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I really enjoy the camera, it is nice to touch, easy to use, well-designed and well-produced. The quality of pictures is amazing, I have managed to set my own values for white ballance, exposure, iso rate and could get wonderful pictures even in the dark museum without using a flash. The only disadvantage seems to be the speed. It taked ages to focus! The speed can be slightly increased by using the new type of fast memory cards, but still all other cameras I used were faster. The screen looks too small nowadays, but as in most of canon cameras it rotates and allows to make pictures in various angles. The video quality is not competitive though, but still can be used to get suitable videos for the utube. I would highly recommend the camera to everyone, and look forward to get the next generation of Canan G one day.
Test driving this little piece of equipment has been pure pleasure??.even better than sampling new chocolate bars!! I?ve been spending so much spare time learning how to use it, and haven?t had the time to write this review until now. But having said that, I doubt that I can tell you every detail about it, as digital cameras have so many functions and settings these days. Well, I was preparing for our holiday to Gran Canaria at the beginning of March, and decided that my Fuji S2 Pro would be rather heavy for carrying around, as well as being a much too expensive camera to risk being damaged or stolen. Having seen a friend using a similar Canon model, and quite liking the way he could swivel the viewing monitor, to see what the lens was seeing at all angles, I started my research to find the right little camera for me. With the swivelling monitor, you can ?for example?.take a low level photo without having to get right down to it, by just lowering down the camera, and facing the monitor upwards, to view your shot. This saves you from having to struggle to get up from a low position.(and you know that can be a problem when you get older!!!!) Also, if you are taking a portrait of yourself, you can sit in front of the camera and see your self in the monitor. Well, I looked up the internet for info on Canon cameras with this feature??.there were many different models, but the one that caught my attention was the Canon Powershot G5. (I think it may have been the newest model then.) All the reviews I found on it , gave it praise. It was listed on most of the online shops at similar prices, but was out of stock at the store quoting the cheapest price. So I decided to buy locally at Jessops, who quoted me the best price. (Actually, Mifsuds, my local shop at Brixham quoted this best price, and Jessops were slightly dearer, but said they would match it. This also saved me a few mi
les as well?.going to Torquay instead of Brixham.) The price I paid was £400-00. For that, the following items were unpacked from the box. The camera with a 4x, F 2.0- F3.0 optical zoom lens, with a focal range of 7.2- 28.8mm. which is equivalent to 35-140mm , camera strap, 32 mb flash card, a rechargeable battery, small round battery needed for the clock, a remote control with round battery, mains lead for recharging battery(also can be used to power camera instead of battery indoors, if necessary), computer connecting leads?a USB and also firewire, User manual and software manual, software discs. As 32mb storage was a far too small a flash card for my requirements, I also purchased a 2Gb microdrive for £229-90. And always believing in carrying spares, I bought another battery for £ 39-99. Looking at the Canon Powershot G5, it?s not the most handsome thing to look at (but who cares about looks??!!). Also it may not be the smallest and lightest, but it?s smaller and much lighter than the S2 anyway. The camera width is 4.8?, height is 2.9? and width is 2.8? and it weighs 410 grams. Features of the Canon Powershot G5 are exactly the same as the Canon Powershot G3 apart from the following things:- G5 has 5 megapixels whereas the G3 has only 4 megapixels. Digital zoom is 4.1x compared to the G3?s 3.6x. The camera body of G5 is black in stead of G3 silver body. The LCD resolution of the G5 is 118,000 pixels and the G3 is 113,578 pixels. The G5, being my third digital camera, I was not quite so frightened of it, as I had been with the others, so I looked up in the manual, to find out how to turn it on. By the way, surprisingly, the manual is very good, and explains most things quite well. Just right of the hot shoe, on the top of the camera is the power on/off button, a
circular knob with a bit sticking out at the back. Push this ?sticking out? bit to the right, which makes it point to the camera pic seen in front of the knob, and we are turned on in ?record? mode. Push the other way to point to the arrow, and we are in ?playback? mode. To turn the camera off, push down the central button marked ?off? found in the middle of the circular knob. If you want to change from record mode to playback mode, or visa versa, half press the shutter button, and the mode will automatically change over. (Confused??? I would be, but when you have the camera in front of you, it makes sense!!) The G5 BUTTONS. ON THE FRONT of the camera is the lens (of course) details were given above. It is not a threaded lens, but filters and lenses can be added by removing the outer plastic ring (push button to the left of G5 label to do this), and using a conversion lens adapter. But I?m quite happy with the lens as it is, for the photographs