Canon PowerShot G7

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ DPInterface (added on 30 June’07)

Canon PowerShot G7 is a point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 10 effective megapixels, 6x optical zoom (35 – 210mm equivalent) with image stabilization, and 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera is measuring in at 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5mm (4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7″), weighing 320.0 g (11.2 oz) and running on NB-2LH Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. The Canon PowerShot G7 will be available in October 2006 for around US$600.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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DPInterface reviews the Canon PowerShot G7 and writes;
“Image quality wise, the G7 has good image quality; low noise, low fringing and no vignetting, although redeye is still an issue. Overall, the G7 is a pretty interesting and good package yet there is one final issue – the price. There’s Canon’s own A710 IS which does almost the same thing (Well, lacking a hotshoe, customization, design, lower resolution and a slightly worse movie mode) for $200+ less. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon PowerShot G7 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot G7 certainly isn’t a pocket camera and despite its compact design, users will want to tote it in a camera bag to keep its hot shoe and other components as clean as possible… The Canon PowerShot G7 is designed for consumers who want the functionality of a DSLR without the bulk. The G7 has the flexibility to accept conversion lenses and a flash unit on its hot shoe, but doesn’t require those to take great pictures. In the end, the Canon G7 certainly has its flaws but still snaps crisp pictures with accurate colors.”
Rating: Highly Recommended

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Canon PowerShot G7 and writes;
“For the person who wants a digital camera with top performance and extensive features in a stylish, retro-rangefinder package, the Canon PowerShot G7 is an excellent choice. The AF speed of the DIGIC III processor, external flash hot shoe, and intuitive controls position it well as a bridge, or potential backup, to a DSLR. The zoom range could be better on the wide end, going down to 20mm or 24mm (in 35mm terms) would be ideal. The camera can print directly with PictBridge compliant printers (no computer necessary).”
Rating: N/A

ITReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot G7 and writes;
“.. the quality of the images, the speed and efficiency of operation and the flexibility afforded by the range of menus and controls will almost certainly mean that many keen snappers will – perhaps reluctantly – soon be upgrading their old G6 for the new model…It’s been a while coming but the successor to the PowerShot G6 is still a worthy, solidly built, versatile and powerful digital camera for the semi-pro, although many will lament the loss of RAW capability and the shorter battery life.”
Rating: N/A

CamerasUK reviews the Canon PowerShot G7 and writes;
“A camera with this number of features is never going to be easy to use if compared with a typical point and shoot camera. It can be used in fully automatic mode. This allows you to get up and running before you get to know all the features that are available to you. Be prepared to spend time getting to know the camera and how it works before you will be in a position to get the most out of the camera…The Canon Powershot G7 may cost a bit more than other compact digital cameras, but in my view it is money well spent. It has many advanced features and its picture quality is very good. This type of camera has fallen a long way in price over the last couple of years and is now affordable to many more serious photographers.”

CameraLabs have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“…the G7 is also capable of recording a high degree of detail, so long as you shoot using the lower sensitivities. At 80-200 ISO, the image quality is very good, although even at 100 and 200 ISO there’s some noise creeping in around shadow areas. Increase the sensitivity to 400 and 800 ISO and the noise becomes much more obvious, while at 1600 ISO there’s a significant drop in quality to a point you’d rarely consider using it. The 3200 ISO mode is little more than a novelty, operating at a greatly reduced resolution of 2 Megapixels and even then recording little detail thanks to aggressive noise reduction…Knowing what could have been, along with the noise at higher sensitivities, means we can only award the PowerShot G7 our Recommended rating. Sure it’s an excellent compact, with a great lens that’s capable of impressive results, but deep down we know it could have been much more special – and as we mentioned earlier, the PowerShot A640, EOS 400D and Panasonic FZ50 make very compelling alternatives. Canon may now be trying to sell a DSLR to every enthusiast, but there’s still room in the market for a highly capable top-of-the-range compact. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-Lint have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“Image quality is, overall, good rather than great. A closest focus point in macro mode of 1cm provides excellent close up capability and although the apertures available are more restricting on the new lens, distortion (both barrel and pin cushion) are well controlled. ..It’s fair to say the Canon PowerShot G7 is a comprehensively specified and brilliantly built camera, but it is also fair to say it is a disappointment. All the reasons to own a G-series camera (excellent, fast lens, RAW capture, reams of detail and low noise) have been removed by a company trying to keep up with the 10-megapixel “Joneses”. Canon’s premium compact series of digital models has lost its crown. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“Images themselves are full of detail thanks to that huge resolution, while noise is well controlled up to ISO800, but significantly it appears in shadows areas at ISO100. The higher ISO modes, in bright conditions, perform better than rival compacts and as well as some more expensive models. It’s just that in shadow areas, its endemic. There are options to add wide angle and telephoto convertors as the metal ring on the front of the camera unscrews, and these would extend the usefulness of the G7 further. As it is, it’s a solid, feature-rich compact, that may have fewer prosumer aspirations, but still offers a wealth of photographic potential in an easy-to-use package…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“The Canon G7’s performance ranged from good to a little sluggish in some cases, depending on the job. Startup time is on the slower side of average at 1.5 seconds, but shutter lag is good at both wide angle and telephoto. “Prefocus” time (half-pressing and holding down the Shutter button before the final exposure) is pretty good at 0.073 second. Shot-to-shot cycle times are on the slow side, at about 1.54 second for large/fine JPEGs, but the camera captures frames continuously at this rate, though it only takes about one second to clear the buffer. Continuous-mode speed is fair, at about 1.59 frames/second, for the buffer length. The flash is a little slow to recycle at seven seconds after a full-power shot. Connected to a computer, download speeds are quite fast, however, so you won’t feel a need for a separate card reader. Bottom line, the Canon G7 performs well enough for most consumer uses, despite slightly slow shot-to-shot cycle times. Performance is about average overall..”
Rating: N/A

