Canon PowerShot G9 Review
Until the arrival of the G7 last September the majority of observers had written off Canon's 'prosumer' G range, presuming that the arrival of affordable digital SLRs had effectively killed the market for high-end compacts such as this. Barely a year later the G7 has been replaced by the G9, a relatively minor update that increases the pixel count from 10MP to 12MP and the screen size from 2.5 to 3.0 inches and - more importantly given the outcry caused by its omission from the G7 - the return of raw shooting capabilities. Other minor tweaks include a better grip and the addition of wireless flash capabilities. Everything else; the 6x stabilized zoom, flash hot shoe, classic all-metal design and solid build, expansive feature set and extensive manual control system is carried over from the G7.
The G7 receive very mixed responses upon its arrival last year, though as we noted at the time, much of this was because it suffered in comparison to its predecessors (such as the G6) - the lack of defining features such as raw mode, remote control, info panel and rotating LCD made the G7 feel very much like a glorified A series model rather than the flagship it was obviously intended to be. Although there's still no vari-angle screen Canon has addressed a couple of the main complaints about the G7 (the lack of raw and difficulty of shooting single-handed due to lack of grip), and the price - around $500 - has stayed the same. So is it enough to return the G series to its former glory? Let's find out.
Note that some sections of this review (feature descriptions where nothing has changed) are reproduced from the G7 review.
- 12.1 Megapixels (1/1.7” sensor) with RAW mode for maximum image control
- 6x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer and SR coating
- DIGIC III and iSAPS for lightning fast response, superb image quality and advanced Noise Reduction
- Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Red-Eye Correction in playback
- 3.0” high-resolution, PureColor LCD II with extra wide viewing angle
- ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
- Compact body with dedicated ISO and Multi Control dials
- 25 shooting modes including full manual control and 2 custom settings
- Extra telephoto reach with Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom
- Hot shoe support for Canon Speedlite flashes and optional lens accessories
Powershot G9 vs G7: What's changed?
The G9 is an incremental upgrade in the truest sense; externally the body is almost identical, and there are only three really key changes; the raw mode, the screen and the sensor.
- Higher resolution (12MP vs 10MP)
- Slightly larger sensor (1/1.7 as opposed to 1/1.8 inch)
- Redesigned front grip and rear thumb rest
- Enhanced Face Detection technology
- Red-eye correction in playback
- Auto ISO shift
- Compatibility with ST-E2 wireless flash transmitter
- Marginally better battery life (240 shots vs 220 shots, CIPA standard)
- Two custom White Balance settings (as opposed to one)
PowerShot G9 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $480
|Sensor||• 1/1.7" Type CCD
• 12.1 million effective pixels
|Image sizes||• 4000 x 3000
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 4000 x 2248 (16:9)
|Movie clips||• 1024 x 768 @ 15fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30 / 15fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30 / 15fps
• 160 x 120 @ 15fps
• AVI Motion JPEG with WAVE monaural audio
• 35-210mm (35mm equiv)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (Linked to center or selected AF point)
|Aperture|| F2.8-F8.0 (wide)
|Shooting mode||• Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Custom (2 modes)
• Stitch Assist
• Special Scene
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
|White Balance||• Auto
• Fluorescent H
|Image parameters||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)|
|Continuous||• Normal: approx 2fps
• AF: approx 0.8fps
|Flash||• Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Second curtain sync
• Range: 30cm - 4.0m (wide) / 2.5m (tele)
• Hot shoe
|Storage||• SD / SDHC / MMC card compatible
• 32 MB card supplied
|Viewfinder||• Real-image zoom
• Dioptre correction
|LCD monitor||• 3.0-inch P-Si TFT
• 230,000 pixels
• Adjustable Brightness
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 High speed
A/V out (NTSC/PAL switchable)
|Power||• Rechargeable Li-ion battery NB-2LH/NB-2L
• Charger included
• Optional AC adapter kit
|Optional accessories|| Speedlite 220EX/ 430EX/ 580EX
Tele-converter (2.0x) TC-DC58C
Wide-converter (0.75x) WC-DC58B
Lens adapter/Hood set LA-DC58H
Waterproof Case WP-DC11
Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Soft Case DCC-600
High Power Flash HF-DC1
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20
Rechargeable Li-ION battery pack NB-2LH
Car Battery Charger CBC-NB2
|Weight (no batt)||320 g (11.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 mm
(4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in)
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
The ‘Overall’ winning shot was captured with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, marking the first time the winning image has ever been captured with a drone.
