the PowerShot Pro1 has optional telephoto and close-up lenses for you to achieve any desired perspective. The PowerShot Pro 1 puts ergonomics to the fore - placing controls exactly where they should be. Its 2.0" vari-angle LCD is bright, easy to read and tilts to just the position you want. The tough, black body fits comfortably in your hand, while a large grip lets you hold the camera steady as you compose your shots.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon PowerShot Pro1 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Sensor Resolution: 8.0 Megapixel, 8 Megapixel

Lens System: 7 x zoom lens - 7.2 - 50.8 mm - f/2.4-3.5

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.44" - colour

Display: LCD display - 2", LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2" - colour

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1390 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.8 cm x 9 cm x 7.2 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg, 545 g

Supported Flash Memory: CompactFlash, Microdrive

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode

Microphone: Microphone - built-in

Focal Length: 7.2 mm - 50.8 mm

Lens Aperture: F/2.4-3.5

Optical Zoom: 7 x

Min Focus Range: 50 cm

Flash Memory: 64 MB

General

MPN: 9140A007AA, 9140A027, 9140A008, PRO 1, 9140A009, PowerShot Pro1, 9140A010

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital camera

Sensor Resolution: 8.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 8,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 8,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 2/3"

Optical Zoom: 7 x

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Auto Focus: Hybrid

AE/AF Control: FlexiZone

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Width: 11.8 cm

Depth: 9 cm

Height: 7.2 cm

Weight: 545 g

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, spot AF area, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, stitch assist, night scene

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid, Custom Effect

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3 EV step

Lens System

Type: 7 x zoom lens - 7.2 - 50.8 mm - f/2.4-3.5, Zoom lens - 7.2 mm - 50.8 mm - f/2.4-3.5

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 200mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 3-50cm

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Lens Construction: 10 groups / 14 elements, 10 group(s) / 14 element(s)

Features: UD glass, Ultrasonic Motor (USM), fluorite glass, built-in 1/8 neutral density filter, aspherical lens

Auto Focus: Hybrid

Focal Length: 7.2 mm - 50.8 mm

Optical Zoom: 7 x

Min Focus Range: 50 cm

Lens Aperture: F/2.4-3.5

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: Flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 5 m

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Status LCD Display Illumination: Yes

LCD Display Information: Shutter speed, aperture, red-eye reduction, self-timer mode, photo quality, photos remaining, drive mode, remote control indicator, white balance indicators, picture resolution, exposure compensation, Metering Mode, battery condition, programme, flash mode

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, AE/FE lock, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, focus bracketing, AF lock

Self Timer: Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.44"

Viewfinder Resolution: 235,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%

Dioptric Correction Range: -5.5 to +1.5

Display

Type: 2" LCD display, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2" - colour

Resolution: 235,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating

Display Form Factor: Rotating

Display Format: 235,000 pixels

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Expansion Slot(s): 1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Canon ImageBrowser

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME - Pentium - 150 MHz - 64 MB ¦ Windows XP - Pentium - 300 MHz - 128 MB ¦ MacOS 9.0 - 9.2 - PowerPC - 64 MB ¦ MacOS X - PowerPC - 128 MB

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens hood, battery charger, lens cap, neck strap, adaptor ring, USB cable, audio / video cable, IR remote control

Cables Included: 1 x A/V cable ¦ 1 x USB cable

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1390 mAh ( included )

Battery Type: Canon BP-511A

Supported Battery Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1390 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash, Microdrive

Included Memory Card: 64 MB CompactFlash, 1 GB CompactFlash

Image Storage: RAW 3264 x 2448 : 6 - with 64MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 17 - with 64MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 29 - with 64MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 62 - with 64MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 30 - with 64MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 54 - with 64MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 110 - with 64MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 61 - with 64MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 109 - with 64MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 217 - with 64MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 107 - with 64MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 189 - with 64MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 349 - with 64MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 241 - with 64MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 393 - with 64MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 676 - with 64MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 30 sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 61 sec - with 64MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 183 sec - with 64MB card ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 486 sec - with 64MB card

Supported Flash Memory: CompactFlash, Microdrive

Flash Memory: 64 MB Flash - CompactFlash Card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 11.8 cm

Depth: 9 cm

Height: 7.2 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Power

Power Device: Battery charger - external

Microphone

Type: Microphone - built-in

Main Features

AE/AF Control: FlexiZone

Status LCD Display Illumination: Yes

Total Pixels: 8,300,000 pixels

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3 EV step

Remote Control: Camera remote control - infrared

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames per second

LCD Display Information: Shutter speed, aperture, red-eye reduction, self-timer mode, photo quality, photos remaining, drive mode, remote control indicator, white balance indicators, picture resolution, exposure compensation, Metering Mode, battery condition, programme, flash mode

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid, Custom Effect

Resolution: 8 Megapixel

Effective Sensor Resolution: 8,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 2/3"

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, spot AF area, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Video Capture: 15 fps - 30 sec - AVI - 640 x 480 - max clip duration ¦ 15 fps - 180sec - AVI - 320 x 240 - max clip duration ¦ 15 fps - 180sec - AVI - 160 x 120 - max clip duration ¦ 15 fps - 61 sec - AVI - 640 x 480 - with 64MB card ¦ 15 fps - 183 sec - AVI - 320 x 240 - with 64MB card ¦ 15 fps - 486 sec - AVI - 160 x 120 - with 64MB card

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Colour Support: Colour

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Still Image Format: JPEG, RAW

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Digital Video Format: AVI

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