Canon Powershot G9 Review

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Canon Powershot G9

Review posted 10/12/2007



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Canon's PowerShot G9 offers serious shooters and value-minded professionals a feature-packed camera with many of the advanced photographic capabilities of a high-end Digital SLR camera, in a lightweight, compact package at an affordable price. The G9 features the same matte black, retro design that G-series fans have come to appreciate, with a simplified control layout that is versatile yet easy to understand. This camera is loaded with Canon's latest and most advanced technologies, while raising the bar with the addition of RAW Mode, usually reserved for larger and more expensive SLR cameras. Advanced photographers also have the option of using RAW+JPEG simultaneous capture functionality, giving photographers the best of both worlds - JPEGs for immediate use and RAW images for faithful image reproduction, and extensive, non-destructive image editing capability.

Featuring class-leading 12.1-megapixels of resolution, the G9 has the ability to capture detailed images that allow enlargements up to poster size with cropping. A 6x optical zoom lens brings the photographer right into the action, and by incorporating Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), excellent-quality images are assured in situations prone to camera shake and image blurring. Photographers will find it quick and easy to review and compare photos for printing with Canon's Image Inspection Tool. And, because Image Inspection is now linked with Advanced Face Detection technology, they can save considerable time while reviewing, because the main subject is automatically detected and enlarged, eliminating the need to zoom and scroll manually, while at the same time making it simple to determine if facial expressions are pleasing before moving on to the next photo.

The G9 comes equipped with 23 shooting modes, allowing for a several different photo preferences and conditions including Automatic, Manual, Shutter-speed-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and two Custom modes as well as special scene modes (like Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Indoor, Beach, Snow, etc.) With a new large, three-inch PureColor LCD II screen and easy-to-access ISO and manual mode dials, customized shooting, reviewing and menu adjustments are especially convenient. The PowerShot G9 is also compatible with optional high-quality Canon wide-angle, telephoto and macro supplementary lenses, as well as EOS Speedlite flash units and a waterproof case rated to a depth of 40 meters/130 feet, further extending this models versatility.

The "brain" of this new PowerShot camera is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including faster start- up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long-lag competitors in the dust. The DIGIC III chip design improves image quality and offers more efficient power consumption, resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

With Canon's new Genuine Face Detection technology, the camera can detect, lock-on and track up to nine forward-looking human faces in a scene. The Face Detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon's Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to ensure the best possible results. Using Canon's Face Detection, photographers can keep up to nine faces in focus at any one time no matter where they are within the image.

The G9 also introduces an exclusive new function called Face Select and Track. With this feature, when multiple faces are detected, photographers can select any individual face they want the camera to specifically track and be a primary focus. This feature is ideal for many shooting situations such as birthday parties or graduation ceremonies, where many people are present, but the photographer is primarily interested in just one of them. Working in concert with Face Detection, the G9's "Red-Eye Correction" feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. Images can be corrected automatically or manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. All in all, Canon's new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture-taking moments, helping users ensure in-focus smiles, and assisting in the elimination of over-exposed faces.

The extended zoom range of the PowerShot G9 camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest hand-held shake is magnified to picture-blurring proportions. Superior to electronic image stabilization systems that simply use software to mask movement, OIS actually shifts the lens proportionately to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images. The OIS found in Canon PowerShot digital cameras is based on technology developed for Canon's renowned high-end professional SLR cameras.

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low light conditions without a flash.

All Canon PowerShot digital cameras work seamlessly with Canon's compact photo printers to deliver stunning high-quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer, press the Print/Share button, and moments later a brilliant, borderless 4" x 6" print begins to emerge; it's that simple. Canon's compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease- of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.


Powershot G9 Features:

  • 12 Megapixel CCD imager for up to 4000x3000 pixel images
  • 6x optical 35-210mm f/2.8-4.8 zoom, 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-Shift type optical image stabilization system
  • 3.0" high resolution color LCD with up to 10x playback zoom
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, and Custom exposure modes
  • 16 Pre-programmed creative scene modes for specific shooting situations
  • Movie mode w/sound at resolutions of 1024x768 (15fps), 640x480 or 320x240 (30fps)
  • 1.5fps Continuous burst capture of Large/Fine images
  • Evaluative, Center-weighted or Spot metering options (fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame)
  • Stitch Assist mode for perfect panoramas
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets or Custom
  • Orientation sensor that automatically detects vertical or horizontal shooting
  • Light-guide zoom flash, angle changes with focal length
  • Hot shoe accommodates Canon Speedlites
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Selectable ISO settings from 80 to 1600 (3200 using special scene mode)
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Sound recorder stores up to two hours of voice memo
  • Powered by Canon NB-2LH 7.4v 740 mAh Li-ion battery pack
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compatible
  • USB 2.0 high-speed connectivity for PC and Mac
  • SDHC/SD/MMC/MMC Plus compatibility, 32MB card supplied
  • Optional wide angle and telephoto lens adapters
  • Optional High-Power Flash HF-DC1
  • Optional Waterproof Housing WP-DC21


The PowerShot G9 camera kit includes: Lithium Battery Pack NB-2LH, Battery Charger CB-2LW, MMC Plus Card MMC-32MH, Neck Strap NS-DC6, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV and Cable AVC-DC300.

The Canon PowerShot G9 is available now for estimated selling prices of US$499.99.

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The G9 compared to an average CD disc.





Canon Powershot G9

Canon's 12-megapixel models for 2007, the G9 and the A650 IS.





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Powershot G9 Specifications
Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 6x Optical / 4x Digital / 24x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Capture Device
Type
12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Lens
Focal Length
7.4-44.4mm f/2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)
Digital Zoom
4x
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro: 0.39 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinders
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor
3.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/2000 sec. (settable in Tv and M modes)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*
* Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2
Flash
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
Flash Range
1.0-13 ft./30cm-4.0m (W), 1.6-8.2 ft./50cm-2.5m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
12 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Self-Timer
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control
Not available
Continuous Shooting
Normal: approx. 1.5 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
Image Storage
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression
Normal, Fine, SuperFine, RAW
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 3,264 x 2,448 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,000 x 2,248 (Widescreen)
Movie: 1024 x 768 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 640 x 480 (2 hours at 0.5 fps/1 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes, 160 x 120 (3 minutes at 15 fps)
Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW playback, Resize, Image Inspection Tool
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Interfaces
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
NTSC/PAL
Audio Out
Monaural
Other
SD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Supply
Power Source
1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-2LH
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 240 shots (NB-2LH/LCD on)* approx. 600 shots (NB-2LH/LCD off)
* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used
Playback Time
Approx. 300 min. (NB-2LH)
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature
32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity
10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.19 x 2.83 x 1.67 in. / 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5mm
Weight
Approx. 11.29 oz. / 320g (camera body only)




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