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Latest Review Comments

Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Photographic Equipment, including the Canon PowerShot G7.

Brufus
Agree with the review conclusions - spot on. Bought the G7 as "town and about" camera (bit big for that role but still bags better to carry than an SLR or bridge) about a month ago. Lack of RAW is missed. Useful auto-bracketing almost makes up for this though. Must say that the camera does lots of things very well but the greatest draw-backs are the pretty useless viewfinder (no guideline/highlight guides - just a glass porthole) which means you will be armslength more than you think using the LCD panel..which also doesnt flip.. once youve had a flip screen its hard to go back. The other downside is the noise above ISO 200. ISO400 is much more noise than the reviews in my opinion, shadow speckled pixels and sand-grainy foliage not very useful. Consequently I keep the G7 on ISO80, but have had the dial jump to the adjacent HI mode by mistake on occasion, that should be at the other end of the dial with the 1600ISO. The LCD interface and dials are very slick. Only other downside is barrel distortion..but then thats a pretty amazing zoom range for a little foldaway lens - I suspect its hiding some L type glass in there. Image stabilizer is great, battery life runs to at least 300 shots.. but no indication until a red warning light comes up.. (hate this "market segment" dumbing-down!). Run the G7 at -1/3 EV too, to reduce skyblown highlights.

Love the Wide mode for panaoramics and alternative framing. Overall its a good camera and replaces an SLR when you dont want the bulk and the street visibility (used it on a recent trip to Eastern Europe), so great for human interest shots- except you are forced into that armlength-LCD thing for critical framing. If you set the lens shutdown to zero seconds, by the time you put the camera in your pocket the lens is closed and parked - Great! Macro is quite useable too. Found the flash harsh, but power is tuneable and theres a canon standard hotshoe so thats just me as a reluctant flash user.

This G7 replaces an 8MP Olympus SP350 that was a better pocket size and on paper was great (RAW, AA Batteries, but let down by the sub-snail SLOWness (those rather awful XD cards they say) I was expecting a digital XA which it could have been but for the shutter and storage lag, and barrel distortion again - the price of small zooms I guess.

Made by Brufus on 12 May 2007 1:00PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Brufus
I have this lens. Its sharp and the autofocus is quick, but as with all AF can hunt when light levels dip, limiter is useful. Its a great working distance for insects when on a smaller digital sensor. Its very good, but to me not as sharp as my old manual Nikon 105mm 2.5 macro AIS that was stolen.

Made by Brufus on 12 May 2007 12:03PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

narrowgauge
I aggree in the main with this review, however I dissagree with the comments regarding the 'plasticy' feel and construction. I sold my Canon 350D to buy the Sony Alpha, and when you have both cameras in your hand at the same time, the Canon just feels like a toy in comaparison to the Sony, the door to the memory card and video out, feels positive and firm, not feeble and floppy like the Canon. I am very very impressed with this camera, and am looking forward to hopefully taking some memorable photographs.
After having used the Sony for a couple of months now, there is no way that I would go back to the 'budget' Canon SLR's.

Made by narrowgauge on 11 May 2007 8:12PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

mister35mm
WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE FUJI S5 - NONE THAT I CAN SEE!

I have a D200 and am considering getting a second body and was considering the S5. I have tried one in store and I have downloaded the manual from the FUJI web site. This is what I discovered.

1. This camera is NOT 12m pixels or anthing like it.
2. The wider dynamic range in the S5 can be mimmiced and improved upon by shooting the same photo at three different shutterspeeds and sandwiching the resulting images together. Photoshop CS2 and CS3 do it best but the are pocket money programs that will do it for you!
3. Shorter battery life, from my experiments I would say typical 20-25% shorter. So, if you do buy an S5, then buy the Nikon MDB-200 grip for the D200 and a couple of extra batteries (Nikon ones, as the fuji ones don't fit, apparently)

4. The S5 can barely do 3 frames a second with .JPG's were as the nikon D200 will happily do 5 frames per second.

If you work with .jpg files and don't get on with photoshop then the S5 in sRGB mode will give you lovely images ready to print.

Otherwise, I can't see the point

Plus Jessops are knocking out Nikon D200's for 815 and Fuji S5's for 979. I think I know where my money's going!

Made by mister35mm on 11 May 2007 1:48PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E
Zander, the ISO1600 test is pretty much what you'd expect from a compact at this setting.

Mike - you're being a little mischievous, the needs of compact users are different from DSLRs so this is taken into consideration when scoring and assessing. The key fact is that the images were noisier than expected at the lower ISO settings, but it was fairly well controlled going up the range. The portrait mode was what lost the camera points, because it performed reasonably well in other areas and had a number of otherwise very good features.

Tcoat - I don't consider this a bad review as such, more a good camera with a couple of flaws. As for previous reviews... all our camera reviews are now standardised, covering the same tests and being reviewed in the same way, so accurate comparisons can be made. The R4 was reviewed under the previous regime...

Made by Duncan_E on 8 May 2007 11:12AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

brian1208
I got this lens to replace two I had in my bag, a Tokina 17mm f3.5 and Tokina 24-70 f2.8.

I agree with Ian regarding the smooth operation and I find the weight when attached to my canon 350D + battery pack balances very nicely.

Its a definite step up in image quality compared to the Tokina lenses and the standard kit lens and for the longer exposure / low light shots the IS is a boon.

The distortion is there at the longer end but is easily corrected in processing. Fringing and other colour abberation appears minimal and it seems sharp edge to edge from F4 up. I see a bit of vignetting at f2.8

It is expensive but with the money I got back in P Ex for the Tokinas I rate it a worthwhile purchase

Made by brian1208 on 7 May 2007 8:37PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Tcoat
I don't understand why the R6 has done so badly, especially regarding noise, and CCD shift mechanism, when your previous test of its predecessor, the Ricoh Capilio R4, came through with flying (saturated) colours?
I purchesed an R4 based on this review - difficult to find any many other reviews on the R4.

Made by Tcoat on 7 May 2007 4:14AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

RipleyExile
Wow, look at all that noise at iso 1600!

Made by RipleyExile on 4 May 2007 10:27AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

User_Removed
Ricoh Caplio R6 - Images are noisy
Ricoh Caplio R6 - Portrait mode too soft
Ricoh Caplio R6 - Flash fairly weak

Not very good then Duncan!

Wink

Made by User_Removed on 3 May 2007 5:17PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E
Both cameras feature the same focal length shift so you can discount that. The bodies are identical so you can discount that as well. It's a fairly simple choice. If you are mostly shooting landscapes or in the studio where the light can be controlled, or you need a faster shooting speed I'd buy a D200. If you are mainly shooting outdoor portraits or weddings, I'd go for the S5. The prices for both are pretty good.

Made by Duncan_E on 3 May 2007 2:20PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply