This camera was the first proper digital camera I owned. Before that, mine were really crap and I don’t think I saved many photos from the ones I shot. It proved to me that digital cameras were a force and were here to stay.
Of course, the one below is not my original one, that one was donated to a friend long ago when I upgraded it to a Canon Kiss. Back then I was a Canon girl through and through. I saw this one for sale on eBay for a fiver ages ago and decided to get it for old time’s sake.
Actually, the lot was for two “for-parts” examples. Both had different issues. It was a while ago, but I think one was missing the lens barrel cover and had cracks on the grip. The other was missing a battery cover. Having had one before I knew the lens barrel cover was not an issue and was just unsightly.
I also knew I could take it from the other sample. So I moved things around, recovered the grip and voila, a working, sparkly G5.
I bought my original G5 brand new when it first came out. I was living in China at the time. I remember the day perfectly as I was suffering from a hangover. I ended up having to get off the bus and walk about 10km home. For most of that journey, I was chatting to a friend on the phone as she motivated me to keep walking and not throw up. When I get a hangover I am usually ok in the morning and gradually get worse throughout the day. So I thought I could buy the camera and get back before it was too bad. I was wrong. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had a hangover as I don’t drink much now.
Anyway, once I felt better the camera rarely left my side and I took it all over the world including Tibet. I loved the tilting screen and took a lot more shots of people. I used the camera until it literally died. I remember that vividly too as I was in an aquarium in Ikebukuro, Japan and trying to take a photo of a Mola or Sunfish, the first time I had ever seen one. But the G5 would not power up at all, I changed batteries and still nothing. So I walked out, went straight to Bic Camera and bought a Canon Kiss. It turned out both batteries had failed at the same time. I never did get the photo of the sunfish for some reason. I didn’t think much about the photos I took back then other than recording places I had visited.
Looking back at the photos, some of them seem dull compared with the vivid photos we get from digital cameras these days. Not the ones above of course, but I can see other issues. I spent some time going through some of the photos from my trip to Tibet and made a book of my time there. You can find that on the Zine Page and here.
Once my new G5 was all sparkly and ready I took it to Lytham Beach just in time for the sunset.
It worked just as well as I remembered. If you are looking for a vintage digital camera, the G5 is great.
I have written about a few digital cameras now. This is not a new direction for the blog, I still prefer to play with film cameras, but it was a trip down memory lane for me and wanted to record it for prosperity. Normal service will return soon 🙂