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Canon PowerShot G9 Review- Canon G9

canon g9Given 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. .

Canon PowerShot G9 Digital Camera Review

At $499, the Canon powershot G9 is one of the highest priced compact digital cameras on the market. Its design falls somewhere between a DSLR and a compact, with a chunky outline but flat profile. There is a nice melding of retro elements, like mode and ISO dials, with modern components, like the comfortable navigational rotary dial. The G9, released one year after the similarly-styled G7, features 12.1 megapixels, a 6x optical zoom lens, and even more manual controls than its predecessor.

After running the Canon G9 through a battery of scientific tests in our imaging lab, we are convinced this camera is worth the hype. It takes excellent pictures, and its 12.1 megapixels are very effective at capturing detail. Colors are spot-on accurate, putting it far above the high-end Nikon P5000. Pictures don’t just look good in a brightly-lit studio either; in low light, the G9 performs just as spectacularly as the G7.

Noise levels are high, but not any higher than the G7, which is commendable. The camera’s ability to produce a range of light and dark tones in one image, also called dynamic range, is mediocre. In this respect, the Canon powershot G9 ranks lower than average, but is still higher on the totem pole than the G7 and Canon S5 and scores similarly to the Nikon P5000. Despite these few shortcomings, the G9 is a solid improvement over the G7 in terms of image quality, making it a worthy successor.

One of the biggest upgrades from the G7 is the addition of RAW shooting capability. The Canon powershot G9 can also shoot RAW and JPEG files simultaneously, which take up a lot of space on the memory card but allow users to print pictures directly from the camera or process the files in software later.

The G9 puts together a dream team of components. The 6x optical zoom lens effectively keeps bumps and blur out of pictures and movies with its optical image stabilization system. The 3-inch LCD screen is bright and sharp; it has very wide viewing angles, excellent 230000

Technical Specifications Canon PowerShot G9

Product type Digital camera – prosumer
Width 4.2 in
Depth 1.7 in
Height 2.8 in
Weight 11.3 oz
Main Features
Resolution 12.1 Megapixel
Color support Color
Optical sensor type CCD
Total pixels 12,400,000 pixels
Effective sensor resolution 12,100,000 pixels
Optical sensor size 1/1.7″
Light sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto
Digital zoom 4 x
Shooting modes Frame movie mode
Shooting programs Landscape, portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, night scene, underwater, sports mode, indoor, foliage, beach, kids & pets, night snapshot, snow, aquarium
Special effects Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid, Color Accent, Color Swap, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Green, Vivid Blue, Vivid Red, Positive Film
Image stabilizer Optical
Max shutter speed 1/2500 sec
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Exposure metering Evaluative, spot AF area, center-weighted, spot
Exposure modes Program, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Exposure compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Auto exposure bracketing 3 steps in 1/3 EV step
ae/af control FlexiZone
White balance Custom, automatic, presets
White balance presets Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, flash, daylight, underwater
Digital video format AVI
Still image format JPEG, RAW
Continuous shooting speed 1.5 frames per second, 0.7 frames per second
Video capture AVI – 1024 x 768 – 15 fps AVI – 640 x 480 – 30 fps AVI – 320 x 240 – 30 fps AVI – 160 x 120 – 15 fps
Memory / Storage
Flash memory 32 MB flash – MultiMediaCardplus
Supported flash memory MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Image storage JPEG 4000 x 3000 JPEG 3264 x 2448 JPEG 2592 x 1944 JPEG 1600 x 1200 JPEG 640 x 480 JPEG 4000 x 2248 JPEG 320 x 240
Camera Flash
Camera flash Built-in flash
Flash modes Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
Red eye reduction Yes
Effective flash range 1 ft – 13 ft
Features AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation
Lens System
Type Zoom lens – 7.4 mm – 44.4 mm – f/2.8-4.8
Focal length 7.4 mm – 44.4 mm
Focal length equivalent to 35mm camera 35 – 210mm
Focus adjustment Automatic, manual
Auto focus TTL contrast detection
Auto focus points (zones) 9
Min focus range 19.7 in
Macro focus range 1-50cm
Lens aperture F/2.8-4.8
Optical zoom 6 x
Zoom adjustment Motorized drive
Lens construction 7 group(s) / 9 element(s)
Features Aspherical lens
Additional Features
Self timer Yes
Self timer delay 10 sec, 2 sec
Flash terminal Hot shoe
Additional features Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, diopter adjustment, RGB primary color filter, DPOF support, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, resizing an image
Viewfinder type Optical – real-image zoom
Type LCD display – Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS) – 3″ – color
Display form factor Built-in
Display format 230,000 pixels
Type Microphone – built-in
Microphone operation mode Mono
Connector type 1 x USB ( mini-USB Type B ) 1 x composite video/audio output
Expansion slot(s) 1 x SD Memory Card
Software Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon Remote Capture
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating system support MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later, Apple Mac OS X 10.3 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2
Included accessories Neck strap
Cables included 1 x A/V cable 1 x USB cable
Power device Battery charger – external
Supported battery Canon NB-2LH
Supported battery details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Environmental Parameters
Min operating temperature 32 °F
Max operating temperature 104 °F
Product Identifiers
UPC 0013803083675
Part Number 2082B001