Canon Powershot G9 Review

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Canon Powershot G9




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Canon Powershot G9

The screen display for Auto mode. Icons indicate the ISO is set to Auto, Auto flash mode, single frame drive mode, Orientation is horizontal, Auto exposure mode, Battery level is full, Evaluative metering, image size is Large Superfine, OIS is enabled and there's space left on our SD card to take 257 more pictures.



Canon Powershot G9

Program AE mode is like Auto in that the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture values for correct exposure, but you now have access to a multitude of camera settings like ISO speed, White balance, metering, etc.



Canon Powershot G9

When you half-press the shutter release, you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) has achieved a focus lock. The green "glow" is from the Focus assist lamp, that doubles as the red-eye reduction lamp (when enabled via the record menu.)



Canon Powershot G9

In Tv (Shutter-speed priority) mode you select the shutter speed (from 1/2000 to 15 seconds) and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture value. Faster shutter speeds will "freeze" fast-moving subjects, slower speeds will let you pan with a fast-moving object and blur the background, or hold the camera steady and give moving objects that "motion blur" look.



Canon Powershot G9

In Av (Aperture priority AE) mode you select the aperture value (from F2.8 to F8.0) and the camera will automatically select the proper shutter speed. Selecting the aperture allows you to control depth of field (focus range), smaller numbers yield less depth of field, larger numbers yield more.



Canon Powershot G9

Program AE, Tv, Av and Manual mode Function options:


    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater (when used with the optional housing) and Custom (1/2) one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
    Bracketing - Off, AE bracketing, Focus bracketing
    Flash intensity - Adjusts flash power ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
    Metering - Evaluative, Center weighted Avg., Spot
    ND Filter - On/Off
    Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Image Resolution 4000x3000 (Large), 3264x2448 (Medium 1), 2592x1944 (Medium 2), 1600x1200 (Medium 3), 640x480 (Small), 4000x2248 (Widescreen), RAW (4000x3000)




Canon Powershot G9

In Manual mode you have complete control, selecting both the shutter speed and the aperture values. All Menu options and camera settings are the same as Program AE, Tv, Av, etc.



Canon Powershot G9

Program AE, Tv, Av and Manual mode MENU options:

    AF Frame - FlexiZone, Face Detect or AiAF
    Flash Control - Adjust Flash Exposure comp., Shutter Sync., Sow Synchro, and Safety FE
    Digital Zoom - Off, 1.5x, 2.0x, Standard
    Red-eye - Reduction: On or Off
    Safety FE - On or Off
    Self-timer - Choose delay and number of shots (like interval shooting)
    Spot AE Point - Center or AF point
    Auto ISO Shift - Off, Print/Share Button or On
    MF-Point Zoom - On = Enlarge focus point during manual focus
    Safety MF - On or Off
    AF Mode - Continuous or Single
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Review - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Review Info - Off, Detailed or Focus Check
    Record RAW+JPEG - Record RAW and Large Fine images simultaneously
    Auto Category - On or Off
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot only, Panning, Off
    Converter - None, WC-DC58B, TC-DC58C
    Custom Display - Customize the camera's display (Shooting info, Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Histogram
    Set Shortcut Button - Choose the function of the Shortcut button
    Save Settings - Saves current settings to Custom 1 or 2 on the mode dial




Canon Powershot G9

When in manual focus mode you'll see this onscreen distance gauge and if selected in the menu, the active focus point is enlarged for critical focusing.



Canon Powershot G9

The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from 0.39 in. to 1.6 ft. (1 - 50cm) at wide angle.



Canon Powershot A540

The SCN (Scene) position on the Mode Dial gains access to Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap. These modes are pre-programmed to give you the best possible pictures for particular shooting situations.



Canon Powershot G9

The StitchAssist Panorama mode aids you via on-screen prompts to achieve the proper overlap of sequential photos for later "stitching" with the PhotoStitch program. You can capture up to 26 images in either left-to-right or right-to-left orientation. After the first picture is taken the white balance and exposure is locked until you exit the StitchAssist mode.   Use of a tripod is highly recommended. Because the G9 does not output video when using this mode, we used this screen capture from our PowerShot S400 Digital ElPH review.



Canon Powershot A540

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions and frame rates. The G9 is one of several PowerShot models to feature an XGA (1024x768) 15fps movie mode. Standard movies can be recorded at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 with a frame rate of 30fps. Compact movies are recorded at a resolution of 160x120 with a frame rate of 15 fps. You can also choose Color Swap or Color Accent to add a little creativity to your video clips. These clips are captured in Motion JPEG format and saved as AVI files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.



Canon Powershot G9

Movie mode recording options in standard:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater (when used with the optional housing) Custom (1/2) one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
    ND Filter - On or Off
    Movie Size: 640x480 (30fpd), 640x480 LP (30fps) or 320x240 (30fps)




Canon Powershot G9

Movie mode Menu options:

    Digital Zoom - Standard or Off
    Safety MF - On or Off
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Auto Category - On or Off
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot only, Panning, Off
    Converter - None, WC-DC58B, TC-DC58C
    Custom Display - Customize the camera's display (Shooting info, Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Histogram
    Set Shortcut Button - Choose the function of the Shortcut button




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