It’s back—The articulating LCD monitor is back on the Powershot G series cameras. This time it’s twice the size of what it was on the G3.
As you read the title of this post, you must be thinking. Gee…this camera has been out a while and I’m only now writing about it?
I tend to buy equipment as the need arises.
It’s really a shame to blow $500 on a Point-and-Shoot camera when I have multiple bodies of digital SLR.
But there are times when a dSLR is overkill or not welcome.
My new Powershot G11 is complicated.
And it’sÂ not because of its price tag.
It’s complicated because there is very little real estate on its body.
Whenever a camera is this small, there just isn’t enough room for a lot of dials, buttons and knobs.
Sure, they can cram all those on the body, but what ends up happening is this:Â the user will accidentally push a button when they don’t mean to.
So instead of instant access to say changing the shutter speed, ISO or White Balance, you now have to dig through the layers of Menus.
The bad—With limited real estate on such a compact body, something has to give. In this case, if you have your camera on a tripod as I have in the picture, you can’t access the battery and the memory card compartment without first taking the camera off. It’s a minor inconvenience but not a deal breaker.
If that’s not complicated enough, the manufacturer is assuming the user knows the names or understands what each term like “Compression,” “White Balance,” Â “Color Space” means. If you don’t know what those mean, how can you know what to change?
So whenever a feature that is often used or changed gets buried away under multiple layers, it’s a bad design.
I still don’t Â understand why there is a “print” button on the camera body.
How many people do you know print directly from their digital camera?
As experienced as I am, I would never assume a picture is going to be ready to be printed based on what I see on that tiny 3″ LCD monitor on the back of my camera.
Ink is too expensive for one thing. And even if I had the capability to check on the focus by the zooming in to maximum magnification, I can’t be sure of the color.
Only sure way is to open the image in Photoshop, view it at 100% magnification or some other color managed editing software on a calibrated monitor I’m familiar with.