CNET Reviews the Canon G7: Well…

The Canon Powershot G7 came out at a time when digital SLR’s are becoming better and better and getting to be cheaper and cheaper. And that, my friend, is a bad time for the G7.

The price of the Canon PS G7 is up right there with today’s good crop of dSLR’s.

But is the G7 still a good camera worthy of its successful predecessors from the G1 in 2000 to the G6 in 2004? Tech online mag CNET examines the Canon PS G7.

Canon PS G7

In a review released over the weekend, CNET reviewer Lori Grunin noted that although the reasons for buying the G7 have dwindled, they have not disappeared entirely. “It’s an optimal choice as a second camera, when you can’t or won’t schlep a dSLR with you, if you’re not quite ready to take the leap from a point-and-shoot to a full-fledged interchangeable lens system, or if you need the flexibility of a movie-capture mode,” she said.

Optimal choice? I think it’s a great choice of a camera; with its styling and feature set and the same 10-MP CCD used in the Rebel XTi dSLR, it’s gotta be a great camera. Look at the pictures you took with it, Lori, those are great shots.

Canon PS G7 Fringing

Until you examine them with a magnifying glass. Lori noted “some chromatic aberration in the form of magenta and purple fringing” at the sides although the center of the lens performed extemely well.

The CNET reviewer also lamented that many photos shot with the G7 have a smeary paint effect; although they printed well at 11×15, the images look a bit soft due to the noise.

Canon PS G7 Macro

Whatever. I still think the G7 is a great camera and those are great photos. If only its price could come down to about $400 and not the $600 that it now commands. That will be a great price for a great camera, ha, Canon?

[Via: CNET Reviews]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.