Much as I love my dSLR, there are times and places where it isn’t practical to bring it along. I bought a Canon iXUS i7 a while back but while it was a decent camera for outdoor daytime photography, it didn’t perform well indoors and under low light conditions. I still have it and my daughters have used it on many occasions too. But I need something more powerful — something that can output photographs that won’t look shameful beside those taken with my Canon EOS 40D.
I waited a long time to buy another small cam because none satisfied my requirements. Then, along came the Canon Powershot G10. Not that I didn’t procrastinate for weeks. I did my homework. I read up about its features, I read credible reviews (never mind reviews by users who don’t even known what ISO settings mean) and I compared the features and reviews of the G10 with those of the Panasonic Lumix LX3. In the end, I still chose the G10 over the LX3 partly because I am not familiar with the availability of after sales support and service for Panasonic cameras.
One of the features of the G10 that attracted me — and, to be fair, it is also a feature boasted by the LX3 — is the 1 cm minimum focusing distance. A distance of one centimeter between the camera lens and the object being photographed? Amazing claim but I wondered if it was for real. Yesterday, the moment I had the G10 in my hands, it was the first test I made. Right there in the store.
And it is true — 1 cm minimum focusing distance indeed. The photo above is unedited except for the resizing and the addition of my signature. It is not a cropped photo. No digital zoom employed either.
I redid the test again after I got home and it was no fluke. The digital zoom function of the cam wasn’t used either.
One of the issues against the G10 is the supposed lousy performance under low light conditions. So, I took photos under low light conditions. How did it fare? See for yourself.
The flash was NOT fired in the photos above and below.
The trick is NOT to be tempted to set the ISO settings above 400. Otherwise, you get visible noise, i.e., the photos become grainy.
If you’re looking for a feature-rich point-and-shoot camera, you might want to check out the Canon Powershot G10 (I’m not a mouthpiece for Canon, for the record). It’s small and light enough to bring just about everywhere. Aside from the full auto functions, there are manual settings in the Creative Zone that allow you more control over your photos. It is by no means a substitute for a dSLR but in situations where bringing a dSLR isn’t a good idea, it’s a nifty tool for people who can’t resist taking photos anywhere they go.