Video: Reviewing Canon’s PowerShot Pro1 ‘pink ring’ bridge digicam 18 years later: Digital Pictures Overview


Gordon Laing, founding father of CameraLabs, is again with one other Retro Overview, this time having a look on the PowerShot Pro1, a bridge digicam that served because the flagship providing in Canon’s fixed-lens PowerShot Professional sequence lineup.

On the time of its launch, again in February 2004, the PowerShot Pro1 retailed for roughly $1,000. Contained in the digicam is what was then a top-of-the-line 8MP Sony 2/3in CCD sensor that might seize images between 50 and 400 ISO. In Gordon’s personal phrases, ’50 ISO seemed nice, 100 was nearly okay, however at 200 there have been seen losses, whereas at 400 ISO the standard took a giant hit. This was sadly widespread on the time although.’ VGA (640 x 480 pixel) video recording was additionally doable, albeit at a tough 15 frames per second and restricted to 30 seconds.

A cutaway view of the Canon PowerShot Pro1, shared in our authentic overview of the digicam.

The digicam featured the one and solely L-series PowerShot mounted lens that was branded with the long-lasting pink ring normally reserved for Canon’s costly SLR lenses. The lens was a 7x zoom lens that supplied a full-frame equal zoom vary between 28–200mm. As we famous in our authentic overview, Canon mentioned the lens was given its pink ring as a result of it featured each ultra-low dispersion (UD) and flourite parts and supplied spectacular picture high quality given its compact nature.

Beneath are a set of pattern photographs captured by Gordon on the PowerShot Pro1, shared with permission:

As Gordon notes within the video, Canon made the many of the digicam’s actual property, packing it filled with controls, together with a mode dial, a joypad, a entrance finger dial and devoted buttons to change by means of sure capturing modes. The PowerShot Pro1 featured a 2” articulating rear 235K-dot LCD show, in addition to a top-mounted show for rapidly getting a look on the settings. The digital viewfinder was comparatively high-resolution (235K-dot) for its time and supplied a DSLR-like capturing expertise in a extra compact type issue.

Ports on the digicam included a regular USB connection, a DC enter for powering the digicam externally, a 3.5mm AV output for sharing photographs on a TV or monitor and a hotshoe that labored with Canon’s array of lighting equipment. Pictures taken with the digicam had been saved on a Compact Flash card and measured roughly 3–4MB within the highest-quality JPEG setting (there have been three ranges, in addition to a Uncooked setting).

{A photograph} of the PowerShot Pro1’s 7x optical zoom mounted lens, full with the long-lasting pink ring. {Photograph} by Gordon Laing.

Regardless of Canon throwing almost every part it had into the PowerShot Pro1, it might be the final of its type for years to return, because the high-end bridge digicam market was being taken over by entry-level DSLR cameras, such because the Nikon D70 or Canon’s first Digital Insurgent digicam, the 300D. To shut out his 18-year overview, Gordon says:

‘Again within the 2000’s I had a gentle spot for pro-sumer cameras just like the PowerShot Professional or Sony F sequence, at the same time as primary digital SLRs lastly matched them on worth. I cherished how the producers wouldn’t simply throw every part they may consider into them, but in addition use them as testbeds for progressive new concepts or uncommon physique designs.’

You’ll be able to learn Gordon’s full overview and discover further pattern photographs on Gordon’s web site, Cameralabs. You too can sustain along with his newest Retro Evaluations on his YouTube channel, DinoBytes.


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