Canon G7

September 30, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 227 Comments | |

Canon PowerShot G7The new Canon G7 features a 10 megapixel, 1/1.8 inch sensor, DIGIC III image processor, Face Detection, 35-210mm lens and optical image stabilization system. The Canon G7 will be available in October 2006 for $599.99 / £449.00 / €649.99.

Canon USA Press Release

Canon Combines Top-Tier Tech and Classic Camera Design into Line Leading 10-Megapixel Canon PowerShot G7 Digital Camera

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.—Sept. 14, 2006—The Canon 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 Canon 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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Compact and comfortable to hold, handle and use, the PowerShot G7 digital camera is an aesthetic treat as well, harking back to the look and feel of classic Canon cameras. From its retro “wet black matte finish,” leather-toned grip and the detailed knurling and analog-style “click-click” of the camera’s top side ISO Speed Dial and Shooting Mode Dial, to the stylish metallic accents of the body’s aluminum-finish parts and metallic-finish bayonet ring, this PowerShot G7 conveys a sense of “camera-ness” rarely encountered in the world of digital photography. Photo panache and feel appeal not withstanding, the PowerShot G7 remains true to the G-Class tradition by offering an array of the industry’s advanced photographic features.

“In the PowerShot G7 we have created the ultimate prosumer compact digital camera for the discerning hobbyist, the photo enthusiast and for those who require uncompromising photo quality for business and industrial applications,” states Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Faster, more responsive, more efficient and easier to use, thanks to Canon’s proprietary new DIGIC III image processor and a newly enhanced and intuitive user interface, the PowerShot G7 digital camera also offers users a greater level of creative control and flexible shooting options than ever before.”

The Eyes Have It
The “brain” of the new camera is DIGIC III, the newest iteration of Canon’s ultra-efficient (and proprietary) image processor. Making its debut on the PowerShot G7 digital camera (along with Canon’s three newest Digital ELPH models) the DIGIC III chip accounts for the camera’s higher performance levels including faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times, and of course, improved image quality and more efficient power consumption; resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

What’s more, thanks to the DIGIC III chip’s more aggressive noise reduction, the PowerShot G7 digital camera is able to shoot at ISO equivalent speed ratings from 80 to as high as 1600. This increased sensitivity at the top-end allows users to select faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing camera shake and subject blur during hand held low-light photography.

With Canon’s new Face Detection AF/AE technology (working in concert with Canon’s 9-point Autofocus system), the camera can detect, lock on and track up to nine human faces in a scene simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects the optimum subject and not simply the closest face (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus and exposure to ensure the best possible results for even easier picture taking moments.

Reflections in an Image Stabilized Glass Eye
True to Canon’s tradition of optical excellence, the PowerShot G7 digital camera is equipped with a fast and sharp f/2.8-4.8 6X optical zoom lens (35-210mm, 35mm equivalent). Canon’s specialized SR coating augments the all glass lens, the first time this lens coating technology has been applied in a compact digital camera. In combination with the lens’ aspherical elements, the SR coating helps reduce flare and ghosting, delivering a cleaner image to the camera’s CCD sensor in the process. The precision lens also features an extreme macro setting that focuses down to one centimeter.

The PowerShot G7 digital camera also features a Lens-Shift type optical image stabilization system that can help defeat the effects of camera shake in low light situations, or while shooting handheld. This optical image stabilization system is based on advancements made in the development of Canon’s EF lenses and video lenses. Unlike electronic or “digital image stabilization systems” that typically degrade image quality, the PowerShot G7 digital camera’s lens shift-type preserves maximum optical performance while providing up to three stops of shake correction in shutter speed equivalent.

The PowerShot G7 digital camera’s new 1.4x/2.3x, onboard, digital tele-converter achieves the digital equivalent of having an actual teleconverter lens attached to the camera. The camera also offers a new Safety Zoom that enables non-stop digital zoom operation at reduced resolution settings up to the maximum magnification possible before the image begins to degrade. Optional optical wide-angle (WC-DC58B), telephoto (TC-DC58C) and close-up (58mm 250D) supplementary lenses are also available for the PowerShot G7 digital camera.**

Admiring the View
The PowerShot G7 digital camera is equipped with a newly enhanced, 2.5- inch color LCD screen with approximately 207,000 pixels, a wide viewing angle and 15 brightness settings making it easier to read the display menus and easier to preview and review subjects and scenes. Adding to the ease of composing a picture in the proper print proportion, the PowerShot G7 is appointed with optional grid lines and a 3:2 aspect ratio print display overlay. Simply put, this convenient composition guide overlays horizontal gray bars at the top and bottom of the LCD screen so that photographers can compose and shoot their images in the proportion best suited to the print size they wish to make (typically 4"x 6”).

Making Special Scenes
When it comes to special scenes, the PowerShot G7 camera makes a quantum leap over its predecessor with the addition of 13 new modes for a variety of scenic shooting situations. Notable among the special scene modes (which include portrait, night snapshot, kids & pets, indoor, foliage, snow, beach and fireworks settings etc.) are the new ISO 3200 and Aquarium settings that permit low light, no-flash photography in situations where using a flash would ruin a picture by bouncing back off aquarium glass or other reflective surfaces. For those whose photographic passions take them beyond the water’s edge and beneath its surface, the PowerShot G7 camera also has an underwater special scene mode. In order to actually take the camera underwater, users must safely ensconce it in the optional waterproof case WP-DC11, specifically designed for the PowerShot G7 and rated safe to depths of up to 130 feet.

Improving upon Excellence
A combination of technological advancements, as well as the introduction of the DIGIC III image processor has allowed the PowerShot G7 digital camera to become the fastest G series camera to date, with a startup time approximately twice as fast as its predecessor at 1.4 seconds (LCD monitor on). Other firsts on a G series model include Optical Image Stabilization and the addition of 13 new special scene modes for a variety of shooting situations. The PowerShot G7 model also adds the “My Colors” function. Users have added flexibility with an increased ISO sensitivity, which ranges from 80-1600, or as high as ISO 3200 in the special scene mode. With the enhanced noise reduction, users can confidently shoot in low light scenes.

Other New Features of the PowerShot G7 Digital Camera:

—USB 2.0 high speed interface
—SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card/MultiMedia Card compatibility
—Addition of “My Colors” function that allows users to creatively adjust the colors, contrast, sharpness and saturation of images for a completely custom look while shooting or during playback.
—25 language menu options
—1024 x 768 XGA movie mode (maximum recording time of 31 minutes)
—16:9 widescreen photos to fit today’s widescreen TV’s
—25 shooting modes including 16 special scene modes, and two user customized shooting modes
—Approximately 20% lighter than PowerShot G6 model (including battery and memory card)
—Hot shoe accommodates Canon 220EX, 430EX, 580EX, MR-14EX** and MT-24EX** Speedlite models
—Sound recorder stores up to two hours of voice memo
—“My Category” makes it easy to sort images while shooting or during playback based on user preferences
—Real time histogram while shooting to check exposure levels
—An Image Inspection tool that, when engaged in the REC. Review mode, permits users to make certain that their images are in focus.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The company is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion. For more information, visit

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Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

*Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

**Requires Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58H and Macrolite Adapter 58C. (Close-up Lens 58mm 250D is optional but recommended.).

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#201 J.P.

Hey guys,

It's been a while since I've posted - I've been swamped.

Regarding dust in the lens, I had the same problem after about a week of doing photography in India (LOTS of dust there). The resolution was to take the Camera to the Canon service center in Irvine. They turned around the camera in a couple of days and it works fine now. I have not had the problem sense. It's also possible debree was caused by the rather hard fall my G7 took (see my initial post).

The G7 does not have environmental seals so it can get dust in the lens and on the CCD if you're in a dusty environment.

Because of the harsh conditions of Africa and India, I have my eye on the 1D Mark-III for my November trip to India (we're going back specifically to do some documentary work on the non-profit project we have going there).

