Canon PowerShot G9 X Review

Preview posted 10/12/2015 by Michael Palmer
Full review posted 12/9/2015 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • Scene Recognition and Program modes are accurate and produce pleasing images
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • DIGIC 6 image processor helps produce 6.35fps burst capture
  • Captures pleasing exposures, with good color
  • Intelligent IS helps keep the camera steady in low-light conditions
  • 3.0-inch touch LCD is a pleasure to shoot with an operate
  • Excellent shooting performance
  • Built-in WiFi is easy to use and convenient
  • Good video quality with smooth playback
  • Some noticeable noise in all images, which is surprising considering the larger image sensor
  • Lack of 4-way controller slows the changing of camera settings
  • Not able to choose a single creative shooting mode
  • Built-in flash charges very slowly, slowing the shooting process in low-light
  • Very limited battery life for a $500+ camera
Bottom Line
The Canon PowerShot G9 X is an ultra-compact and powerful digicam that goes beyond that of a standard point-n-shoot. Featuring a larger sensor, low-light lens, and powerful processor (HS System); this may be one of the nicest compact cameras you will get your hands on; assuming you can live with a little noise. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
In late 2015, Canon announced two new 2015 entries to its powerful G-series line of compact point-and-shoot cameras; the PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X. The Canon PowerShot G9 X boasts a 20.2-megapixel high sensitivity CMOS image sensor mated to the DIGIC 6 image processor as well as 3x (28-84mm) optical zoom lens with an f/2.0 - f/4.9 range of maximum apertures. The G9 X is capable of recording Full HD 1080p videos at up to 60 frames per second, and has an ISO range of 125 to 12,800.

The G9 X also boasts a control ring mounted around the lens bezel, a 3.0" touchscreen LCD display, Wi-Fi & NFC capability, intelligent image stabilization, a new Star Mode that focuses on capturing the heavens at night, a built-in pop-up flash, and a top mounted exposure mode dial.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Features:
  • 20.2 MP High Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 3x optical zoom lens
    • f/2.0 - f/4.9
    • 28-84mm equivalent
  • Canon Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS)
  • ISO 125 - 12,800
  • Wi-Fi & NFC
  • Compatible with Canon Camera Connect App
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording @ 24, 30, or 60p
  • Star Mode
  • Stair Trails
  • Star Time-Lapse Movie
  • 6fps Continuous Shooting
  • 3.0" LCD touch-screen display
  • Customizable lens-mounted Control Ring
  • Full Manual
  • RAW + JPEG image capture
  • Built-in ND Filter

The Canon PowerShot G9 X is available in all black or a silver-gray body with a brown stitch leather accents -- for a $529.99 MSRP. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot G9 X
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC12
  • Battery Pack NB-13L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LH

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