ComputerActive have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“Good Points: High resolution and long optical zoom, Swift in operation and capable of taking great pictures, A wealth of creative options for the more experienced photographer. Bad Points: JPEG capture only (no RAW option), Image noise visible at ISO400 and above, so stick to the lower settings, LCD quickly becomes smeared with fingerprints. Overall Although it suffers from grain-like image noise when shooting in low light above ISO400, under the vast majority of conditions the G7 marks itself out as a real winner, taking images as sharp as a knife and with plenty of bite.”
Rating: ★★★★★

PopPhoto have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“The Canon Powershot G7 is a great-looking camera with cool styling, a great build, and good menu navigation. We were expecting big things from this camera, but its performance in the lab is a disappointment, especially at the higher ISOs.Is this the must-have pocket-cam for the pros? Probably not. There are just too many cut corners and sacrifices that many hardcore shooters may not be willing to take. The wide angle lens distortion is high for a camera of this class, the noise numbers at higher ISOs rate from bad to dismal, and the lack of RAW support is sure to disappoint many EOS users.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“The Canon Powershot G7 is the kind of camera that not only makes you feel like a better photographer, but helps you become one too, mixing both comprehensive and happily reliable hand holding features with a plethora of real photographic controls that, along with build quality, at times exceeds that offered by many – if not most – budget DSLRs…Though I’d hate to use the word great, in almost all aspects the Canon G7 is certainly very, very good. If I had to choose a back up compact for an SLR, the Canon PowerShot G7 would currently top the list. Superb. If you haven’t yet submitted your list to Santa, or want a new toy to play with to beat those post-festive blues, seek out this sophisticated contender for some serious results.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Megapixel have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“Just like a number of other current 10 megapixel cameras, the G7 yields better images when its sensitivity is set low. At 80 and 100 ISO, the images are effectively noise-free when captured with a reasonable amount of light. At 200 ISO, noise remains in the acceptable range, once again, as long as there is good ambient light. At 400 ISO noise becomes visible in the images, and some of the finer details are affected. Past this point, at 800 and even more so at 1600 ISO, noise is easily visible in the images, and its presence limits their use. Still, if viewed at a reduced size, or printed at no more than 5 x 7 inches, 800 ISO shots and even some 1600 ISO can be acceptable.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
” Image quality was excellent using the Large SuperFine mode. Our outdoor images yielded proper color saturation and overall exposure….I was very pleased with this latest addition to Canon’s legendary “G” series line. While we miss the Vari-Angle LCD, the new 6x IS lens is a definite plus. The only negative issues we found were the problem with the optical viewfinder and the higher image noise at ISO 800 and 1600. That said, the G7 is a good choice for the beginner, novice, or enthusiast that wants a less bulky alternative to carrying around a dSLR and a bag of lenses. With an MSRP of around US$599 the G7 offers an outstanding value that will be hard to beat this holiday season.”

