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Canon PowerShot G7


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Category: Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot G7 goes for the nostalgic look with a redesign that does away with the handgrip for a more compact and flush body. In fact, the new 6x optical zoom lens retracts into the body and has its own lens cover when closed. New is Image Stabilization technology that provides approx. 3 stops gain to reduce the effect of camera shake. The redesign introduces a rotary-type Control Dial (like on the S80) and an ISO Speed Dial for more intuitive analog-type operations. The Canon G7 features 10.0 megapixels resolution and full exposure flexibility.

A few losses should be noted: whereas the max. aperture on the G6 was F2.0, the G7 opens up only to F2.8, plus the G7 does not support RAW file format. The following table summarizes the "losses" that were particularly prized in the G6 by advanced photographers but absent in the G7:

Feature G7 G6
Max. aperture F2.8 F2.0
RAW FIle Format No Yes
LCD Status Panel No Yes
Vari-Angle LCD Screen No Yes
Wireless Controller No Yes
Battery Life 300 shots 220 shots

New is Face Detect technology together with Face Priority AE. The AF Frame is movable across the screen to permit off-center focusing. A histogram can be displayed in Playback. There is a flash hot shoe and the G7 accepts optional lenses.

Even though the Canon PowerShot G7 features Scene Modes, it is strictly targeted to serious amateur photographers who desire total control over the features of their camera and know how to make the most of the manual controls. If you do not fancy a DSLR, the exposure flexibility and excellent image quality of the G7 deserve a look.

Canon PowerShot G7
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot G7US | CAN | UK
  Image Sensor 10.0 effective megapixels (3648x2736 pixels)
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Canon with Image Stabilizer  
  Focal Length 7.4-44.4mm (35-210mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F2.8(W)-F4.8(T)  
  Optical Zoom 6x  
  Focusing Range / Macro

Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.) – infinity

Macro: 1–50 cm (0.4 in.–1.6 ft.) (W)

Manual Focus: 1 cm (0.4 in.)–infinity (W), 50 cm (1.6 ft.)–infinity (T)

Sports mode: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity (W), 3 m (9.8 ft.)–infinity (T)

  Auto Focus TTL autofocus

AF lock and Manual focus are available. The AF frame can be selected from AiAF (9-point, 1-point center), FlexiZone (1-point) and Face Detect

  Shutter Speed 15–1/2500 sec.
This camera applies special processing to images shot at shutter speeds slower than 1.3 seconds to eliminate the noise. The fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization is 1/500 second.
  Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE or Manual; AE lock is available; Built-in ND Filter  
  Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO3200, Color Accent and Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie

- Standard, Color Accent and Color Swap
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels ((30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full (can record up to a maximum of 4GB at one time)
- High Resolution
1024 x 768 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full (can record up to a maximum of 4GB at one time)
- Compact
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Can record for 3 min.

- Continuous Shooting: Approx. 2.0 images/sec.
Recommended when shooting continuously at a short shooting interval.
- Continuous Shooting AF: Approx. 0.8 images/sec.
Recommended when shooting continuously while confirming the subject. Continuous shooting is possible when the shutter button is held down, and focus can be adjusted during the shooting (not applicable when in manual focus mode).

Self-timer: 10 sec., 2 sec., Custom


Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off

Flash Range: Normal: 1.6-13 ft./50cm - 4.0m (W), 1.6-8.2 ft./50cm - 2.5m (T)
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W/T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

Recycling Time: 12 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)

Flash Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center or AF-point)  
  Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash,
Underwater, Custom
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder; Picture coverage: Approx. 80%
Eyepoint: 15 mm (0.6 in.)
Dioptric adjustment -3.0 to + 1.01/m (dpt)

Wide Viewing Angle 2.5-inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

Brightness adjustment: 15 levels

Approx. 207,000 pixels

Picture coverage 100%

  ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800 and ISO 1600 equivalent  
  Storage Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card or MultiMediaCard  

Battery Pack NB-2LH (included with the camera)
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 (sold separately)

Battery Capacity (Battery Pack NB-2LH Fully Charged)
LCD Monitor On: Approx. 220 images (Based on the CIPA standard)
LCD Monitor Off: Approx. 500 images
Playback Time: Approx. 5 hours

  Included Accessories
32MB SD Card
Battery Pack NB-2LH and Battery Charger CB-2LW (The battery charger CB-2LWE is included with the camera in some regions)
AV Cable AVC-DC300, USB Interface Cable USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B) IFC-400PCU
Neck Strap NS-DC5
Software CD-ROMs: Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 mm /
4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 320 g /
11.3 oz.
  MSRP US $599.99  

All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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