This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the annual NHRA Mopar Mile Hi Nationals drag racing event. I was there to do some production work for a radio personality so I had a media access pass. The event itself was absolutley spectacular, really loud, but spectacular. It was a rare treat to have such access so I wanted to document the event. I brought along two cameras. My trusty old 35mm film camera and my Cannon Power Shot Pro1 8.0 mega pixel digital camera. Here are my impressions of the Cannon Powershot Pro1;
My brand of choice for cameras has always been Cannon so when I made the move to digital it was only logical to buy a cannon. I was not disappointed with the quality of the photos. The colors were very vivid and lifelike. The pictures are crisp and clear. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for picture quality.
Ease of Use;
Again a key selling point for me with Cannon Cameras is the fact that it doesn’t take an engineering degree to use it. Most amateur photographers who have ever spent any time around a camera can take this one out of the package and start shooting photos without much reading and brain damage. Overall ease of use 5 out of 5 stars.
Cannon Digital Cameras come with proprietary software that you have to load onto your computer in order to download the photos off your camera to your computer via the supplied USB cable. The software is pretty nice to have anyway. It organizes your photos automatically, based on user defined settings. It also has a photo editing suite as well. This is so easy a four year old could edit photos with it like a pro. The downside is the actual editing capablities are somewhat limited, so if you have something like Adobe Photo Shop this editing software will seem pretty elementary. It is meant more for the beginner and those without any other software for photo editing. Since photography is quite a hobby for me I have tons of editing software. I give the software 5 out of 5 stars for the ease of use and 3 out of 5 overall.
The Cannon uses a Compact Flash style Memory Card. This is where I have a complaint about the camera. I like to be prepared so I try to have some key things available if I am out shooting. One being extra film or in this case a memory card. The problem is that with this particular style of memory card it is very easy to bend the connector pins inside the camera if you aren’t careful inserting and removing the memory card. It can get rather pricey to repair that sort of mistake. Since I can be accident prone at times I try to avoid changing out the memory cards whenever possible. I have a 256MB memory card in the camera now and I was able to take over 120 photos and a 35 second movie before I had to download the photos, I didn’t have a spare memory card available, so I had to Download the photos and the movie before bed so I could use the memory again the next day at the raceway. I give it 4-1/2out of 5 stars for Memory.
General and Overall Ratings;
I must say that overall I am very pleased with the quality of the photos and the ease of use. I do have a couple of minor complaints. The first and biggest complaint is the fact that there is a about a 2 second delay between the time you push the shutter button and the time it actually takes the photo. This makes it real difficult to get high speed action shots timed just right. The only other real complaint I have is telephoto ‘lens’ The camera has a function that acts like a telephoto lens and can get shots from a pretty fair distance, however if you go out to the digital focus range your photos begin to look digitized and almost fake.
As an overall rating I would say this is a great first time camera and great for the pro and the amateur alike. The overall rating I give it 5 out of 5 stars.