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Canon PowerShot G9 | Digital Camera Review | Control
As far as operation is concerned on the Canon PowerShot G9 it is similar to operating a traditional camera and I must admit that I like it a lot. Naturally the Canon G9 is a digital compact camera but it is quite convenient that it doesn't look like one. It makes photographing less apparent. As a photographer you want to do your job without being noticed. And at the same time as a user you can work fast and simple with this camera. An ideal combination, right?
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Canon PowerShot G9 - Four-way controller & Function button
The buttons on the Canon G9 are small but still easy to operate. It might be more difficult with gloves on since the cold days are coming again. The command dial with integrated four-way controller and Function button has been redesigned. The buttons are now placed in three levels which improves the ease of use. By the way, I still have to get used to pressing the Function button to change a setting but that might be due to the fact that I mainly work with D-SLR cameras.

Canon G9 - Focussing & Face detection
Although the lens has to slide out, the Canon PowerShot G9 starts up very quickly. After a mere second the camera is ready to take its first picture; great achievement. Focussing happens reasonably fast too, depending on how focus is set. Personally I mainly use the centre point which works the fastest. But even then you will notice the camera's difficulties of focussing in dimly lit situations. Using the assist lamp helps but it is a rather sharp beam you send into space. Not really that pleasant if you are capturing people or animals. When photographing people you can turn on face detection. The Canon G9 performs well on this field. Still I am a person who would not use this function too often. It is like gambling to me and I prefer to keep things under control. But it's a feature worth playing with.

Canon PowerShot G9 - Shutter release lag
One minus of the Canon PowerShot G9 is the shutter release lag that occurs mainly in combination with the use of the LCD monitor. It is significant although not as much as it used to be and nothing compared to a few years ago. Still at times it is annoying most certainly when taking action pictures. Deactivating the LCD screen already makes a difference.
Canon G9 - Fastness of the camera
After taking a high resolution picture you have to wait before you can make the next one. And certainly when you are shooting in high quality and in RAW. Still you should not take this too seriously because the Canon G9 is currently the only compact camera with RAW format with which you can work fast. A Ricoh or Panasonic lets you wait a couple of seconds; the G9 lets you take the next picture within the second. And that is very impressive for a compact camera. Naturally you can't compare a camera like this with the speeds of a DSLR, for example the EOS 40D.

Canon PowerShot G9 - 3" LCD monitor
I am very impressed by the LCD monitor on the G9. The size is excellent but maybe it requires some more pixels. I have seen VGA resolution on a 3-inch screen on the Sony Alpha 700 and this would look good on the Canon G9 too. But I don't want to push things and the LCD monitor of the Canon G9 certainly is excellent to work with. Sharpness if fine although colours look somewhat too saturated compared to what you will finally see on your calibrated computer screen. What makes the monitor of the Canon PowerShot G9 camera especially beautiful is the angle of view. You can even look at it from an angle of 180 degrees. The view is not that good because the angle is kind of weird but you are able to see everything. Canon claims that a vari-angle monitor is not necessary anymore because of this. I don't agree with that but I must admit that the LCD monitor is of outstanding quality.
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