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Video: Reviewing Canon’s PowerShot Pro1 ‘purple ring’ bridge digital camera 18 years later: Digital Images Evaluate


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

On the time of its launch, again in February 2004, the PowerShot Pro1 retailed for roughly $1,000. Contained in the digital camera is what was then a top-of-the-line 8MP Sony 2/3in CCD sensor that might seize pictures between 50 and 400 ISO. In Gordon’s personal phrases, ’50 ISO appeared 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 frequent 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 unique overview of the digital camera.

The digital camera featured the one and solely L-series PowerShot mounted lens that was branded with the enduring purple ring often 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 unique overview, Canon stated the lens was given its purple 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.

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

As Gordon notes within the video, Canon made the a lot of the digital camera’s actual property, packing it filled with controls, together with a mode dial, a joypad, a entrance finger dial and devoted buttons to modify by means of sure taking pictures 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 taking pictures expertise in a extra compact type issue.

Ports on the digital camera included a normal USB connection, a DC enter for powering the digital camera externally, a 3.5mm AV output for sharing pictures on a TV or monitor and a hotshoe that labored with Canon’s array of lighting equipment. Images taken with the digital camera 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 enduring purple ring. {Photograph} by Gordon Laing.

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

‘Again within the 2000’s I had a delicate spot for pro-sumer cameras just like the PowerShot Professional or Sony F collection, whilst primary digital SLRs lastly matched them on value. I beloved how the producers wouldn’t simply throw all the things they might consider into them, but in addition use them as testbeds for modern new concepts or uncommon physique designs.’

You may learn Gordon’s full overview and discover extra pattern pictures on Gordon’s web site, Cameralabs. You too can sustain together with his newest Retro Opinions on his YouTube channel, DinoBytes.

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