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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2008
I can only add my voice to the chorus. I liked this camera already reading the specs, and I loved it the moment I got it in my hands. It is solid, fast, elegant, easy to use, flexible (going from completely manual to automatic). The pictures it takes are really good quality. I cannot spend enough time talking about the results with the macro, since I got this camera I took pictures of every flower I could find on my path (even in Manchester city centre!). I could shoot my friend performances in semi darkness with higher level of ISO and/or regulating the intensity of the flash light to a minimum to minimize disturbance. The camera movement correction is really good, infact shooting free hand with long times still gives good results but the camera warns you that you are risking it. For the non purist there are color controls that allow you to shoot in B&W, sepia or accentuating different primary colors and light controls that allow to remove overtones introduced by surrounding lights. There are 3 different ways of focusing from face-recognition to manual focus. It can shoot an indefinite number of pictures....

I think that the description "even if you are an amateur you'll want to take better pictures with this camera" is absolutely centred. It did it for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2008
I bought mine about a couple of weeks ago and found that it was pretty much as described by others; substantial in build and easy to operate. I bought this to compensate for the limitations of my four year old 4megapixel Ixus which still gives excellent service.

I am not a skilled photographer and have only just begun to explore the manual settings. I have no idea what RAW is either! So far then I have taken the camera with me on holiday to Barbados and used it almost exclusively in the full auto setting. I accept that many purchasers will want a lot more from this camera than that and no doubt in time so will I. However, it is worth noting that in the full auto setting this camera produces staggering quality images that have pleased me no end and although this is a camera intended perhaps for those who want to go a lot further it is nevertheless not, in my view, a camera that should be discounted by those who just want hassle-free high quality snaps - the only downside of that perhaps being the size which is obviously a fair bit bigger than the average Ixus for example.

Good bits include the large and really clear screen and the fact that you can hit the 'on' switch and be taking a photo within a second - really impressive.The facial recognition software is really impressive and produces good portraits. The battery life is good and it takes about an hour and three quarters to charge which is not too bad at all - it also comes with a two pin cable for the charger as well as the UK three pin.

Not so good would be the fact that it could be better with a strong wrist strap rather than a neck strap - personal view of course. Also is the rather bizarre Canon tendency to supply a 32MB card with the camera - that goes straight in the bin. I replaced this with an extreme 3 4GB card which at maximum resolution gives about 700 photos.

I look forward to exploring this camera further and I know that it will aid my development as a photographer. For anyone who never wants to progress beyond point and shoot then a new Ixus or similar would probably be better but for those, like me, taking tenuous steps towards gaining more photography skills whilst still weanting really good photos along the way then this is a cracking camera.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2007
I own a Nikon DSLR and decided to get this for a walk around. It does what it says it does, though I do miss the smaller size of the excellent Casio exilim zoom series. You don't forget you have this camera in your pocket if you manage to get it in there.
The main purpose in leaving a review is to state that this camera is tough - within 4 hours of receiving it it fell about from about 1.5m out of my bag (don't ask) onto concrete, landing on a corner of the case. It left a small dent and scratch, but remained fully functional (as did my Nikon D80).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2008
What can I say, this is a fantasic camera. I've had other Canon products which have felt a bit flimsy and "cheap", but that ertainly doesn't apply to the G9. It's a good weight, not too heavy that you can't hold it for a hour shoot but not too light that it feels like it could break at any moment.
I bought a 8gb SDHC card with this, and it holds 1499 photos at the highest settings (Superfine, 4000*3000) or 64 minutes of high resolution video. You get a 32mb mmc card with the camera which only hold 5 photos at the highest quality so I suggest buying another SD card.
It really does what it says on the tin, there's so many settings you can get really creative. The sotware it comes with it is surprisingly good, many editing features and has a neat function of showing you the settings the camera was on when each picture was taken.
This has all professional features of much more expensive DSLR's, but in a smaller, less obtrusive package. For the price (£282 wheen I bought)this is the best you can get.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2007
I have been using the G9 for a month or two now and can say I quite impressed with it's quality. Like others I own a couple of professional DSLR's and needed a compact point & shoot for when I didn't want to lug the big cameras around. All I can say is that the DSLR's have stayed in their bags a lot lately!
1) Image quality is good- the lens is excelent litte or no chromatic abberation (colour fringing) and excelent for macro work.
2) The CCD is good- the only artifacts I've seen have been introduced by the jpeg compression algorithms (banding in dark areas). Avoid this by shooting RAW.
3) ISO settings- use the lowest ISO where possible- like all digital cameras the G9 starts to get noisy over 400 ISO. I'd rather shoot at 80 or 100 and use a tripod.
4) RAW shooting mode lets you get the best out of this camera- use it for all your critical shots.
5) Accessories- I love the hotshoe flash (the built in flash is not good for real close macro shots). The bayonet style adapter on the front is also good for attaching filters and other add-ons.

