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This review is from: Omron Walking Style II Pro Pedometer - Blue/Black (Camera)
Wow, I am going to have so much fun with my G9! It arrived 24 hours ago and I've barely had it switched off since. My new G9 is a companion to my dSLR; it's going to be great for taking more spontaneous, creative photographs in places where I simply wouldn't take my dSLR & equipment.
The first thing you notice when you take the G9 out of the box is its solid contruction. This is a very sturdy, well contructed camera. It's quite heavy (reassuringly so) and is too big to fit into a shirt or trouser pocket, but will easily slip into a jacket pocket. The G9 feels like it will last for years of pretty hardcore use.
I've been a Canon user for a few years, so I found the menu system and settings very easy even without reading the manual. If you're new to Canon, you'll see that the manual is very helpful and you'll be up to speed in no time.
The shots I've taken so far have been every bit what I hoped for: sharp where I want them to be sharp, with very good colour and contrast. Metering and exposure are mostly spot-on, with or without flash. Noise is a problem at ISO 800 and above, but no more so than with any other digital compact I've used; and with excellent image stabilisation, you can often keep the ISO to 400 or lower even in relatively low light. Focusing is fast and accurate, and I love the Face Detection!
I feel like I have much more control over how my images look than I've ever had with a digital compact before; this camera does precisely what you want it to do. But of course, if you're not in the mood for choosing all your own settings, it has some genuinely useful scene modes and automatic settings that do a lot of the hard work for you and still produce very good images.
The G9 is aimed at two types of photographer: SLR users who want a more portable alternative; and people who have already got to crips with the manual settings on their P&S camera who want a step-up without all the expense & fuss of lenses and other dSLR accessories. I strongly recommend the PowerShot G9 to both groups of consumers. Now I'm going back to play with mine!