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The most interesting feature of the Canon G1 is the hot shoe that accepts
Canon EOS flash units. Adding an accessory flash with bounce capability and
a Sto-Fen diffuser to the G1 will make a
slightly bulky camera much bulkier but it will free your indoor photography from
the "deer-in-the-headlights" look of on-camera flash.
If you're not using the camera for flash photographs, it becomes a competent
competitor to the Nikon 990. Resolution is 3.3 million pixels (2000x1500). Sensor
speeds are equivalent to ISO 50-400 film. The zoom lens provides a 35mm range of
34-102mm (f2.0-2.5; minimum aperture of f/8).
The zooming real-image viewfinder provides much more accurate framing than
that on the
Canon S100. Controls are
intuitive and fast to operate even in manual exposure mode, where you choose
shutter speeds from 8 seconds to 1/1000th of a second. Battery life is very good,
specified to 260 images with the LCD display on. Canon's specification seems to
be about right from my experience.
One consistently annoying thing about the camera is the lens cap. You have to
remove it manually before turning the camera on. If you forget and turn the
camera on first, the top-deck LCD flashes a complaint. If you then remove the
lens cap the camera still won't wake up. You have to turn it off and then on
Bottom line: A very nice camera, a bit better overall than the Nikon 990, but
if you can afford its bulk and $1,000 price tag, you can probably afford a
Fun with panoramas
PhotoStitch software with Canon cameras is very easy to use and the panoramic
mode on the camera is intuitive and helpful in aligning successive frames.
When making panoramas, be careful about setting exposure for the first frame.
Point the camera at a mid-tone object at the correct distance for the panorama
then push the shutter release down halfway to lock in the exposure and focus. Now
you can move the camera to compose the first image.
These represent the best images from a few hours of taking pictures with a
Where to Buy
The G1 is
stocked by Adorama, a retailer that pays photo.net a referral fee for each
customer, which helps keep this site in operation.
Canon official site: http://www.canon.co.jp/Imaging/PSG1/PSG1-e.html.