Pros Fast! Did I say fast? Great shutter response if you use the SDHC cards of quality and speed. Built like a tank (typical Canon). Superior lens and response from its auto-focus. One of the best-ever screens even in sunlight. Priced very well!
Cons UDMA cards??? Why not? Even a CF card? This camera needs better media for its megapixel capability and a SD card slows it down when I compare it to my Canon 50D.
Summary All these features for $499 or less makes the G10 an excellent if not superior choice. Getting SLR quality & speed in a point & shoot (yes, it's really a high-end point & shoot) means you'll have excellent high-end pictures/images for a camera that behaves more like a BMW in performance and at a price far less than it should be due to great competition from Nikon and Panasonic.
Canon makes products that are all fit for imaging. That's their core business. Canon lenses are second to nothing else out there. Panasonic makes vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens and irons besides cameras.
An excellent choice but again, get the best SDHC card(s) you can find to marry to this camera.
Pros Size and raw.
Cons Size and Adobe Camera Raw.
Summary I just bought a G10 and have spent a few days, including one at Disneyland, shooting away. I normally shoot a Canon XSi Digital Rebel with "L" lenses, so I'm a bit spoiled. I never owned a G9, so the physical package is OK by me, but it is NOT tiny so I bought a case that fits on my belt.
I wish the lens was f2.8 as a max open aperture at all focal lengths instead of f2.8 to f4.5.
The Menu system is a mess like earlier Canon SLRs requiring lots of scrolling with a fiddley navigation dial. Please Canon, copy the Menu system from the XSi quickly.
The Manual Focus button is waaaaay too easy to hit, leaving you with a potential for lots of out-of-focus images.
The Image Stabilization is OK, but not impressive.
As of 10/27 Adobe has yet to upgrade the Lightroom and Photoshop raw processors to include the G10 which leaves me trying to figure out the clunky Canon DPP raw processor. I'm a confirmed Lightroom user, so this is REALLY annoying.
Image quality is pretty good unless you look close. If you do look close, the deficiencies of a small sensor are pretty evident. Definitely stick to ISO 80 or 100 for quality.
I got what I expected, but its a product that can be improved.
Pros picture quality is spectacular. Solid. A Real camera, not plastic point and shoot. Versatile, flexible
Cons can't understand the manual. Limited flash range. rumor has it this is a noisy camera.
Summary I have owned 5 fuji's, including the legendary F30, an F40fd, and F200exr, plus a Nikon D40, and a Lumix FZ28.after a month: still thrilled:I have to say, this is the best digital camera i've ever owned. I've owned the original Sony Mavica, a 2mp Toshiba, at least 5 Fuji's including an F30, F200EXR, F40FD, a Canon D40, Lumix FZ28, and now the G10. this camera is so good I sold all my fujis, lumix's and may unload my D40.
The 200 & D40 stand on their own. however, I bought the FZ28 as sort of an all around everything in one package camera. Great features, but after a trip to England I found the images simply didn't compare to my Fuji P & S. Sorry. They just weren't as sharp, color wasn't as saturated, etc. Meanwhile, my girlfriend shows up with the G10, which I'd dismissed because of cost and reviews.
Well, a year later, I still have the girlfriend, and just sold the FZ28 and bought a G10. No questions asked, just plunked down the $450 and walked out.
There is simply no comparison with anything else I've owned or looked at. Maybe the Fuji is still the P&S to have, and the intro D40 a good SLR tos tart with, but this G10 is so far superior to my former Lumix it isn't even funny. It's the kind of camera I'll plan a trip around just getting to use it.
Updated on Dec 24, 2009
The feel is old time remarkable, like a real camera. Solid, easy to use, good layout of features. Picture quality is remarkable. I just took about 300 pictures in Old Quebec, in 6 degree weather, many at night, many hand held, some with stitch assist, some with tripod, one from a moving ferry. The color rendition, noise, resolution, are fabulous. I hope it lasts forever. Versatility, features are more than I want. The quality of the pictures is SO much better than the Lumix 28 that it isn't funny. There's just no way they can compare. But low light, noise, feel, features, image quality, ergonomics are remarkable. Can you tell I love it? Worth every penny.
Pros Solid camera with good image quality producing RAW/JPEG images. The camera is well built, with a solid magnesium alloy body. The lens is great as Canon products, the quality of image is great. Controls are well designed like other Canon cameras.
Cons Battery life could be better. High level of noise above ISO 400. Could be faster.
Summary I had a previous G9, and I can tell you, this G10 is a great improvement! You can record an JPEG and RAW image of the same picture! The solid construction (magnese alloy and rubber grip) is made for a serious photographer... The flash hot shoe is a welcome improvement, you can use all EOS digital cameras flash units. But not everything is a paradise... The camera is not fast as you can expect in this pricey equipment, and the high noise at high ISO (above 400 and in low light) can disapoint someone looking for perfect pictures. But I think this is a great camera! One of the best compact digital camera ever! This is for real serious photographer!
Pros image quality is very good for a point-and-shoot camera
Cons Almost all of these small CCD sensor cameras exhibit noisy images even at ISO 400
Summary Luminous Landscape did a comparison between a 35+ Megapixel Hasselblad and the G10, by printing out several equivalent-sized prints.
No contest? Not quite.
Multiple photo experts inspected these prints.
They essentially could not tell the prints apart.
This does NOT mean that the G10 is a DSLR equivalent. It DOES mean that, for a point and shoot camera, it more than holds its own.
Particularly handy are the readily accessible ISO and exposure adjust dials. AND, it shoots RAW.
This will be a very handy backup for DSLR owners who don't want to "shlep" their equipment around on any particular day. And it will be a fine camera for those who want more creative control and quality than a typical small camera provides.
Nice work Canon.