Canon Powershot Pro1 Review

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Canon Powershot Pro1




Features & Controls (cont.)



Canon Powershot Pro1

On the back you'll find the large Mode Dial with positions for AUTO (point-n-shoot mode), Program (user adjusts most all parameters, camera sets shutter speed and aperture), Tv (user selects shutter speed, camera selects aperture), Av (user selects aperture, camera selects shutter speed), Manual (user selects both shutter speed and aperture), C1 and C2 are user-configurable with your own settings for quick recall, Portrait (uses larger aperture to blur backgrounds), Landscape (uses smaller aperture for greater depth of focus range), Night Scene (slow shutter speed and slow-sync flash to light night scenes with foreground subjects), Stitch Assist (on-screen prompting for creation of multi-image panorama shots), Movie (high-quality VGA resolution movies or smaller Quarter-VGA resolution for email transmission.)

Below the Mode Dial is the Function button that lets you access an on-screen menu for selecting ISO speed, White Balance, Image Effects (color, sepia, b&w, sharpness, saturation and contrast), Flash Compensation, Exposure and Focus Bracketing, Image Size and Quality. Options available depend on the capture mode. The Function button also serves as the Jump button in playback.

The 4-way selector is used for changing settings, navigating menus and selecting images in playback mode. In record mode you press "up" to set Exposure Compensation or press "down" to quickly change the White Balance. The SET button accepts menu selections and in record mode it lets you move the AF focus point. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system.

On the top right is the Power switch (see next frame), below that is the MF (Manual Focus) button which lets you manually adjust focus with the lens ring while depressing this button. It is the Audio Memo record button in playback. The "STAR" button is used to activate the AE-Lock function, in playback it is the Delete image button. The INFO button controls the amount of information displayed on the screen in record and playback mode.



Canon Powershot Pro1

On top out on the finger grip you'll find the Shutter Release and Command Dial. Next to the large data LCD is the "Lamp" button to illuminate the LCD, the Drive Mode button (Single, Sequential, Self-timer/Remote), the Metering button (Matrix, Center-weighted or Spot) and the Power/Record/Playback button.


Canon Powershot Pro1

Here is the data LCD with all possible display icons shown. As you can see from the other picture, it can be illuminated with an orange backlight to be seen easily even in total darkness.



Canon Powershot Pro1

On the left side of the top is the Flash mode button, it serves as the Magnify button in playback. The Focus mode button toggles between Normal, Macro and Landscape modes, in playback it is the Index display button.




Canon Powershot Pro1

On the back are the I/O ports: USB 1.1 data port, DC INput for optional AC adapter, and an A/V output, video is selectable for NTSC or PAL, the audio is monaural.



Canon Powershot Pro1

The Pro1 stores images on CompactFlash Type I or II cards, including Microdrives. It is FAT-32 compatible so it can make use of high-capacity CF cards and Microdrives that exceed 2GB.   I have personally tested it with the Hitachi 4GB Microdrive shown here.

Canon includes a 64MB CF card but you'll soon want a 512MB or 1GB size card after you look at the following Image Storage Chart, especially if you shoot in RAW mode.


Canon Powershot Pro1





Canon Powershot Pro1

The Pro1 is powered by a BP-511A 7.2V 1390mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack (Canon BP-511, BP-512 or BP-514 battery pack may also be used). More powerul than NiMH type batteries, no memory effect, lighter in weight, holds a charge for a longer time and performs better in lower temperatures. Canon estimates about 420 shots on a fully charged battery - your mileage will vary depending on how much you use the larger LCD and/or flash.

The small and portable CG-580 rapid AC charger is included and has folding prongs (no cord required), it indicates the charge level with a blinking LED. A fully depleted battery can be recharged in about an hour and a half.



Canon Powershot Pro1

Canon includes one of my favorite accessories, an infrared remote control. The WL-DC100 allows you to trip the shutter and control the zoom in record mode, it also lets you to control the camera from across the room during playback on your TV screen.





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