"Not quite enough"3.0 starson by vroger
Pros: Size, High ISOs, Battery Life
Cons: Shutter lag, shutter lag, shutter lag - stabilization is weak.
Summary: I am trying to replace my Leica M6 with a rangefinder camera that will make me happy and give me versatility. That being said, I bugged my salesaman at Adorama, until he called me to say the G7 was in. I went in- and bought it without any testing or handling. Firstly it is smaller than I imagined it was going to be. Much smaller than the G3 which I have had for years. I own 8 digitals including a Canon DSLR and two Lumix super zooms. In a weeks use, the G7 provides decent digital images. The noise at ISO 1600 is not a problem and I have yet to test the 3200 ISO. Yes, Virginia, there is a 3200 ISO on the camera. The shutter lag still drives me nuts. I am a street shooter and the best camera I own for that work is a Leica Digilux 1. The Digi 1 is super fast with NO discernable lag but, over 100 ISO the results are very noisy and the battery life is nil. The Canon G3 has horrendous lag. The G7 is better, but still lags too much for my taste. I will report on low light noise after I test it more extensively. I am, I must say somewhat disappointed. The camera is not what I imagined it would be from its specs. I also need a battery life indicator other than a flashing icon telling me change it NOW! I always carry a spare anyway, but more time to know the battery condition is generally a must. All in all, the camera works, the images are nice, the stabilization is NOT as good as that on the Lumix- I will live with it, but frankly- at this stage of the game I'm through with buying digitals. I have "retired" 5 of the 8 in their boxes, lovingly stored in my cabinet with my collection of Leicas, Nikons, Canons, Minoltas, Konicas etc. I will let you know how I fare with this camera in the future. Bests: vrogerUpdated
Although I gave it a "6" before- my opinion has gone up to an 8.5 or better. This camera was primarily bought for low light use. Last night (11/09/2006)I used the camera at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200. The results are noted below. The noise is minimal, the results in very low light are sharp, I aqm very happy with the results. The camera performs the way I had hoped. The shutter lag, while still a problem is a small price to pay for results like these.
This has now become a camera I will use all the time. Please see the following: The woman is imaged at 1600 ISO and the street vendor at 3200 ISO- Bests: vroger