Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Canon PowerShot Pro1 Review

Just when we had hoped that manufacturers were moving on from the megapixel race we caught news of Sony's ICX456 eight megapixel CCD sensor which was leaked onto the Internet in June last year. And so at that time it wasn't difficult to predict that we would see a rash of eight megapixel digital cameras just in time for PMA 2004. Sony were first to market with their DSC-F828 which utilized a unique version of this 2/3" Type chip which instead of an RGBG color filter array had an all new RGBE color filter array (more info here). As predicted we each of the remaining 'big five' manufacturers introduce their eight megapixel digital camera at PMA; Canon PowerShot Pro1, Nikon Coolpix 8700, Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom, Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2.

Canon's offering is the eight megapixel, seven times optical zoom PowerShot Pro1. A camera which appears to bridge between what some would like to call the 'G8' (an eight megapixel G series camera) and a follow-on to the Pro70, Pro90 IS series. Canon's lens design is also interesting, the same seven times optical range as we first saw in Minolta's DiMAGE 7 (and subsequently the 7i, 7Hi, A1 and now A2).

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