|The Canon Powershot G12 and the Emerald City|
My Canon 5D Mark II was in my Lowepro Fastpack 250 but the camera that I used about 98% of the time was the Canon Powershot G12 - it was all that I needed for my street photography. First, it was small which made it stealthy. Second, I can check out a locale first and if I deemed it safe enough to bring out my camera, I can easily do so since I just put the camera on the inside breast pocket of my jacket. Yes, I could've easily reached for my DSLR since I used the Fastpack, but having a camera right in front of you is still the fastest access one can have. I had the BlackRapid SNapR but I left the bag in the hotel and just used the hand strap that came with it.
I was able to stretch the limits of the G12 with this trip to Seattle. I have proven, with this trip that this camera is a really very capable machine.
The only limits that I set for myself were:
- I didn't go above ISO1600
- I didn't set the shutter speed below 1/40s.
One thing, though, that I couldn't wrap my head around was when I used the built-in flash for fill. The camera was in Manual the whole time but when I turn the flash on, the camera seemed to have a mind of its own - I couldn't make it behave the way I wanted it too. I need to do some more practice with the flash turned on with this camera.
The only time I used my Canon 5D Mark II was went up the Space Needle for a second time to take sunset photos. I felt that, with the bigger sensor, I could stretch the ISO limit more. Note, though, that all the photos here were taken by the G12.
There are three things that, I think, are not on the positive side:
- Having the live-view all the time made me dependent on it so much. Yes it made making pictures really easy, but, coming from a DSLR perspective, I would have wanted to use the viewfinder more. I know I could've just turned the articulating screen around, but then I would have lost the ability to know what my settings are.
- Having a 28mm-equivalent focal length wasn't wide enough. When I went up to the buildings to get an unobstructed view (unobstructed, but cloudy), I felt that the widest setting for the G12 was still too narrow.
- The flash as stated above.
But despite these setbacks, the Canon Powershot G12 is still a very capable camera and would do well for street photography.
Seattle is a beautiful city and the Canon G12 was able to capture it.
[N.B. I would have put a slide show of the photos that autoplay but Picasa is not behaving well right now...]