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Canon PowerShot G7
10MP, 6x Optical Zoom with IS


Canon Powershot G7 Digital Camera


Sept 14th, 2006.

Canon has today announced a successor the very popular Canon Powershot G6 digital camera with the introduction of the Canon Powershot G7.

Compact yet well featured, the 10 Megapixel Canon PowerShot G7 offers a 6x optical image stabilized zoom lens, DIGIC III image processor, very good low light shooting capability and optional flash and lens accessories.

A combination of technological advancements, as well as the introduction of the DIGIC III image processor has allowed the Canon PowerShot G7 digital camera to become the fastest Canon G series camera to date, with a startup time approximately twice as fast as its predecessor at 1.4 seconds (LCD monitor on).

 

 

 

 

 


Canon PowerShot G7 Back View





Canon PowerShot G7
Major Features


  • Stylish, retro design 10.0 Megapixel digital camera

  • 6x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer Technology for steady, long zoom shooting

    The Canon PowerShot G7 is well suited to shooting in situations prone to camera shake and image blurring - thanks to Canon's exclusive Optical Image Stabilizer.

    Whether you're shooting outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, or at the end of the zoom range, camera shake is detected and corrected.

    The effect of camera shake correction is approx. 3 steps in shutter speed equivalent.

    The shifting lens holder is supported and controlled by three solid spheres to achieve highly accurate image stabilization.

     

  • DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection Technology for superior image quality, fast operation and low power consumption

    The new DIGIC III Image Processor found in the Canon Powershot G7 is the latest advancement to Canon's proprietary DIGIC technology, delivering superior image quality, ultra-responsive performance and extended battery life. DIGIC III provides a speedier interface for the G7's SD memory card as well as higher definition for its LCD monitor.

    The Canon DIGIC III processor also empowers new Face Detection AF/AE, which finds all the faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point, when the shutter button is depressed half-way. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.

    The Canon Powershot G7 further features iSAPS Technology an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

  • Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with 207K pixel resolution and with a wide viewing angle for easier on-camera viewing

  • 25 shooting modes including 16 special scene modes, Aperture, Shutter Priority, Manual and two user customized shooting modes

  • The Canon PowerShot G7 features new ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.

  • Compatible with a number of auxiliary lenses and EOS Speedlite flashes for extended photographic capabilities.

The PowerShot G7 is compatible with many shooting accessories, not only wide and tele converter lenses, a waterproof case and High-Power Flash designed for all of the PowerShot models, but also Speedlite EX series that are compatible with all EOS series SLR cameras.

By being compatible with Canon Speedlites, the PowerShot G7 offers extra functions such as autoflash metering, FE lock and Flash exposure compensation, continuous shooting with external flash and more.

  • Easy to access ISO and Mode dials for convenient, customized shooting


    The Canon PowerShot G7's expanded selection of ISO settings (80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, High ISO Auto and AUTO) is now controlled from a dedicated dial, for quick, intuitive access. The camera's comprehensive Mode Dial is thoughtfully positioned, both to provide an easy shooting experience and to avoid accidental turns.

  • Improved High-Resolution Movie Mode XGA (1024 x 768) at 15 fps
  • Addition of “My Colors” function that allows users to creatively adjust the colors, contrast, sharpness and saturation of images for a completely custom look while shooting or during playback.

  • 25 language menu options

  • Sound recorder stores up to two hours of voice memo

  • “My Category” on the Powershot G7 makes it easy to sort images while shooting or during playback based on user preferences

  • Real time histogram while shooting to check exposure levels

  • An Image Inspection tool that, when engaged in the REC. Review mode, permits users to make certain that their images are in focus

  • Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers

Included in the box:

Canon PowerShot G7 Camera Body, Lithium Battery Pack NB-2LH , Battery Charger CB-2LW, SD Memory Card SDC-32M (32 MB), Wrist Strap WS-700, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC300



Canon Powershot G7
Press Release


The Canon’s PowerShot G7 digital camera, the new flagship of Canon’s ever popular fleet of PowerShot digital cameras will be sailing into stores beginning in October, equipped with a boatload of Canon’s newest technological achievements and user-friendly features and carrying a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $599 Canadian.

Designed to delight even the most die-hard photo enthusiast, the 10-megapixel PowerShot G7 digital camera continues the tradition of imaging excellence, innovation and ease of use that began when the PowerShot G1 was introduced a mere six years ago.

Compact and comfortable to hold, handle and use, the PowerShot G7 digital camera is an aesthetic treat as well, harking back to the look and feel of classic Canon cameras. From its retro “wet black matte finish,” leather-toned grip and the detailed knurling and analog-style “click-click” of the camera’s top side ISO Speed Dial and Shooting Mode Dial, to the stylish metallic accents of the body’s aluminium-finish parts and metallic-finish bayonet ring, this PowerShot G7 conveys a sense of “camera-ness” rarely encountered in the world of digital photography.

Photo panache and feel appeal not withstanding, the PowerShot G7 remains true to the G-Class tradition by offering an array of the industry’s advanced photographic features.

