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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best camera I've ever owned, 19 Dec 2006
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot G7 Digital Camera - Black (10.0MP, 6x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
This camera was a replacement for my Olympus C70 Zoom which was a great camera apart from its performance in low light, and a rather complicated menu system.

I read a lot of mixed reviews about this camera, but decided to purchase it in the end, as there aren't many alternatives around if you want a highly programmable digital compact with a big zoom lens, image stabiliser and ASA from 80 to 1600. I've noticed that the mixture of reviews tend to fall into two categories - the reviewers who love this camera have never owned a Canon Powershot before, whilst the reviewers who aren't so impressed with the G7 tend to be previous Canon Powershot owners. I am in the former category, so am highly impressed with my new G7. I have found it very hard to take poor pictures with the G7 - my images have all been sharp, very well exposed, and in the main (800-1600 ASA excepted), free of noise, and with almost perfect colour balance.

As I've had bad experiences in the past with the proprietary software that comes with cameras, the Canon software has stayed unloaded and in the box, so I won't comment on the software.

The Good ( a long list) in my opinion

Superb build quality for a compact

Brilliantly bright and sharp LCD viewing screen with low reflectivity

Image stabiliser was giving me a good 3-stops lower without any apparent blurring

Fast start up time

Excellent low-light performance

Well balanced built in flash for a compact, with a mounting for an external flash if required

Viewfinder (seems to be getting rare now on digital compacts)

Large selection of pre-programmed scene-modes

Shutter and Aperture priority

Outstanding Macro mode

Selection ring on back of camera is really excellent for shooting in programmable modes

The Bad

With the lens in wide angle, you can see the lens through the viewfinder (this is disconcerting)

Only comes with 32MB SD card - best thing to do with this is chuck it out

The manuals aren't exactly the easiest to navigate through - a "basic" manual, and a comprehensive manual, with infuriating omissions in both - meaning you need both manuals on hand sometimes..

The LCD's reflective screen looks great, but is prone to fingerprinting - I wouldn't be surprised if Scotland Yard used the coating to take fingerprints! You need to carry a spectacle cloth and be careful!

The large LCD cramps controls on the back of the camera.

Lack of RAW format images - not an issue for me though

All in all, I don't think this camera would disappoint anyone who hasn't used a Canon Powershot before - I think it's easily the best camera I've ever owned, including 35mm SLR's and my beloved Olympus, with bags of features, and extremely high quality results, but if you already owned a Canon Powershot, and if the lack of RAW images is a discriminator, you should probably read other reviewers' comments- I'm a convert to this wonderful camera!
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