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Canon PowerShot Pro1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1276 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the usability and responsiveness are on the whole positive. The portability and value for money are also appreciated. Comments about the memory and flash are different, while some have doubts about the features and image stabilizer.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot Pro1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot Pro1


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Compact case

Battery life is below average

The Pro1's compact case makes it a pleasant camera to tote. Its battery life could be better, however.

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Canon PowerShot Pro1


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Excellent, highly detailed images; top-notch 7X L-series zoom lens; short RAW shot-to-shot times; built-in neutral-density filter; support for Adobe RGB.

Slow autofocus; worse than average shutter delay; crummy manual exposure-metering display; no live histogram.

This 8-megapixel megazoom model has some annoying drawbacks, but its top-notch pictures will please many advanced and enthusiast shooters.

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Review of the PowerShot Pro 1, Canon's new eight megapixel camera


There's a review over at Photoxels of Canon's new eight megapixel prosumer digital camera, the PowerShot Pro 1, is being pitched as an alternative to all those digital SLRs like the Nikon D70 and the Canon EOS Digital Rebel that...


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Canon PowerShot Pro1


Just when we had hoped that manufacturers were moving on from the megapixel race we caught news of Sony's ICX456 eight megapixel CCD sensor which was leaked onto the Internet in June last year. And so at that time it wasn't difficult to predict that we...

Very good resolution, joint best of group ; Wide angle seven times zoom lens, fast at wide ; Selectable color space (sRGB / Adobe RGB) ; Good shot to shot times ; Good flash performance ; Time-lapse feature ; Relatively compact and lightweight ; Good...

Vignetting / lens shading at maximum aperture ; Visible noise from ISO 100 upwards ; Slower than expected startup time ; Limited latitude of image parameter adjustment ; No AF assist lamp ; No live view histogram ; Lower than advertised continuous...

The PowerShot Pro1 is a camera designed to be familiarto current Canon owners, easy enough to use for first time buyers andyet still provide a semiprofessional feel and feature set. Canon has borrowedfrom its professional lens line to put an L quality...

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Canon PowerShot Pro1 review by PC Magazine


The Canon PowerShot Pro1 represents a big step forward versus the former top of the PowerShot line, the 5MP G5. Company: Canon USA Inc., ...

Powerful zoom lens ; razor-sharp pictures ; easy one-handed shooting

No antishake capability ; manual focus is kludgy

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Canon PowerShot Pro1


The Pro1 is Canon's new top-of-the-line PowerShot digital camera for 2004. The Pro1 was designed for discerning digital photographers seeking a versatile, high-resolution digital camera that combines shooting options previously found only on digital SLRs

Like the Nikon 8700, the Canon PowerShot is a worthy competitor in the prosumer digicam market. Its features are rich and the image quality excellent. A beginner will get terrific results in automatic mode, while the advanced photographer will be able to

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Canon PowerShot Pro1 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


The PowerShot Pro1 is the latest in a long and highly popular line of Canon digicams. Canon U.S.A. has long been a dominant player in the film and digital camera markets, well-known for their high-quality optics, technical innovations, and aggressive...

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Canon PowerShot Pro1


What's in the Box

Good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Fast 7X zoom lens with "L" glass (but several instances of vignetting raised my eyebrows) ; Full manual controls ; Exceptional build quality ; Robust performance ; Interesting zoom ring around lens ;...

Images slightly noisy; noticeable purple fringing as well ; Vignetting spotted in several images; surprising given the lens ; So-so focusing in low light; no AF-assist lamp ; Electronic viewfinder somewhat difficult to see in dim light ; No live...

The Pro1 is certainly an intriguing choice for those who want D-SLR resolution and performance, but don't want a bulky camera or pricey lenses. Don't expect D-SLR photo quality, though, as the tiny 8MP sensor just can't compare. The Pro1 gets my...

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Canon Digital Rebel and PowerShot Pro1 Digital Cameras


After many years using a very reliable Olympus C2020 2.1 megapixel digital camera, I decided to upgrade to the Canon Digital Rebel based on its 6.3 megapixel imaging capability and backward compatibility with Canon EF lenses. As a Canon EOS Rebel...

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Short Report: Canon PowerShot Pro1


Canon went all out in the design of its new 8-megapixel PowerShot Pro1. The camera has an L-type lens--the company's pro designation. Canon has exceptionally high standards of optical quality for its L series and some very good lenses don't get the name.

This compact camera body has all the features and more you'd expect on a digital SLR. Yet with the PowerShot Pro1, you get a camera and 28-200mm lens (35mm equivalent) for far less than the same capabilities in a digital SLR and in a much smaller package.

Product Specifications

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.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:64MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.4-3.5
Max Focal Length:50.8mm
Min Focal Length:7.2mm
Optical Zoom:7
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:2/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):16.9 mm ( 2/3 ) / 16.9 mm ( 2/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Reference Resource

Category:Photo / video
Title:Canon PowerShot Pro1 Camera
Type:User manual

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD