So yesterday i crossed over to the dark side and i must confess that am loving it too.
While i have been a Nikon shooting since i got into photography and totally love my Nikon gear, i always was on the look out for a pocket sized camera, while Nikon did have the P6000, i wasn’t entirely impressed by the reviews it received on top photography review websites. I also considered the new range of micro third cameras from Panasonic and Olympus but those two would involve changing lenses, i didn’t want to do that, i was in the hunt for a great pocket size camera with dslr functionality and quality without the size, enter Canon’s G11.
The Canon G11 is without an amazing camera, i have only been using it for a couple of hours but the image quality am seeing is nothing short of spectacular, moving the images from camera onto my 30″ apple cinema display produces some simply lovely images. I love this camera so much already and i can tell you this is one camera i will always be carrying around. When you see me on the streets or shooting a Nigerian wedding, chances are that you will find me with this camera.
So good is this camera that it will always be in my gear bag when i shoot my weddings in Nigeria. This amazing camera would be great to have a second photographer shoot some candid shots and even photograph guests at the reception. Wedding reception venues in Nigeria tend to be pretty dark and can be quite challenging to shoot, no problem, this baby produces amazing pictures at iso 3200 without the need for flash.
The Swivel screen is also a big plus for shooting weddings in Nigeria as well. I was considering getting the Nikon D5000 just for that screen, why you ask? Well weddings in Nigeria can get crowdy with losts of photographers covering one event, at times you might miss a couple of shots when you have about 10 photographers with flash heads all in front of you, what i tend to do is to raise my camera above my head and shoot, some times am luck and i get good pictures, other times its always crappy images, the swivel screen enables me to raise the camera above my head and still be able to see what am doing.
While the older G10 was equipped with 14.7 mega pixels, Canon decided to focus more on the low light capability of the G11 instead, this is a trade off i would take any day, i would still pick the G11 over the 14.7 mega pixels G10 even if all it had was 8 mega pixels, wedding photographers’s should be very comfortable with 10.
Kayode is a wedding photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria, shooting weddings all over the country