Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X

20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor | 28-84mm equiv. F2-4.9 lens | 3" touchscreen LCD

What we like:

  • Pocketable size
  • Decent manual control and excellent touchscreen

What we don't:

  • Fixed LCD
  • No hotshoe
  • Slow performance in Raw mode

With the PowerShot G9 X Canon has slapped a more modest lens in front of the same 20MP 1"-type sensor from the G7 X (also found in the new G5 X), and shoehorned it all into a more compact package. That new lens features a useful 28-84mm equivalent focal length range, but with a less impressive F2-4.9 aperture.

While the G9 X is somewhat light on physical control points, those that are present combine with the integrated touchscreen to offer an impressively user-friendly control experience for such a small camera. In keeping with the rest of Canon's G-series line, build quality is solid and the camera offers a small, pop-up flash for fill use. Unfortunately, at 1fps, continuous Raw shooting performance is also the same as Canon's other G-series 1" sensor cameras, which is to say - quite poor. With AF, performance falls even further - we tentatively measured ~0.33 fps. 

"Limited physical control points combine with the integrated touchscreen for a friendly control experience for such a small camera."

The G9 X isn't cheap, but it offers an attractive combination of a pocketable form factor, useful (while not being super wide-ranging) lens and a high-quality 20MP 1" sensor. We haven't had a chance to fully test the G9 X yet, but we've seen good results from cameras that use the same sensor, including the closely-related G7 X. We recently received a testable unit in the office, we look forward to going out and shooting with it. We'll update this post with impressions and a sample gallery soon.

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