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5.0 out of 5 stars The best compact I have ever used, 9 Oct 2007
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot G9 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 6x Optical Zoom) 3.0" LCD (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I use professional Nikon DSLRs, and like other people, wanted a small camera I could put in my pocket when I travel light. I travel a lot, and I have bought maybe five or six compact digitals over the last few years, hoping to find one which really filled my need. The Canon G9 looked and felt right as soon as I got it out of the box, and I was just hoping that it's image quality lived up to it's appearance. It does. It is much much better than any other compact I have used. The manual controls are excellent, the handling is very comfortable, and the operation is very well thought-out. I really enjoy using this little camera. The image quality is excellent, if not as good as that of my Nikon DSLRs. I did consider the Nikon P5100 compact (and I have not used one, so it might be superb!), but I decided to go for the Canon based on exhaustive trawling of forums and reviews by people who had used both cameras. It seemed to me that most people thought the image quality on both was good, that the grip on the Nikon was better, and the controls on the Canon were better. The Canon G9 has RAW as well as JPG, which is a big plus. I find that the low-light performance of the G9 is great - it really TRIES to get a decent picture! It will end up a bit grainy (noisy) if the light is really poor, but it does a good job in situations where you would need 3000 quid's worth of DSLR and lens to get a better picture. The build quality is excellent as well - some people have commented that it is a bit heavy, but I find it hefts very comfortably and FEELS like a decent bit of kit. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2008 13:13:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Aug 2008 13:14:53 BDT
Howard Perks says:
I am tempted to buy a G9 as I currently have a G7 which I love except for three things. Firstly it won't save images as RAW files, but the G9 does. Secondly, when using a high ISO for low light situations the grain is pretty grim. I hope there is some improvement in the new model. My third reservation about the G7 is that the optical viewfinder is horribly inaccurate at all focal lengths, rendering almost unusable. Images tightly framed in the viewfinder all have to be cropped and re-framed afterwards. No real problem but it does waste pixels, and means every image has to be edited. If you want a camera to use Leica style with your eye to the viewfinder, I'd make sure to check this particular feature before buying the G9. In all other aspects the G7 is superb.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2009 16:02:39 BDT
1Beard says:
It is slow when compared to an SLR.

If you used a 35mm compact camera in the past then when you pressed the shutter it took the photo instantly just like a 35mm SLR.

These Digital cameras are capable of that too and one would expect for the price of the G range whether it be G7 G8 G9 or G10 they should react as fast as an SLR.

Go and look at a 35mm camera disposable, compact or SLR. They all take the picture the moment you press the shutter button.

Canon COULD have made the G series do exactly that but they didn't which make them very very average to use.

IMHO

Could be Much better
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