Canon PowerShot G9 X Review

November 12, 2015 | Amy Davies |


Once again Canon has produced a very appealing compact camera for those looking for something which is pocket friendly but retains many of the high quality features which something bigger and more advanced has.

The fact that the Canon PowerShot G9 X uses the same sensor as the highly praised G7 X is good news. A one-inch sensor in something so small and neat is not easily achieved however, and as such there is a compromise in the focal length of the lens. However, the 3x optical zoom gives you a little bit of flexibility, and is enough for landscapes, portraits and macro subjects.

Ideal for those who already have some experience with using advanced modes, such as aperture priority, there's also a good auto mode which beginners will also find appealing. The Creative Shot and Hybrid Auto is also likely to find favour with such an audience.

Using the Canon PowerShot G9 X's inbuilt Wi-Fi is quick and easy, and gives you a work around for the fact that, unlike the G7 X, the G9 X does not have a tilting or articulating screen which you can use for self-portraits and the like.

Talking of the screen, it's nice and responsive, but if you're of the mindset that buttons are better than it will probably take some convincing that the G9 X is for you as almost all of the operation takes place via the touchscreen - with some options not available via any other means.

Image quality is great - as expected - but the overall experience suffers a little in comparison with the G7 X as the lens has a wider overall aperture range. If therefore you find yourself often shooting in low light situations, then the G7 X may be a better option.

For the moment at least, you can actually pick up the G7 X for slightly less than the G9 X. The Canon PowerShot G9 X is more appealing if you're looking for something extremely small, but otherwise, until the price drops, again it might be the G7 X which wins out...

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4