Excerpt: Camera Test: Canon Powershot G71285B001CanonPowershot G7Canon describes the 10MP 6x (35-210 f/2.8-4.8 equivalent) Image-stabilized zoom Canon Powershot G7 as the Flagship of the G-series. In fact, the G7 isn't just the flagship, it's the whole fleet. With its vintage black metal finish with silver highlights and accents, it is a great-looking camera. Knobs and dials sit on the top, alongside an EX-series hotshoe mount.
Excerpt: Serious shooters have prized Canon's compact G series digicams for their pro-grade features and ability to pinch-hit for their big D-SLRs. The all-new G7, which we tried at Photokina prior to the public opening, reflects that dynamic yet changes it too.
Conclusion: There has been so much talk about what the G7 is not that I think it's only fair to look first at what it is; a superbly built, comprehensively featured and highly desirable camera that packs a lot of the functionality of a digital SLR - and an image stabilized 35-210mm lens - into a solid, compact body. It also has virtually no competition - there are super zooms with similar feature sets, but all are bigger and heavier.
Pros: Excellent resolution and respectable edge-to-edge sharpness across the zoom range, Classic 'rangefinder' styling looks great, fit & finish superb., Capable of very good results at lower ISO settings, ISO 200-400 usable for standard sized prints (noise and NR effects are visible, however), Huge feature set, Face detect AF a bit of a novelty but it is very effective for novice users, Real, usable photographic control, ISO dial on body and external access to all importan...
Cons: Many features that made the G series stand out have been removed; fast lens, raw mode, vari-angle screen, IR remote, big long-life battery, LCD status panel, Some shadow noise visible even at ISO 80, Lack of grip and 'classic styling' don't make for great handling, ISO 1600 so noisy it's pointless, ISO 3200 very low resolution, Focus sometimes hunts in low light at longer focal lengths and in macro mode, Indistinct 'half press' point and long shutter release travel ma...
Excerpt: Canon ‘s acclaimed G-Series has a new top-of-the-line model: a matte black, retro-hip design houses impressive capabilities and top core specifications, loaded with Canon ‘s latest and most advanced technologies, including an Optical Image Stabilizer for clear shots. Also, Canon ‘s new SR coating technology (used here for the first time in a digital camera) virtually eliminates ghosting and Canons new Face Detection AF/AE finds all the faces in the frame and sets the...
Excerpt: Canon has stolen a bit of a march on Nikon. Of course Canon and Nikon lead the camera and photography pack throughout the world in the compact, point & shoot and 35mm-equivalent SLR markets. But Canon has crept ahead of Nikon in some important areas over the past few years, particularly in the compact camera segment.
Pros: Canon has stolen a bit of a march on Nikon. Of course Canon and Nikon lead the camera and photography pack throughout the world in the compact, point & shoot and 35mm-equivalent SLR markets. But Canon has crept ahead of Nikon in some important areas over the past few years, particularly in the compact camera segment. I've been a Nikon SLR user all my life, but when the SLR is too bulky or simply too much for a particular outing over the past five years I've often reac...
Cons: The G7's physical handling ergonomics clearly suffer when compared to competitors such as the Nikon P5000 and the Canon S5. The main problem is the lack of a prominent grip on the right side. People with small to medium size hands won't encounter too much of a problem, but anyone with hands even a bit larger than medium size will need a lot of time to get used to the lack of a grip and the presence of only a single, very narrow grip strip on the front of the camera. T...
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot G7 is the (long overdue) successor to the G6 and brings many improvements over the 2 years, though with some step-backs as well. The G7 sacrifices the fast (large aperture) lens of the G6 for a slower lens with more zoom and optical image stabilization. It depends on users if that's good or bad; some need that extra speed while other people want more zoom but one of the hallmark features of the G-series has been lost.
Pros: Retro design and sturdy built quality; includes an optical viewfinder, Face detection AF and AE that works, Large LCD with good visibility, Can be remotely controlled from computer, Unlimited continuous shooting at full resolution, Very good performance, Full manual controls with rotary wheel and hotshoe, Many accessories and ND filter built-in, Shortcut button and 2 custom mode dial spots, Useful playback features: My Colors, My Category, redeye removal and sound rec...
Cons: Costly; around the same as entry-level digital SLRs, No RAW option (Previous G-series had it), No rotating LCD (Previous G's had this too!), Below average battery life (Also down from the G6), Tiny shutter button/zoom controller; no proper hand grip, Rotary wheel a little loose and easy to bump, No movie focus or optical zoom, Redeye is a problem
Summary: The Canon PowerShot G7 is undoubtedly a very powerful and capable compact camera. It offers fine control over exposure and focusing and has a quality lens with a useful 6x optical range, along with effective image stabilisation and impressive macro facilities.
show, the G7 is also capable of recording a high degree of detail, so long as you shoot using the lower sensitivities.
Pros: 6x zoom with stabilisation and superb macro, Flash hotshoe for external Speedlites, Dedicated ISO dial and control wheel, Great creative control and neat on-screen graphics
Cons: No flip-out screen; no grip to speak of, Noise above 200 ISO, Loss of features from predecessors, eg RAW, A640 and EOS 400D compelling alternatives
Summary: The question of whether the G7 is a 'true' G series camera is largely academic and, in fairness, the new model improves on the G6 in almost every area. But – and this is a big BUT – it is let down by image quality, which is all the more disappointing because of the lack of a RAW option. Fewer pixels and a RAW mode could have made this the ultimate digital compact.
Pros: The metal body means a solid build. The stabilised zoom lens covers most purposes, and exposures are spot-on
Cons: No RAW mode, when combined with problems resolving fine detail and noise, limits enlargement sizes
Summary: Canon's G7 is the new flagship of their ever popular fleet of PowerShot digital cameras, and is equipped with loads of Canon's newest technological achievements and user-friendly features. Designed to delight even the most die-hard photo enthusiast, the 10-megapixel PowerShot G7 digital camera continues the tradition of imaging excellence, innovation and ease of use that began when the was introduced six years ago.