Canon PowerShot G7 Review
Bearing only a passing resemblance to the G6 (in fact at first glance it has more in common with the G5 looks-wise), the G7 is an undoubtedly handsome, serious-looking camera with classic 'rangefinder' styling and a build quality that puts most digital SLRs to shame. Like its predecessors the external skin of the body is nearly all-metal (only the top plate is plastic) and the attractive matt-black finish exudes quality; and impression that's reinforced by the weight; at around 356g with battery and card the G7 is one of the heaviest compacts on the market and is, for want of a better word, nicely 'dense'. It also feels a lot smaller than the G6, mainly because Canon has done away with the finger grip on the left hand side in order to produce a slimmer profile, something that makes it look a lot prettier but doesn't improve handling one bit.
In your hand
As mentioned above the G7 feels reassuringly solid (something of a rarity these days) and the design and materials used mean it simply begs to be picked up and used. In use, however, it is obvious that some compromises have been made to keep the 'classic' styling. The lack of a meaningful grip on the front - and the concentration of buttons on the rear - means it doesn't feel that safe, nor is it very easy to use the controls, if you try to use it with one hand. I found it only possible if you swap the neck strap for a wrist strap on the right side, and wrap this round your wrist. Once you use both hands to support the camera everything 'falls into place' and the whole camera is a lot more stable.
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