Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot Pro1|
(Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 17:26 EDT)
My latest review of an 8-megapixel uber-camera is of the Canon PowerShot Pro1 (I have only the Minolta DiMAGE A2 yet to go, to complete my coverage of the 8-megapixel market.)
The more I delve into the 8-megapixel models on the market, the more apparent it is that each has its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. For the Pro1, I'd have to say that there are happily more of the former than the latter, but it's clear that no one camera is a slam-dunk on all fronts.
The Pro1's strongest points seem to be its typically excellent "Canon color," unmatched speed when shooting in RAW mode, great battery life, great super-macro capability, and an EVF that does much better than most under low light conditions. On the downside, I was surprised to find as much chromatic aberration as I did in an L-series lens, and the camera has an annoying habit of freezing the viewfinder image when you half-press the shutter button and trigger the autofocus system.
Bottom line though, a powerful picture-taking machine, and the only really practical alternative for photographers interested in RAW-mode shooting: IMHO, the 8-megapixel models from other manufacturers are just too slow when capturing RAW files to be usable in that mode. Check it out!