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Hi all and welcome to my review this time I would like to talk about my very old but very trusty digital camera which was top of the range when it came out but has now been superseded by many newer models but because of the ease of use and the fact that it stills takes photos as good as the day I bought it 5 years ago I have kept a hold of it and still use it to this day. It operates in much the same way as today's cameras and has a built in LCD screen which you flip out and rotate to view the images and view the scenery ahead of you before taking a photo.
Advertised as a 3.3 mega pixel camera it really doe's provide you with great images from portrait to landscape and I have even got some brilliant action shots of my children playing football when I have fiddled with the many different setting's accessed through the menu on the LCD screen operated by directional buttons located on the back of the camera. You have all the usual modes such as night, action, landscape etc as well as a very good and clear automatic flash which can be turned on and off as required. The anti red eye setting is brilliant for taking photos of people and I have a real problem with the kid's as they all seem to appear red eyed in any photo setting but with this camera I have very few problems.
The camera takes the older version of compact flash I + II and can be set to take different quality photos depending upon the amount of photo graphs you wish to squeeze onto your memory card but fortunately I have a 2GB card making running out of available space a thing of the past. The batteries however are another issue, although it has a built in battery and comes with charger the charge after about a year really started to run out quickly and I am now lucky if I can get 20 minutes use but still after 5 years the batteries have not done badly at all and maybe I should stop being so tight and buy a replacement maybe the money for this review could contribute towards it.
Another really good feature again available on most digital cameras is the ability to record pictures and sound but this does tend to really run the batteries down very even when new and it is not great when using in darkened conditions in fact I would not even try. Pictures are easily transferred from the camera to a PC via a USB cable also supplied with the camera and the memory card can also be taken out and used in either a separate card reader or device fitted with a card reader for compact flash I + II.
On a down side I have to say that the camera is very heavy and quite big weighing in at 17.3 oz or for those who prefer the other then it's 490g and the dimensions are 120 x 77 x 64mm or 4,7 x 3 x 2.5 inches.
However what I will say is this camera has been everywhere including abroad and in the hands of children and has taken a fair few knocks but it has never broken and is still working great. Included when buying this camera was an 16MB memory card but this is purely suitable for testing it will not hold many photos at all.
The camera has a zoom lens which is very good for taking distant pictures and these can go from normal to 4x zoom. I very rarely use this but did when recently away in Malta taking some beautiful photos of the Comino Islands I will have to add these to the review when I get my other laptop back from repair as I stupidly forgot to take them off before sending it away. All the speed settings and replay settings are on dials on the top side of the camera easily selected by just rotating the dial to the relevant setting.
The zoom and photo taking button are together the zoom operated by just pushing a slide button from left to right and the photo taking by simple push button which is very smooth and quick once pressed, there is hardly any delay between pressing and the photo actually being captured unlike friends who have experienced long delays on their more modern cameras this is probably just settings but I am by no means an expert in the field of cameras. I hope I have covered everything you could need to know and if I can help at all please contact me.
Under the form and size PowerShot G1 differs from all previous cameras of firm Canon, and as that were intended for a wide range of the users, type PowerShot S10, S20 or earlier devices of a series "А", and from a professional type Canon Pro 70. This camera is equipped 3-megapixel matrix, 3-multiple optics and standard plug "hotshoe" for connection of an external flash. PowerShot G1 has a lot of professional possibilities, which, doubtlessly, on dignity will be appreciated it by the holders and seriously will disturb the competitors. PowerShot G1 as a storage uses cards CompactFlash Type I or II, and this camera declares full compatibility with hard disks IBM Microdrives (use of this disk radically increases a memory capacity). As a whole the construction Canon G1 is traditionally convenient, is strong and is reliable, and the study of possibilities of this camera and modes of work with it will take of no more several minutes. Performances In Canon PowerShot G1 is used 3,3-mexapixel matrix by a size of 1/1,8 inches, minimum sensitivity is 50 ISO. The sensitivity of a matrix can be changed manually, setting higher significance: 100, 200 or even 400 ISO. The automatic mode is stipulated also, in which the camera itself selects necessary sensitivity at the rate of 50 or 100 ISO. It is possible to photograph the maximum resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels, but and with the smaller sanction (1024 x 768 or 640 x 480 pixels). The triple optical modification of a focal length allows "to change" optics from 43 up to 102 mm (in an equivalent of a 35-mm film). Optics are very "light": on a "short" side minimum diaphragm is F2,0, and on "long" is F2,5, that is for today a very high parameter even for digital cameras. The auto focussing is carried out through TTL, and in case of insufficient illumination the built-in auxiliary light source is included. And from the menu it is
