Summary: I wanted a camera smaller than, but just as capable as, my full-size DSLR. I wanted a camera with a remote and I wanted a camera with a composite video AV output. The G5 has it all and then some. The remote. Most point and shoot cameras do not have a remote shutter release. The G5 uses a remote that not only fires the shutter but operates the zoom and moves the focus point of the camera. In setting up the camera you can have the remote engage a 2 or 10 second delay ..
Summary: I have bought this camera because it is plenty of resources, even it is 10 years old. I can choose if I shoot photos totally automatic, or some kind of scenes (paisage or portrait), velocity priority, aperture priority, or totally manual. The sensor is a bit greater than the basic point-and-shoot cameras. The camera is a bit greater than the basic point-and-shoot cameras, but it is far lesser than a DSLR camera.
Summary: This is easy to use in the automatic mode . Auto focus works great. The manual settings anr wonderful also. Read the owners manual to get the full benifits of the camera. This camera can produce professional level photographs when use right.
Summary: Great little camera that takes very good pictures. Though only 5 MP it is still a super value for the money. My original G5 stopped working due to blown internal fuses. So it was cheaper to buy a used one than send it in to get fixed.....worth the money.
Summary: Great camera for low cost. 1. All the settings as in DSLR available 2. Good sensor (5Mp=lower noise then new cameras) 3. Raw format available for photoshop masters 4. Good lens 5. JPEG photos also very good to those who want to shot and print. 6. Good argonomics. The new analog of the camera (even with restrictions) costs 300$+.
Summary: G5 is good valued camera in the powershot series. Although it might seem heavier and 'out of date' respect of other cameras in the canon powershot G series, consider that has features like the vari-angle LCD and RAW shooting that other cameras in the series do not have.
Summary: Pros: Vari angle LCD, vewfinder w/ diopeter control, 2 custom modes, manual mode, hot shoe mount, data screen, Accessory lens adapter compatible, Remote control compatible. Cons: small flash unit, bad video (max 320 x 240), no super macro (like another camera I own), small viewfinder, 4X zoom (VS 20X on my other camera). Things that don't matter: takes BP-511 batteries, uses Compact Flash cards. Overall rating 4 of 5 stars.