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Canon Powershot G1 3MP Digital Camera w- 3x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Canon Powershot G1 3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 70 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 2.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Battery4.8   exceptional
Quality4.6   above average
Photo4.2   average
Price4.2   below average
Image4.1   average
Flash3.9   above average
Lens2.7   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"I bought the static memory in addition to the microdrive because I was worried about the increased usage of battery life due to the moving parts of the drive."
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"The remote works great (once you get the battery the right way up)."
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"Took it on a long vacation at the end 2000 and was consistently amazed at the flexibility, the smart design & functionality, the battery life, the speed to use, AND the image quality."
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"What really turned out to be great was the battery life(lasts a long long time), remote, picture quality, the screen is fantastic- I don't know how I did without it."
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"I recommend purchasing a higher power battery and a high capacity (>128MB) compact flash memory card (Lexar is very good) that has a high data transfer rate (12x-24x)."
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"One of the greatest features of this camera is the battery life."
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Flash

Flash:
"PROBLEM:BUILT IN FLASH:soso,but with external canon flashes:okCOLOR:Great,EXPOSURE:Great."
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"The G1 is an excellent point and shoot camera, but failed to perform well with an external flash."
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"The on camera flash is simply not adequate."
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"On the downside, the included 16-meg compact flash card is way to small."
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"My only complaint is with the flash, which tends to overexpose shots a tiny bit."
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"PROBLEM:BUILT IN FLASH:soso,but with external canon flashes:okCOLOR:Great,EXPOSURE:Great."
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"Strongly recommend external canon flash 420.."
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"The G1 is an excellent point and shoot camera, but failed to perform well with an external flash."
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"The instructions (and Canon) imply that manual exposure with manual flash power should behave as well as with a film camera - it does not do this."
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"It is FLASH 1 AND 2 compatible (if you don't know what that is; check it out because that is an important part of a digicam)... (very good quality) this means its compatible with IBM's Microdrives, and Normal Flash Cards...7."
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Image

Image:
"As a result, images in the LCD are not clear or sharp at all."
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"(Not to mention that the Additional Lenses you can buy will bring you so close to the action you'll need to buy cheaper seats to get further away from the action) (Sitting at glass level at a hockey game, i can get a photo of a Goalie from head to toe, with about 2 inches in top and bottom of image with the 1.5x lens)...2.The LCD flips out, allows for weird angled camera manipulation, (in a crowd, or under things etc..) You can put the camera anywhere at arms length to take very unique photos."
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"I tried printing some of my shots (and was somewhat disapointed) but found out that i had set my dpi to 72 on the images i had..."
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"This camera has many factory configured settings that will enable even the beginning photographer to take exceptionally clean images."
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"The camera needed to serve two purposes, 1)substitute for a bulky SLR while traveling while providing high quality images; 2) be dependable and easy to carry."
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"The printed images were amazingly clear and the detail superb, even when printing at 8x10 - note even the small print on the drawings was perfectly clear."
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"I have had my G1 for about 6 months now and everyone who has seen images from this camera are amazed."
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"I purchased this camera because it is substantial, well-designed, intuitive and produces outstanding image quality."
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Lens

Lens:
"He says the difference is minimal, so the hassle of attaching the lens outweighs its benefit."
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"(Not to mention that the Additional Lenses you can buy will bring you so close to the action you'll need to buy cheaper seats to get further away from the action) (Sitting at glass level at a hockey game, i can get a photo of a Goalie from head to toe, with about 2 inches in top and bottom of image with the 1.5x lens)...2.The LCD flips out, allows for weird angled camera manipulation, (in a crowd, or under things etc..) You can put the camera anywhere at arms length to take very unique photos."
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"On-off switch is inconvenient as is the lens cap."
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"I haven seen distortions this bad in cheap lens for 35mm cameras, but never in a decent lens."
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"Sometimes I forgot to remove the lens cap before I turn on the camera and it shows me error message,tell me to restart the start up procedure again."
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"But if a separate lens cap is the price to pay for good optics, then so be it."
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"Lens: Good, reasonably fast zoom lens."
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"For instance, using macro lenses and a couple of adapters on my G1 I am able to capture all of the color slide pictures and print negatives in my teaching collection."
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"My experience with the G1 has been positive except for flash metering: Superb lens and image quality; splendid battery longevity with charger included; good creative control; and RAW image option for large, super-fine images."
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Photo

Photo:
"There are some drawbacks -- shutter delay is present and is sometimes a problem in shooting candid photos."
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"This sure isn't going to break in your hands...* Setting the ISO to 50 (Nikon can't do this) gives just absolutely fantastic photos with very minimal noise, even in the dead of night (Nikon had MUCH more noise).Negative stuff (hey, it can't be perfect!"
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"Positive:Photo quality: Great at high resolution and more than sufficient for snap shots in medium quality."
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"This camera model is more than a decade old but still produces great, high-res photos."
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"I'm what you would classify a camera moron, but the G-1 makes the photos I take look fantastic."
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"Summary of things I like:Takes great photosBattery life, battery life, battery lifeEase of useEasy to download photos to my computer with USB cableComes with Adobe Photoshop LE & Zoombrowser photo management softwareAV out to view photos on your TVMotion video capableDid I mention it takes GREAT photos and has a fantastic battery life?"
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"When used properly, it takes fantastic photos."
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Price

Price:
"The only two things I dislike are the hand-grip which is non-existent and the cheap plastic piece that covers the charging bay."
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"Many may find the camera too heavy, but I find many competitors flimsy and cheap."
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"I haven seen distortions this bad in cheap lens for 35mm cameras, but never in a decent lens."
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"But if a separate lens cap is the price to pay for good optics, then so be it."
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"Great camera - worth the money!"
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"Summary: Well worth the money."
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"As a compliment to a 35mm camera you can't go wrong with the G1, for the price."
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"I waited until now because I wanted a camera with good resolution at an affordable price."
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Quality

Quality:
"In spite of all the good reviews from customers about this digital camera, I am quite disappointed by the quality of the LCD."
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"The movie feature (30 seconds AVI file is a nicegimmick but not good enough quality to use other thanfor a laugh."
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"It's a high quality display, and I love the flexibility it offers for viewing during the shoot from in front of the camera, next to the camera, behind the camera - and for viewing images after the shoot at unlimited angles."
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"Picture quality is unbelievable!"
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"Positive:Photo quality: Great at high resolution and more than sufficient for snap shots in medium quality."
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"The quality is amazing , downloading of the pictures is a breeze."
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"What really turned out to be great was the battery life(lasts a long long time), remote, picture quality, the screen is fantastic- I don't know how I did without it."
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