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Canon PowerShot Pro1
Canon PowerShot Pro1

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Canon PowerShot Pro1

Editor's Review

The release of the Canon PowerShot Pro1 marked Canon's entry into the growing 8-megapixel camera market. Unveiled at the 2004 Photo Marketing Association show in Las Vegas, the Canon Pro1 is one of seven new PowerShot cameras announced by Canon in early February 2004. The PowerShot Pro1 has a 7x optical zoom, an advanced L-series lens, and a fold-out 2" LCD screen. If high resolution is a must, the Pro 1 is worthy of consideration.


  • 8.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 7x optical zoom/3.2x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: PowerShot Pro1
  • UPC: 00013803034899
  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2004

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Canon PowerShot Pro1 Reviews

Canon PowerShot Pro1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
An Extraordinary Camera! (Delroy McDowell — 08/28/2006)

An extraordinary camera filled with features and easy to use menus - If you are new to Canon's PowerShot cameras you should strongly consider the Pro 1. Battery charges very quickly and has an excellent battery life. Great pictures can be taken with this camera, once you know your way round it well to get its best performance.
Its digital Zoom is excellent. I took some pictures in Montego Bay, Jamaica from the El Greco Resort overlooking the Doctor's cave beach and the pictures looked like I was there on the beach. I did some portraits of my daughter with the digital zoom which came out quite wonderful as well.

I would have love if it did not produced such noise at higher ISO sensitivity. Apart from this.... a great camera to have and own.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Quality of pictures WARMS ME HEART! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a medium format camera shooter,I am very impressed with the results I get with my CANON POWERSHOT PRO 1! If I only could figure out how to upgrade the focusing speed everybody is talking about and being so happy about!!! Being PC-illiterate, I came upon this site by accident.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Vignetting problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been using Canon cameras for 40 years and I'm not about to switch. But I have to say I was dismally disappointed with the performance of their "top-of-the-line" lense. The vignetting is unacceptable in a camera of this callibre and I'm surprised that it is so rarely commented on. In every other respect I'd give the camera an A+; te lense a C-.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Very happy with this camera, best I've owned. And I own 5

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pictures and compact (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pictures are clear and sharp, even blown up at 13x19.Would lose interest if i had to carry around all the gear of a DSLR. The pro1 has all the extra Len`s and equipment i need.We have 3 Pro 1`s in my family and everyone feels the same way.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent for travel photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is super. The lens quality is superb. Some of the pictures I shot in Italy and France are unbelievably sharp. 20 to 200 zoom is excellent especially for portrait pictures. Now I wonder in-spite of its superior quality and ease of use why Canon is not promoting this camera like their other cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Only one way better than this, a DSLR and even then it would need to be a very good model.
Great pictures can be achieved with this camera, but you need to know your way round it well for best performance.
Zoom is excellent and even to use with ring zoom action.
Download software upgrade from canon if it is not already on it, makes camera about 70 % quicker and better alround.
I have brought a flash unit to improve flash control and I use a UV filter on the adapter which does stop use of the supplied lens cone. I have not yet found one that fits the filter adapter.
Camera is quite small but reasonably heavy but has a good feel between the hands.
Get a 1 gig Compact flash card and use camera on maximum file size and quality JPEG, and a second battery as little warning of battery power low.

Overall a great camera with loads of flexibility and picture quality first class for this class of camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Have only had this camera two three weeks, but I can tell you that it takes great photos! Crisp, clear, and easy to operate. I had/have an old Canon F1, still love it, but I now have to get into the modern world with a digital camera. The PowerShot Pro 1 is an excellent place to start. It's not perfect, but it's a damn fine camera.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Big Images (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Excellent camera, superb 28-200 lens, electronic viewfinder is great aid in taking shots in bright sun because it displays same info as LCD screen, really handy to have. Good flash and great flash control. Make sure firmware is updated as it takes care of the slow autofocus that used to be my only complaint. Takes better pictures than Canon Digital Rebel or Fuji S2pro. Had these 2 and got rid of them. Great images are what photography is all about and the Pro 1 delivers the goods.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Even amateurs can shoot like pros (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera allows even relatively new digital users to take and work with pictures that look like they could be in National Geographic! The ease of use in learning the cameras features is extraordinary and the ability to switch between the auto mode and several manual modes is made even easier with the usual Canon menus - If you have used any of Canon's PowerShot cameras you'll recognize the menu features. The speed at which you can shoot is so fast that in my car going 65 mph I was able to capture stills of farmhouses and other scenes with no blurring. One note - Get the card reader and save lots of time and camera battery life. For around 20 $ you can get a card reader and rapidly download your pix to computer using high speed USB. Battery life is long so far - can shoot for several hours on a full charge.