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Canon PowerShot G9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1730 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and performance. The image quality and screen are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative reviews about the storage and features. The exposure and value for money get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot G9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot G9


The G9 has been hyped as the compact camera that professionals like to use. The biggest reason for this is that the G9 supports a host of professional lighting and strobing equipment that are usually found in professional DSLRs, and that it has a good...

The G9 is a good enthusiast level camera, but it's high price of Rs 29,999 (MRP) seems a bit unjustified, when you can get some great superzooms and even DSLRs for less. I don't mean to say the camera will disappoint you in any way – it has a good...

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Canon PowerShot G9


No need to lug a DSLR to every outing-the PowerShot G9 saves room in your beach bag for more sandwiches. The PowerShot G9 is a "prosumer" camera, neither fish nor fowl in a world that otherwise clearly defines point-and-shoot versus full DSLR. But...

Shoots RAW images. Highly configurable. Big features in a small package


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Canon PowerShot G9


Reliable image stabilization ; Handsome chassis ; RAW mode ; Lots of control options ; Superb image quality

Modest zoom range ; Expensive ; Near-useless optical viewfinder ; Confusing control menus


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Canon Powershot G9


Featuring class-leading 12.1-megapixels of resolution, the G9 has the ability to capture detailed images that allow enlargements up to poster size with cropping. A 6x optical zoom lens brings the photographer right into the action, and by incorporating...

The G9 comes equipped with 23 shooting modes, allowing for a several different photo preferences and conditions including Automatic, Manual, Shutter-speed-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and two Custom modes as well as special scene modes (like Portrait,...

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Canon PowerShot G9


Until the arrival of the G7 last September the majority of observers had written off Canon's 'prosumer' G range, presuming that the arrival of affordable digital SLRs had effectively killed the market for high-end compacts such as this. Barely a year...

Excellent resolution and respectable edge-to-edge sharpness across the zoom range ; Raw mode, Raw+JPEG option, surprisingly fast - and useful ; Classic 'rangefinder' styling looks great, fit & finish superb ; Marginally improved handling (better grip)...

Still missing some features 'G' users could once rely on: fast lens, vari-angle screen ; Although image quality is good, you'll only get the best results shooting raw ; Some shadow noise visible even at ISO 80, Noise Reduction effects start to creep in...

I should start by giving Canon a little credit for so quickly responding to at least some of the criticisms of the G7; the G9 may be a relatively minor upgrade but it does knock a few of the rough edges off its predecessor and - most importantly -...

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PowerShot G9


The Canon PowerShot G9, part of Canon's line of high-end compact digital cameras, was introduced a year after the G7 hit the market. The G9 boasts more resolution and added RAW shooting capability, as well as a new image processor, the Digic III, which...

Hot shoe ; Enormous LCD screen ; Retro design ; Lots of manual controls ; Optical image stabilization ; Image inspection tool ; Excellent color accuracy ; Great resolution ; Excellent videos for a digital camera

Inaccurate viewfinder ; Slow 1.5 fps Burst mode ; Heavy body ; Green AF assist lamp ; Unavailable optical zoom in videos ; Pokey autofocus system ; High noise levels ; Mediocre dynamic range

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The G9. Small. Powerful. Perfect.


Reminiscent of a pro-style compact rangefinder, this metal-cased 12.1-megapixel digi-snapper clearly intends to be much more than a simple point and shoot

Picture and video quality are outstanding. RAW capture is a boon to the pixel purist. Hot shoe for Canon's 580EX II pro flash increases versatility. Macro function focuses clearly down to 1 centimeter. Panorama mode can stitch together up to 26 frames....

LCD is so big, so sharp and so easy to see from any angle, it renders the optical viewfinder superfluous. Sheer breadth of modes, features and options is almost too staggering for a normal person to learn in a reasonable amount of time. Short, skinny...

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Canon PowerShot G9


No, you're not having déjà vu--the Canon PowerShot G9 is physically virtually identical to its predecessor, the G7 ; the sole differences are an optical viewfinder shrunk to make way for a larger 3-inch LCD and the lens ring and release button...

This digital camera has a cornucopia of features; it's zippy and built like a tank.

Relatively significant distortion at the widest angle of view; when zoomed out completely, lens intrudes into viewfinder; no optical zoom during movie capture.

The Canon PowerShot G9 is a solid enthusiast digital camera for those who want something compact to complement a dSLR.

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Canon PowerShot G9


Given the success of Canon's highly acclaimed G Series, it's no surprise that ambitious photographers have been eagerly anticipating the next model in its evolution. The wait has paid off handsomely with the introduction of the PowerShot G9. In image...

umer (26) ; Wireless (6) ; Hybrid (3) ; Webcam (3) ; Show more ; Maximum Resolution ; 3264 x 2448 pixels (59) ; 3072 x 2304 pixels (57) ; 2592 x 1944 pixels (34) ; 3648 x 2736 pixels (33) ; 2560 x 1920 pixels (29) ; 2048 x 1536 pixels (28) ; 2816 x...

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Canon PowerShot G9


You can find the PowerShot G9 where most Canon digital cameras are sold for a retail price of approximately $499 or less depending on the retailer. As this is such a unique and rare digital camera you can expect this retail price to be more than worth...

12.1 mega pixels6 x optical zoom lens3.0 inch LCDRaw modeHigh quality movie mode with sound

This easy to hold, compact digital camera by Canon offers the highest of...

Product Specifications

Given the success of Canon's highly acclaimed G Series, it's no surprise that ambitious photographers have been eagerly anticipating the next model in its evolution. The wait has paid off handsomely with the introduction of the PowerShot G9. In image quality and functionality, the G9 stands above the competition with 12.1 megapixels of resolution, a 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, and RAW mode for the ultimate in creative control. Sophisticated design and high-quality construction complement the technology and make the G9 a camera to be reckoned with.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-2LH

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS)
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / ND effect / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Stitch assist / Underwater/Aquarium / Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCardplus
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.8
Max Focal Length:44.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.4mm
Optical Zoom:6
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 mm ( 1/1.7 ) / 14.9 mm ( 1/1.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Accent / Color Swap / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / Neutral / Positive Film / Sepia / Vivid / Vivid Blue / Vivid Green / Vivid Red
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical