The sun popped out this afternoon, giving me another chance to test (and get used to) the Canon G10. All were shot at ISO 80 as highest-quality JPEGs (c’mon Apple, release a RAW decoder for the G10). They were exported as JPEGs at a quality setting of six.
(Sorry, all you snow-bound folks: our tree mallow is still in bloom.)
This shot needed a lot of work. I shot it in P auto mode and the camera did too good a job of trying to capture the full dynamic range. In Aperture, I used levels and the exposure settings to close down the shadows and dampen down the near-blown out highlights. Shots like this obviously mean taking more control of the camera.
Full-on automatic, nothing added in Aperture other than edge sharpening at the default setting. Colours are handled quite nicely, and I find the contrast just about right.
Again, all auto settings, with the zoom racked all the way out. The evalutive metre setting held the highlights and opened the darker shaded areas just enough. Unlike the first shot, with its broader range between high and low, this needed nothing from Aperture.
The same shot with and without flash. The flash is a little hot for fill and, unfortunately, the flash compensation settings are only available via a menu, which is a little awkward. The top photo is as it was shot; I’ve knocked down the highlights in the bottom one, using Apertures Highlight & Shadow controls. Should have locked exposure in on the beige-coloured wall of the house, I think.
So the G10 handles “average” scenes exceptionally well, but to save myself work in Aperture, I need to be on top of things in less-than-average situations. This all may change, of course, when I get to start shooting RAW, once Aperture can handle the files. (I’m staying away from the DPP software that ships with Canon. I already have to learn Aperture; I don’t need another title on my plate at the moment.)