Canon PowerShot E1 Review

Review Date: November 6th 2008
Author: Zoltan Arva-Toth

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Conclusion


Ratings (out of 5)
Design
3
Features
3.5
Ease-of-Use
4
Image Quality
3.5
Value for Money
4

Canon must have grown tired of criticism that the entry-level PowerShots were too business-like in their appearance, and commissioned a new team of designers to come up with something more exciting. The result is the new Canon PowerShot E1, which is certainly a surprising departure from previous design concepts. The soft curves and the fashionable colours may indeed work with kids and teens, but the whole point of a stylish camera is compromised by the poor build quality and the use of low-grade materials. The E1 may look stylish in product shots, but in real life it looks and feels like some cheap toy and while it is certainly not an expensive camera, it is not THAT cheap either. Nevertheless, it could still make a good first camera for a child, although concerns remain as to its 'life expectancy' in careless hands.

Inside, the Canon E1 is essentially a PowerShot A580 with two million extra if largely superfluous pixels, slightly improved macro and movie modes, plus infinity focus and image stabilisation thrown in. So if you like the quirky design and colours, and can get over the soapbox-like build, you may realise that this is a fairly decent point-and-shoot model after all. However, if you are looking for a camera that is not just easy to use but can also 'grow' with you as you learn more and more about photography, you should consider something else. Canon's own PowerShot A590 IS, which currently retails for less than the E1, is a much better option right now, so get one while stocks last.

The review unit has been kindly provided for this test by http://www.ccsfoto.hu/

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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