Canon PowerShot G9 digital compact camera
"We want RAW" we called out simultaneously when the G7 was introduced. And we did get it with the Canon PowerShot G9, including some adjustments that aren't necessarily improvements, since I certainly did not ask for more pixels. Canon did well taking a second look at the hand-fit of the camera. A few small alterations improved it tremendously. Thankfully the designers left the unique operation and shape alone. The Canon G9 does look extremely beautiful and conquers the hearts of many photographers with its traditional looking operation.
Canon PowerShot G9 - Solid digital camera
Was I already satisfied with the G7; looking at the Canon G9, laying here in front of me, my photographer's heart starts beating faster. This feeling also comes from the solidness of the camera. The Canon G9 feels like a solid tool. It may not be the most compact or the lightest camera but the advantages outweigh this factor greatly. Once holding the camera in your hands, you feel the trustworthiness and the camera leaves a solid impression behind. Shooting with the Canon G9 is pleasant as long as you take in account a few caprices. The camera is not the fastest one so I advise you to work calmly. More so if you want to obtain the highest quality pictures. You can enjoy the beautiful monitor and the well thought-out operation although I am still not a real fan of the function button and the menu. This is my personal opinion and you may forget about it immediately!
Canon PowerShot G9 - Image quality
The fact that we are now able to store pictures in RAW is a blessing. Even with it costing more time, the image quality will enhance. You don't need to unpack the bundled software but preferably Photoshop or Lightroom. These programs will let you get the most out of your camera. It is a real pity Canon decided to put more pixels on the sensor of the PowerShot G9. This is one of the causes the image quality is less than expected. You should not use a value higher than ISO 400 and due to the limited dynamic range you have to carefully select the exposure and look at the type of lighting. You will have to use fill-in flash to prevent contrasts which you can now do wireless too with the ST-E2.
Canon G9 for the experienced photographer
Despite the fact that I think the image quality could have been better, the Canon G9 has convinced me. It is simply one of the best compact cameras at this moment, but you have to know very well what you are doing and you have to get used to the camera. The camera is not friends with everybody and an inexperienced photographer will not be able to apply the camera to the fullest. But personally I find it a great camera. A tool to always have on me wherever I go. The Canon G9 camera gives you the old-fashioned feeling of photographing requiring craftsmanship, both during and after capturing the moment. It is a camera for serious photographing and not for taking snapshots.
Canon PowerShot G9 - Excellent compact camera
The Canon PowerShot G9 is not the perfect compact camera but getting close. Maybe the Canon G10 will be it. We would like larger wide angle, less pixels (indeed you read it correctly!), improved RAW support and additional features such as wireless operation. Other than these items not much else has to be altered. For now I am very pleased with the Canon G9 and it's about time to go out again and start photographing with this camera. Are you coming?
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Canon PowerShot G9 - 4GB SD memory card
If you have read the preceding chapter really well, you will be convinced that shooting in RAW is the best thing to do. But it does influence the storage capacity. RAW files are quite large, with approximately 17 million pixels. Moreover, you can store in RAW and JPEG format at the same time so the camera will have to generate some 20MB! It might be obvious that you have to invest in memory cards too when purchasing the Canon G9. A 2GB card will suffice. However, I would certainly invest in a 4GB card, also because of the dropped prices nowadays. A fast memory card doesn't add a thing during photographing. An Ultra II card is fast enough and an Extreme III does not offer a lot more convenience other than speedier reading the card through the computer. The large files will be transferred to the computer quicker and the faster card will then come in handy.
Considering 4GB storage capacity:
RAW - 4000x3000 pixels - 17076KB - 108 pictures
RAW + JPEG - 4000x3000 pixels - 20160KB - 92 pictures
JPEG - Large - 4000x3000 pixels - 5208KB - 364 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 4000x3000 pixels - 3084KB - 620 pictures
JPEG - Small - 4000x3000 pixels - 1474KB - 1284 pictures
JPEG - Large - 3264x2448 pixels - 3436KB -556 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3264x2448 pixels - 2060KB - 924 pictures
JPEG - Small - 3264x2448 pixels - 980KB - 1916 pictures
JPEG - Large - 2592x1944 pixels - 2503KB -760 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 2592x1944 pixels - 1395KB - 1356 pictures
JPEG - Small - 2592x1944 pixels - 695KB - 2684 pictures
PEG - Large - 1600x1200 pixels - 1002KB - 1884 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 1600x1200 pixels - 558KB - 3356 pictures
JPEG - Small - 1600x1200 pixels - 278KB - 6360 pictures
JPEG - Large - 640x480 pixels - 249KB - 7108 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 640x480 pixels - 150KB - 10988 pictures
JPEG - Small - 640x480 pixels - 84KB - 172687 pictures
Video - 1024-x768 pixels - 15fps - 1963KB/sec - 15 min 48 sec
Video - 640x480 pixels - 30fps - 1963KB/sec - 15 min 48 sec
Video - 640x480 pixels - LP - 30fps - 1003KB/sec - 30 min
Video - 320x240 pixels - 30fps - 703KB/sec - 41 min 56 sec
Video - 160x120 pixels - 15fps - 131KB/sec - 201 min 24 sec