I take. A plastic pop off lens cover is provided, and is attached to the camera strap, to avoid being lost. Above the word Canon, in the top right corner is the flash? .the range for it being 0.7 to 5.0m at wide angle and 0.7 to 4.0 at telephoto. Three holes can be seen around the top of the lens, and these are for the microphone, which picks up the sound when you record a movie clip. I love this movie facility, (which I don?t have on my S2 Pro), as you can record up to 3 minutes, unless you use up your storage space before. I?ve used the default resolution of 320 x 240, which is the best quality, but you can also use 160 x 120. Once you start filming, exposure, focus, white balance and zoom settings cannot be altered, as these are set and locked to the first frame settings. Also, you do not have to wait until your movie clip has been transferred to your computer, as you can view it on the camera i
n the playback mode (plus sound too). If you want to edit the clip, this can also be done on the camera, although I haven?t tried any editing yet. Just above the lens, and slightly to the left of the microphone, is the AF Illuminator, which comes on to help with focussing in low light. TOPSIDE of G5. On the top of the G5, is quite a large display window, which shows info about the state of the battery, the amount of photos left to taken, and various icons telling you about photo settings such as size and resolution, and whether flash is on or off and if any exposure compensations are in place etc.. There is a flash hotshoe next to this window, so the integral flash doesn?t always have to be relied on. Moving on to the right, is a drive mode button which can be set for continuous shooting, self timer and remote control options. Beside this is the shutter button, which also has the zoom control around it. This zoom controller can move the lens from wide angle to telephoto in just over 2 ½ seconds. In front of the shutter button is the main dial which is used to adjust shutter speed or aperture settings. Beside and to the right of the ?on/off?, is the ?mode? wheel, which has 12 settings. Auto, Programmed auto, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual, custom settings x 2, portrait, landscape, night scene, stitch assist and movie. I think those settings speak for themselves, and most of you will know what they mean. But in case you are not familiar with ?stitch assist?, this is a setting where you can take a series of photos which can be ?stitched? together, using the software on your computer, to make one larger photograph. ON THE BACK of the G5, is the 1.8? LCD monitor, which can be left in place on the back, or pulled out to swivel. At the top left s
ide, are 3 buttons? the first alters the flash mode between Auto, flash on and flash off, when it is pressed with the camera being in record mode, but it brings up thumbnails of photos taken, if pressed while in replay mode. The centre button alters the metering between Evaluative, centre weighted or spot, when pressed in record mode only. The right button with a flower above and the word Jump below, changes camera to macro mode when pressed in record mode, and allows you to move through files more quickly when in playback mode. Next, is the diopter correction knob which is a little small and fiddly to turn, beside the optical viewfinder. By using this optical viewfinder, you can save battery, but you can only see about 83% of the frame through it, which is not really very satisfactory?..the lens barrel gets in the way, and can be seen through the viewfinder at certain zoom settings. Beside the viewfinder are two lights which light up in either green, yellow or orange, in the following situations?? steady green light = sufficient light and good focus; flashing green light = flash card is recording; steady yellow light = macro or manual focus mode; flashing yellow light = difficulty with focussing; steady orange light = flash charged and ready to fire; flashing orange light = slow exposure, may suffer shake or blur. Next to these, is a button used for manual focussing and voice annotations of up to 60 seconds. Down beside the monitor are 3 more buttons, placed vertically. The top one will delete the photo on your monitor, when pressed in playback mode and if pressed in record, it is the AE lock button. The middle one has no function in playback mode, but in record mode, it brings up a menu with options for changing the ISO between 50 to 400 plus auto; photo effect options from black and white, sepia, vivid, neutral, low sharpening, cust
om effect and off; Flash exposure compensation between ?2EV to +2EV in one third EV increments, and flash output; resolution quality and bracketing. The bottom button can be used to switch the monitor display on or off, when pressed in record, and if used in playback mode, you can switch between the full size image and the image info. To the right of these three buttons and about half way up, are the last two buttons found on the back of this camera. The right hand one is the Menu button, used to bring up the menus, and the left side one is the ?set? button, used in the menus to confirm a setting, as well as also activating a ?flexi zone? focussing system when the focussing point can be moved around, with the help of the four way wheel which is located above. This four way wheel is also used for navigation in the various menus, to change exposure compensation and white balance. White balance can be altered from auto to daylight, cloudy, tungsten, 