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Canon PowerShot G2 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
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- 4.1 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 8 x 10 and beyond
- 3x optical (plus 3.6x digital) zoom lens with autofocus
- Included 32 MB CompactFlash card holds 24 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
- Movie mode captures variable amount of video depending upon memory card size
- Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
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|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 fps|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type|
|Item Dimensions||3 x 4.8 x 2.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.92 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||2.4 - 28.6 in|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Limited|
|Maximum Focal Length||102 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||0.001 seconds|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,272 Pixels|
|Minimum Focal Length||34 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||4.1 MP|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Shipping Weight||4.3 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium Ion Rechargeable|
•4.1 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 8 x 10 and beyond •3x optical (plus 3.6x digital) zoom lens with autofocus •Included 32 MB CompactFlash card holds 24 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible •Movie mode captures variable amount of video depending upon memory card size •Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
Quite simply, the Canon PowerShot G2 is an elegant, easy-to-use joy of a digital camera that boasts impressive 4-megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom, a bright LCD monitor that swivels off to the side of the camera and tilts up and down as needed, and maximum overall creative control in addition to a fully automatic mode. Of course, none of this comes as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with its popular predecessor, the PowerShot G1. Both of these cameras have features and picture-taking modes similar to Canon's EOS cameras, which means they have what Canon calls a "very camera-like feel." Some of the G2's more obvious improvements over the G1 (besides higher resolution) include a champagne gold finish, larger grip for easier handling, improved image and color quality, new photo-effect shooting mode for various effects, including black-and-white and sepia, and a new high-speed selectable three-point autofocus.
The G2's 4-megapixel CCD captures images at user-selectable resolutions of 2,272 x 1,704, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,024 x 768, and 640 x 480. This range allows for detail-rich 8-by-10-inch prints that match the results of film cameras as well as easy-to-upload images for the Web and e-mail. Choose between three varying degrees of JPEG compression or store images in the 10-bit RAW data file format for faster transfer without any image quality loss. Your computer easily translates the RAW files into TIFF files using Canon's included software.
The telescoping, 3x optical zoom lens (34-102mm equivalent on a 35mm camera) with 3.6x digital zoom, offers both automatic and manual focus control. The improved, high-speed, selectable three-point autofocus system allows flexibility in composition over the single focus point of the G1. A distance scale has been added on the LCD monitor for precision focus adjustment that works best for extreme close-ups. Improved circuitry allows the G2 to perform these advanced functions with faster image capture times and longer battery life than the G1.
Like the G1, the G2 has point-and-shoot settings that take the guesswork out of almost all situations, but the manual controls and creative options are where this camera stands out from the competition. Twelve EOS-style shooting modes allow for a wide range of creative possibilities, with manual focus zoom, adjustable aperture priority at 50, 100, 200, and 400 ISO, selectable shutter speed, and six preset white balances--sunny, cloudy, tungsten, etc. Canon has provided four presets for professional results when shooting for maximum depth of field, portraits, landscapes, and night scenes. Other creative controls include the photo-effect mode that allows four possible variations of the normal color saturation: vivid color, standard color, sepia tones, and standard black-and-white.
Two video formats have also been included, allowing for 30 and 120 seconds of moving images with audio. Slow shutter-speed mode allows extended exposures in low-light situations. Autoexposure bracketing allows you to intentionally over- and underexpose two extra shots to help capture the best picture possible. Five different flash modes, including red-eye reduction, handle after-dark challenges. The TTL hot shoe is fully compatible with all Canon EX-series Speedlite flashes. The included software package goes beyond standard image processing with a remote capture function that allows complete control and manipulation of the camera functions from your computer keyboard. Canon's Stitch Assist program allows you to combine up to four images into one, seamless, panoramic view.
Exterior design features include the highly versatile LCD monitor from the G1 that needs no improvement; its 270-degree rotation allows all angles of image composition from around corners to self-portraits. Changes in ergonomics, as requested by the users of the G1, include a contoured grip for better one-handed shooting and a more streamlined look. Photographers new to the digital market will find the G2 as easy to use as previous PowerShot models, while professionals will be pleased with the improved selection of creative options for capturing the best possible images.
The G2 comes complete with USB port and cable for connection to PC or Macintosh computers; Canon's digital camera software package for downloading, processing, and organizing your images; a NTSC cable for connecting to a television set; a rechargeable BP-511 lithium-ion battery pack and AC adapter for charging the battery in the camera; a generous 32 MB CompactFlash card; infrared remote control; lens cap; and neck strap. The camera weighs about 14.8 ounces, and its dimensions are 4.8(W) by 3.0(H) by 2.5(D) inches.See all Product description
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What I didn't expect was not just larger pictures and larger prints, but absolutely superb images from almost every shot. I have been impressed to the point that the thousands of other photo's I took, many of which I was very proud of, now look dull and almost comical by comparison.
