"Great camera."on by buitre106
Pros Image qality, accurate metering system, IS, loads of functions, ISO dial and hot shoe.
Cons Soft corners at 50mm( 35mm equiv.), above diffraction limit at tele end, parallax error.
Summary I got the G7 as a walkaround and backup for my DSLR. The image quality is excellent( sharp, contrasty and great color rendition), the build quality is very good, and you get about all the functions you can get from an DSLR.
The E-TTL metering works pefectly, even better than my 350D. On my DSLR I find myself stopping down half a stop, and adjusting WB in a RAW converter later on; the G7 handles these issues very well, and I don't miss the RAW capability at all thanks to the accurate metering on the camera( pluss you can use spot metering and customized WB if you need it).
The image stabilizer works very well(I've shot a lot of great photos at 1/8s)
The hot shoe( which enables me to use an external flash, and consequently avoiding flat subjects and red eyes), and ISO dial( at last Canon figured that one out)are features I need more than a flip out LCD screen, RAW or remote control.
My biggest dissapointments where the parallax error on the viewfinder and the narrow aperture on the tele end( almost a full stop above the diffraction limit. Canon, what were you thinking??)
I use it only to take pictures(no video), and IMO, the G7 is the closest you get to an DSLR among the compact P&S cameras. I highly reccomend it.
Pros Well built, fast, good picture quality
Cons Lots of options, can seem complicated to use
Summary I am very pleased with the G7, picture quality is good, the image stabilization works except at full zoom and it has a lot of useful pre-set modes. Reviews have mentioned that it is quite cluttered and complex to use, true if you want to access some of the manual features. However you can just run it in Auto mode and use it as a point and click camera and it also does a good job.
Pros great camera
Cons possible manufacture fault
Summary I would like to ask if anybody has had problems with G7’s zoom lever. Mine broke after 4 months of light and METICULOUSLY CAREFUL use, and the warranty supplier (store-based warranty, not Canon’s) refuses to honour my claim because the repair centre which examined the camera can’t identify the cause of this damage. I KNOW I did not cause it, and it’s difficult to accept that a camera built to a standard would break down on its own accord. I have read on one forum that other people have had the same problem with their G7 zoom lever, identical to mine in every way, also about 4 months after the purchase. I am hoping to find enough evidence of this problem occurring to prove that the manufacturer has been responsible. The seller – DigitalRev – has a reputation for being incredibly unsupportive in accepting warranty claims, and it is very unfair that I should have to pay for the repairs of a faulty product that they sold me.
Thank you for your help
PS. other than that it is a wonderful camera, and if not for this problem I would give it a score of 9
Pros Picture quality, face recognition, features.
Cons Precarious ISO wheel, tall, no wrist strap.
Summary I'm very happy with this camera. For a long time, I was searching looking for a replacement for my old Canon S45. I wanted all the versatility with the old S45, but with a larger screen and higher resolution.
The G7 really does take superb pictures. The battery life is excellent. It takes photos quickly. It has lots of features and modes that let you get a little more creative. The G7 even identifies faces, and exposes correctly for them, so quick holiday snaps come out right first time.
Physically the camera is quite light (but sturdy), and feels solid. The shutter feels very crisp. The screen is large and clear. It's surprisingly thin, and reasonably thin, so despite the larger height, the total volume is still quite low.
My only (minor) complaints are as follows: Firstly, the ISO setting is done via a knob on top of the camera. It's easy for this knob to get moved when you uncase the camera, so you have to check whether it's still on the ISO setting you had before. Secondly, the camera comes with a round-the-neck strap, instead of a wrist strap. Finally, it's just a little too tall to put into your trouser pocket. The S45 I had previously was actually thicker, but shorter, so it felt more compact.
One last note: I don't understand why some reviewers have given this camera a poor review because of the absence of RAW support. That's a feature that the camera either does or does not have; you don't need user reviews to tell you whether RAW support is there. Personally I've never missed the RAW support.
Pros Small and compact, fairly light.
Cons A bit too large for shirt pocket, controls move too easily.
Summary After deciding to NOT get an SLR for a trip to Europe I looked into compact cameras. The G7 looked like what I was looking for. None of the local retailers (Seattle) had them in stock, saying they would not carry them given the razor thin profit margin. So I was stuck with reading the reviews.
I ordered the camera online through a Canon partner. And thus began the endless trail of problems.
1. Canon recommends a particular "camera case" for this camera. Well, guess what? That case is about 5X larger than the camera, and is essentially useless. It is not a camera case, it is a camera equipment bag. Strike one.
2. The second time I started the camera (pressed On button) I get an error that the "lens has an error". There is nothing in the manual about this. The camera will not work in this state. Turning the camera On and Off accomplishes nothing. Finally I pull out the battery for 30 minutes, and when restarted the camera appears to function as it should. But soon the error displays again, and I have to repeat the "remove the battery" procedure.
3. In conjunction with #2, now the camera sometimes starts up but the lens cover does not fully open. There is no error displayed, you find out that the lens isn't "ready" when you review your shot on the LCD screen. Of course, this happens after shots that can't be recaptured. My conclusion is that the camera is NOT reliable. (At this point I have had the camera a total of 3 days, and it has been powered up maybe 30 minutes total.)
4. As time is very short (I received the camera 7 days before leaving on my trip) I head out and start taking photos. Or at least I try to. Guess what? If you need to take an "action shot" forget it. When you press the shutter release it can take from 2 seconds to 10 seconds before the camera fires! My 10 year old Fuji film camera, which was a piece of crap, was much better than that. Even holding the shutter release halfway down (which is supposed to keep the autofocus activated) doesn't help. Well, it may reduce the delay but it is still very long (2-4 seconds). So forget about taking anything that isn't a "still shot", because you aren't going to get anything.
5. The manual is just awful. Some of the settings (modes) have multiple incarnations. I dare you to try and figure out how to operate this camera using other than default settings. Why not make the controls easy to use, instead of piling feature on top of feature that produces an unusable mess? For example, set the camera to Movie mode and take a short movie. Now, try to find what the camera did with that movie! Supposedly it is stored there, but just try to retrieve it on the camera. You can find it if you unload the memory card to your PC, but the menu system on the camera does not handle movies at all.
6. Try to find out from the camera menu system how much of your memory card is full. Just try to find that information, I dare you.
7. The controls are very non-intuitive (the little pictures next to the myriad of buttons don't give you any idea about what they do, and the icons for the dial indicators are not much better). Also, given the camera design you are going to hit various buttons whether you want to or not. The dial controls move so easily that you have to constantly check them to see if they have moved again. No doubt they have moved, and probably a lot. The controls need to be done much better.
8. The camera suggests it can be put in a shirt pocket. Well, it can if you have a shirt with a large pocket. But the various protrusions are sharp and tend to hang up on the cloth. Yes, I now have two ruined shirts.
9. The camera shape is not comfortable to hold. No matter what you do some of your fingers are going to be covering various control buttons. The SHAPE of the camera is very important. Canon attempted to make this one "compact", but in the process made it difficult to hold and use.
I am very disappointed with this camera. I have extensive experience with Canon digital cameras from the 4-2 years ago time frame. This one is of course more feature rich, but it is very difficult to use effectively.