The G7 and the 1D Mark III are absolutely not in the same category, but I still like the G7 and will likely carry it in my camera bag - especially after trooping around with a 1D Mark II for a little bit a couple weeks ago. It reminded me how heavy that camera is!!! So I hired a personal trainer at the gym to get me pumped up prior to my departure for India. LoL.

Guys, the G7's a great little camera. It's not everything for everyone - but for the price... common. If you hate the camera, don't buy it. You have my blessing. ;-)

Oh, also, I've been using the Canon wide angle lens for the G7. It works great. It does exasperate the slight barrel distortion that's inherent in the Camera's zoom lens, but it's nothing that Photoshop can't fix with a little work. For most pictures its not a problem.

One last thing, as with any point and shoot, the built in flash is.. well.. built in. I bought a 430EX - it made all the difference. Great little (well not so little) flash. It's a bit big on the G7 and it does make it a bit top heavy, but for the most part, it works fine from a handling standpoint.

I wish I could spend a little more time on the lens and the flash, but I'm late for church!


5:25 pm - Sunday, May 20, 2007

#202 fred

No RAW, not CF card compatible, no twisty swivelly screen, not compatible with 511 batteries. I had waited for the G7 and was so impressed I went out and bought a G6 secondhand . This is not a G? series but another Powershot. Still it'll be snapped? up by the non-cognecenti.

2:34 am - Monday, May 21, 2007

#203 J.P. the Non-Cognoscenti

Well, Fred, you got us there. Gosh...

- No Raw, true.
- No CF, true.
- No "twisty swivelly screen", true.
- Not compatible with 511 battery, true.

It's as if Canon didn't build this Camera exactly for Fred. Weird.

You know what I really wanted in the G7? A 2mm-1200mm f/1.0L lens that weighs the same as the lens they chose instead! I was also really disappointed that they limited it to 10MP, they should have made it 20MP. ISO 128,000 with no noise would have been nice as well. They're just trying to protect the market share of the 1Ds Mark III! Who does Canon think it is trying to be profitable! I also wanted them to bundle Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom 1.0 with the camera. Oh yeah, the built in flash should perform as well as a 580EX II! That's why I went to Ebay and bought a Canon Hansa.

Oh well, I eventually came to terms with the fact that the G7 does most of what I want pretty darn well, so I own one. And being the ignorant person that I am, I actually really like it!

By the way, if you're going to claim that those of us who actually own a G7 and dare to actually like it are somehow less superior in our knowledge of the arts, you should at least spell the word correctly - we would actually be non-cognoscenti rather than "non-cognecenti." ;-)

3:59 am - Monday, May 21, 2007

#204 Marlis1

this is probably old news to some: I had a dark spot that turned into a smear after a few more weeks- Canon Switzerland says it is the electronics- to replace it fork over 550.Swissfranks. That seems a bit extravagant considering what I paid for the camera. They say it was caused by a fall- so it is not covered by the warranty....this would be hard to prove.... I did bang it (it was turned off) but the spot did not appear until about 6 weeks later. I am not impressed! Any suggestions?

8:40 am - Thursday, June 14, 2007

#205 sw

For your information.
I brought the camera to Canon. They say that smoe dust in the lens is normal after a period of use of the camera, and, a complete cleaning of the lens is impossible without changing the lens and that's very expensive as compared with the original price of the camera. Anyway, they still tried and check the camera for me. The major dusts seems to be disappeared afterwards. Nevertheless, the camera is working fine unless in the dark with slow shutter speed and with the flash on.

10:08 am - Sunday, June 17, 2007

#206 junan

if i take any moving objects pic without flash da moving object comes blurry :(

can any 1 tell me whts the prob ?

12:37 am - Sunday, July 1, 2007

#207 mathvida

Hi junan,
You don't say how you've set up the camera! Are you in P, Tv Av or M mode? Does this happen at all settings and even in Manuel with a fast shutter speed set?
In the meantime, you could check that you haven't got "Slow Sync" in the "On" position, as this would cause blurring in some situations. Turn the camera on (Red light) (not Review which is the green light) and press the "Menu" button. Find "Flash Sync"in the camera page list (see photo #5 in the photos of the camera at the top of this page). Move the "Slow Sync" to "Off" with the arrows control button. Hope this works for you.

