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Canon PowerShot G1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 746 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and image quality. The screen and battery also get good reviews. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and features. The reliability and lens get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot G1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot G1


Compact 3.3-megapixel camera boasts flexible controls and a remarkable LCD viewfinder.

A solid choice for anyone looking for a relatively compact, highly flexible, high-resolution camera.

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Canon PowerShot G1


A departure from the norm? Not what was expected? A few sites have claimed the G1 is the "replacement for the Pro 70". I personally have other thoughts. The G1 is a direct competitor to Nikon's 990 and Olympus's C-3030Z, it has a completely different...

Great image quality, resolution, sharpness, on-par or better than the 990 ; Good colours, stronger and more accurate than most, slightly cool skintones ; ISO 50 produces less noise than the 3 megapixel competition ; Exellent strong blues (something...

Very slow startup time ; Visible chromatic aberrations ; Average macro performance (needs close-up lens accessory to really shine) ; Tendancy to over-expose dark scenes ; Pale skintones when using onboard flash ; Barrel distortion at wide angle ; No...

Canon knew what they had to do, they knew of the 990 when they were developing the G1 and they knew what users wanted, they've ensured that lots of the things we've complained were missing from the 990 (and other 3 megapixel prosumer digital cameras)...

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Canon Powershot G1


The Canon PowerShot G1 is equipped with a 3.34 megapixel 1/1.8-inch CCD. Captured images feature a high resolution of up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. Still images can be saved in standard JPEG format with three levels of quality or as Canon raw format. The RA


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Canon PowerShot G1 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Canon U.S.A. has been an active contender in the digital market this year, releasing a full complement of new digital cameras, all designed and engineered to live up to Canon's high standards. Its two May announcements, the PowerShot S100 Digital Elph...

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Canon G1 X


The new Canon G1 X quite an extraordinary camera. It has thecompact body of a high-end point and shoot camera with a large CMOS 18.7x14mm sensor delivering 14 MP. This sensor is larger than Micro Four Third sensors (17.3x13 mm) in Panasonic or Olympus...

Very sharp, very clean images due to a very large sensor for a compact camera ; Manual settings with large and handy setup dials ; Optical image stabilizer ; Massive and robust body ; Swivel LCD screen (fully articulated) ; Full HD video (but only 24...

Very small optical viewfinder

The camera showed nice and clean reproduction at nearly every ISO speed setting up to ISO 3200. In higher ISO speed settings we noticed some color clouds in homogenous color/gray areas. Just as in images taken with SLR cameras (and larger sensors), the...

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Canon G1 Digital Still Camera


When I was six years old, my father bought me a small Kodak 110 camera. I carried that little plastic camera in my pocket for 6 years and shot pictures of everything I could get close to. The best thing about it was that I could shove it in my pocket...

The first thing I did was what most photographers do: shoot first, ask questions later. I eventually opened the instruction manual and in about 10 minutes, I'd figured out just what I wanted to know

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Canon G1 Digital Camera Review


The most interesting feature of the Canon G1 is the hot shoe that accepts Canon EOS flash units. Adding an accessory flash with bounce capability and a Sto-Fen diffuser to the G1 will make a slightly bulky camera much bulkier but it will free your...

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Canon PowerShot G1


What's in the Box

Very sturdy, well designed body; Swiveling LCD is great ; Great features for those on the "pro" end: hot shoe and full manual controls ; Movies with sound ; CompactFlash Type II support ; CCD-RAW mode just as good as TIFF but much smaller ; Superfast...

Pictures start getting noisy at ISO 100 ; Purple fringing noticeable on cloudy days ; Having to send it back to Canon

But I will say that the PowerShot G1 takes care of a lot of issues that I had with the Coolpix 990, such as sound with movies, CompactFlash Type II support, and a hot shoe. Plus it adds the very handy swiveling LCD! This one would definitely be one of...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot G1 (Franco Fasanaro, 5 Feb 07)


Superata come funzioni e risoluzione d'immagine, resta comunque un ottimo investimento (può essere acquistata unicamente usata, e il suo valore si aggira su 80-90€). Schermo ruotante (fragile e piccolo), funzioni complete (ma non eccessivamente) per...

Schermo ruotante fragile. Lenta. Mirino piccolo e scarno. Menù obsoleti. Utilizza solo CF primo tipo

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot G1 (Theo Lumens, 4 Jul 05)


I had this camera for 7 months in 2000 / 2001. Well build. Many features, pleasing even the professional.

A really slow start-up, too slow for me ; The main disappointment was the harsh 'blue fringing' that could be seen in many images. This was unacceptable to me and the main reason I sold it

Product Specifications

Canon scales the heights of clarity with a state-of-the-art digital camera that delivers images of unprecedented quality. This is a camera with enough advanced options to satisfy a professional photographer, yet it retains an ease of use that will allow a skilled amateur to shoot without feeling overwhelmed. It even boasts the ability to take short movie clips - with sound! Packing 3.34 million pixels, you'll be hard-pressed to find a camera that can deliver a clearer image with 3x Zoom Lens. Meanwhile, you can control every aspect of your shot as much or as little as you want. Shutter speed, aperture, white balance, focus - you can manually adjust any of them to suit your creative needs, or let the PowerShot G1 take care of them for you. Innovative options such as auto exposure bracketing allow you to hedge your best while shooting in questionable conditions. Meanwhile, variable-angle LCD monitor and a convenient wireless remote allow you to take shots from difficult angles with ease. Whether you are a professional or just want to take professional grade photos, the PowerShot G1 is the digital camera for you. This model makes magnifying images: in single image replay, the displayed image can be shown magnified by an approximately factor of 2.5 or 5. It also features movie recording and playback: if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this feature is priceless! When you're desperate for a video camera, the PowerShot G1 can record a QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) digital movie clip (with sound) at 15 frames per second for up to 30 seconds. Then you can play back your home movies on the built-in LCD monitor or a compatible personal computer or even on your TV! The PowerShot G1 even offers video output in either NTSC or PAL, allowing playback abroad. This camera is supplied with Charge Adapter/Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560 and Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk 2.0 (for Mac & PC).

Audio Input

Type: None

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:LCD passive matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auto mode lock / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.5
Max Focal Length:21mm
Min Focal Length:7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.3Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder


Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:Canon RAW / JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical