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Canon To Ship PowerShot G1 in October
New G1 model to pack 3.3 megapixel resolution, wide range of features

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Canon USA today announced it will start shipping its latest PowerShot model, the G1, in October. The new G1 takes over the top slot in the PowerShot line with a 3.3 megapixel resolution and a high-resolution, eight-element 34 mm to 102 mm (35 mm equivalent) f/2.0-2.5 3x zoom lens. The G1 allows users to produce full-color or black and white high-resolution images up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. The camera also offers two additional resolution settings of 1,024 x 768 (Middle mode) and 640 x 480 (Small mode). Images can be recorded as JPEG files at any resolution setting, with a choice of Super Fine, Fine or Normal compression settings. Additionally, the G1 is capable of capturing enhanced color depth up to 30 bits in RGB mode.

  • Variable-angle LCD monitor that rotates up to 270 degrees;
  • Full compatibility with Type I and II CompactFlash memory cards;
  • Compatibility with IBM Microdrives;
  • 12 EOS system-based picture-taking modes;
  • Exposure sensitivity ranges from ISO 50 to ISO 400;
  • Shutter speeds from eight seconds to 1/1000 second;
  • An iris diaphragm;
  • Built-in flash with five control modes;
  • Compatibility with Canon EX-series Speedlites;
  • An optical viewfinder with dioptric correction;
  • A wireless remote controller;
  • Includes a high-capacity lithium-ion battery power that can be recharged in the camera;
  • USB data transfer plus optional RS-232C serial interface;
  • Switchable video output format (NTSC/PAL);
  • And a wide selection of image quality settings, including multiple recording formats, as well as adjustments for contrast, sharpness and color saturation.
  • Manual Exposure;
  • Manual Focus;
  • Exposure Compensation and Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) up to +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments;
  • Flash Exposure Compensation;
  • Spot Metering;
  • AE/AF Lock for locking in the focus point and exposure for a specific area of a scene;
  • Five Flash Control Modes, including On, Off, Auto, Auto with Red-Eye Reduction and Forced Flash with Red-Eye Reduction Macro Mode.
  • In single frame mode, the shot-to-shot lag time is only 1.8 seconds. A built-in buffer memory supports continuous shooting of up to 10 consecutive Large/Fine JPEGs at 1.7 frames per second when the LCD monitor and flash are shut off.

For the Mac, bundled software includes Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE, QuickTime 4.1, ImageBrowser 1.4 and PhotoStitch 3.1. RemoteCapture 1.1 is a newly developed software application for Mac and PC that enables a USB-connected G1 camera to be controlled by a personal computer. Many camera settings, such as focal length, resolution, compression, flash mode, etc., can be adjusted from compatible the computer, and the images can be recorded directly to the Mac. The Canon PowerShot G1 will be available in October and have a suggested retail price of $999. For more information, visit

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