Is the Canon G7 a Good Digital Camera?

By: Richard Runion

My friend needed a good digicam and asked me to help him buy one. So, first, I went about listing all the factors that I consider important before deciding which camera to buy. And finally settled on a Canon G7, as the ideal buy.

While build and design make a first impression, and are important considerations, I also look at how portable a camera is, as you don't want to have to lug around a heavy package wherever you go. The camera weighs just 320 grams -- truly pocket-sized. Yet, it's not a fragile device, and has good heft, which makes it comfortable to handle, and use.

The solid-metal and plastic build make the G7 a stylish camera.

A camera buyer is concerned about the quality of pictures it takes. The G7 has a sharp lens and good focal range, with noise reduction effective up to ISO 400. This insures excellent photos.

The G7 has good auto-focus speed, so an amateur photographer (like me) never has to worry about the sharpness of the pictures. The aperture speed is good, too.

And because there's good noise reduction, you can hold the G7 at waist height and hope to take good pictures. You don't need to worry about insufficient light, either.

The other features of the G7 make impressive reading: an optical viewfinder, a large zoom with a good range, audio recording, image stabilization, optional lens adapters, a wide range of parameters for image color and sharpness, a good built-in flash, continuous shooting mode, movie mode, etc.

An optical zoom is very important as it helps you improve the camera's focus, just by manipulating the lens. Also, you can magnify a photo using digital zoom. The 6X optical zoom of the Canon G7 makes for crisper, clearer close-ups, without too much effort. The lens is equipped with SR coating, Canon's new technology. This helps eliminate ghosting.

Don't you like photos which you can make enlarged prints of? The 10 mega pixel sensor of the G7 enables you to do this.

The G7 has a 2.5 inch LCD screen and widescreen viewing. This allows you to see how good your photo is before you leave the scene.

You can do all this with any LCD, but the LCD should be bright enough to see, even in bright sunlight. You should be able to reduce brightness to minimum, in the night. You can do all of this with a G7.

The G7 has a DIGIC III Image Processor, along with Face Detection Technology; this guarantees better pixel count and clearer images. Processing and saving speed are also enhanced by it. Best of all, it doesn't use too much battery power.

My only complaint about this digicam is that it doesn't have raw mode. The camera processes the pictures in 8-bit JPG format.

This camera cost my friend more than most digicams. But this is more than a digicam; it's almost a substitute for a DSLR. That means it's great value for money.

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