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PowerShot G1

PowerShot G Series


Type of Camera


Compact Digital Still Camera with Built-in Flash and 3x Optical Zoom Lens. Lens and Flash accessories available.

Image Capture Device


1/1.8-inch Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 3.34 million

Effective Pixels

Approx. 3.24 million


Focal Length

7(wide-angle) - 21(telephoto) mm (35mm film equivalent: 34 - 102mm)

Digital Zoom

Max 12x (when combined with optical zoom)

Focusing Range

Normal AF: 70cm (2.3 ft.) - infinity
Macro AF: 6cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7 ft.) (telephoto) - 70cm (2.3 ft.)
Manual focus: 6cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7 ft.) (telephoto) - infinity

Autofocus System

TTL autofocus (Continuous or Single); AF lock and Manual focus are available.


Optical Viewfinder

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor

1.8-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels

113.578 dot (521 x 218)

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/2.0 (wide-angle) - f/2.5 (telephoto)

Shutter Speed

8 -1/1,000 sec.
8 sec. shutter is available in Shutter Priority mode or Manual mode.
High speed shutter from 1/500 to 1/1,000 sec. are available only at F8 setting.
Slow shutter of 1.3 sec. and more operates with noise reduction.

Exposure Control


Auto, ISO 50, 100, 200 and 400 equivalent (At Auto setting, camera automatically adjusts sensitivity in the range of from ISO 50 to 100 equivalent).

Light Metering Method

Center-weighted average metering or Spot metering

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE or Manual exposure control
AE lock is available.

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2.0EV (at every 1/3-stop)Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is available.

White Balance

White Balance Control

TTL auto white balance, pre-set white balance (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Flash) or Custom white balance


Built-in Flash

Operation modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction auto, Red-eye reduction ON, ON or OFF

Flash Range

0.7m (2.3 ft.) - 4.5m (14.76 ft.) (W) / 0.7m (2.3 ft.) - 3.6m (11.8 ft.) (T) (When sensitivity is set to ISO100 equivalent)

Recycling Time

Approx. 5 sec.

Terminals for External Flash

Sync-terminals at accessory shoe
Use of following external flashes are recommended: Canon Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX and 550EX

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2.0EV (at every 1/3-stop)

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto, Creative zone: Program, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual, Image zone: Pan-focus, Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Black & White, Stitch assist and Movie

Self Timer

Operates with approx. 10 seconds countdown.

Wireless Control

Shooting and playback are available (Wireless controller is included in the camera kit).When shooting, image is captured 2 seconds after shutter release operation.

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.7 image/sec.(at Large/Fine mode and LCD viewfinder is OFF)

Image Storage

Storage Media

CompactFlash (CF) card (Type I or Type II)

File Format

Design rule for Camera File system (DCF*1)

Print Order Format

Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)

Image Recording Format

Still image: JPEG or CCD-RAW
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAVE [monaural]

JPEG Compression Mode

Super Fine, Fine or Normal

Number of Recording Pixels

Still image: Large: 2,048 x 1,536, Middle: 1,024 x 768, Small: 640 x 480
Movie: 320 x 240, at speed of 15 frames/sec., up to approx. 30 sec./shot

Number of Recordable Images

Image data

These figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon.
Actual totals may vary according to the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode.

Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

Individual movie clips are limited to a maximum of 30 seconds each. Above-written figures are measured under Canon's standard conditions and may vary depending on the scene, subjects or camera settings.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Single, Multi (9 thumbnail images), Magnification (approx. 2.5x or 5x on built-in LCD monitor) or Slide show

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Single Image, All Images


Computer Interface

Universal Serial Bus (USB), RS-232C/RS-422

Video Out

Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)


CF card slot (complied with CF Type II standard).

Power Supply

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511) (included in the camera kit)
2. AC adapter (type: CA-560) (included in the camera kit)
3. Car battery adapter (type: CR-560) (optional) Approx. 260 images (under Canon's standard conditions*2 with full-charged battery) Approx. 160 minutes (under Canon's standard conditions*3 with full-charged battery)

Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511) (included in the camera kit)
2. AC adapter (type: CA-560) (included in the camera kit)
3. Car battery adapter (type: CR-560) (optional)

Shooting Capacity

Approx. 260 images (under Canon's standard conditions*2 with full-charged battery)

Playback Time

Approx. 160 minutes (under Canon's standard conditions*3 with full-charged battery)

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature

32-104°F (0-40°C)

Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.7 x 3.0 x 2.5 in. (119.7 x 76.8 x 63.8 mm) (excluding protruding parts)


Approx. 14.8 oz. (camera body only)

Computer System Requirements

Mac Requirements

Hardware: Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac or iBook
OS: Mac OS 8.1 through 9.0.4, Quicktime 3.0 or higher(QuickTime 4.1 is in the CD-ROM DIGITAL CAMERA Solution Disk included with the PowerShot G1 standard kit) (Please see our Mac OS X Compatibility Statement.)
CPU: Power PC
Interface: USB: Cable connection via camera's USB port is limited to genuine Apple Computer brand models with a built-in USB interface (Power Macintosh NEW G3/G4, PowerBook G3, iMac, iBook). iMac computers running OS 8.1 require installation of iMac Update 1.0 and iMac Firmware Update 1.0 or higher. RS-422 Serial: Requires compatible Power Macintosh with built-in printer port or modem port.
RAM: 20MB or more of application memory

PC Requirements

Hardware: IBM PC/AT compatible
OS: Windows 95/98 (including the Second Edition), Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 3 or higher required), Windows 2000, Windows ME (Please see our Windows XP Compatibility Statement.)
CPU: Pentium 133 MHz or better
Interface: USB: Cable connection via camera's USB port is limited to pre-installed Windows 98, Windows 2000 and pre-installed or upgraded Windows ME systems. RS-232C: Serial or COM port.
RAM: 32MB or more (Windows 95/98), 64MB or more (Windows NT 4.0/Windows 2000/Windows ME)

*1 DCF is an abbreviation of Design rule for Camera File system standardized by Japan Electronic Industry Development Association (JEIDA).
*2 Canon's standard conditions of measuring shooting capacity are as follows: Normal temperature (73 degrees Fahrenheit). LCD viewfinder is ON. Shoot images at wide angle end and at telephoto end alternately with 20 seconds intervals. Use flash at every 4-time shootings. Turn camera off and on at every 8-time shootings.
*3 Canon's standard conditions of measuring playback time are as follows: Normal temperature (73 degrees Fahrenheit). Repeat playback automatically at a speed of 1 image per 5 seconds.

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