Canon PowerShot G5 review

Started Dec 27, 2003 | User reviews thread
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oluv Senior Member • Posts: 1,973
Canon PowerShot G5 review

i cannot lie myself, after having bought the g5 and made some test-photos, i can say that the g5 produces very good results, but it is by far not a perfect camera.


shutter lag is really big, even if using manual focus, you have to "prefocus" first (the camera will calculate exposure) before the shot is taken. a full press til picture is taken lasts about half a second. this is not really aceptable for snapshots. the only solution is to half-press the shutter before taking a picture, even in manual focus mode.

autofocus in tele and especially low-light is very slow or even not possible, but also other digicams fight with this problem.

CAs are high under certain conditions. i often took night-shots with bright neon lights and wide apertures and there is always a "nice" purple halo around these areas. this is not a big problem for me, but for some it might be.

the camera seems to overexposure quite often. i tend to stop down the exposure about -2/3 EVs.

the internal flash is too bright in most situations too. also here i recommend to compensate the flash exposure some steps.

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Canon PowerShot G5
5 megapixels • 1.8 screen • 35 – 140 mm (4×)
Announced: Jun 2, 2003
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