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Old Mar 8, 2010, 4:01 PM   #1
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Default Bought a G11 today and have a question about viewfinderToday I bought a Canon G11 and

Today I bought a Canon G11 and I am already very happy with it, although I still have a lot of reading and experimenting to do to learn all the possibilities and options.
I have a question however about the optical viewfinder. Maybe it is to be found somewhere in the manual but doing a quick search in it I couldn't find it yet: Is there no information (like settings, focus marks etc) at all to be seen in the viewfinder ? I don't see anything. In the menu I saw an option "Custom Display", but as far as I can see, I can only make settings there for the LCD. Am I overlooking something or is the viewfinder indeed only usasable for the composition and is all the info only viewable on the LCD ?
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 4:37 PM   #2
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the viewfinder indeed only usasable for the composition and is all the info only viewable on the LCD ?
the vf on the g11 is just a rough guide for composition when the LCD isn't practical.
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 4:55 PM   #3
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LCD screens are a big problem to see in bright sunlight. I sold my G9 and got an SX10is just for the viewfinder and being able to see all the menu options.
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Terrific camera....I have one myself and L-O-V-E I-T!!!! I quite literally take it everywhere with me.

The viewfinder isn't like a DSLR where it lists the info like ISO, etc. Unfortunately too see all the settings of the shot you have to use the LCD screen. The custom display you mentioned is only for setting up features you use regularly that you want to switch too often.


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Old Mar 20, 2010, 8:43 AM   #5
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The G11 takes good images. The articulating screen is it's only saving grace for me. It is cumbersome and the controls are too easy to mess up being so compact on a not so compact point and shoot. The viewfinder lets you see "roughly" what you are shooting but not something I would depend on for critical composition.
I find that it sits more than it should when I go out to shoot on the fly urban setting shots. I use my Panny ZS1 much, much more.
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I have small hands (as I'm a girl) and I admit that I too on occasion have accidentally hit something I hadn't intended too. However, that only happens the odd time when I'm one-handing it. BUT, a male friend of mine found the controls too close together....so it could be a problem for some. Too bad it didn't have a "lock" feature on the side if you were staying in the same shot mode for a while....as that would solve the problem.

I always find it interesting who likes what (no matter what the brand) because it's all so subjective with style, feel, skill level, etc.
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