I’m looking forward to getting my new camera next week.
It’s a Canon G11 and, all going well, I should have it on Monday or Tuesday.
Now, if you’re not that interested in taking pictures, you mightn’t think the Canon G11 amounts to a hill of wombat shit, but in my little world, it’s great news.
I use two cameras: a Canon 40D, which is a big artillery piece with a fuck-off zoom lens that freaks the shit out of people when you point it at them, and a Canon G9, that looks like your average tourist point-and-shoot, but isn’t.
I like that. The G9 is a serious piece of photographic hardware but it doesn’t disturb people, unlike the other thing.
Professional photographers have told me that on a paid shoot they bring along all the impressive stuff. Tripods, umbrellas, lights, big serious SLR cameras with three-foot-long lenses, and when the client goes away, they shoot the whole thing with the G9.
I can believe it. The G9 is a very good camera indeed, with a build quality that might have been specified by the Fifth Panzer Division. It’s a little brick.
This is why I await, with drooling tongue, the arrival of my new G11. It has a wide angle, an image stabiliser and great noise reduction. You can shoot in the dark without a flash. It shoots fast and accurate.
This is a professional camera for places where an SLR would be too much.
I can’t wait to try it out.
Some people like toy trains, but hey! That’s just me.
It’s arrived and initial impressions are very good indeed. The camera’s low-light capabilities are first class and the image stabilisation really does work. On the downside, the display is smaller, and the viewfinder is a bit awkward to use, but since I rarely use the viewfinder, that doesn’t bother me too much. The decision to reduce the megapixels from 14.7 to 10 is long overdue, and indicates a decision to go for image quality. I constantly hear people asking how many megapixels a camera has, as if it makes the slightest difference, unless your picture is going to end up on the side of a bus.
I can’t wait to get out and start shooting with this nice machine.
Here it is, saying hello to its cousin. The G11 is slightly chunkier, and it’s true that you won’t slip it into your dinner-jacket without security noticing, but for the money you get a professional-quality camera tucked into a tourist-camera casing. This is a very good thing if you don’t want to be pointing a serious-looking torpedo of a lens at people, making them edgy and uncomfortable when you want natural-looking shots.