If you're in the market for a general purpose advanced point and shoot digital camera, try this one for size.
- The controls are nicely laid out - all the things you need to compose your shot (exposure settings, macro/normal button, flash on/off etc) are all readily accessible on the right side of the camera body - It's lightweight yet feels sturdy - It lends itself well to accessories such as teleconverters, external flash units, and even a waterproof shell - The LCD screen is huge and bright and contains plenty of useful information like (for example) a live histogram, exposure settings, gridlines to help you shoot straight, and even an exposure meter when shooting fully manual - At 28mm wide you can get a big group of people into the shot quite easily - There's plenty of shooting options that will cover most needs
I gave the G10 4 stars because I'm being nitpicky:
- When shooting through the viewfinder, there is no info at all about your exposure setting, number of shots, battery life, etc. Nothing. Just the view. (I do like how the image magnifies accordingly when you zoom) - The aperture opens up only to 2.8 and closes down only to 8.0, when shooting full manual mode. - And sadly yes, there is a fair amount of pixel noise when shooting in low light without either a flash or tripod. This could be a problem for those of us who have been scolded for popping off flashes where we shouldn't.
I did not expect this camera to rise to the level of a high quality film SLR or DSLR. When I bought it I was in the market for a good street photography camera - something light and surreptitious enough to photograph unique things I would come across in my daily romps in the city. Something that I could tweak a bit instead of relying on the camera's preset exposures.
For that use the Powershot G10 suits me just fine - even exceeding my expectations at certain levels. It's worth a try.