possible to select one from two methods of an auto focussing: continuous or single. Besides there is a possibility to be switched and to a completely manual focussing. In PowerShot G1 again has appeared a format of saving of the raw image (sample of a matrix - CCD RAW). The transformation from a RAW-format requires the special software (or additional module Photoshop Plug-in), however such method of saving considerably saves a place on a map of memory and allows independently treating shots obtained without application of any compression, color or linear transformations. For obviousness it is possible to reduce that fact, what on a flash map, in a standard way delivered together with the camera, of volume 16 Mbytes place 5 shots with the resolution 2048 x 1536 in a format RAW and only one of RGB TIFF file of the same resolution. The apart from it of PowerShot G1 can work and in a serial mode, making 1,7 photos per second of the maximum resolution. As to program modes of shooting, at PowerShot G1 they are represented much! However, the beginners should not be frightened of opened possibilities. For the beginning it is possible to take advantage of most simple, completely by automatic mode Auto, by granting the camera a possibility itself to select necessary endurance, diaphragm and other photographic parameters. The camera is delivered with 16-Mb card CompactFlash Type I, on which 8 high-quality JPEG images, 15 quality or 32 usual. PowerShot G1 is completed by the recharged accumulator of a high capacity. The charge suffices for shooting approximately 260 photos with use of a LCD-screen and approximately 800 photos with application of the optical range finder. The battery is recharged directly in the camera when connection of the charge device, which is delivered in a package with the camera and simultaneously executes functions of a power supply unit. The photos can be copied in the computer on USB or serial port, for b
oth in a package there are cables. Quality of photos "Light" optics of this camera gives the bright and saturated image with plenty of the well-worked details. The minor distortion is exhibited only on "short" side (that, however, corresponds to the laws of physics), and on a "long" side it completely is absent. Chromatic aberration, while intrinsic to all digital cameras, are expressed implicit. PowerShot G1 does excellent photos both with natural, and with artificial illumination, and the very contrast shots look very good. The automatic exposition is almost always well fulfilled, and small defects the auto focussing in conditions of insufficient light exposure has called only. Especially it is necessary to mark excellence of printing of photos obtained from this camera, on ink printers. User interface For those who were earlier familiar with digital cameras of firm Canon, the study PowerShot G1 will not present the special transactions. PowerShot G1 has, doubtlessly, is significant more control facilities, than all digital models of firm Canon, released before. And the availability of program modes will allow fast realizing this or that effect. The interface of firm Canon is very simple in use and completely satisfies the most exacting requests. The use of icons is limited, and majorities of necessary parameters are set in the text form. The software Two compact discs enter into delivery PowerShot G1. One contains utilities for the camera: Zoom Browser EX 2.4, PhotoStitch 3.1, PhotoRecord 1.2, RemoteCapture 1.1, USB- and RS-232C-drivers for Windows 95/98, NT4 and Windows 2000. For Macintosh ImageBrowser 1.4, PhotoStitch 3.1, RemoteCapture 1.1 and Digital Camera Plug-In is intended. Apple QuickTime 4.0 is included for both platforms. The second disk offers Adobe Photoshop 5.0 Limited Edition both for Windows, and for Macintosh. PowerShot G1 is
a very good modern camera if you are prepared for that price.
I bought a Canon Powershot G1 a couple of months ago to replace the EOS 5 kit that I found myself using less and less. I chose the G! because of the 3 megapixel resolution, the level of manual control available and the possibility of using an IBM Microdrive for storage. I also considered the Fuji FinePix 4700, but that felt a little flimsy and doesn't support the microdrive. So, after some experience of using it, I'm generally very impressed. The choice of manual and semi-auto modes is good (although it tends not to cope too well with bright highlights in some cases). The battery lasts a long, long time between charges. The LCD monitor is excellent, and can be twisted to almost any angle (great for taking pictures over the heads of the crowd in front). The picture quality is good, although I've experienced a slight magenta cast on many pictures (easy to clear up in software, of course). Transfer of pictures via USB is fast. It's big enough to hold, but small enough to carry. I also bought an excellent case by LowePro (the AF2) which fits it like a glove. There are a couple of things I'm less happy about. Firstly, there's quite a perceptible lag between fully depressing the shutter button and exposing the picture. This makes it very hard to capture action shots, and I have had to learn to keep still for longer while shooting to avoid moving the camera when I think the shot has been taken but in fact it's still working. Secondly, the exposure mode dial on top of the camera is very easy to move by accident when switching between recording and playback while reviewing shots. Unless I check each time, I'm likely to end up shooting portraits in landscape mode, or similar. A mode switch in a different place would have been better. Overall, I'd give it an 8/10. It's not as responsive as my old SLR, but it's much less hassle getting the prints!
The Canon Powershot G1 is very small for the all the features they have crammed in. Supplied with recharger, mains AC adapter, rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery, USB cable, Video Cable, 16MB Compact Flash card, 3x optical zoom, macro of 6cm and an F2 lens. This camera has a full manual mode with most SLR functions although it is not an SLR. There is a Hot shoe on the top for the Canon Speedlite range only selective newer speedlite flashes though i.e. 220, 440 and 550 EX. The cameras resolution is 3.34 Mega Pixel with movie mode. What is good that is not in any spec is that the flash works very well at close range. When it fires the lens appears to stop down to a small apperture and thus giving a really good depth of field, so your macro shots always turn out pin sharp. I dont know of any other that does this quite as well as the Canon. The thing about any Canon Digital they are built well and this is also solidly built and feels good too. Not to light and airy like some camera that feel like plastic and feel cheap. The significant feature is the flip out screen rather like a digital video camera, but it is very bright and has a good refresh rate making it nice to use. The image quality is excellent with low noise in the shadow areas helped by the excellent optics of the F2 lens. This camera will give you great 10 x 8 inch prints on your home printer with good paper you won't know the differnce between the digital print and a conventional photo.