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Canon Powershot Pro 1
8MP Digital Camera

A new flagship for the Canon Powershot series
with 8.0 effective megapixels and an 7x zoom Canon "L" USM lens


(UPDATED: Side by side 8MP digital camera feature comparison below)

Feb 9th, 2004
Canon has today introduced the Canon Powershot Pro1 digital camera, with 8 megapixels of effective resolution and an 7x optical zoom Canon "L" series lens. The Canon PowerShot Pro1 becomes the new flagship digital camera in the Canon PowerShot line-up.

The Canon Powershot Pro1 is currently the third prosumer digital camera to feature 8 megapixels of effective resolution, combined with a long range optical zoom, joining the recently announced Nikon Coolpix 8700 and the Sony DSC-F828 in this high end megapixel category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Update: Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 joins the line-up. See comparison chart below.)

To see how these 8 megapixel digital cameras compare, we have assembled a side by side specifications chart to illustrate the major features and capabilities provided by each model.

(Official Canon Press release from today's Powershot Pro1 announcement and more product image views below.)

Canon Pro1 versus Nikon Coolpix 8700, Sony DSC-F828 and Konica Minolta A2

Specifications

Nikon
Coolpix 8700

Canon
Powershot Pro1

Sony
DSC-F828

Konica Minolta Dimage A2

CCD Size

2/3 in. type

2/3 in. type

2/3 in. type

2/3 in. type

Total Pixels

8.31 million

8.3 million

8.3 million

8.3 million

Effective Pixels

8.0 million

8.0 million

8.0 million

8.0 million

Body

Magnesium Alloy

Magnesium Alloy / Polycarbonate

Magnesium Alloy

Metal Alloy / Polycarbonate

Color Space

sRGB

sRGB or Adobe RGB

sRGB

sRGB or Adobe RGB

Ergonomics

Compact with grip, swivel LCD 270°

Compact with grip, swivel LCD 270°

Swivel lens / body

SLR grip design with swivel LCD (-20° to 90°)

Max file size

3264 x 2448

3264 x 2448

3264 x 2448

3264 x 2448

Resolution Settings

8M (3,264 x 2,448)
5M (2,592 x 1,944)
3M (2,048 x 1,536)
2M (1,600 x 1,200)
1M (1,280 x 960)
PC (1,024 x 768)
TV (640 x 480)
3:2 (3,264 x 2,176) selectable
Small Pic: Creates reduced copy of original (640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120)

Large: 3264 x 2448
Medium 1: 2272 x 1704
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Medium 3: 1024 x 768
Small: 640 x 480

8M (3,264 x 2,448)
5M (2,592 x 1,944)
3M (2,048 x 1,536)
1M (1,280 x 960)
VGA 640 x 480
4:3, 3:2 (3,264 x 2,176) aspect ratio

3264 x 2176 (in 3:2 mode)
2560 x 1920
2080 x 1560
1600 x 1200
640 x 480

Record Mode

JPEG / TIFF / RAW (NEF)

JPEG / RAW

JPEG / TIFF / RAW (+ JPEG)

JPEG / TIFF / RAW + JPEG

Color Filter

Primary RGB

Primary RGB

Primary RGB-E (+ Emerald)

Primary RGB

Optical Zoom

8x

7x

7x

7x

Zoom Range (35mm equiv.)

35-280mm

28-200mm

28-200mm

28-200mm

Lens Type and Construction

• Nikkor ED
• Two ED lens elements
• 14 elements in 10 groups

• Canon "L" series
• 14 elements in 10 groups
• 1 fluorite, 1 UD glass, and 2 aspherical elements
• Ultrasonic Motor (USM)

• Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar
• 12 elements in 9 groups
• Lens hood included

• Konica Minolta GT APO
• Two AD glass elements and two aspherical elements
• 16 elements in 13 groups

Image Stabilizer

No

No

No

CCD Shift-Type Anti-Shake Function

Filter diameter

77mm with optional Nikon HN-CP11 lens hood

58mm with Filter Adapter FA-DC58 (included)

58mm thread on lens

49mm thread on lens

Zoom Control

Electronic Toggle

Zoom ring on lens barrel

Zoom ring on lens barrel (mechanical link)

Zoom ring on lens barrel (mechanical link)

Max Aperture

f/2.8 - 4.2

f/2.4 - 3.5

f/2.0 - 2.8

f/2.8 – 3.5

Shutter Speed

1/4000 sec to 2 sec in Auto and P mode
1/4,000 to 8 s in Shutter-Priority Auto [S] and Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
1/4,000 to 8 s and Bulb/Time in Manual [M]

1/4000 sec to 1/3 sec in Auto and P mode
1/4,000 to 15 s in Shutter-Priority Auto [S] and Manual [M]
No Bulb mode

1/3200 sec to 1 sec in Auto and P mode
1/2,000 to 30s in Shutter-Priority Auto [S] and Manual (M)
1/2000 to 8 sec in Aperture-Priority Auto [A], No Bulb mode

1/4000 sec to 30 sec in Auto and P mode
1/2,000 to 30 sec in Shutter-Priority Auto [S] and Manual

Long Exposure

10 min Bulb

15 sec max exposure

30 sec max exposure

30 sec max exposure

Metering

256 Segment Matrix, Center Weighted, Spot, Spot AF area

Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center or AF-point)

Multi-pattern, Center Weighted, Spot

300 Multi-Segment, Center Weighted, Spot, Spot Area

Macro Shooting

3 cm (1.2 in.)

3cm (1.2 in.)

2cm (0.8 in.)

21cm (8.3 in.)

AF areas

5 selectable focus points

Any area selectable focus point (Flexizone AF/AE)

5 selectable focus points

3 point wide focus area / Spot focus point switchable, AF point movable to any desired place with in the area (FFP--Flex Focus Point control)

AF Modes

1) Continuous AF, 2) Single AF, 3) Manual Focus

1) Continuous AF, 2) Single AF, 3) Manual Focus

1) Single AF, 2) Monitor, 3) Continuous AF

1) Continuous AF, 2) Single AF, 3) Subject Tracking, 4) Manual Focus

Manual Focus

Yes, Electronic Manual Focus

Yes, Use zoom ring on lens and hold MF button

Yes, Focus ring on lens

Yes, Electronic Manual Focus

Continuous Shooting

3 frames at up to 2.5 fps, 12 frames at 1.2 fps
Last 5 shot buffer mode

High Speed: 6 frames at up to 2.5 fps
Low speed 1fps

7 frames at up to 2.5 fps
9 image buffer

3 frames at up to 2.7 fps.

Exposure Modes

P, A, S, M, Scene, Movie

P, A, S, M, Scene, Movie

P, A, S, M, Scene, Movie

P, A, S, M, Scene, Movie

Scene Modes

12 Modes: Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Backlight, and Panorama Assist.

4 Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Stitch assist

4 Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Portrait

4 Modes: Portrait, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait / Night View

Movie modes

TV Movie: 35 seconds, 30 fps with audio
Small movie: (320 x 240 pixels; 15 fps) up to 180 seconds + audio
Sepia movie: (320 x 240 pixels; 5 fps) up to 180 seconds with audio
Time-lapse movie: (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) up to 35 seconds (1050 frames) without audio

640 x 480 pixels (Approx. 30 sec. with audio)*
320 x 240 pixels (approx. 3 min. with audio)*
160 x 120 pixels (approx. 3 min. with audio)*

*15 frames/second

TV Movie 640 x 480 MPEG-1, No limit, 30 fps with audio
640 x 480, 16 fps with audio
160 x 112, 8 fps with audio

Movie clips: 320 x 240 (standard & night movie), Max 15min
544 x 408 (standard movie / night movie), Max 15min
640 x 480 (time-lapse movie)

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing

3 or 5 frames +/-2 EV
AE-BSS (three modes; highlight, shadow, histogram)

3 frames +/-2 EV

Yes

3 frames +/-2 EV

Custom Shooting Modes

Two custom modes: two combinations of mode settings can be memorized in User Mode #1 and User Mode #2

Two custom modes: two combinations of mode settings can be memorized in Custom Mode #1 and Custom #2

No

No

WB settings

Auto*
Fine*
Incandescent*
Fluorescent*
Cloudy*
Flash (Speedlight)*
Preset*
*Fine tunable

Auto
Daylight
Cloudy
Incandescent
Fluorescent
Fluorescent High
Flash
2 Custom Presets

Auto
Daylight
Incandescent
Fluorescent
Cloudy
Flash
Preset

Daylight
Tungsten
Fluorescent
Shade
Cloudy
Flash
Custom 3 settings

WB bracketing

Yes (3 frames)

No

No

No

Image Parameters

Sharpness
Saturation (-2 to +2 & Black and White)
Contrast: (Auto, Normal, More Contrast, Less Contrast)

Colour mode: sRGB or Adobe RGB
Sharpness*
Saturation*
Contrast*
*3 settings each
(Normal, More, Less)

Colour mode: Real or Standard.
Sharpness*
Saturation*
Contrast*
*3 settings each
(Normal, More, Less)

Color Modes: Natural Color (sRGB), Vivid Color (sRGB), Adobe RGB, Embedded Adobe RGB, Black and white (neutral and toned), Solarization,
Sharpness (3 settings)
Contrast

Electronic Viewfinder

EVF 235,000 pixels

EVF 235,000 pixels

EVF 235,000 pixels

EVF 922,000 pixels (VGA)

LCD monitor

1.8" 134,000 pixels, Swivel type (270°) with 5 step brightness and hue adjustment

2.0" LCD 235,000 pixels Swivel type (270°) with brightness adjustment

1.8" 134,000 pixels with brightness and backlight adjustment (3 settings)

1.8" 118,000 pixels, Swivel type (-20° to 90°)

Flash Modes

5 (Auto, red-eye reduction, fill flash, flash off, slow sync) Wireless / Remote flash (Commander mode)

6 (Auto, red-eye reduction, fill flash, flash off, slow sync, 1st-curtain/2nd-curtain flash)

5 (Auto, red-eye reduction, fill flash, flash off, slow sync)

Auto, Red-eye reduction, fill-flash, flash off, Rear flash sync, Wireless / Remote flash

Built-in Flash

Pop Up (Auto/Manual)

Pop Up (Auto/Manual)

Pop Up (Auto/Manual)

Pop Up (Auto/Manual)

Built-in Flash Exposure Comp

±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments

±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments, FE Lock,

3 settings (Normal, High, Low)

±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Interval Timer Shooting

Capture up to 1800 frames of still images in time-measured steps.

Shooting interval: approx. 1 - 60 min. (1-min. increments)
Number of shots: 2 - 100 shots

No

Capture up to 240 frames of still images in time-measured steps.

External Flash

Hotshoe, Sensor based, Wireless mode

Hotshoe E-TTL , Wireless option

Hotshoe – Preflash TTL

Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control, Wireless

AF-Assist Light

AF Assist illuminator

AF Assist illuminator

Hologram AF assist

Not confirmed

Real Time Histogram Display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sensitivity

Auto ISO or ISO 50, 100, 200, 400

Auto ISO or ISO 50, 100, 200, 400

Auto ISO or ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800

Auto ISO or ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800

Storage

Compact Flash Type I and II
FAT 32 support

Compact Flash Type I and II
FAT 32 support

Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or CF Type I and II, FAT 32 Support

Compact Flash Type I and II
FAT 32 support

Memory card incl.

None

64MB CF card

None

None

Dimensions (W x H x D)

113 x 75 x 97mm
(4.5 x 3.0 x 3.8 in.)

118 x 72 x 90 mm
(4.6 x 2.8 x 3.5 in)

134 x 91 x 156mm
(5.3 x 3.6 x 6.1 in.)

117 x 85 x 114 mm (4.61 x 3.35 x 4.47 in)

Connection

USB

USB

USB 2.0 High Speed

USB 2.0 High Speed

Print Options

DPOF and PictBridge Printer Compatible

DPOF, Canon Direct Print, PictBridge support

DPOF, PictBridge Compatible

DPOF Epson PIM II and PictBridge Support

Power Options

Nikon EN-EL1 Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger supplied (same as Coolpix 5700). Can use optional 2CR5 battery. Optional MB-E5700 vertical release battery grip holds 6 AA’s

Canon BP-511A rechargeable battery and AC charger supplied

Sony InfoLithium NP-FM50 rechargeable battery and AC battery charger supplied

NP-400 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
and charger supplied
Optional BP-400 vertical release battery grip holds 6 AA’s, or two NP-400 Li-Ion batteries

Included Accessories

Lens Cap, Camera Strap, AV Cable, USB Cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, Nikon View 6.1 CD-ROM, 2 year Warranty (in Canada), Instructions

Lens Cap, Camera Strap, 64MB Compact Flash Card, AV Cable, USB Cable, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511, Battery Charger CB-5L, Lens hood, Filter Adapter, Canon Zoom Browser, Photo Record, RAW Converter and Arcsoft Software, 1 year Warranty, Instructions

Lens cap, Shoulder strap, AV cable, USB cable, rechargeable Sony NP-FM50 InfoLithium battery and AC-L15 AC adapter / charger, Lens hood, Pixela Image Mixer Software, Sony Image Data Converter Software for RAW file conversion, 1 year warranty, Instructions

Neck Strap, Lens Cap (49mm), Accessory Shoe Cap, AV Cable, USB Cable, DiMAGE Viewer Software, Ulead Video Studio 7 SE software, Lens Shade, Lithium-ion Battery NP 400, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-400, 1 year warranty, Instructions

Weight incl. battery

512g

640g

906g

639g

Others

• Best Shot Selector Mode (BSS)
• Auto-Exposure Best Shot Selector (AE-BSS)
• Grid Line Display for Composition Assist
• Optional Nikon Capture 4 software for editing NEF / RAW images
• Optical lens converters (optional): Fisheye Converter FC-E9, Wide-angle Converter WC-E80, Telephoto Converter TC-E15ED (1.5 x)
• MC-EU1 remote cord

• DIGIC with iSAPS image processor
• ND setting: ON or OFF (about 3 stops decrease in brightness when on)
• Picture Effects: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
• Optical lens converters (optional): Tele-converter TC-DC58A (1.5x), Close-up Lens 500D (58mm)
• The start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized

• Nightshot/Nightframe mode: enables the camera to capture infrared images in darkness at a distance of up to 15 feet.
• 3 types of Noise reduction: Clear Color, Luminance NR and Slow Shutter.
• Picture Effects: Solarize, Negative Art and Sepia
• Movie Trip feature
• Optional remote control

• Digital Enhanced Bracketing: Contrast, Color saturation, Filter: fixed increments
(Changeable increments: ± 5 increments). Number of brackets: 3 frames
Optical lens converters: ACT-100 Teleconverter (1.5x) and ACW-100 Wide Angle converter (0.8x)

 


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Canon PowerShot Pro1 Press Release


Canon Europe Press Release, - 9 February 2004.
Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today cements its leadership position in digital photography with the release of the 8.0 Megapixel PowerShot Pro1, the new flagship of the PowerShot range.

Targeted at professional and highly advanced photographers, the camera is the first compact from Canon to be fitted with a Canon professional L-series lens; the f/2.4-3.5, 7.2-50.8mm (28-200mm 35mm film equivalent) USM lens. An abundance of features generally reserved for Canon's high-end digital SLR cameras combine to deliver outstanding camera performance and exceptional image quality for enlargements up to A2 size.

Professional features include RAW file recording and a hybrid AF system, combining TTL and external metering focusing systems for fast and precise auto-focus. The PowerShot Pro1 can shoot at 2.5 frames per second, and has shutter speeds from 15 sec to 1/4000 sec.

The photographer is handed full control over all focus points and exposure variables. Twelve shooting modes, including two custom modes, cover a broad range of shooting situations. The camera's purpose built DIGIC processor delivers high speed, noise free and extremely accurate colour rendition and image processing. This is the first PowerShot to support both sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces. Advanced photographers will recognize the PowerShot Pro1 as a “system camera”, with complete access to Canon’s Speedlite EX flash range, close-up lenses and an optical tele-converter lens.

L-Series lens
The bright red line on the PowerShot Pro1 lens barrel is the mark of a Canon professional range L-series lens, representing the highest standard for optical performance and engineering excellence as demanded by professionals. This mark is reserved for only the finest Canon lenses, until now only seen at the top end of Canon's interchangeable SLR EF lens range and the XM2, Canon's professional digital camcorder. The 28-200mm L USM lens incorporates both fluorite and UD (ultra-low dispersion) elements for unrivalled sharpness of image. The optical characteristics of fluorite allow Canon's engineers to push past the theoretical limits of optical glass, eradicating the effects of secondary chromatic aberrations that degrade the image quality of even the finest glass lenses. The iris type circular aperture creates an elegant background blur while a neutral density filter allows for larger apertures in bright conditions.

USM
The zoom is driven by a tiny ultrasonic motor (USM). The motor uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive a tiny rotor which is powerful and highly responsive, delivering fast and precise zoom control. The motor's good holding torque also allows the zoom to be stopped quickly, accurately and firmly at the required zoom position.

Focusing
The PowerShot Pro1 has a new Hybrid AF system that combines contrast detection TTL focusing and an external triangulation focusing to deliver perfect auto-focus control. Contrast detection focusing can be precise but slow, while external metering is fast but can lack accuracy. The PowerShot Pro1 first uses triangulation to move the lens' focusing element into an approximately correct position. TTL contrast detection focusing is then used for a final fine-tuning. The result is the best of both systems for fast and precise focusing. FlexiZone AF/AE means the auto-focus point is selectable from either fixed centre or anywhere in the frame. The AF system includes AF lock, manual focus and a closest focusing distance of just 3cm at Super Macro mode. A single-function button on the rear of the camera switches from AF to manual focus mode, changing the function of the lens zoom ring to a focus ring.

Exposure
Metering modes include evaluative, centre-weighted average and spot (centre or focusing frame linked). Exposure features include an AE lock, +/- 2EV compensation in 1/3 stop increments and AE bracketing, while a range of ISO settings (Auto/ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent) provides flexibility in a range of lighting conditions.

LCD Monitor
The PowerShot Pro1 features a high resolution 235,000-pixel, Poly-Silicon TFT, 2.0" vari-angle LCD, with a selectable mirror image (reversed laterally) display.

A 2x - 10x playback zoom allows accurate checking of focus and detail. An intelligent orientation sensor automatically rotates images when required before review. The camera features a large, high-resolution 0.44" 235k-pixel EVF electronic viewfinder positioned directly above the lens, a familiar location for SLR users.

Prints, movies and monitoring
As with all Canon's latest digital cameras, the PowerShot Pro1 is PictBridge compliant, allowing for direct printing without a PC to any compatible printer, regardless of brand. The camera records 3-minute movie clips at QVGA and QQVGA and 30-second clips at VGA. PAL/NTSC selectable video outs provide for real time monitoring during studio work. An intervalometer takes up to 100 shots in 1 to 60 minute increments.

Flash, accessories and extras
The PowerShot Pro1 is compatible with the full range of Speedlite range of flashes, including the MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite and MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite flash units. An inbuilt retractable flash offers 3 levels of manual power adjustment, while 13 levels of adjustment are available with external Speedlites. Lens accessories include a 1.5x tele-converter to extend focal range beyond 300mm and a close-up lens. Included with the camera is a 64MB high-speed CF card, flare preventing hood, filter adapter ring and rechargeable Li-ion battery (BP-511A) and charger. Up to 420 shots are delivered from a single battery charge.





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