Summary: I think a lot of people miss the point of this camera. It is not a DSLR. It is not really a P&S. It is more along the lines of a Leica M8 without the steep price or the interchangeable lenses. What it is great for is street shooting..
Pros: Good lens., Easy to use manual control, Good resolution., Perfectly acceptable noise at 400, not bad at 800., (face it, if there was no noise at 800 on a camera, why would they even bother with 100), Build quality, Not so dinky that it is hard to hold
Summary: It's not perfect (what is?), but this is possibly the best compact camera out there for photographers who are looking for a compact to complement their DSLR. Someday I may find one that gets five stars; for now this is it. Pros: In good light, image quality is nearly as good as my Rebel XT.
Summary: I bought this as a point and shoot for my wife who doesn't like to carry a heavy SLR. I'll occasionally use it when I don't carry my SLR. As a point and shoot, it is quite good. My only real complaint with it is that it has somewhat more pixel noise than I would like and the processing of that noise...
Perhaps It Would Have Been Better Named the S90, But...
G. Mesick, Amazon
14 June 2007
Summary: ...it's still a great camera. I had no intention of replacing my 4MP Canon S45. It still shoots excellent snaps, gives me manual control when I want it, and shoots RAW (which is fun to play with, but not all that useful, IMO).
Summary: Since this camera falls into the "compact digitial" category, most of my opinions are based off of a camera I'm already pleased with, the Fuji F30 (see domments below). For my full report, go to: http://www.60hzproductions.com/index.php?
Pros: *More/better manual controls - it is MUCH easier to get to and change camera settings and parameters than the F30. F30 is much more menu dependent; G7 has more accessible, useful buttons and dials., * More "creative" features - Things like external flash (comment below regarding this), ND filter,...
Cons: * Portabilty - Not as compact as the F30. Also, the F30 feels much easier to grip. It's lighter, and has a grip area for your thumb on the back of the camera. The G7 is heavier. You need to have a tighter grip on the camera., * Noise - This is a tossup, in my opinion. Fuji's noise, as defined by ...
Summary: This is a very good camera in many respects, but I'm personally not happy with the compromises that Canon's marketing department chose. You may disagree. Being my first digital point and shoot, after using various digital and film SLRs, I'm holding it to very high standards.
Pros: Image stabilization let's you shoot 2-3 stops slower than otherwise possible., Big beautiful LCD screen., Top notch build quality., Good color and over all image quality.
Cons: Small enough to make it difficult to hold but not small (or light) enough for your pocket., High ISO could be better., Usable resolution lower than expected for such high pixel count., Optical viewfinder cuts out too much of the image.
Summary: Comments about Canon PowerShot G7: This is the fourth Canon digital point & shoot camera I have owned and it takes great photos. Canon continues to improve their software to make taking great snapshots easier. Colors are great, and focus tracking works well.
Pros: Bright LCD, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Strong Construction
Summary: I'm an old school photo enthusiast and finally replaced my Nikkormat FTN 35 mm with this camera. It gives me the creative control I want and the automation I never had before. I purchased the 430EX flash for it and now it gives me great indoor shots as well.
Summary: I purchased this camera assuming it would shoot like an SLR in a size that still makes it packable like a point-and-shoot. For the most part, it does. I upgraded from an older, simpler Powershot S400, hoping to get back some of the manual control from my old film SLR days.
Summary: I've had my G7 for several months now and have traveled with it extensively and taken thousands of pictures. It's got a wonderful build (feels almost Leica-like) and is just the right size for me -- bigger and heftier than the tiny pocket ELPHs, but eminently pocket-able.