I scored this one for $30.00. When I got it home, I discovered it's not working perfectly. Two out of every three shots is corrupted, unless I use the very smallest image setting, which is a postage-stamp sized 640X480. But ignore all that for the moment, because 1 out of 3 ain't bad, and I could sell the two batteries and charger alone on Ebay and get my money back if I wanted.
I remember ten years ago when this camera first came out, it was the one I really wanted, but priced at $1099 at the time (imagine!), I couldn't come close to affording it. I still can't afford top-notch things - that's what this Blog is about after all. It should be obvious to everyone by now that I can't afford to buy one truly great camera because I'm spending all my extra money on junk like this. But ignore all that for the moment, because if I owned only one truly expensive digital camera, I probably wouldn't be blogging, because there wouldn't be much to say! What more could I write about mediocre photos like everybody else is doing, that isn't out there already?
Let's talk about this camera for a moment - specifically this style of digital camera. It's still being made; I mean having evolved to the Powershot G15, and it's got lot's of competition from similar cameras made by Panasonic, Pentax and Nikon. It's a category of camera that uses a small image sensor, with a very good fast zoom lens, and most importantly, professional style access to all functions, including RAW file shooting. The newest versions of this type of camera now have at least 3 times as many MegaPixels, they have more features, shoot much faster and are priced about half as much as their early ancestors.
I do like this camera, even though it doesn't work very well, I found a way around it - if I shoot it in High Speed Burst Mode (2.5 frames per second), and let it take 4 or 5 frames (which takes about 2 seconds), I'm guaranteed to get at least one shot that worked. But it looks real sweet, feels great, and it's super easy to use. It has a rudimentary viewfinder for when it's too sunny to compose a picture on the rear LCD, and a top panel LCD to go with it, to provide your shooting information (which is lacking in the viewfinder). It has a real easy manual focus which is turned on with a single push of a dedicated button, so you can pre-focus with a small aperture and shoot quickly. Otherwise, Auto-Focus is dreadfully slow, as it was with all digital cameras back in the day, and seemingly still is with "live-view" DSLR's and even some Mirror-less large sensor cameras.
But what about the pictures? Like I said before, this camera shoots RAW and JPG, and has a great lens - let's see what it'll do (at least one out of every three tries):