In addition to a 20-megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor, Wi-Fi and NFC, a compact metal casing in silver (and tan) or black, and a 3-times optical zoom lens, the Canon Powershot G9 X also includes an electronic viewfinder. An attractive leather-effect handle, manual controls, a 3-inch touch screen, and a control wheel surrounding the lens add to the camera’s overall appeal.
In terms of focal length, the 3x optical zoom lens has an equivalent focal length range of 28mm to 84mm and is quite bright at the wide-angle end with an f/2.0 aperture, which increases to f/4.9 when utilizing the whole zoom range. The lens has optical image stabilization to assist maintain picture stability in low-light conditions.
Canon PowerShot G9 X
The Canon Powershot G9 X is likely the most comparable to the Canon Powershot S120, albeit it now includes a 3x optical zoom lens instead of the 5x optical zoom lens found on the S120. The Canon Powershot G9 X is also the most expensive of the two cameras. The G7 X and G5 X, both of which have a 4.2x optical zoom lens and the same 1inch sensor as the G9 X, are good options if you need greater zoom but don’t want to spend as much money. In this section, we provide a high-level summary of the changes between the new cameras and the S120.
Although it is somewhat bigger and heavier than the S120, which has a smaller sensor, the Canon Powershot G9 X is still one of the smallest cameras on the market with a 1inch BSI CMOS sensor (with the exception of the Panasonic Lumix CM1), and it is tiny enough to slip comfortably into trouser pockets.
With complete manual controls, as well as a variety of scene settings (including HDR mode), creative effects, and auto modes, the camera makes it simple for both beginning and expert photography students and professionals to get the most out of their photography equipment. Raw shooting is also supported, and the camera can shoot at speeds of up to 6 frames per second while capturing JPEGs.
The camera has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connection, which allows you to operate the camera from your smartphone or tablet using the Canon Camera Connect application. In addition, you may share photographs and annotate photos with GPS position information.
FullHD video recording at 50/25 frames per second (60/30 frames per second in NTSC) is possible, and stereo sound, optical zoom, and manual controls are included. Using the touch screen, you may also adjust the focus position while the video is being recorded.
Because the camera has a metal body and dials, the build quality is superb. Additionally, the leather effect grips on the camera serve to improve handling by providing sticky areas for your hands to rest on when shooting. Unfortunately, they have a distinct plastic hardness to them that makes them stand out, and it would have been lovely if they had a leather-like feel to them instead. Because of the camera’s tiny size, we recommend that you use the wrist strap that comes with it to prevent it from being dropped.
Canon PowerShot G9 X Specs
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3840 x 2880, 2304 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480, 720 x 408, 640 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Super fine, fine|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–84 mm|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||6.00 m (at Auto ISO)|
|Flash modes||Auto, on, slow synchro, off|
|Continuous drive||6.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Videography notes||Also has star time-lapse. miniature effect, and digest modes|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||NB-13L lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||220|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||209 g (0.46 lb / 7.37 oz)|
|Dimensions||98 x 58 x 31 mm (3.86 x 2.28 x 1.21″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (star time-lapse)|