Canon PowerShot G9

Canon PowerShot G9 is a new addition to their “G” models. Canon’s “G” models have been quite popular among photographers who want relatively affordable digital cameras for general use with SLR like performance. Canon G9 has some similar as well new features added to it in comparison to its predecessors, making it a top of the line camera.

Canon’s G7 has now been replaced by the G9 which includes an increase in the pixel count from 10MP to 12.1MP, the screen size from 2.5 to 3.0 inches and the ‘Raw Mode’ that take you back in the SLR age. The G9 now comes with an enhanced face detection capability and red-eye correction in the playback itself. The camera has 25 shooting modes including full manual control and 2 custom settings.

The Real-image optical zoom viewfinder is rather tinier than most other P&S cameras, but even a small one is better than not having one at all. The LCD display boasts a 230,000 pixel screen resolution with two modes, Large (4000 x 3000) and Wide (4000 x 2248). The orientation sensor in the camera is one of the best you can find as it automatically adjusts the image on the screen for vertical orientation almost instantaneously. The White Balance has 10 settings that include Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1 and Custom 2.

The zooming feature is swift and smooth with minimal clatter and can zoom up to 6X. The G9’s DIGIC III driven 9-point AiAF (Advanced intelligent Auto Focus) system is very fast and consistently accurate for automatically analyzing the scene in front of the lens and precisely calculating the subject distance. The camera also has a continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 1.5 shots per second. The multi-mode Auto Flash provides a variety of lighting options. All these added features have improved the image quality evidently better than the G7.

The G9 uses SD, SDMC or MMC memory cards and comes with a standard USB 2.0 and Audio/Video connectivity. The weight of 320 grams is on a slightly heavier side especially since the mini-handgrip of the camera has lowered the stability. The outer body is a rugged aluminum with beautiful leather-tine coating. Overall, the G9 has a very few shortcomings, but compared to the other cameras in its class, one has to admit that the features cannot get any better.

The more powerful technology, features and a cheaper price should be enough to entice you to purchase the G9 without a second thought

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