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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Canon Powershot G10 - first test

Garden flower  1/320 ISO800 f2.8 Here's the first image - a flower in our front garden - 1/320 at ISO 800 and f4.0.

Seems ok to me!

Only camera geeks need read on:

I took two other pictures of flowers, and then indoors - 6 pictures of the same poster displayed on the monitor, using different ISO settings. For anyone interested (eg Robert, from ? - I don't recognise the language on your blog, Robert!) I have uploaded them to a Picasa album here. This album includes later experiments with the G10.
But I'm not an expert in this area - to find proper reviews of the G10 you should go elsewhere. Bill Lockhart's blog may be a good place to start. I for one will be following his reports on using this camera. I just hope I can get some photos even half as good as his. His comments on the G10 as at 19 October 2008 are here.

It was breezy outside - that's may be why the second flower (at 1/80) is poor. Rain forced me indoors where the camera was placed on its little tripod about 50 cm from the monitor. The 6 photos were taken using the AV setting and the different ISO settings from that dial. I don't have a remote shutter device, so just touching the camera may have resulted in the poor quality of the first 4 images. Those at ISO 800 and 1600 are crisper but the colours aren't as good.

I usually use photoshop to crop images and 'save for web' with a border and occasional adjustments. For the purpose of this test, the images are exactly as downloaded from the camera - set on large (4416x3312px) images.

What would you like me to do next by way of a test that is meaningful to you, Robert? I'm not used to doing this sort of thing!

22 October - here's another small album.  The pictures were taken using SCN on the mode dial and then twirling the control dial to the appropriate setting (landscape, foliage, etc).  No tripod was used, and the stitching is visible in the panorama shot (photostitch was used).  The only adjustments were a bit of cropping.  The sun was shining brightly on the information board, so I'm pleased that the text on it is readable.  The train is a photo of a 48 year old faded 5" x 3" snapshot I took on Stafford station with an old box camera.  There's a bit of reflection, and I appreciate that some effort in photoshop could improve this image; but it still looks better than the original!

5 November - I'll be putting some more images up - from our Egypt trip - soon, but these will be a mixture of G9 and G10 images.  Meanwhile Bill Lockhart has some more images here, and Michael Reichmann has some observations on the G10 here.  These two people appear to be respected photographers so I defer to their skills and recommend that those of you visiting this blog only for the purpose of seeking comments on the G10's performance should take heed of their observations and images, rather than my own. 

However, I would add that I continue to enjoy my new purchase, it is so much better than my old S70.

3 comments:

Robert said...

Thank you so much. I do not know what to say, I am really thankful :)
I feel a bit guilty, because you should just enjoy your new camera.

For tests the most interesting would be taking pictures with different objects, different light etc (I really like that flower).
If you are not familiar with manual settings (ISO is only one of settings which you have to consider) you can use built in programs (fortunately you have plenty of them:

Portrait
Landscape
Night Snapshot
Kids & Pets
Night Scene
Indoor
Foliage
Snow
Beach
Fireworks
Aquarium
Indoor)

If you wish, we can talk via email. I do not want to spam your blog :)
My email: stopmanana at gmail dot com

Phreerunner said...

I'll be in touch by email, Robert. Obviously I don't want geeky photography stuff to take over my life, but I do want to get the best out of the camera, so time spent learning and experimenting with the different settings in different conditions should (if I really do find that time) be well spent.
BTW the Bill Lockhart blog you put me on to is really excellent - I feel you will get much more meaningful comments from Bill than you will from someone like me who is not a 'proper' photographer!

Londonbackpacker said...

There is a review of the G10 at

T.O.P

:-)