For continuous shooting you can opt for 2.5fps or 1fps and for time-lapse photography a function called the “Intervalometer” can be used to capture up to 100 images at intervals between one and 60 minutes.
Another handy feature are the two custom modes that allow you to set up your preferred blend of image resolution, compression level, exposure mode, lens position and other settings, so that every time the Pro1 is turned on you can revert it back to your unique combination. The choice of first curtain or second curtain flash synchronisations together with effects modes vivid, neutral, black and white, sepia, low sharpening (for soft edges), and custom all top off an impressive range of features.
There’s no doubt that the Pro1 is a feature-packed digital camera but sometimes the downfall of possessing this number of settings is organising them within accessible and intuitive menus, something that some manufactures can’t seem to get quite right. Canon however, has pulled it off thanks to clearly displayed menus divided into four main menus – the record, setup, playback and theme menus (the latter being more of a playful setting for personalising the sounds menu pictures).
A four-way control pad on the back of the Pro1 makes scrolling and selecting through these menus simple, whereas the “function” button allows you to select the available settings such as ISO speed (Auto, 50, 100, 200 and 400), file compression/size, and so on. In keeping with tradition as well as functionality, the Pro1 also uses a scroll and click main dial positioned next to the chrome shutter release button. While it lends itself for further setting adjustment and selection, I found that it sat too low in the chassis.
Sticking with the recording options, I found plenty more to keep me happy. I could choose from a standard RGB or Adobe RGB colour space and there’s a choice of three compression rates and five resolutions, plus a RAW mode for loss-less compression and post manipulation. Shooting 15fps AVI movies with audio at three different resolutions is also possible, but as you can see from the tables below storage options on the 64MB card vary greatly depending on the level of compression and of course the file format. It’s obvious that 64MB stands out as being too small for an 8.0 megapixel camera.
The movies however are clear even when I recently recorded a couple of press events in very low-light conditions. It is a shame however that the powerful zoom cannot be used during recording.