“In the PowerShot G7 we have created the ultimate prosumer compact digital camera for the discerning hobbyist, the photo enthusiast and for those who require uncompromising photo quality for business and industrial applications,” said Ian Macfarlane, Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. Inc. “Faster, more responsive, more efficient and easier to use, thanks to Canon’s proprietary new DIGIC III image processor and a newly enhanced and intuitive user interface, the PowerShot G7 digital camera also offers users a greater level of creative control and flexible shooting options than ever before.”

The Eyes Have It

The “brain” of the new camera is DIGIC III, the newest iteration of Canon’s ultra-efficient (and proprietary) image processor. Making its debut on the PowerShot G7 digital camera (along with Canon’s three newest Digital ELPH models) the DIGIC III chip accounts for the camera’s higher performance levels including faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times, and of course, improved image quality and more efficient power consumption; resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

What’s more, thanks to the DIGIC III chip’s more aggressive noise reduction, the PowerShot G7 digital camera is able to shoot at ISO equivalent speed ratings from 80 to as high as 1600. This increased sensitivity at the top-end allows users to select faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing camera shake and subject blur during hand held low-light photography.

With Canon’s new Face Detection AF/AE technology (working in concert with Canon’s 9-point Autofocus system), the camera can detect, lock on and track up to nine human faces in a scene simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects the optimum subject and not simply the closest face (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus and exposure to ensure the best possible results for even easier picture taking moments.

Reflections in an Image Stabilized Glass Eye

True to Canon’s tradition of optical excellence, the PowerShot G7 digital camera is equipped with a fast and sharp f/2.8-4.8 6X optical zoom lens (35-210mm, 35mm equivalent). Canon’s specialized SR coating augments the all glass lens, the first time this lens coating technology has been applied in a compact digital camera. In combination with the lens’ aspherical elements, the SR coating helps reduce flare and ghosting, delivering a cleaner image to the camera’s CCD sensor in the process. The precision lens also features an extreme macro setting that focuses down to one centimetre.

The PowerShot G7 digital camera also features a Lens-Shift type optical image stabilization system that can help defeat the effects of camera shake in low light situations, or while shooting handheld. This optical image stabilization system is based on advancements made in the development of Canon’s EF lenses and video lenses. Unlike electronic or “digital image stabilization systems” that typically degrade image quality, the PowerShot G7 digital camera’s lens shift-type preserves maximum optical performance while providing up to three stops of shake correction in shutter speed equivalent.

The PowerShot G7 digital camera’s new 1.4x/2.3x, onboard, digital tele-converter achieves the digital equivalent of having an actual tele-converter lens attached to the camera. The camera also offers a new Safety Zoom that enables non-stop digital zoom operation at reduced resolution settings up to the maximum magnification possible before the image begins to degrade. Optional optical wide-angle (WC-DC58B), telephoto (TC-DC58C) and close-up (58mm 250D) supplementary lenses are also available for the PowerShot G7 digital camera.**

Admiring the View

The PowerShot G7 digital camera is equipped with a newly enhanced, 2.5- inch colour LCD screen with approximately 207,000 pixels, a wide viewing angle and 15 brightness settings making it easier to read the display menus and easier to preview and review subjects and scenes. Adding to the ease of composing a picture in the proper print proportion, the PowerShot G7 is appointed with optional grid lines and a 3:2 aspect ratio print display overlay. Simply put, this convenient composition guide overlays horizontal gray bars at the top and bottom of the LCD screen so that photographers can compose and shoot their images in the proportion best suited to the print size they wish to make (typically 4”x 6”).

Making Special Scenes

When it comes to special scenes, the PowerShot G7 camera makes a quantum leap over its predecessor with the addition of 13 new modes for a variety of scenic shooting situations. Notable among the special scene modes (which include portrait, night snapshot, kids & pets, indoor, foliage, snow, beach and fireworks settings etc.) are the new ISO 3200 and Aquarium settings that permit low light, no-flash photography in situations where using a flash would ruin a picture by bouncing back off aquarium glass or other reflective surfaces. For those whose photographic passions take them beyond the water’s edge and beneath its surface, the PowerShot G7 camera also has an underwater special scene mode. In order to actually take the camera underwater, users must safely ensconce it in the optional waterproof case WP-DC11, specifically designed for the PowerShot G7 and rated safe to depths of up to 130 feet.

Improving upon Excellence
A combination of technological advancements, as well as the introduction of the DIGIC III image processor has allowed the PowerShot G7 digital camera to become the fastest G series camera to date, with a startup time approximately twice as fast as its predecessor at 1.4 seconds (LCD monitor on). Other firsts on a G series model include Optical Image Stabilization and the addition of 13 new special scene modes for a variety of shooting situations. The PowerShot G7 model also adds the “My Colors” function. Users have added flexibility with an increased ISO sensitivity, which ranges from 80-1600, or as high as ISO 3200 in the special scene mode. With the enhanced noise reduction, users can confidently shoot in low light scenes.



