I haven't used a P&S camera since my old Olympus C750, and have been doing all my work with my Canon DSLRs. Recently I've found a need to have a smaller camera when I'm out in the woods or mountains, and pulling a 1D body out of my pack ends up taking both a lot of time and space.
I've been wanting one of the G series Canons for quite awhile, and I finally figured that I would do it now, and use it as a tax write off for the end of year.
Here are a couple of the first shots using the Canon G12. The studio lights were triggered with my Elinchrom Skyports, while the outside ones are natural light on a cloudy day.
A couple things that I wish were different are the zoom lever and aperture knob, which are close enough that my large hands manage to grab both at the same time. I need to work on my finesse I guess. The ability to shoot in RAW is a must, and DPP does a nice job with that as always, but I wish the files opened in PS CS4 (not Canons fault there). I do wish that I could use CF cards, and that there was a card slot with its own door. No deal breakers there, just little stuff. I've noticed that when shooting with my Elinchrom Skyports, the camera will show a black screen after it auto-focuses. The shots turn out fine, and there are no problems with the synch, but its a minor irritation.
Things that I strongly like about the camera include its WB. I know that sounds like a little thing, but the below shots were done in Auto-WB, including the studio shots. I've found it to be, in my limited use thus far, at least as good if not better than my other Canons, including my 1D bodies. The IS feature works very well, and the rotating rear screen does a good job with a remarkably clean image. Holding the camera in unsteady positions is not an issue, or at least it hasn't been for me, even with fairly low shutter speeds. Overall image quality is quite good, with pictures looking nice and sharp. Autofocus has not been an issue in decent light, and even in low light its done much better than I expected. I also like being able to shoot in different size formats. The "widescreen" works for some shots better than others, but I think is an overall plus.
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the G12. It looks like it will work well enough for my needs, and its quality is high enough to be used for print work.
Now on to the pictures..... click the links for 1024x776 size.