Well done Canon!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2008
I have had the camera now for 5 months and can say the pictures are stunning. Quick start up and high auto shutter setting mean I can catch my kids without having to get blurred shots all the time. However, one issue only on build quality which was the ink on the dials coming off with general use and sweat. Sent it back to canon uk for a repair under warranty and waiting for its return. other than that its a real special piece of kit. Watch out for the dials though if you think ink is coming off send it in quick for replacement dials.....
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2008
I've had my G9 for 2 months now and have had no quality problems whatsoever. Love that it's the perfect size. Stunned by the wonderfully robust metal build and the amazing screen, which performs very well even in bright sunlight.

The G9 switches on quickly, focuses fast and takes the photo the instant you press the button.
The image stabilisation is effective, which I've found especially helpful for taking pics indoors in poor light without the flash.
The macro couldn't be better.

The auto setting works well, but it is very quick and easy to make manual adjustments. Buttons for focus mode, shutter speed, macro, manual focus, flash and shot mode (self timer, burst mode etc) all fall under the right thumb. Jab the button then cycle round to the desired option using the selector wheel. It is much simpler than it sounds, only takes a few seconds and you see the effect immediately on the screen. Other less frequently used options are accessed through the menu, but this is logical and easily understood.

The dial on the top for switching between photo/ video etc has two spare positions for the user to set up their own custom settings.

Maximum picture size is 12MP 4000x3000. Maximum video size is 1024x768 @ 15f/s. Picture quality is amazing with the exception of a bit of motion blur if something moves quickly. Sound quality is good but a slight hum is noticeable if there isn't much sound on the recording. Videos can continue recording until the memory is full. Time-lapse movie mode is 640x480 which is recorded at either 1 or 2f/s and played back at 15f/s.

Minor downers:
The battery is some weird camcorder style thing, takes an hour and a half to charge, but it does last ages.
No DC input socket - you have to buy a specific adapter from Canon.
Record time for time-lapse mode is maximum 2 hours irrespective of memory card size.
No remote control option.

Stuff other reviewers wouldn't tell you:
The focus system fires a borgish green light - it can though be disabled if you want to take a sneaky shot. You can replace all the camera sounds with your own. It's matt black so you can cover the labels with electrical tape.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2008
This has been an excellent buy for us. We had toyed with the idea of buying a Digital SLR and had done all the research but read an article by a professional photographer who said that he used his SLR for work and a G9 all the rest of the time. It is easy to use and above all relatively compact. The electronic zoom is excellent. It may seem quite expensive but we think it is worth it
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2007
i wanted something with SLR features but not with the bulk, so along comes this camera , the quality of pictures are amazeing, ive had sony cameras & have been satisfied with the rusults but their not in the same league as canon, their are to many features to mention, also the build has a great feel of quality gives you a nice sense of possesion. get one , you wont be dissapointed
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2008
I've had loads of cameras - Mamiya medium format, Nikon F90x,F65,D70s,coolpix 2100 Canon Eos400n etc.... and I can honestly say that this is the best value camera I have ever had. Fairly easy to handle, good battery life and most importantly excellent quality pictures. With digital compacts the quality limiting feature is always going to be the lens - you could put 100 megapixels behind a poor lens and the outcome would be a poor picture. This camera, however, has a very adequate lens and so the 12 megapixel sensor is not wasted. At ISO 80 and stopped down the canon produces pictures as fine as my nikon D70s at f8 with a 50mm prime lens. I'm actually quite annoyed - its made my nikon dSLR obsolete!
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