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Canon PowerShot G9 Above 10 Megapixel

4.33 star rating
                      4.33 / 5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $499.00


  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution12.4 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom6x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens35 - 210 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.2 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range0.39 - 19.2 in. (w)
    Focal Length7.4 - 44.4 mm
    Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 2592 x 1944 • 1600 x 1200 • 4000 x 3000 • 4000 x 2248
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120 • 1024 x 768
    Video Speed15 fps
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatMPEG • Motion JPEG
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.8 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/2500 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Underwater (Preset)
    Frames Per Second1.5 Frames
    Memory TypeMultimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal • Uncompressed
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1
    File Size (High Res.)5.21 MB (25 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.08 MB (about 1,600 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Rear Sync Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Forced On
    ViewfinderOptical
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size3 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Li-Ion
    Battery Life240 Images
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista
    Width4.19 in.
    Depth1.67 in.
    Height2.83 in.
    Weight0.71 lb.
    Exterior ColorBlack
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Neck Strap • 32 MB Memory Card • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger • AV Cable
    MPNPOWERSHOTG9
    Product ID44849903

Product Description

Given the success of Canon's highly acclaimed G Series, it's no surprise that ambitious photographers have been eagerly anticipating the next model in its evolution. The wait has paid off handsomely with the introduction of the PowerShot G9. In image quality and functionality, the G9 stands above the competition with 12.1 megapixels of resolution, a 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, and RAW mode for the ultimate in creative control. Sophisticated design and high-quality construction complement the technology and make the G9 a camera to be reckoned with.

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The Canon PowerShot G9 is a rangefinder-style premium compact digital camera. It has a 12-megapixel sensor, image stabilized 6x optical zoom lens, a huge 3-inch LCD, a brand new control layout, and lots of manual controls. It also marks the return of RAW shooting capability to Canon’s G-Series compact digital cameras.

Canon PowerShot G9 Review Contents:

Canon PowerShot G9 - front and back

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Other Resources:
Canon PowerShot G9 Preview
Canon PowerShot G9 Press Release


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zeiss eterna a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2010

Strengths:    Telephoto lens which is longer than successors. Build quality excellent - i've used this in blizzard conditions and lands well when dropped.
RAW format is an essential for big prints.. the JPEGs are very nice but just not big enough.
HD movie mode is groundbreaking and very useful however u don't seem to be able to use macro at all or change the zoom when rolling.
Back screen is excellent and large.
Image stabilizer helps low shutter speed situations.
High ISO 'look' is nice, especially when used in band photography.
Battery life fairly good.
Custom modes useful.
Macro is probably one of the best things about the camera as the lens portion it uses in this mode makes things nice and sharp.
B/W nice.


Weaknesses:    Barrel distortion is a scandal - its only 35mm equivalent at its widest!!!
Overly contrasty scenes result in sky or scene washout. Almost unusable for landscapes unless you are willing to take EVERYTHING in RAW and then spend ages in photoshop correcting.
Skin tones awful - why the magenta cast? othwrs have talked about it and i've sent the camera back twice. Probably a result of Canon wanting warm 'leica' look photos. Only solution is to turn the red right down using custom option.


Bottom Line:   
Quirky camera, good street shooter and all-rounder with two big let downs.
Has less glass lens elements than its successors thus theoretically more clarity.. but watch the extreme contrast and white-outs. Barrel distortion is horrendous. Skin colour completely inaccurate.

Fot these kind of prices, even with the successors, its probably worth getting a 4/3s system or the innovative Ricoh system.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   Jessops, Cambridge u

Similar Products Used:   Contax SLR, other Canon digi compacts, early digi Nikon compacts.
Various range finders and SLRs in past.


Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Case a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2009

Strengths:    build quality, viewing screen. Viewfinder only used in extreme conditions. Can shoot RAW in addition to pretty good jpeg. Many manual adjustments, focus for example. Exposure compensation good, flash exposure compensation good, can set custom WB. Excellent look and feel, retro if you wish. Very easy to carry and to start up, also good post-photo review, and only two click erase mode, better than Canon DSLRs which take three. Just put this on green mode and shoot great pictures. Backup camera for DLSrs

Weaknesses:    No moveable viewscreen ala G6. also no f2.8 lense. Has feature set for beginners, but is percieved as too complicated.

