|Return to Article Index||E-Mail this Article to a friend|
This article was written by PopPhoto.com, the online home of Popular Photography & Imaging and American Photo magazines. By combining reviews from the respected and powerful equipment testing lab of the country’s largest imaging magazine with beautiful, inspirational work from today’s top photography talent, PopPhoto.com is a unique destination for photo enthusiasts.
CAMERA TEST: CANON POWERSHOT G9
Put the new 12.1 megapixel Canon PowerShot G9 next to the 10 megapixel PowerShot G7 it replaces. Now stick a piece of gaffer's tape over the model number. You'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart. The two digital cameras are virtually identical on the outside. Same optically stabilized 35-210 f/2.8-4.8 6x zoom lens (35mm equivalent), same hotshoe, similar optical viewfinder, slightly bigger 3-inch wide view LCD, but pretty close to identical all around.
On the other hand, there are some really cool new features on the new G9:
So what have we got? We've got a great-looking advanced compact camera, with full manual controls and RAW capture that can sync with Canon EX-series hotshoes at 1/250 second (normal sync) plus high-speed sync up to 1/2500 second. It can also shoot in 16:9 aspect ratio, and capture video at up to 640 x 480 px at 30fps or 1024 x 768 px @15fps. The microphone also has a digital wind filter function for outdoor shoots. Oh, and it's not just a still and compact video camera -- the G9 can also be used as a digital audio recorder.
For our Pop Photo Lab Tests, we captured images in RAW and Large, Superfine JPEG simultaneously. The CR2 files were converted in Canon ZoomBrowser's (called ImageBrowser on Macs) RAW Utility twice: once with Adaptive Noise control set to 0 (none/RAW0), and again with Adaptive Noise control set to 10 (maximum/RAW10). We like what we see! Adaptive Noise, particularly at middle and high ISOs, does a great job in smoothing noise, with only marginal resolution loss (less that 1% at ISOs 80 and 800).
What's not to love about a pocketable camera with a 6x Optically Image Stabilized lens, RAW+ JPEG capture with a cool new RAW converter, rock-solid build, full manual controls, spot, average or evaluative metering, advanced Face Detection technologies, EX-series x-sync hotshoe, time-lapse movie mode and more? Nothing fatal, but there are some eccentricities with this camera that have us scratching our heads.
The Bottom Line
Color space sRGB
Battery and Power
Body & Dimensions
All specifications on this document are based on Canon, Inc’s standard test method.
Copyright © 2007 PopPhoto.com, a division of Hachette Filipacchi Media, U.S., Inc.