Canon Powershot G9 Review

October 11, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 18 Comments |

Canon Powershot G9The Canon Powershot G9 sees the welcome return of the RAW image format to the G-series of prosumer compact digital cameras. Controversially dropped from the previous G7 model, Canon have bowed to customer demand and restored RAW, once again making the Powershot G9 a great backup camera for a DSLR owner, or even a viable alternative. Other new features on the Canon G9 include an upgraded 12.1 megapixel sensor, larger 3 inch LCD screen, and improved Face Detection mode. From the outside the G9 looks virtually identical to the G7, so are there enough internal improvements to make the G9 a worthwhile upgrade? Mark Goldstein took the Canon Powershot G9 for a test-drive to find out…

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#1 Geezer Mike

Nice backup or first-line camera...except how do you "overlook" noise. Seems like that sensor would be better suited to an 8 megapixel camera.

10:28 pm - Monday, October 8, 2007

#2 Sean

Thank you for your in-depth review. I believe it to be an excellent camera which I am trying to decide between this model and a Rebel xTi. However, close up, I see an unsettling noise pattern and soft, blurry, noisy edges in many sample photos with the G9 as perhaps too much information for the small CCD to process? Wondering if others see this pattern? Thanks.

11:09 pm - Monday, October 8, 2007

#3 Pmatt

Thanks for the review very helpful. It is really great that you included those RAW files for download. Now what would be *really* helpful is if you could include some ISO 800 and 1600 RAW files as well.

12:21 am - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#4 chencassandra

Canon's face-saving gesture after the RAW-less one G7 , the G9 . Gee , i can't figure it out at why some folks would fall for this 12.1 megapixel crammed into antiquated, teeny-weeny CCD sensor ploy .

6:48 pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

#5 Robin Barker

What a pity Canon have not taken the opportunity of widening the long end of the lens. A 6x telephoto really should go wider than 35mm equivalent. I would be very interested in any views on the capability of the .7x wide angle lens attachment please. Can the optical viewfinder still be used with the spacer and lens attached?

1:28 pm - Saturday, November 3, 2007

#6 Brian Richards

Great little camera big on features but why is the viewfinder not fully corrected for parallax? As an SLR user I find this disappointing considering such engineering was perfected over 60 years ago. Otherwise, well done Canon.

8:37 am - Thursday, November 8, 2007

#7 W E Gibbs

When you discuss the new ISO Auto Shift function you mention the IXUS 860 IS,is this a typing error?

10:08 pm - Monday, December 17, 2007

#8 Mark Goldstein

Yes, that's a typo, well spotted!

12:25 pm - Tuesday, December 18, 2007

#9 Karl

Didn't want SLR for everyday carry around use because SLR is to big. I have Canon SD850 and it is great compact P&S camera. I bought the G9 because of the features and size. Pictures are a little better than SD850 in daylight and far superior in dim light. Overall the G9 is a very good and usable. The MACRO capabilitity is fabulous. The features most people want are there to learn. The only person that won't be satisfied is the professional or the person that likes to carry around a big SLR. Someday someone will put in big CMOS sensor in a small camera that rivals SLR pict quality. That is what I am waiting to buy.

Here are the source I gained many informations: <a >Canon G9 video review</a>

For difficult shots,I set the camera to manual mode and use the display to dial in the picture until it looks like what I want. What you see is what you get. This camera is well worth the money...it will do 95% of most peoples picture requirements...for now anyhow.

5:43 pm - Thursday, December 27, 2007

#10 Robin Barker

I agree Karl that the G9 is an excellent camera of its type although I do regret it does not go wider. In my view, however, it does not matter how much Canon improves the sensor the picture quality could never rival a good SLR as it's still the quality of the lens which dictates the ultimate quality of a photograph. I hope it will always be the case!

7:05 pm - Friday, December 28, 2007

#11 Rob Pace

The review states that manual is an option - I assume aperature and shutter? I want a compact digital to mark my travels, but I am desperate to find something that will allow me to take what I like to term a proper portrait (wide aperature / zero depth of field / focus on the eyes, etc.) Can this camera be rigged to do this? Thank you very much.

8:55 am - Friday, January 4, 2008

#12 Mark Goldstein

Yes, the G9 has aperture-priority, shutter-priority and full manual shooting modes, so it will definitely suit your needs.

11:59 am - Friday, January 4, 2008

#13 MILAD EL MUKAHAL

I HAD DIFFICULTY IN CHOOSING BETWEEN NIKON COOLPIX P5100 & CANON POWERSHOT G9 BUT THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT DETAILED REVIEW WHICH MADE ME DECIDE FINALLY TO GO FOR CANON POWERSHOT G9. I HAVE NIKON D70S WHICH IS TOO BIG TO CARRY ALL THE TIME EVERYWHERE, SO I WANTED AN ALL TIME CAMERA WHICH MEANS COMPACT YET CAN DO MUCH MORE THAN A POINT & SHOOT, THAT WAS G9, THANKS YOU.

9:11 pm - Tuesday, January 22, 2008

#14 Tony Brookes

I find myself in agreement with most of this, but I have been very disappointed with the poor performance of the Auto White Balance, wich often delivers a pronounced blue cast. Otherwise, the camera is an excellent complement to my DSLR outfit and will go with me whenever the latter is too bulky to carry.

3:32 pm - Saturday, April 19, 2008

#15 Gmail

I compare actually the prices in France and States for many apparels.
In France it seems to be really expensive. For example, the price of the Canon G9 in France is 600 dollars ! In states, we can find it in 432 dollars apparently. For the Nikon D3, he is in France 6.121 dollars and in States 3849. What in the reason of this very big difference????

5:08 pm - Thursday, July 31, 2008

#16 Clive Pugh

Thank you for this very helpful review.
Good to see actual shot taken with the G9.
Still unsure about purchase.
Anyone know of better camera for around same price ?

11:45 am - Tuesday, August 19, 2008

#17 Arthur Robins

I bought a Canon G9 after 13 months the lens would not retrack
back into the body.

Canon has offered to repair it for a hundred pounds and an extended 6 month warranty,after paying two hundred and ninety nine pounds for a camera I don't expect to pay a further hundred
pounds if it brakes down after 13 months.

Canon Can..stick it
Arthur Robins

7:56 pm - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

#18 arthur robins

Slight mistake, I paid 325 for my G9..Im going to burst into tears.

artrobins.com

8:09 pm - Wednesday, March 17, 2010