Canon PowerShot G9

This year’s Canon PowerShot G9 is essentially identical in appearance to its predecessor, the G7. With the exception of the optical viewfinder is decreased to make space for a bigger 3-inch LCD, the only other modifications are that the lens ring and release button have been changed from silver to black.

A large number of the components are also identical. It is equipped with the same f/2.8-4.8 35mm-210mm-equivalent, optically stabilized 6x zoom lens and the same Digic III picture processor as the previous model.

In actuality, the only noteworthy changes are a switch from a 1/1.8-inch, 10-megapixel CCD to a 1/1.7-inch, 12-megapixel CCD and the restoration of raw-format capability, which has been long-desired.

Despite weighing around 5.5g more than its predecessor — most likely as a result of the bigger LCD — the G9 is still only 320g in total weight.

In order to provide a good grip on the camera, the controls take up the space on the top and rear of the camera that is not covered by the LCD or the optical viewfinder.

It is nevertheless possible for folks with large hands to have difficulty gripping the G9 firmly enough to avoid accidentally obscuring one or more buttons on the device. We also found ourselves wishing that the shutter button and zoom controls were a little bit larger on the back of the camera.

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Despite the fact that the majority of the G9’s menu interface and navigation are consistent and easy to understand, there is a rare design choice that is perplexing.

The high-quality (1,024 x 768 at 15 frames per second) movie mode, for example, isn’t listed as a resolution choice under the Func menu, which is where you’d expect to see it.

To discover it, you must cycle through the many movie modes, which include Color Accent, Color Swap, Time Lapse, Compact, and Standard. This is understandable from an engineering position, but not so much from the perspective of the average consumer.

Canon PowerShot G9 specifications

Body MaterialMetal/Plastic
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
Lens• 35-210mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.8-4.8
• 6x optical zoom
Focus• TTL autofocus
• AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point)
• Single / Continuous AF
• Manual focus
• Focus lock
• 1-point AF (center or flexizone)
• 1 cm minimum focus range (macro)
Metering• Evaluative
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (Linked to center or selected AF point)
Shutter speed• 15-1/2000 sec
Aperture• F2.8-F8.0 (wide)
• F4.8-F8.0 (tele)
Shooting mode• Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual
• Custom (2 modes)
• Stitch Assist
• Movie
• Special Scene
Sensitivity• Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
White Balance• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Flash
• Underwater
• Custom
Image parametersMy 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
• 100% coverage
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
Other features• Orientation sensor
• PictBridge
• Index view
• Histogram
• 4x digital zoom
• Sound memo
• Direct print (Canon & PictBridge)
• 2 and 10 sec self-timer (plus custom)
• 25 languages
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)
Dimensions106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 mm
(4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in)

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