More Canon G10 Landscape Photography

A few weeks ago I wrote a short post entitled Outfitting Your Canon G10 for Landscape Photography which drew a lot of interest from amateur landscape photographers interested in finding an alternative to carrying around their somewhat bulky DSLR rig.

A few folks even emailed me to ask if a camera this small could really provide results comparable to their DSLRs. I could point to the incredible G10 images shot by Bill Lockhart to answer this question but I thought I’d try to provide some direct comparisons during my waterfall shoot this weekend.

Lower McKinney Falls G10

Lower McKinney Falls (G10) – Austin, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Powershot G10 set on full manual mode and tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 25mm, f/7.1 for 2 seconds using the built-in neutral density filter at ISO 80 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Lower McKinney Falls 5D2

Lower McKinney Falls (5D2) – Austin, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on full manual using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/13 for 13 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND-Duo neutral density and warming polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Both images were taken from the same tripod location only a few seconds apart and the differences in composition are due to the zoom range of each camera’s lens. Both images were processes using the same basic develop settings in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta and adjusted to match each other as closely as possible.

I was very impressed that the Canon G10 could provide comparable results to the 5D2 in this situation (click on each image for a larger version and compare for yourself) and would not hesitate to shoot with the G10 for my landscape work. In fact, several of the images published in my new book Hill Country Landscapes, were taken with the G10. Not too bad for a sensor the size of a dime!

8 thoughts on “More Canon G10 Landscape Photography

  1. Last year I hauled a DSLR and (heavy lenses) to Arizona on a travel vacation. This year it’s going to be the G10, modified similar to your setup with the lensmate/Hoya HD Circular Polarizer; and the RRS L-bracket with a light tripod with a panning head.

    • Thanks for reading. I think the performance differences between the G10 and G11 will be small (around 1 stop better in low light situations) so it really depends upon what your needs are. I use the G10 for landscape and nature photography at ISO 80 so both would work equally well.

      Jeff

  2. Good article and describes the g10 in “good light” (pardon the pun!)
    However,be interesting to do a comparable test with some skyline that pushes the dynamic range. I find i am getting frustrating results on my g10 when I have a bit of sky in the top half.

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