Review: Canon’s PowerShot G1 is Still a Joy to Shoot With After 21 Years

21 years in the past Canon put the whole lot it might consider right into a compact digital camera aimed toward lovers who couldn’t stretch to a DSLR or just needed one thing extra transportable. The consequence was the PowerShot G1, launched in direction of the top of the yr 2000, costing $1,100, and the primary in an enormously well-liked sequence that’s nonetheless going sturdy to today.

I took it out in 2021 to see if it’s nonetheless as spectacular immediately and you may see how I obtained on in my 16-minute retro video evaluation above!

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

The highest panel alone featured a beneficiant info display, hotshoe that allowed the usage of 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 Eight seconds to 1/1000 and the aperture between f/2 and f/Eight, though since they shared the identical mechanism, speeds above 1/500 had been restricted to f/Eight.

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 had been a 50 ISO choice for genuinely decrease noise and the choice to document in RAW, which proved far more sensible than the hefty TIFF recordsdata of fashions just like the S70.

The mix grew to become an prompt traditional, commonly successful group checks regardless of its increased value. Certainly it was so profitable, many of the innards returned the next yr, coupled with a 10x zoom for the Professional90 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 lovers, forcing them to be reinstated later.

By 2014 although, Sony had develop into a severe rival with the RX100 sequence, which noticed Canon undertake the identical 1-inch sensor for the G7X sequence which continues to today.

Personally talking, the G1 was a simple winner again in 2000 and 21 years later nonetheless seems like a digital camera you’d be comfortable 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 seems to be poor now, however there’s one thing about these photos that is still interesting immediately!


Concerning the writer: Gordon Laing is the Editor of Cameralabs the place he presents gear opinions and pictures tutorials. He lately launched Dino Bytes, a brand new channel to indulge his love of classic tech and retro gaming, with movies about traditional cameras, computer systems, consoles, telephones, and extra! He’s been a journalist for therefore lengthy he really reviewed most of these items the primary time round. Gordon can be into meals, drink, and journey, and is the writer of “In Digital camera,” a e book that embraces the artwork of JPEG pictures with no post-processing.

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