2:00 pm - Sunday, July 1, 2007

#208 Robbin

Does anyone know if there is a G7 tutorial available? I find the manual a bit overwhelming. This is my first Canon. Thank you.

1:51 am - Monday, July 9, 2007

#209 Cav

I saw, I liked, I bought.

You guys that reckon the G7 is a pack of poo tickets - just what camera are you using at the moment?

I can't understand all the whinging - from people who wouldn't buy it anyway, no matter what it had.

So some of you whinges let us know what you have instead - otherwise STFU

6:29 am - Monday, July 9, 2007

#210 Gary's Parries

Good for you, Cav. I think you made a wise decision. I am currently
using a Canon PowerShot SD700IS, only because the G7 was a little
too bulky for my wife's needs.

8:20 am - Monday, July 9, 2007

#211 bruno

the bigest problem is the price... that's why theres a lot of people whinging and saying bad things about the camera... it's a great camera indead. i got one and if i could xchange it i would.. not because i dont like it, but simpley for a xtra hundred's i would buy a dslr.....
but the g7 it's a top camera

12:44 pm - Monday, July 9, 2007

#212 junan

hey Mathvida ...thnx 4 da reply :D
i use M & AV Options.
In M mode if i increase da shutter speed da pic comes dark :(

1:10 pm - Monday, July 9, 2007

#213 Mathvida

Hi again junan,
Are you changing the aperture in "M" to get a correct reading? (Increasing the shutter speed in "M" is meant to make the picture darker - if you don't open up the aperture)!
Also, did you check the "Slow Sync" option in "Av"? Did you check the power of the flash? I like mine on the -2 setting for "fill-in" but you can see blurring if there's not enough light.
First of all, I would recommend you try the "P" setting with Flash on - 3/4 of the results should be OK. If not, your camera may have a problem!
You could also check by using "Tv" , it's easier to control movement blur with this setting. Set your "Tv" speed first (say 1/30th) and put Flash "On" and let the camera choose the aperture rather than the other way around with "Av".
Hope this helps.

3:46 pm - Monday, July 9, 2007


to all ye poor G7 purchasers,,,
why do ya think that Canon
just recently made your camera obsolete
with the recent introduction of the new G9 ?

if you read clearly their move,,,
the G7 is a certifiable piece
of design / engineering disaster
it's reputation , or the lack of it
had to be rescued by the G9

the transition period from the G6 to the G7
was never this short ,,,

9:03 pm - Monday, August 20, 2007

#215 Bernard Gariépy Strobl

I have just read all the messages conserning dust within the lens of the G7. This probleme has come to a point were I expect Canon to do a recall. I still have a Sony DSC-S70 from 1999 that works flawlessly witch does not have any dust at all inside the lens. This is absurd. We didn't buy a camera for 6 months of use. I expected to use this camera for years! Can you imagine what will the lens look like in 4 years? ou 8 years? We have become numb and forgot we payed for this camera and expected to be able to use it.

Yes they had to come up with the G9 to fix it, and they should admit to there errors and fix our G7 to.

I had my lens changed twice under waranty and now I need to change it again, but without the waranty. All of this in 9 months of use. This is absurd.

1:33 pm - Wednesday, August 22, 2007

#216 Chris Van Wyk

Hi, I own a Canon G7. I also bought the underwater housing. I probably lack the technical expertise and years of experience that many of you have. All i do is take this camera out and naively point it at what i want a picture of and push the button. I am happy with the photos i have so far and the fact that i can experiment with the different settings without really knowing what i am doing.
Given that i have no photographic training whatsoever perhaps some of the photos i have taken may give uneducated potential buyers like me an idea of what they can expect of this camera.

