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Canon G9, is it the Daddy?

Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
7 Sep 2007 2:05AM
well with all this discussion of the 40D, I was just thinking maybe the G9 looks like a hot bit of compact kit. I've got a G7 and and an Ixus, never been entirely satisfied with either of them, the G7 is clunky and slow, and the NOISE at anything above ISO 100 is baad. The ixus is fast, but seems to lose lose detail with dynamic range.

So... the first of you to get hold of the G9, what do you think?

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mikesavage 15 299 2 England
7 Sep 2007 2:27AM
If the noise on the G7 was bad, then don't expect any improvement with the G9 - they've bumped the pixel count up from 10MP to 12MP haven't they?

Personally I think Canon are letting themselves down with the G-series, constantly upping the pixel count like that. It doesn't lead to a better camera or better photographs.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
7 Sep 2007 2:36AM
I don`t know Mike, don`t think the G9 will be any worse than any other prosumer. Remember its not just pixel count thats increasing, its processing power inproves as well.

Sus I`m still using a pro 1, noise gets pretty bad as you up the iso. Once you understand there limitations there capable of good results.
MeanGreeny 12 3.7k England
7 Sep 2007 8:45AM
Buy yourself a 2nd hand G6 or maybe a G3. Thats the two models that the Canon G series forum voted for [G7 was a 3rd] in terms of capability and image quality.
Brom 13 804 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 9:32AM
looks incredibly noisy at iso 400 god knows what it will be like at 1600
KatieR 14 6.2k 6
7 Sep 2007 10:48AM
Brom, is that something you saw in a review?
Jools_jti 12 257 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 11:09AM
I used to have a G5 and found it the best compact yet, the rotating screen for protection and the RAW option. Good to see RAW return with the G9 but am holding back yet, on getting one.
Assyrian 10 132 Scotland
7 Sep 2007 2:09PM
I just don't understand why there is still a pixel race on with compacts. It still happens with DSLR's too but to a lesser extent. It wasn't that long ago that the 8MP bridge cameras were being slated for the noise and general opinion seemed to hold that 6MP was enough for a compact. Now we're at 12MP.... I'd go for a D40 or similar instead and just use the scene modes.

I suppose the general market for compacts doesn't know too much about cameras and it doesn't help when they continually get told that more MP's means better quality in shops.
randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 2:14PM
I quite like to have the option of taking noisy pics. Smile
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
7 Sep 2007 2:37PM
Sorry, I meant I had a G6 not a G7, this is what I mean though, its highly rated, by everyone but me!

Agree about the pixels, but am hoping they have improved the processing as well.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
7 Sep 2007 9:00PM
I believe the processing has improved in the G9 somewhat, images from the older models often still clean up pretty well Smile
scapegoat 10 7
9 Sep 2007 11:28PM

Quote: Now we're at 12MP.... I'd go for a D40 or similar instead and just use the scene modes.

I agree the D40 is probably better value but its hardly compact. As I already have a 20d and a 5d
the G9 looks great as something I can keep with me at all times. So I've taken the plunge and ordered one. I'll report back when it arrives.
floreus 13 106 1
9 Sep 2007 11:33PM
I thught the same and ordered one too. 325 from amazon.co.uk (after cancelling my order at warehouse express 429!!!). Where have you ordered yours from and for how much as it's not too late to cancel the amazon order if it's cheaper elsewhere?
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
9 Sep 2007 11:36PM
I will probably get the 40D, or wait for some of the features to filter down to the 400D replacement (still love my 350D and its small size). But I can wait for that. I would really like a decent compact though.. interested to hear how you get on scapegoat.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
10 Sep 2007 12:11AM
These bridge camera`s do have there failing`s but make up in other respects.

Thats a pretty good price from Amazon Smile

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