The system can simulate the camera's movement and the set lighting to perfectly match the background with the scene.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) isn't new technology, but this does mark the beginning of an era where you can search for text found within your images hosted on Google Photos.
Photographer Aryeh Nirenberg used an astro-modified Sony a7S II to capture the 1,100 images that went into making this 55-second timelapse.
The Sony RX100 VII takes the place of its RX100 VA sibling as our top overall pick, while the Canon G5 X II replaces the Panasonic LX100 II as our alternate choice.
A recent screenshot from the German Nikon Professional Service website shows that only 1,000 of Nikon's 500mm F5.6 PF ED VR lens are being produced each month.
Viltrox has shared photos and specifications on its official Weibo account of three upcoming APS-C lenses for Fujifilm, Sony and Leica camera systems.
Weird lens aficionado Mathieu Stern quite literally got more than he bargained for when he paid just €2 for a rare projector lens that creates some of the most intense swirly bokeh we've ever seen.
The short video shows off the silhouettes of four new lenses — one large lens and three compact lenses — alongside two current Tamron Sony E mount lenses.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is the most capable pocket camera currently on the market thanks to a combo of good image quality, smooth stabilized 4K and an industry-leading autofocus implementation. For these reasons it receives our gold award.
New top end calibration package aims to reduce waste when printing on difficult surfaces by making color measurement more accurate
Moment's new 37mm Cine filters are compatible with various models of iPhone, Pixel, OnePlus and Galaxy devices.
Instagram has dismissed another viral spam image that is circulating on its platform, this one claiming that, starting tomorrow, all user content will be made public (including deleted messages) and that the company will be able to use images against users in court.
The upcoming products are designed to create a ‘complete line of photo and video products’ designed for photographers of all levels.
Sony's FE 35mm F1.8 answers a lot of a7-series photographers' prayers. But was it worth the wait? Find out in our full review.
Nikon has finally made it possible to transfer Raw images from their Wi-Fi-capable cameras to smartphones and tablets running the new SnapBridge 2.6 application.
DroneDJ conducted a comprehensive search of DJI's official online store and noticed most models were out of stock.
The new app, which is limited to iOS, for the time being, makes it easy to deliver images to clients, who can easily sort through and download images on-the-go.
The adapter uses a six-element design to make the most of even the fastest Hasselblad V lenses on Fujifilm's GFX mount camera systems.
Huawei's upcoming high-end devices are likely to catch up with Apple and Samsung in terms of 4K video frame rates.
In this video we’ve traveled to southern Spain with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. There, we headed for the town of Sevilla to meet up with action sports photographer Fernando Marmolejo.
Henry Diltz recounts how he became the official photographer of Woodstock and shares what it looked like through the viewfinder.
Canon Australia appears to have leaked two upcoming cameras in a pair of promotional videos - an ‘EOS M6 II’ and an ‘EOS 90D.’
The adapter sits inside the camera and compresses the lens image to fit the camera's Super 35mm sensor, and restoring the look of the original focal length of the lens
Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky have introduced Intervalometerator, an open-source intervalometer designed for deploying inexpensive remote time-lapse systems involving Canon DSLRs, Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware.
The lens, set to ship later this year for a yet-to-be-determined price, is an update to Yongnuo's original 35mm F1.4 lens that adds an ultrasonic motor.
The One Action's ultra-wide camera lets you to record horizontal video while holding the phone vertically.
Prograde says its new program scans for ‘key attributes of your card’s use history to determine how much life is remaining before you reach design limits’ and can ‘clean up the way data is stored to your card to ensure it’s optimized for the highest performance.’
We've been busy shooting around Seattle with Sigma's new 45mm F2.8 full-frame lens and have topped off our initial sample gallery accordingly. Have a look.
We recently reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (also known as the G90, G91 and G99) and found it to be a good all-around camera. But is it best for the kind of shooting that you do? Click through to find out if the G95 is right for you.