Specifications
Canon PowerShot G7 Digital Camera

CCD Size:

1/1.8 inch

Effective Number of Pixels:

Approx. 10.0 MP

Total Number of Pixels:

Approx. 10.4 MP

Filter Array:

Primary colour filter (Bayer)

Image Processing:

DiGIC III

Lens Focal Length (optical):

7.4 (W) - 44.4 (T) mm

35mm film equivalent:

35 (W) - 210 (T) mm

Maximum Aperture:

f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)

Shutter Speed:

15 - 1/2,500 sec.

Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed):

Auto / Hi ISO Auto / ISO 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800/ 1600 equivalent

Construction:

9 elements in 7 groups (including 1 double-sided aspherical lens)

Optical Zoom:

Approx.6.0x

Digital Zoom:

Approx. 4.0x

Max Combined Zoom:

Approx. 24x

Focusing Method:

TTL Autofocus (Manual focus available)

Focusing Frame :

Face detect / 9-point AiAF / 1-point AF (fixed: centre)

Focusing Range:

  Normal 50 cm - infinity
  Macro 1cm - 50cm (W)
  Manual focus 1cm - infinity (W), 50cm - infinity (T)

Light Metering Method:

  Evaluative / Centre-weighted average / Spot*
  * Metering frame: fixed to centre or linked to AF frame, selectable.

Exposure Control Method:

Program AE / Shutter-priority AE /Aperture-priority AE / Manual (AE Lock and Safety Shift available)

Exposure Compensation:

+/- 2.0 EV in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance Control:

TTL White Balance

White Balance Modes:

Auto + Pre-set (Daylight / Cloudy / Tungsten / Fluorescent / Fluorescent H / Flash / Underwater / Custom)

Optical Viewfinder:

Real-image optical zoom

LCD Monitor:

2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT colour LCD (with wide angle viewing) 207, 000 pixels

Flash Modes:

Auto / flash On / flash Off, (Red-eye reduction On/Off) Slow-synchro

Flash Range Normal :

50cm - 4.0m (W), 50cm - 2.5m (T)

External Flash Support:

yes

Shooting Modes:

Auto, Creative Zone: Program/Tv/Av/Manual/Custom 1/Custom 2/Special Scene/Stitch Assist/Movie

My Colours:

Vivid / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White / Positive Film / Lighter Skin Tone / Darker Skin Tone / Vivid Green / Vivid Red / Vivid Blue / Custom Colour

Special Scene Modes:

Portrait / Landscape / Sports / Night Snapshot / Kids and Pets / Indoor / Foliage / Snow / Beach / Fireworks / Underwater / Colour Accent / Colour Swap / Aquarium / ISO 3200

Photo Effects Mode:

Integrated 'my colours'

Continuous Shooting High speed:

Approx. 2.0 shots/sec

Normal:

Approx. 0.8 shots/sec

Image File Format:

Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant

Image Recording Format Still image:

JPEG (Exif 2.2 compliant), Note - RAW is not available

Movie:

AVI Image data: Motion JPEG

Sound annotation/Audio Data:

WAVE (monaural)

JPEG Compression Levels:

Superfine / Fine / Normal

File size Still Images:

  Large 3648 x 2736
  Middle 1 2816 x 2112
  Middle 2 2272 x 1704
  Middle 3 1600 x 1200
  Small 640 x 480

Movies:

  Medium (XGA) 1024 x 768
  Medium (VGA) 640 x 480
  Medium (QVGA) 320 x 240
  Small (QQVGA) 160 x 120

Playback Operations:

Single / Index (9 thumbnail images) / Slide Show / Movie Special Replay - Next frame, Previous frame, Fast forward, Rewind, First frame and Last frame / Magnify (2x - 10x) / auto vertical and horizontal image orientation with Intelligent Orientation Sensor / still histogram display.

File Operations:

DPOF - Print Order/ Slide show/Image transfer, Movie - unnecessary scenes can be erased. Sound Memos - max. record/play time is approx. 60 sec.

Direct Printing:

Yes

PictBridge:

Yes

Camera Settings:

Start-up image/Start-up sound/Shutter sound/Operation sound/Self-timer sound

Menu Languages:

25 languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian and Japanese)

Self-timer:

Approx. 2 sec. or 10 sec. or custom

Interface Computer I/F:

USB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Video Output:

NTSC or PAL selectable

Audio Output:

Monaural

Memory Storage:

SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / Multimedia Card

Supplied Memory:

32MB Mutimedia card

Power Source Battery:

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-2LH

Optional Charger/AC Adaptor:

AC Adaptor Kit ACK-DC20 (Contains CA-PS700 and DR-20) Optional Car Battery Charger Car Battery Cable CBC-NB2

Shooting Capacity (full charge) LCD Monitor On:

Approx. 220 shots

LCD Monitor Off:

Approx. 500 shots

Replay:

Approx. 5hrs

Operating Environment Temperature:

0 - 40 C

Humidity:

10 - 90 %

Dimensions (W x D x H):

106.4 x 71.9x 42.5 mm (ex. protruding parts)

Weight:

Approx. 320g (camera body only)


 





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