Summary: I've used countless cameras in my lifetime, and my primary photography setup is with a Canon 50D DSLR. I needed something smaller as a casual carry-around camera to be paired with my existing beast. After researching extensively for about a month, I finally decided to purchase the Canon PowerShot G7, as it seemed to fit my needs perfectly in terms of price vs performance vs feature set.
Summary: I was looking for a less expensive alternative to a DSLR. This camera definitely exceeded all of my criteria! Amazing features allow me to control exactly how I want to take the picture/video. It is lens adapter compatible allowing you to add filters and lenses to make your photos/videos even better! definitely a great buy and i highly recommend it!
Summary: I give it 5 stars to counter the idiot first reviewer. It's obvious to any G series owner that this camera drops the flip screen and RAW format. Get over it. Making up for the loss of the flip screen is a higher resolution, bigger fixed screen. It's much nicer than the screen on the G6. I didn't like the loss at first, but i realized i never used it that much except as a means of protecting the screen.
Summary: All of my live I have been a SLR user, from film to digital. I'm not a pro, but consider myself a serious amateur. I take tons of pictures, especially during my travels around the world, and was tired of carrying all of my photo gear (Canon 30D, three lenses, flash and accessories) with me all the time.
Summary: I purchased this camera for a trip to Europe. My brother has owned several Canon SLRs plus a Leica, and recommended this camera for me. I mostly used the P mode and set the ISO. I was amazed at the outstanding results from a smaller (non-SLR) camera. My brother even commented that many of the photos were as good as the ones his d-SLR produces. I admit that the best photo results were the ones taken in bright, sunny weather conditions.
Summary: Like A-Rod, in the review before me, I bought this camera for a trip to europe, as an upgrade. My aging Powershot S400 was great in its day, but it was 4 megapixels, and the focusing motors were starting to get old and a little sloppy. For the trip of a lifetime, I wanted a better camera.
Summary: I really like this camera. It is significantly bigger than a point & shoot, but small enough to go into a small fanny pack. I bought this camera because none of the P&S cameras I have owned have worked very well for action photos in dim light. While I still have a lot to learn, it has many auto and manual features that really help getting decent shots. Pretty easy to change settings on the fly, very intuitive.
Pros: nice LCD screen, Image stabilization, solid build & quality, easy to use controls
Cons: a little shutter lag, but not bad, faster lens would be nice
Summary: In the late '70s, '80s and '90s I sold cameras at a mom and pop store. I don't miss working retail but it was nice to see a camera and hold it before shelling out 500 bucks. These days that's almost a thing of the past. This caused me to do many hours of on-line research before choosing this Canon. I happen to be fond of Leica and really wanted one.
Summary: The main reason I purchased the G7 was for the full manual mode. I take many macro shots and the G7 is capable of getting very close. The Manual focus takes a little getting used to because you are adjusting a dial and not the lens. The image quality is crisp and the color depth is incredible. The G7 has a quality feel and nice old-school design but It's not a pocket camera. It's small but has bulk. The extra ISO dial makes it quick and easy to change film speed.