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Canon PowerShot E1

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Tuesday 26th, August 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

Canon re-imagines its PowerShot range with the launch of an extra-compact digital camera. The all-new type of PowerShot - the 10 megapixel Canon PowerShot E1, designed by women for women -brings head-turning, feminine style to the range. Whether taking photos with a "BFF" at a slumber party, snapping shots while watching a hot band perform or capturing cap-and-gown moments for a scrapbook or brag book, the Canon PowerShot E1 digital camera offers just the right combination of intuition and style. Sporting a rounded and curvy, yet trendy form factor, the camera comes packed with the features and technology consumers have come to expect from Canon, but with a friendly price-point.

Canon PowerShot E1

10 Megapixel Canon PowerShot E1
This camera incorporates a 10-megapixel resolution, 4x Optical Zoom-lens; with Optical Image Stabilization, Canon's Face Detection Technology and Easy Mode. A new Easy Mode allows even complete beginners to take great photos with ease. The new Canon E1 offers incredibly compact dimensions, making it the most portable PowerShot model to date. This new ultra-compact approach is complemented by stylish designs in a range of colour. Ideal for the on-the-go, fashion-conscious teen who relishes being a trendsetter, the PowerShot E1 digital camera is available in three new eye-catching colors including white, blue and pink.

Canon E1 incorporates Easy Mode
The Canon PowerShot E1 digital camera incorporates a range of Canon technologies designed to make taking pictures effortless. A range of 17 different shooting modes includes a new Easy Mode, which sees all shooting settings chosen automatically by the camera - perfect for beginners prone to making unsuitable adjustments. Easy Mode also limits Playback options to simple image viewing and deletion functions.

Face Detection and Motion Detection
Beautiful photography becomes effortless thanks to a full suite of Canon technologies - including Face Detection Technology (including Face Select & Track), Auto Red Eye Correction for perfect people shots. To keep shots looking sharp, Motion Detection Technology - activated in High ISO Auto mode - uses Face Detection Technology, Canon’s powerful optical Image Stabilizer and scene information to identify subject motion and camera-shake. ISO is also optimized for minimum blur and maximum image quality.

Canon PowerShot E1

Canon PowerShot E1 incorporates an image stabilizer
The PowerShot E1 uses a lens shift-type Image Stabilizer (IS) system to detect and correct slight camera shakes that can cause image blur. Minute vibration gyros detect lens tilting caused by hand shake. These signals - 4,000 per second - are processed by a single-chip IS controller, which discriminates between hand shake and unintentional camera movements. Shake signals are sent to the IS unit, which moves one of the lens elements accordingly to deflect the light rays and cancel out the effects of shake. For improved accuracy and responsiveness, the moving lens element is supported on tiny ceramic spheres. In addition to minimizing friction, ceramic spheres avoid some of the problems that can affect metal systems, such as thermal expansion and magnetism. The optical IS of both models allows photographers to shoot at shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower with no perceptible increase in image blur due to camera shake.

Face Select & Track function on the Canon PowerShot E-1
Canon’s Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB system automatically detects up to nine faces within a frame before adjusting focus, exposure, flash and white balance to ensure optimal results. It is able to determine which faces are intended to be the subject, instantly reverting to the partnering 9-point AiAF system if no face is the primary subject. Face Select & Track allows the user to select a particular face to be the main subject of a photograph and track it, for the best possible results.

Video recording functionality on the Canon E1
Taking customization and expression to the max, the Canon PowerShot E1 digital camera includes exclusive options, such as customizable shutter, start-up and operation sounds. Start-up screens and menus can be perfectly coordinated with the camera's body color, bringing an additional level of personalization to the camera. And if still images just aren't enough to capture an unpredictable moment, the Canon E1 digital camera has video recording capabilities with long-play mode, which allows longer recording times at the same recording pixel and frame rate.

Canon PowerShot E1

Canon PowerShot E1 digital compact camera
“Canon has taken the PowerShot range to a new level,” commented Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “The Canon E1 offers the remarkable combination of pocket-friendly, outstanding PowerShot imaging.”

Printing directly from the Canon PowerShot E1
The Canon PowerShot E1 features a dedicated Print menu for quick access to direct print options. Full PictBridge support means users can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the need for a PC. A Print/Share button allows one-touch printing and easy uploads to Windows or Mac systems.

Canon E1 IS Language support
The Canon PowerShot E1 features a user interface that supports 25 languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian and - new for Autumn 2008 - Farsi.

Canon PowerShot E1 price & availability
In addition to SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards, the Canon E1 supports MMCplus and HC MMCplus card formats. The camera is supplied with a 32MB memory card. The PowerShot E1 is available exclusively from Argos from September 2008.

Canon PowerShot E1

Canon DIGIC III image processor
Canon’s DIGIC III (Digital Imaging Core) image processor manages all of the camera’s primary functions to optimize operating efficiency. Advanced image processing algorithms deliver superb image detail and colour reproduction with accurate white balance. High-speed processing results in outstanding responsiveness, rapid auto focus and extended continuous shooting ability.

Canon PowerShot E1 includes iSAPS
iSAPS (intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) automatically optimizes key camera settings before every shot. Each scene is analyses and cross-referenced against Photographic Space - a vast in-camera library of photographic data. This enables the camera to make optimal adjustments to auto exposure, auto focus and auto white balance before image capture occurs.

Canon PowerShot software and Canon iMAGE Gateway
The Canon PowerShot E1 comes bundled with the following Canon Software:
• ZoomBrowser EX 6.1 (Windows), ImageBrowser 6.1 (Macintosh): For organizing and editing images, movies and slideshows, or creating and printing digital photo albums.
• PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows), PhotoStitch 3.2 (Mac): For panoramic photos from multiple images.
The bundled software supports Windows Vista (including SP1) / and XP SP2 and Macintosh OS X v10.4-10.5. Each camera supports PTP for driverless transfer to Windows XP and Macintosh OS X, along with MTP for image and movie transfers to Windows Vista. Purchasers of the PowerShot A1000 IS, PowerShot A2000 IS and PowerShot E1 are eligible for free membership of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, 100MB of online ‘personal gallery’ space for sharing stills and video with family and friends.

Optional accessories for the Canon E1
The Canon E1 can be combined with the following accessories:
• Soft Case (DCC-900)
• High power Flash (HF-DC1)
• AC Adaptor Kit (ACK800)
• Battery Charger Kit (CBK4-300)
• Ni-MH Batteries (NB4-300)

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