66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
A perfect camera for the majority,
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I read all the reviews here plus a load of expert ones before I decided to buy this camera. I could see that a few people have some niggles, whilst the pro's compare it with the G6 and whilst recommending it, are disappointed at the loss of 'RAW' amongst a few other things. But generally, everyone says its a good camera.
I've had it a week now and I think it is a great camera. I'm used to compacts and if you want to use this as a point and shoot camera (and contrary to an earlier review), this is ideal and very easy to use - turn it on, press the button. And the results will most probably be better than you are used to with a compact. Reviewing photo's is easy with a big button for that. The LCD is probably about the best you can get. All the controls and functions are very good and simple to use. The video facility is simple too - press the button to start, you don't need to hold the button down, press again to stop. The optical zoom is great - very ample and no loss of quality as I used to get with the digital zoom on a previous compact. Very solid camera and nothing flimsy on it like you normally get somewhere on a compact. The niggles people had in the reviews are almost unnoticeable to me - very minor. Yes you can see the lens through the viewfinder if you really think about it (I didn't notice it at all until I read the reviews on here again and then checked), but then its got a viewfinder - which is rare in a compact. You have to appreciate that its packed with so many features but nevertheless, it is as easy to handle and use as any compact I have had.
Then there's also all the features that appeal to the more serious photographer too. It's like a mini SLR so is ideal for me to experiment if I want to. Because of this, it evidently draws attention from pro's who want a compact. The problem there is that in their reviews, they cannot help compare it with the capabilities of their expensive SLR's - or with the G6. One reviewer was too put off by the loss of RAW - but then he did add that after he gave the G7 back after the test, he realised he had become so fond of it, he went out and bought one. In another, the journalist reviewer was comparing it with her Leica M8 and appeared to prefer the M8 - but that costs around £2,500! I think she also however found herself buying a G7. But there does seem to be disappointment that they think this camera is supposed to be the pro's compact - isn't it?! And it should have all the features a pro needs - shouldn't it?! One reviewer said the G7 is neither one nor the other.
I think canon have actually got it spot on with this camera. Most of us are not pro's and need a camera for holiday-type snaps and movie clips etc. So we want all the features cannon have added - like the better zoom, bigger LCD display, better movie facility etc. But we want good quality. And also many of us - although not professional - want to experiment with SLR functions and do a bit of proper photography. We don't want to spend thousands on lenses and camera's, or to carry all that gear around on holiday. I suspect Canon are aiming at this market as opposed to the pro - although in the reviews I read, pro's evidently still appear to recommend and buy the camera. What better recommendation is there than that!
Overall, great camera, a real all-rounder that can do probably everything you would want from a camera and at a good price. Packed with features, well built, a camera you will probably have for many years and lead you into a greater interest in photgraphy. I'm very glad I got one.