2 fluorescents, flash and 2 customs. ON THE LEFT SIDE of the G5 you can see the speaker, which is above a plastic cover which protects 3 connection points. ?DC in? for the AC adapter, used for recharging the battery or for using the camera with mains power instead of battery; Digital USB for transferring photos to computer, if you use this method instead of the much quicker method with a card reader; and the AV out. ON THE RIGHT SIDE of the camera, is the Type 11 compact flash card slot, under quite a strong plastic door. The IBM microdrives will also fit?.I?ve used a 1Gb and 2Gb microdrive quite successfully. I think there are even larger ones being made now, but I don?t know if they will fit?I hope so!! Now, looking on THE BOTTOM of the camera we find the battery compartment, which takes a BP 511 battery. There is also a tripod mount here. The battery has to be charged while in the camera, using the AC adapter, so it?s advisable to carry a spare charged up battery, if you expect to take a large amount of photos?..my first battery charge lasted for about 160 photos, taken at the highest size, and using the monitor for viewing all the time. USING THE G5. I have found this camera so easy to use while on holiday. (and at home!) I probably haven?t used all the functions?there being so many, but so long as you know how to use the basic settings, you are well on your way. Take off the lens cap before turning the camera onto record mode. On start up, the lens extends ready for shooting, and it only takes about 4 seconds for the camera to be ready. A picture appears on the monitor, and also a sound is played, when you first switch on your camera, but as I?m all for battery saving, I have turned off these functions. There is a choice of pictures and sounds if you want to keep them turned on. While on the subject of sounds, you can also choose a sound for when you press the shutter, and the volume can also be adjusted. A lot of digital cameras have a shutter lag when shooting, but I don?t think there is any shutter lag to speak of with this one. Focussing is very quick??maybe under a second in good light. When you have taken your shot, it appears on the monitor for a few seconds (this can be set between 2 and 10 seconds), and then records onto the flash card, but this preview can also be turned off if you do not want to see a preview, or are likely to want to take pictures more quickly, then you only have to wait about 1 ½ seconds before you can take the next shot. Images can be taken as jpegs or raw, but tiffs are not supported. If your photo is no good, you can immediately delete it, by pressing the delete button on the ba
ck of the camera. If after taking a photo, you decide that you want to save it in RAW format rather than jpeg, you can do so by pressing the function button while your picture is still displayed on the monitor, select OK in answer to the question ?Change to raw format?? which will appear on monitor, then press set button, and your picture will be saved in RAW format. Also, if you press the display button, the exposure data and histogram will be displayed on the monitor. Images can be taken in 4 different resolutions?. 2592 x 1944; 1600 x 1200; 1024 x 768; and 640 x 480. For each of these resolutions, the quality can be normal, fine or superfine, and the largest 2592 x 1944 can also be raw quality. If the camera has been turned on it?s side for a shot, the image will be automatically turned the right way up when it is viewed in the monitor. If for any reason you want to rotate your image any other way, select ?rotate? from the replay menu list. A sound annotation can be added to your image while it is displaying in the replay mode, by pressing the voice annotation button on the back of the camera. Up to 60 seconds can be recorded. In the replay mode, shot images can always be viewed individually in the monitor, or if you go into the replay menu list, and select ?Slide show?, you are able to view all or just a few selected photos as a slide show. If you want to make sure that you do not accidentally erase a certain image, there is a facility to protect it, by going into the replay menu list and selecting ?Protect?. When an image is protected, and you then choose to ?erase all? images from the compact flash, the protected image will not be deleted, but if you decide to format the card, even protected images will be deleted. An interesting function also available on the G5 is ?Shooting images at set intervals?, altho
ugh this is something I have not tried yet. Intervals between shooting can be set from 1 to 60 minutes, and 2 to 100 images can be shot in this mode. Intervalometer has to be selected from the record menu list, and then you set your time interval and number of shots. Confirm the settings by pressing the set button. ?Int? will appear in the display window and monitor. Set up camera on a tripod and press the shutter button to take first shot and start the session of shots. The G5 can be connected to a printer for direct printing?a facility which I don?t find the need for though. Also images can be viewed directly from the camera onto a TV screen. If you want to operate your camera from a distance(up to 16.4 feet or 5metres from the front sensor, or up to 9.83 feet or 3 metres from the side sensor) you can use the remote wireless controller which is included with the G5. Press the remote option button on the top of the camera, and you are ready to shoot remotely. The control panel is only about 2 ¼? by 1.3/8?, but it will fully control the camera?.I?ve yet to try out this, so cannot tell you how efficiently it works, but I guess it?s fine, as all the other functions of this camera are excellent. I cannot find any fault at all with this Canon Powershot G5 camera. It?s absolutely superb, and gives excellent results. One last thing?.the software, ?Zoom Browser?. is very easy to use for loading and saving your photos to computer. So if you want a digital camera which does everything, splash out on this one?the G5. Thanks for reading. Some photos taken on my G5 can be seen on my web page at:- http://members.lycos.co.uk/devonbelle19493
