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Canon Powershot G7 review

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Subtitle: My own damn fault (Explore)

I had a hard time deciding when I bought a new camera a year ago whether to go with DSLR or "single body". I knew from experience that carrying around a camera that can't fit in your pocket was a pain in the ass, but I also sensed I might be interesting in higher end equipment at some point. I decided on the single body Canon Powershot G7, which I viewed as the best single-body available. (Yes, I bought the best of the tube Sony TVs rather than a big screen and I think my picture is better!) Since some of you may be considering a G9, this review may be still useful.

Pros:
* Not a lightweight, but can indeed fit in pants pocket (barely).
* Very good landscape photos.
* Absolutely killer macro mode.
* Good battery life.
* Nice "manual" controls, easy to learn and use
* Lens fully retracts
* Incredible dof at f/2.8 in macro mode
* Very good image stabilization, autofocus
* Great digital zoom
* 10MP really helps when cropping

Cons:
* No swivel screen
* Mediocre DOF at f/2.8 on regular mode
* No RAW (they fixed this--G9 has RAW mode)
* Can only buy a few add-on lenses
* Can only go to ISO200 reliably; built-in flash sucks
* Reliability issues?

The final "con" I don't know who to blame. In the last two weeks the damper on the zoom switch has busted (have seen this complained about elsewhere on web); and autofocus seems to fail now sometimes, which freezes all the other controls and usually means a reboot. All of these problems started when I brought the camera on this golf outing. I put it in the golf cart unprotected and I think I underestimated how much bouncing around there was... Oh well, now I have an excuse to upgrade...

Kelvin Wong (Away), carol linden, and 37 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. harry.1967 81 months ago | reply

    Cool shot. nice dof!

  2. Márcia_Marton 81 months ago | reply

    Wonderful focus and dof!
    Have a nice weekend my friend!

  3. jotka26 [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    great closeup! canon? canon? i've heard that name before...

  4. sREe inspired. [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    wonderful dof

  5. Marjolein K. [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    How does it do in low light situations? I own a Powershot S3 IS, and I am really happy with it, but it can be difficult getting sharp, good contrast images when there is no sun.

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  6. Roberto Gardella [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    Nice perspective Kevin....


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  7. Sati Kobashi [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    Very cool angle and DOF!
    Clever shot!

  8. ~lala~(Lisa) 81 months ago | reply

    Great capture, in spite of all the snafffooos! Upgrading is always nice...=) Have a great evening, Kevin.

  9. KLnyc 81 months ago | reply

    Very cool buddy!
    But, I like PING ball better, hahahha..

  10. Vali... 81 months ago | reply

    ...found a white ball last week, might be your ;-)))
    (coming up after my series)

  11. *toni.r 81 months ago | reply

    top flite review, mr dooley. nice shot too!

  12. tengtan (catching up) 81 months ago | reply

    I've opted for the best of both worlds - a compact carry around for that unexpected "decisive moment". And the heavier SLR and accessories for the planned excursion.

  13. kstoon 80 months ago | reply

    very cool shot with the golfer in the background.

  14. Grant Barrett 73 months ago | reply

    Kevin, we used this photograph to illustrate the web post for an episode of our radio show about words and language. Thank you!

  15. Mohamad Khedr 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called WORLD OF GREEN, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. hklein 25 months ago | reply

    How does it do in low light situations? I own a Powershot S3 IS, and I am really happy with it, but it can be difficult getting sharp, good contrast images when there is no sun.
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