This is a fantastic camera, with a myriad of customization controls and super point-and-shoot capability. If you want to play with the manual controls, fine, they are available, and really broaden your photographic repertoire. If you don't, using the Auto mode, I've found, will produce a perfect shot in almost every situation. My old camera had a problem, like a lot of older digicams, in low light situations. Not so the G2, which will take a shot in almost complete darkness and render a decent, if not lovely, image. With dim indoor lighting, the camera just takes beautiful pictures, completely unimpeded by the ambient light.
The amount of detail, even incidental detail captured, is incredible. One of the first shots I took in RAW mode was of the area overlooking my neighborhood, with the tops of houses in the foreground. Looking at this same picture on the computer, I noticed what I thought was a dead pixel or two up in the corner of the sky. I zoomed in on that area, and zoomed in several more times to about 50X magnification, and lo and behold I had captured a fighter jet passing over our area! I didn't even see (or hear) this jet when I took the photo, but the camera captured it in incredible detail.
In another case, I shot a photo of the night sky, with several stars and what I knew as the planet Saturn in the frame (I also like astronomy). Fair enough, when I looked at the picture on my monitor I did see the dots of light surrounded by blackness. However, zooming in on captured twinkle of Saturn, I actually was able to resolve the rings at high magnification, something I have never been able to do with the naked eye! Pretty amazing.
There are a few cons; the camera is heavy enough that I'm loathe to use one hand when shooting, as I could with my other camera. You just don't want to drop it. The screw-on lens cap is a nice touch to protect the lens, but couldn't they have figured out a way for the lens to unscrew itself and pop the lens cap when powered on? I hate having to unscrew it every time. In addition, in very bright sunlight, this camera tended to overexpose in Auto mode. You should learn the different settings to make your shooting effective under these conditions. I should also mention that this camera is not kind if you have a blemish or scars or any other item you usually find unnoticeable in other photo's. The high pixel count gives you a very very large and sharp amount of detail, and you may find yourself wishing you had washed your face after the marinara if you are not careful.
Although not a "con" per se, but worth mentioning, is that the G2's Jpeg files are very large, the RAW mode files even larger on average (although not as large as TIFF - thanks Canon)! In just a few weeks of ownership, and a few hundred photo's, I managed to gather enough pictures to fill two 700MB CDR's. This is more than I have filled in three years in the highest quality mode on my trusty old 1.2MP camera. Be forwarned - you will have to archive much more often.
If you are considering this camera, I cannot recommend it enough. You would not regret buying one, even at the almost 800 dollar price.
The Canon G2 has changed all those perceptions completely. It is a great camera and I have taken probably close to 600 pictures since I got it less than a month ago. Of those, I've been able to immediately delete one-third of those pictures because of things I didn't like with lighting, closed eyes, etc. This is something I couldn't do with my SLR camera and thus I will eventually save a lot of money in film developing costs and I will have better quality images.
The pictures are incredible. I compared similar pictures I took with my Canon Elan 7E 35MM SLR (a great camera in its own right) and my Canon G2 digital camera and I think the quality of the latter pictures is better. Combined with the savings on film and developing and time saved by not having to scan pictures for editing in Photoshop, etc., the choice of going digital is easy.
I do recommend that if you get this camera and intend to take indoor shots to get an external flash unit in Canon's EX series. The flash that comes with the camera gives me significant "green eye" when I took pictures of my dogs (a common problem when taking pictures of pets even with film), even with the red-eye reduction activated, but the bounce flash ability of my Canon 380EX Speedlite reduces this problem significantly (the 420EX is the newest in the Speedlite line).
Battery life is also not a problem. I bought two additional batteries when I bought my camera based on the concerns voiced earlier about short life, but even after 600 shots, I am still working off my initial charge. Granted that almost all my shots were indoors so I'm not sure how much drain there will be due to elements, but I have also taken them with the monitor, so battery life is pretty good. You probably might want to get a second battery just to be on the safe side.
Compact flash cards still can be pricey, but deals can be found where you might be able to get them for a good price and these prices will no doubt come down over time. Viking Components compact flash cards are very good and fairly inexpensive compared to other brands. I also think a cheap laptop or an image storage unit whereby you can store the images from the compact flash cards would be a good investment as well, especially if you plan to travel ...
The Canon G2 is a great camera for the semi-serious photographer. Grab one while you can!