My first impression of this camera is how good it feels in your hand. It feels solid and well made with a positive feel to the buttons. It's no pocket camera it's one of the heaviest in this class (5MP) The controls seem to be placed in "natural positions" and there are more buttons than most digital cameas which means you are less dependant on the menu system. I am not going to go into all the technical specs, these are available in abundance elsewhere. What is it like to use ? Startup takes about 4 secs Focusing is quick Digital Cameras sometimes suffer from a problem called shutter lag ie, the time it takes between you pressing the shutter and the camera actually taking the shot. This is not to bad on this camera but I think It could be improved. Picture are almost always well exposed,colours are very good but its well worth taking some time to learn how the camera focuses this could save time and frustration later, its usually very good especially outside in daylight but inside there are a few techniques you can use to improve things. The 4x lense is very sharp and very fast ( Has a wide aperture) great for shooting in low light situations without a tripod. The wide aperture on this lense however leads to a problem with areas of very high contrast, at wide apertures a purple or blue fringe appears as a thin line along the dark/light edge in the photo. Not fantastic but it disapears at smaller aperture sizes ( Below f 4.5) The Viewfinder image is clipped in the corner by the lense barrel at wide angles. Playback features a good way of enlarging images on the screen, great for checking the sharpness of a shot. Battery life is much better than I expected. ( Lithium Type ) Check out ebay for even higher capacity cells ( about £18.00 at time of writing) Filesize of pictures varies with jpgs up to about 2.5mb depending on the mode you choose raw files size is about 4.6mb. The raw images ca
n be difficult to open without canons own software installed. Photoshop CS supports the raw files, Photoshop 7 needs an expensize plugin in order to read the files. However this is only an issue when you need to extract every last ounce of quality and control. All in all good camera for someone who cant afford a digital SLR but wants a high level of control. E-Mail me for more info.
The G5's brushed-metal body comes dressed in basic black instead of the G3's silver finish; otherwise the two models are identical .the new camera's 1.1-pound heft (including the CompactFlash card and the battery) andoutward handhold give it a solid, comfortable feel. The controls covering the device provide quick, easy access to almost every important feature, although they may put off novices. Even advanced users will want to skim the manual to figure out when to use the mode dial instead of the four-way navigation pad and to learn what the button labeled with an asterisk does. Nearly every function is a single button-press away. You get to exposure compensation and the white-balance settings, for instance, via the four-way rocker switch, which you can also use for menu navigation. Pushing the Function button calls up most shooting-related settings--including light sensitivity (ISO), image size and resolution, flash compensation, bracketing, and effects--on the LCD. The main menu system is reserved for global and infrequently changed options, such as the self-timer delay and the autofocus mode. We especially like the ability to switch between two groups of customizable settings from the mode dial, as well as the white-balance selector's under-the-thumb location. Though three bumps indicate where your thumb should rest, we frequently found our lazy thumb sliding down to--and accidentally pushing--the Set butto(alsothefocus-point selector) Because these three buttons feel exactly the same, you have to look at them to choose the one you want. Just like the G3, the G5 has a 1.8-inch LCD that makes it easy to compose most pictures. It either flips out to the left and twists around 270 degrees or tucks into the camera back. A separate status LCD on top helps you keep track of current settings. The G5 takes the G3's lens converters, though they won't be color-coordinated. You won't want to leave the optiona
l lens adapter on full-time, as it intrudes upon the view through the optical viewfinder. And another little gripe: The lens cap pops off with little provocation. this camera is available in many shops but do shop around as i have found it for as little as £350 and as much a £700 my camera came with free bateries computer cable free carry case with detagable strap and free insurance the bateries last between a month and five months depending on how much you use it im not sure aboutpicture sizes as it is didgital and i change the pictures on c=th computer to the desirable size it is a 5 magapixel camera and the pictures come out chrystal clear pervect :)