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Canon G9, is it the Daddy?

18 Sep 2007 9:23PM
I asked a Canon rep about the forthcoming possibility of a G series camera with an APS-C sensor he said it was on the cards. But gave no indication as to when. Could be another 2 to 3yrs.

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Little Jo Plus
14 2.3k United Kingdom
18 Sep 2007 9:39PM
The reason I haven't replaced the G3 is that later models had higher pixel counts, but lacked noise control and image quality. Just because I may want to 'travel light' on occasion doesn't mean I want noisy photos afflicted with chromatic abberation.

I suppose I'm after a competant compact with good AF, plenty of manual control, compatibility with my Canon flashguns, with good image quality. I await the verdict of other members before parting with my cash.

domhenry 8 111 England
19 Sep 2007 12:16AM
Having had a good old fiddle with it here are some G9 points for you to consider when fingering your cash:

> Annoyingly no printed manual, it comes as a pdf on a CD
> High ISOs e.g. 800 / 1600 / 3200 are exceedingly noisy
> SRGB only, Adobe RGB would have been nice
> You'll definitely need the bayonet fit WA attachment if you're into landscapes that 38-200 equiv zoom really won't be wide enough for you.
> The camera view mode syncs oddly with flourescent strip lighting, causing the subject to pulse gently on screen

> Great build quality, all alloy frame
> Oodles of preset scene options selectable via SCN on the dial
> Really pleased with the 1cm Macro results!
> Image stabiliser works a treat, you'd be amazed at the shutter speeds you can get away with
> minimum aperture of f8 is in practice not that bad for distance, seems compacts are a different kettle of fish from 35mm so f22 etc doesn't really compare
> 2nd curtain option on the flash works with my speedlights, hurrah!

I'm pleased with it, feels nice to use with it's classic styling, a well thought out interface and great for fairly well lit conditions, not good in very murky ones though.

The daylight daddy.
Sus 11 3.2k 9 England
19 Sep 2007 12:32AM
It seems as though high ISOs are a failing in many of these compact cameras. They promise the earth... then don't quite deliver. Is that the high pixel count or the small sensor size to blame I wonder?

Still looks like a good buy,
Little Jo Plus
14 2.3k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2007 11:38AM
Has anyone come across any reviews on the G9 yet? Nothing on dpreview yet.

Carabosse Plus
12 39.9k 269 England
19 Sep 2007 12:21PM
There are some less than flattering comments here !
Little Jo Plus
14 2.3k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2007 1:20PM
The reviews on CNET aren't that bad - the first manufacturer, be it Canon, Nikon or someone else who made a really good digital compact without some of these drawbacks are going to make a fortune. I'd rather have fewer noddy modes and have a better lens/image quality instead.

In some ways, enthusiast photographers who don't need special modes are being short-changed.

scapegoat 8 7
20 Sep 2007 9:59PM

Quote:Has anyone come across any reviews on the G9 yet? Nothing on dpreview yet.

There's quite a good review here

Little Jo Plus
14 2.3k United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 10:24PM
Thanks for that! Still not sure whether it will drive me nuts or not. My G3 did after I'd used a digital EOS. When I was using it alongside film cameras, it didn't feel quite so bad.

I'd still like to see an advanced compact without the noddy modes altogether.

samfurlong 9 2.5k United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 10:29PM
I still have a canon powershotS69 for my hols when I leave my SLR gear at home, I do on occasion wish I had the nice kit but generally I can't complain, the powershot is great.
rossd 12 1.1k England
21 Sep 2007 8:13PM

Quote:small sensor size to blame I wonder?

According to the tech details on the Canon site, the G9 has a 'large' (their words) 1" x 1.7" sensor (approx. 25mm X 41mm ) - this is bigger than a full frame sensor !

(Unless I've read it wrong)
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.4k 6 England
21 Sep 2007 8:24PM

Quote:Unless I've read it wrong

I believe you have Smile

There are other powershots with even larger sensors.
Blenkinsopp 9 320 4 England
21 Sep 2007 8:59PM
Got the G9 last Tuesday and am quite pleased with it so far but haven't had much time to use it. Unfortunately I am waiting for a replacement for the faulty 2Gb SD card in the bundle so I'm using the tiny card included in "box contents"
One problem I have is with RAW conversion as its not supported by the popular programs/plug ins yet.
Any suggestions ?
Low ISO jpegs show good colour and detail and I'm very pleased with the manual controls - its the only compact that I have managed to manually focus well. IS seems to be very effective too as I am really bad at holding a camera still but have managed some sharp captures at relatively slow shutter speeds
scapegoat 8 7
21 Sep 2007 10:07PM

Quote:Quote:small sensor size to blame I wonder?According to the tech details on the Canon site, the G9 has a 'large' (their words) 1" x 1.7" sensor (approx. 25mm X 41mm ) - this is bigger than a full frame sensor !

(Unless I've read it wrong)

I think its actually a tiny 7.60mm x 5.70mm
How they fit 12million pixels on one sensor that size and wire them all together I don't know.
Mine arrives tomorrow. Can't wait.
scapegoat 8 7
23 Sep 2007 11:59PM
Just posted some G9 pics atlink removed by epz - sorry against site T&Cs - please feel free to use the gallery Wink

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