Canon Powershot E1 Review

Canon Powershot E1

Features & Controls

The E1 features a 4X (35-140mm in the 35mm format) f/2.7-5.6 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in cover closes to completely protect the glass of the lens.

With Canon's Optical Image Stabilization technology (IS), users have the flexibility of actually shooting at shutter speeds 2-3 stops lower than would otherwise be possible. This camera features multi-mode Image Stabilization - users can choose between Continuous IS (always active), Panning IS (active when vertical camera shake is detected) and a "Shoot Only" IS mode (active when the shutter is pressed all the way.)

An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:

  • Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
  • Macro: 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (W), 1.0-1.6 ft/30-50cm (T)

In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.

Canon Powershot E1

The built in flash offers Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synchro and Red-Eye Reduction. Flash range is 12. in. (30cm) - 13 ft. (4m) in wide angle, 12 in. (30cm) - 6.6 ft. (2.0m) in telephoto (using ISO Auto).

Canon Powershot E1

On the top you'll find the On/Off button, the shutter release with the zoom lens control lever mounted around it, and the Mode Dial. In playback mode the zoom lever functions as the index and magnified image control. The Mode Dial with positions for: Auto, Program, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Special Scene (Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), and Movie.

See the next page for more information about the various Record modes.

Canon Powershot E1

The Powershot E1 features a large 2.5-inch LCD with 115,000 pixels of resolution. It is used for framing shots, reviewing stored images as well as menu operations. If you do not want to use the LCD screen, there is also a real-image zoom viewfinder, which allows you to see what is shown by the zoom lens.

Canon Powershot E1

The real image optical viewfinder gives you an alternative option to the LCD screen. It zooms with the camera and shows almost 100% of the captured image. The two lights next to the viewfinder let you know when the camera is focused and the flash is needed or ready.

Canon Powershot E1

Controls on the back: At the top right is the Play / Record switch and the built-in speaker. The Print/Share button speeds and simplifies printing to Direct Print and PictBridge compliant printers, as well as transferring images to your PC. It can also be programmed to control one of many features that does not already have a shortcut. Next to it you will find the Face select button. The 4-way controller seen here is used to navigate menus and select images during playback, the FUNC./SET button accepts menu selections. In record mode you press "Up" to change ISO settings, "Down" select burst mode or the timer, "Left" selects the macro focus and "Right" changes the flash settings. The FUNCtion/SET button also calls up the Function shortcut menu. This gives access to many settings such as: exposure compensation, white balance, My Colors, image quality, and image size. The DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu screens.

Canon Powershot E1

The I/O ports: AV Out handles monaural audio and video to connect to a TV set with the supplied cable.

The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 (high-speed) to the computer for download and camera control with the RemoteCapture software. It also allows for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, Canon Card Photo Printer or Bubblejet Direct photo printers.

DC INput jack for an optional AC power supply.

Canon Powershot E1

The Powershot E1 is equipped with a card slot that supports use of SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC+, and HC MMC+ memory cards up to 8GB. Canon supplies a 32MB SD card with the camera. Shown here with an OCZ 4GB SDHC card - see the tables below for the approximate storage capacity.

Approx. Storage Capacities

Number of Recordable Images
Large (L) Medium 1 (M1) Medium 2 (M2)
File Size (KB) 4,332 2,565 1,226 2,720 1,620 780 2,002 1,116 556
32MB 6 11 23 10 17 37 14 26 52
2GB 448 749 1,536 714 1,181 2,363 960 1,707 3,235
8GB 1,792 2,994 6,140 2,855 4,723 9,446 3,837 6,822 12,927

Medium 3 (M3) Small (S) Widescreen (W)
File Size (KB) 1,002 558 278 249 150 84 3,243 1,920 918
32MB 29 52 99 111 171 270 8 15 31
2GB 1,862 3,235 6,146 6,830 10,245 15,368 596 1,007 2,048
8GB 7,442 12,927 24,562 27,291 40,937 61,406 2,384 4,026 8,187
Time of Recordable Movies
Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap Compact
640 x 480 320 x 240 160 x 120
30 fps 30 fps LP 30 fps 15 fps
32MB 15 sec. 30 sec. 43 sec. 3 min. 30 sec.
2GB 16 min. 47 sec. 33 min. 02 sec. 46 min. 33 sec. 3 hr. 24 min. 54 sec.
8GB 1 hr. 07 min. 06 sec. 2 hr. 12 min. 03 sec. 3 hr. 06 min. 04 sec. 13 hr. 38 min. 45 sec.
Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Canon Powershot E1

The camera may be powered by two standard AA-type batteries, alkaline or NiMH (nickel metal hydride) cells. Canon claims with AA Alkaline batteries you can capture approx. 220 shots (LCD On), and 480 minutes of continuous playback time. With NiMH cells Canon claims approx. 450 shots (LCD on), and 600 minutes of continuous playback time. Check out our NiMH rechargeable battery page for more info on NiMH battery types.

Canon also offers a battery and charger kit CBK4-300 (about $58) which includes both a charger unit and four rechargeable AA-size NiMH batteries. The E1 can also be powered by the AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (about $49) for unlimited runtime from your wall outlet.

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Record Features

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