Bottom Line:   
When I was shooting film I used the Eos 3, and also the contax G1 and G2 series. I have used Canon G3, 5, 6, 7. G9 is best of the bunch : 12.1 meg rather than 14+ in G10. Very good to shoot with, tanklike is best description. Great for skiing, climbing, trekking and coastal pictures (no action shots please) Quite salable prints, as long as ASA 400 or less, but optimum is 100-200. IS is v. useful. Focusing screen is v. good. Zoom range also quite useful. Recently have been taking this along on rainy/snowy/windy days and (sometimes) leaving my DSLR and accompanying 3+ lenses at home. Great discreet camera, when you don't want to wander around with a lot of white lenses in your bag. Currently shooting Eos 5D, for what that's worth.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   G3, G5, G6, G7. In film, used Contax G1 and G2, and Contax TVS, film and digital

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tomppa64 a Expert

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2009

Strengths:    Good build quality. Excellent resolution for this size lens. Many, many features. Manual controls. Robust. Optical zoom.

Weaknesses:    Shutter lag may be problem in very fast situations. May over exposure faces if you don't use face detection (auto modes). Wide angle could be better.

Bottom Line:   
Surprisingly good camera for most photographing purposes. Better than cheap SLR kits. Fast enough to handle. Can store your favourite setups. Excellent resolution. Nice colours. I changed my Canon Rebel XT kit to G9 and I've been very satisfied.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   04/2009

Similar Products Used:   Canon SX 100 IS

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by John Hardy a Expert

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2008

Strengths:    Marketing

Kids enjoy video capability


General convenience (but, hey there are allot of cameras which meet theses criterion at a fraction of the cost)


Weaknesses:    Poor viewfinder

Suspect metering

Shutter lag

So nothing vital then!


Bottom Line:   
This is my first Digital purchase. I have stayed with my Nikon F5 (and prime lenses) and Contax G1 for some time and used good film scanners. The Canon was purchased after much research on this site and others. I am dissapointed with this camera for a number of reasons. The viewfinder is too small to be useful, and prone to flare. The metering is, to my mind, is suspect. AF is often baffled in low contrast situations. Manual focus is a joke (even by G1 standards). The quality which really renders this handbag material is that it is simply too slow. There is far too much shutter lag for a camera in this price bracket.

I am looking forward to hear reviews of the new Sigma. However I suspect that my money should have been applied to an Xpan, D700, or when Leica fesses up, to their full frame M8 replacement, one of those

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   Jessops

Similar Products Used:   Fed 3, Zorki 4K, Zenith EM,Nikkormat Ftn, Nikon FE, Nikon F50, Nikon F5,Contax G1.

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Casey a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2008

Strengths:    Top quality.
Easy to handle.
Superior feel.
Lens cover is self contained.
Viewfinder.
Large image monitor.
Software and electronics are second to none.
Substantial in feel.
Good value for a professional quality camera.
Excellent composition traits.
Autofocus is fast and very accurate.
Colors are superior.
Easy to hold.
Hot shoe plud built in flash.


Weaknesses:    Slow to ready from boot up.
Moderately difficult to learn for the novice.
Usual flash limitations.
Not many weaknesses noted.


Bottom Line:   
I have spent much of my career looking for the affordable old style journalist camera which could be brought up to the face to snap a shot without drawing attention or spooking the subject. The Leica of yesteryear was perfect but too expensive. Over the years I have abandoned the search and gradually become a digital photographer. I have carried all sorts of cameras, but still sought a pro quality, small rangefinder which would not limit me technically or artistically and would not be so expensive that I couldnt afford to replace it if dropped or soaked. The G9 is my champion. It is retro in styling, similar to the old rangefinders, small, unobtrusive, and very fast. The quality of the photographs are excellent and there are essentially no creative limitations. It has a super zoom, is easy to learn, and most people of caught off guard by the beauty of the prints I produce. It is substantial in feel, easy to hide, quiet and smooth, and is not intimidating to even my most timid models. Overall, this is the most useful gerneral purpose fine art and nude travel camera I have ever used. I take mostly candid nudes of my wife and her friends, and for this genre it is more than able to meet the need.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   Minolta Diamage
Olympus C2100UZ
Olympus C5050UZ
Panasonic Lumix various.


Type of photography:   Fine Art



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