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Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Canon PowerShot G7 has arrived!

The long awaited arrival of my new digital camera from Dell is here, the Canon Powershot G7 10 mega pixel camera! What's included in the box:

  • PowerShot
  • G7 Lithium battery pack
  • Battery charger
  • 32MB SD memory card
  • Neck strap
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB cable
  • AV cable
  • User's manual

My first impression on items included in the package is that I find it somewhat lacking. The inclusion of a 32MB SD memory card for a 10 megapixel camera is not only a waste of a card, but somewhat of an insult a you can get a total of about 8 high-resolution photos on that size of a card. Fortunately, I have been able to pick up both 1GB and 2GB cards on the cheap due to some recent deals from FatWallet.

Next, the inclusion of a full neck strap, but no wrist strap. While some might appreciate the next strap, this camera is no where near as large as a Rebel EOS SLR where a neck strap is necessitated. The inclusion of a basic wrist strap would have been nice.

And my last disappointment is the lack of a basic soft case for the camera. With my other Powershot line purchase in the past, a very basic soft case that protects against basic body and LCD scratches. I do not personally have the need for a larger case, just something basic. At this time, it does not look like Canon has produced a basic soft case at this point.

Now on to the camera itself. Initially, I am very impressed with the look, feel, & size of the Canon Powershot G7 camera. This is the first time that I have been able to put my hands on this camera, given my previously mentioned difficulties. My only initial concern is that if my hands were any larger, I would clumsily fumble around with all the various manual controls available on the camera. Other than that it feels extremely ergonomic and functional.

After charging the battery, I took a few test shots (to be posted soon). I am very impressed with the initial quality of the shots when compared with my previous Powershot (Elph) cameras. The differences, especially in night photos is amazing. The G7 powers on very quickly and is able to snap shots in repetition at high-resolution at a greater pace than I have been used to. The 6x optical zoom does a great job of enlarging distant objects without decreasing the quality.

While I only have taken a few photos thus far, I am very impressed with this camera. I will follow up with additional insights and opinions once I have used the camera more along with sample pictures. I am also going to be picking up a few additional accessories including a LCD scratch protector and extra batteries. At this point I would recommend the Canon Powershot G7 to anyone looking to capture high-quality photos with a relatively compact camera and still skipping the SLR for photography!