Price When Reviewed: 382
Pros: Optical image stabilizer works well, and the greater zoom range is useful. Discrete and brisk in operation.
Cons: Lens distortion is higher than you’d expect, and there’s no RAW file capture option.
Long before entry-level digital SLRs became affordable, prosumer compacts were an attractive proposition. But, with the introduction of budget SLR models around three years ago, a whole new class was born, and the whole prosumer thing has gradually disappeared.
So, it’s a surprise to see Canon re-enter the prosumer compact market. Unashamedly high-end, the G7 replaces the ageing 7mp G6, and features a new magnesium-alloy body, 10mp CCD and an optical stabilized lens with an impressive 6x zoom range.
In exchange for the smaller body, though, the lens isn’t quite as exotic as its predecessor. With its fast maximum aperture, the old 35-140mm f/2.0-3.0 has been replaced with a less ambitious 35-210mm f/2.8-4.8. While the greater reach may be a benefit to some, many will bemoan the light loss of the new optic.