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Evaluate: Canon’s PowerShot G1 is Nonetheless a Pleasure to Shoot With After 21 Years


21 years in the past Canon put the whole lot it might consider right into a compact digicam geared toward fans who couldn’t stretch to a DSLR or just wished one thing extra transportable. The outcome was the PowerShot G1, launched in direction of the top of the yr 2000, costing $1,100, and the primary in an enormously widespread collection that’s nonetheless going sturdy to at the present time.

I took it out in 2021 to see if it’s nonetheless as spectacular at this time and you’ll see how I bought on in my 16-minute retro video assessment above!

At its coronary heart, the G1 wasn’t that a lot completely different from various key rivals, using the identical 3.3-megapixel 1/1.8-inch CCD sensor coupled with a 3x optical zoom that appeared suspiciously just like that on the Sony S70 and Epson 3000Z. Given the G1 was overwhelmed to market by these fashions and price extra too, it initially appeared like an bold pitch, however Canon cunningly packed it with a wealth of options past a lot of the competitors.

The highest panel alone featured a beneficiant info display, hotshoe that allowed using Speedlite flashguns, and a mode dial offering the identical choices as most DSLRs. The G1 gave you full management over publicity, setting the shutter from 8 seconds to 1/1000 and the aperture between f/2 and f/8, though since they shared the identical mechanism, speeds above 1/500 have been restricted to f/8.

For composition, there was the selection of an optical viewfinder or a fully-articulated side-hinged 1.8in display. Additional setting the G1 other than rivals have been a 50 ISO choice for genuinely decrease noise and the choice to file in RAW, which proved far more sensible than the hefty TIFF recordsdata of fashions just like the S70.

The mix turned an prompt basic, commonly successful group exams regardless of its larger value. Certainly it was so profitable, a lot of the innards returned the next yr, coupled with a 10x zoom for the Pro90 IS. In the meantime, Canon launched a brand new G mannequin nearly yearly, initially boosting the decision and zoom vary, however later eradicating some core options that upset fans, forcing them to be reinstated later.

By 2014 although, Sony had turn into a severe rival with the RX100 collection, which noticed Canon undertake the identical 1-inch sensor for the G7X collection which continues to at the present time.

Personally talking, the G1 was a simple winner again in 2000 and 21 years later nonetheless appears like a digicam you’d be completely satisfied to nonetheless use. And because of the still-common BP-511 battery and Compact Flash reminiscence, it’s fairly sensible in 2021. Positive the Quarter VGA video at 15fps appears poor now, however there’s one thing about these pictures that continues to be interesting at this time!


In regards to the writer: Gordon Laing is the Editor of Cameralabs the place he presents gear evaluations and images tutorials. He not too long ago launched Dino Bytes, a brand new channel to indulge his love of classic tech and retro gaming, with movies about basic cameras, computer systems, consoles, telephones, and extra! He’s been a journalist for therefore lengthy he truly reviewed most of these things the primary time round. Gordon can be into meals, drink, and journey, and is the writer of “In Digicam,” a e-book that embraces the artwork of JPEG images with no post-processing.



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