Canon PowerShot Pro 1 8.0 MP Digital Camera - Black Reviews
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Canon PowerShot Pro 1 8.0 MP Digital Camera - Black

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Canon takes the cake!!

May 28, 2004
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Pros:Picture quality, response, color, compression, shooting modes, stitch feature, remote control, macro/supermacro, BEST CAMERA

Cons:no string for lens cap, movie quality, only two handed use for zoom

The Bottom Line: Canon cameras simply take better pictures overall. The DiGiC processor and the lens, it all plays a part to bring a real life photo to your screen or to print.


I have owned many state-of-the-art shoot and point, consumer end, digital cameras over the past few years. By far this camera takes away any of their glory with it's sheer brilliance.

I have tried many brands including Nikon, (prior) Canons, Fuji, Kodak, Olympus, Minolta, and sadly Sony. I would say for sheer picture quality Canon is the best out of the cameras I have had, and Nikon follows by a close second. I had a tough decision between the Sony F828, the Nikon 8700 and the Canon Pro1, ONLY because the Nikon and Sony where available to me for 150 bucks less, but I am so glad I was able to get my hands on the Canon Pro1.

First off - if you are a reader wondering if you should get this camera please continue reading. Everyone now-a-days should know that raw pixel count does not equal a good picture. There are way too many other factors that provide an accurate still. Lens, compression, processor, to name a few. However, this monster's eight megapixels combined with its digic processor and glorious lens, tied in with just the right amount of compression (or not if you want RAW format) turns out a magnificent picture.

I have read that this camera has shutter lag. I'm not sure if their cameras are defective, or if they are shooting at subjects too close without the macro feature enabled. Whether I am shooting outdoors, indoors, or in almost darkness - this camera has the ability to focus and shoot almost instantaneously. Sure, it is still a digital camera - it is not click-snap - that's not what digital cameras are - but it's the closest I've had and as you have read so far - I've owned a lot of cameras.

The zoom on this camera is wonderful, and works like a charm, but it does have the slight problem of having to use BOTH hands (one to hold the camera and one to twist the zoom ring). Since I have grown accustom to this with my last Fuji S7000 camera - this does not bother me in the slightest except for those occasions where you want to zoom in with one hand - you just can't do that anymore. It would have been nice if Canon provided a dual method for this function, but as it stands - I'm very happy.

The other problem with this camera is the lens cap. It has no string or place for the lens cap except your bag if you buy that separately. As you can see - I am grasping at straws here to find problems with this camera.

Now for the good stuff.

I owned the Powershot G3 Canon in the past and it has been my favorite camera until now. Canon appears to have updated the menus for every shooting stage so that you can highly fine tune the camera. The movie feature on this camera is not up to par with other high end cameras ranging in the $1000.00 price range, but if I want movies, I will use a camcorder, not my digital camera!! I put these two items (pictures and movies) into separate categories and I hope anyone else considering a digital camera will as well.

The remote control is one of the handiest features if you want to get a group photo with yourself included. It is wireless and comes with the camera unlike other cameras which are wired and you have to buy it separately.

The night mode/shot and slow syncro shots are fantastic with this camera. I have also learned that this camera does have a supermacro mode as well as a macro mode and like any digital camera, it has a learning curve. I believe that the super macro pictures are not able to be captured at the full resolution of the camera, which most people might find disappointing, but in no way is the picture degraded - I have taken dozens of close-ups of random objects and the picture detail is unbelievable! Anyone who says the macro/supermacro features of this camera is lacking simply hasn't learned how to use it - this camera has as good if not better than any camera I've owned yet.

The color quality of this camera is extremely accurate even in low light conditions - I am still in awe at how just using the "Auto" mode does such a wonderful job. Having all the different shooting modes used to be troublesome to me, thinking to myself - why do I need all this? Why not just have one mode with all the options... I have learned why and am grateful for the modes. So the camera can still manage most or all of one part of the photo and let you control the rest. There are so many different aspects of shooting a photo that I've never realized until I've looked at old photos and said "I want to take that again and make it better" - thankfully this camera has everything I need to do that.

The feel of this camera is wonderful and the durability appears fantastic. It doesn't feel cheap in anyway shape or form... even the lens cap feels great.

I know this article is scattered with details, but I have to hand it to Canon on such a great camera. The pictures really look superior to other cameras of this or lesser quality. Just looking at the details and the colors puts this camera over the top of anything I've ever owned and I can't wait to take more pictures with it!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 965.24
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Solid Enough for a Professional

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