2:58 am - Tuesday, September 25, 2007

#217 Robin Barker

I have been using the G7 for six months after taking my S60 swimming from which it never recovered. The frightening thing is just how close in quality the images are to those produced by my 5D through L Series lenses. I can live withour RAW as the superfine JPEGs are superb bit my main beef with Canon is that a six times tele lens should go much wider than 35mm equivalent. The RAW returns on the G9 but sadly the wide angle limitation remains. Any wies on the wide angle converter WC-DC 58B would be welcome, particulary whether or not the optical viewfinder can still be used?

12:56 pm - Saturday, November 3, 2007

#218 Bernard Gariépy Strobl

Robin: The WC-DC58B is a grate add-on to the G7. Unfortunately, it's size makes the viewfinder totaly unusable. It covers about 90% of the view. I have the two converters (tele and wide) and have never regreted it. Since the kit comes with only one lens adapter, I bought a second one to be able to change lens quikly.

5:14 pm - Friday, November 9, 2007

#219 Kris

Today is a very sad day for me as i just realized my camera is no longer covered under its orginal warranty.

During a recent vacation my girlfriend thought it would be a good idea to bring it along on a kayak. Anyways long story even longer. She dropped it in the ocean.

Is their anyway this can be fixed? I know this is a stupid question and am just looking for some guidance.

3:10 am - Monday, April 28, 2008

#220 Robin Barker

My experience is that the ingression of salt water spells the end of a digital compact. Mine expired when a wave came over the bow of my boat and hit my pocket in which I thought the camera was secure. It appeared to be only damp but it never came to life again. I tried warm air, sunshine, good music, sweet talk all to no avail. The trouble was it still looked so perfect, but dead. Canon's repair agencies all wanted upwards of £60 just to look at it and none offered eny comfort for a satisfactory outcome. Sorry. Wait for the replacement for the G9!!


PS Some of the pictures on my website were taken with the camera if you want a walk down memory lane!

8:59 am - Monday, April 28, 2008

#221 kevin dooley

G7 on fritz anyone?

My G7 has been awesome, up until last week. In the year I've had it, I've had about 200 pics in Flickr's Explore section, and the macros it takes are incredible.

This week however the "spring" on the zoom level broke. It will still zoom in and out, but only in big steps. Additionally, the electronics seem to be on the fritz. I've always had the problem whereby sometime when you zoom too quickly it simply freezes and you have to turn off/on. Now, sometimes after I zoom, the "take picture" button and the dial won't work and I have to reboot. Anyone having similar problems?

12:29 pm - Saturday, July 5, 2008

#222 Farmacia

I hope when G10 comes to market it has a wider lens up to 28mm. In my opinion, that would be the perfect compact camera.

4:50 pm - Saturday, July 5, 2008

#223 mike

I doubt you will be dissapointed with this camera. THe pictures it produces are far better than many film slr cameras in my opinion. If you really want features more than this you should be looking at digital slr really if you want the best. I was thinking of upgrading from this to digital slr but to save money i am going to keep this as its portable and get a cheap film slr of ebay and decent lenses then upgrade to digital slr later on. DOn't give up on film as it is still better quality than most digital slr cameras. Film will always have less pixels than digital. Fact for now

8:35 pm - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

#224 Mary Ann

I purchased a 58mm wide angle lens for my Canon G7 but I don't see any difference in image size with or without the added lens? I should be able to capture more image but there's no change, am I doing something wrong?

3:24 pm - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

#225 carole

When I try to take a move it's in CTG, what am I doing wrong???

3:30 am - Friday, August 28, 2009

#226 Rowen

I bought my Canon used and love it... however I really need a manual to fully understand all this camera can do for me. I tried to download one from the net and it crashed my adobe and gave me a virus dirty you guys seem to know whats up on the net and could better advise me.
Hope to hear from someone soon.
Having trouble uploading and have to use a card reader. I obviously haven't figured out the settings and it didn't come with software to boot!

8:57 pm - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#227 somaie

Experts have talked about this before. How many times have you read about the importance of ‘adding value’ for your audience? How many times have you read about ‘building trust’ with your readers/prospects?
Many, many times. You know it well. Every marketing guru has spoken about this topic. I’m sick of hearing it. But it STILL bears repeating.

11:25 am - Monday, December 28, 2009