Canon Powershot G7 Review

Date: December 21st 2006
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Features
Page 2
Ease of Use
Page 3
Image Quality
Page 4
Sample Images
Page 5
Design
Page 6
Specifications
Page 7
Conclusion

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR
Type 1/1.8" CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
IMAGE PROCESSOR    
Type   DIGIC III with iSAPS technology
LENS
Focal Length 7.4 - 44.4 mm (35mm equivalent: 35-210mm)
Zoom Optical 6x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom ) . Combined approx. 24x
Maximum f/number f/2.8-f/4.8
Construction 9 elements in 7 groups (1 double-sided aspherical element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)
FOCUSING    
Type   TTL
AF System / Points   AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (Any position is available or fixed centre)
AF Modes   Single, Continuous
AF Point Selection   Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE
AF Lock   On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam   Yes
Manual Focus   Yes
Focus Bracketing   Yes
Closest Focusing Distance   1cm
EXPOSURE CONTROL
Metering Modes Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
AEB 1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity AUTO, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
SHUTTER    
Speed   15 – 1/2,500 sec
(Available shutter speeds vary depending on the shooting mode)
WHITE BALANCE
Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom
COLOUR MATRIX    
Type   sRGB
VIEWFINDER
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
Dioptre Correction Yes
LCD MONITOR    
Monitor   2.5" P-Si TFT, approx. 207,000 pixels
Coverage   100%
Brightness   Adjustable to one of fifteen levels
FLASH
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation 3 levels with internal flash (13 levels with external EX Speedlites ). Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 30cm-4.0m (W) / 2.5m (T) (at ISO AUTO equivalent)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites , Canon's High Power Flash HF-DC1
SHOOTING    
Modes   Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (2 modes), Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Photo Effects   My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive Modes   Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting   Continuous Shooting (Normal) approx. 2.0 fps , Continuous Shooting (AF) approx. 0.8 fps until memory card becomes full
RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION
Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 1704, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648x2048
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies (L1)1024 x 768, 15 fps, (L2)640 x 480, 30/15fps, (M)320 x 240, 30/15fps, (S)160 x 120, 15fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour (L1, L2 and M)
Up to 3 mins (S)
FILE TYPES    
Still Image Type   JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies   AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]
Sound Files   WAVE (monaural)
DIRECT PRINT
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes
OTHER FEATURES    
My Camera   Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
My Category   Image tagging feature
Sound Memo   Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor   Yes
Histogram   Yes, live histogram
Self Timer   Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages   English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian
INTERFACE
Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
MEMORY CARD    
Type   Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Card or MultiMediaCard (MMC),
32MB memory card supplied
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2
Macintosh OS X v10.2 - 10.4
SOFTWARE    
Browsing & Printing   ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other   PhotoStitch, Remote Capture
Drivers   TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
POWER SOURCE
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-2LH/NB-2L (NB-2LH battery and charger supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 220 shots
Approx. 300 min. playback
AC Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20
ACCESSORIES    
Case   Soft Case DCC-600
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case   Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC11 , Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Lenses   Tele-converter 2.0x TC-DC58C
Wide-converter 0.75x WC-DC58B
Lens adapter/Hood set LA-DC58H
Flash   Canon Speedlites (220EX, 430EX, 580EX )
High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers   AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20, Car Battery Charger CBC-NB2, Battery Charger CB-2LWE
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Operating Environment 0 – 40 C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only) Approx. 320g
 

Depending on the image size selected
Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording

Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index. According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras. This does not apply to Digital IXUS WIRELESS.

Not all functions of the flash are supported

Not all functions of the flash are supported

Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200

Large/Fine with LCD monitor off
Depending on memory card speed / capacity

Depending on memory card speed / capacity

Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated

Not all functions of the flash are supported

 
Page 1
Introduction / Features
Page 2
Ease of Use
Page 3
Image Quality
Page 4
Sample Images
Page 5
Design
Page 6
Specifications
Page 7
Conclusion

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