PCWorld have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“The G7 delivered very sharp shots in our tests, earning the best score on this measure among recently tested advanced cameras. Overall, the G7 earned a Very Good rating for image quality. We were disappointed, however, by the indifferent accuracy of its exposures on indoor shots (at automatic settings), especially on shots where we used the built-in flash. On outdoor shots the G7 usually supplied accurate exposures. The slow autofocus proved frustrating: The lens tended to swim in and out for several seconds before locking onto my subject; and in dim lighting, it sometimes produced out-of-focus shots anyway.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“Image quality is, thankfully, superb. The G7 is equipped with Canon’s latest Digic III image processor, which is both fast and effective. As you’ll see from the sample shots, detail definition is approaching that of a 10MP DSLR. The new lens may be slower than the previous model, but it is nice and sharp right across the frame with virtually no wide-angle distortion. Purple fringing, a big problem on many 10MP compacts, is thankfully well controlled. Image noise, also sometimes a problem for this type of sensor, is also very well controlled. Images are very good at 200 ISO and quite good at 400, although quality does drop off noticeably at higher settings. That said, even at 1600 ISO colour noise is kept to a minimum..Canon has produced a well specified general purpose camera that will appeal to the more ambitious casual user, rather than as an SLR-alternative for the serious hobbyist.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“I was quite impressed with the quality of the G7’s VGA video clips. And I was happy to see that the camera also lets you shoot in XGA-size (1,024-by-768) clips. Sadly, XGA video is captured at just 15 frames per second, which gives a streaky appearance to moving subjects. The G7 disappoints again when zooming, as it uses a 4X digital zoom, instead of an optical system, which some superzooms have. But you can opt to turn off the digital zoom function, which is what I’d suggest…Despite the positive qualities of this camera, I think the Fuji FinePix E900 is a better deal. And as the G7’s $599.95 price tag is pretty steep, you should opt for a real D-SLR, such as the relatively affordable Canon Rebel XTi.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP has reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and writes;
“Camera performance was excellent in most respects. The G7 starts up very quickly, more than twice as fast as its predecessor. Focus times were snappy, and low light focusing wasn’t a problem for the camera. Shutter lag was minimal, as was the delay between shots. The G7’s continuous shooting mode is also quite good, with unlimited shooting at 2 frames/second, which assumes that you’re using a high speed memory card. One area in which this camera wasn’t so hot was battery life: the G7’s numbers are worse than the G6 before it, and below average in its class as well. Photo quality was impressive. The G7 took well-exposed photos with accurate colors, pleasing sharpness, and minimal purple fringing. Noise is kept in check if you keep the ISO at 400 or below, with the higher settings reserved for small prints. The camera did have a big problem with redeye, though. If you take a lot of flash people pictures, you may want to either consider buying an external flash, or just choosing another camera altogether.”

LuminousLandscape has reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and writes;
“As it is, the G7 will still have a lot of appeal due to its really good noise characteristics and a sharp lens with a decent focal range. A solid metal body and appealing assortment of additional features such as IS and audio recording contribute to its attractiveness. I don’t know of any current digicam that offers as much quality for the money. That same money will now by you a DSLR with kit lens, but then this won’t fit in your pocket, doesn’t have the same reach, and can’t shoot silently. There is a place for both, regardless of Canon’s apparent fears of cannibalization. “

CNET have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G7 and write;
“..image quality from the G7 was generally acceptable. We began to see noise only from ISO 400, though that’s still barely noticeable until you scrutinize the shot. At ISO 800, noise was clearly visible but it’s at the camera’s maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 1,600 that you find your pictures looking like they’re coated with a layer of sand. Unless you intended it to be that way, we don’t recommend that you shoot at ISO 1,600…The good: Solid build quality; face detection useful for posed shots; optical image stabilization; compatible with a wide range of accessories; accepts SDHC memory cards. The bad: Plastic tube holding the lens; no 28mm wide-angle lens; slower F2.8 compared with F2.0 on the G6; no RAW support; unusable pictures at ISO 1,600. The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot G7 acts as a good second camera for professionals or for those who want to have manual controls on a relatively compact shooter.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Preview Video of Canon PowerShot G7 by ImagingResource

DigitalCameraInfo has a preview of the Canon PowerShot G7;
“The $599 retail price sounds like a bit much for a point-and-shoot digital camera. The Canon PowerShot G7 isn’t the average point-and-shoot digital camera though. This camera will work well for someone who wants all the functionality of a DSLR without carrying around a backpack full of lenses all the time. The 12 oz. camera body is a bit on the hefty side for its compact size, but the camera is still very portable with its flat design. The design of the G7 is very interesting, as it almost looks like an SLR from the front but its thickness is clearly not that of an SLR. The camera fuses retro elements with modern design for a look that is very unique to the PowerShot G7 and fitting to its classic roots. The 10-megapixel digital camera has a very high quality 6x optical zoom lens that has very little distortion and lots of functionality.”

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2006 – Canon’s PowerShot G7 digital camera, the new flagship of Canon’s ever popular fleet of PowerShot digital cameras will be sailing into stores beginning in October, equipped with a boatload of Canon’s newest technological achievements and user-friendly features and carrying an estimated selling price of $599.99.* Designed to delight even the most die-hard photo enthusiast, the 10-megapixel PowerShot G7 digital camera continues the tradition of imaging excellence, innovation and ease of use that began when the PowerShot G1 was introduced a mere six years ago.

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5 Responses to “Canon PowerShot G7”

  1. simon says:

    i am looking to buy a g7 canon camera, when will the sample pictures/photos be online on this site?

  2. simon gamble says:

    or images for the powershot a710is?

  3. Ian Lloyd-Graham says:

    I love the idea of this camera to support my 5D system. Why did Canon decide against a RAW or Tiff capability with this camera?

    When will it be availible in UK stores, I have heard not before Decemeber – is this true? If so it could make people choose another make such as Panasonic LX2 that offers RAW mode.

  4. carole says:

    Does anyone else find the manual difficult to follow?
    Dashed if I can change the metering mode!

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