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CANON POWERSHOT G9 X REVIEW

If you want a good pocketable camera with excellent image quality then Canon Powershot G9 X is a good option. It is probably the smallest 1-inch sensor camera. You can easily share images with your smartphone via Wi-Fi. The excellent white balance and metering give amazing results. However, it’s not that good choice for enthusiast photographers. Also, it doesn’t have a D-pad controller. It relies on the touchscreen which sometimes makes it tricky to shoot from.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 20.2-million-pixel BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125-12800
  • 28-84mm equivalent, f/2-4.9 lens
  • 3-in 1.04-million-dot fixed touchscreen
  • 6fps shooting in JPEG (4.3 fps with AF tracking)
  • 3.00x zoom
  • 209 g

Canon Powershot G9 X was announced at the same time as the G5 X. It has the same one-inch, 20.2 million pixel CMOS sensor as G7. The inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC, a Digic 6 processor and full HD video recording is also the same as G7. However, the G9 X doesn’t have the physical buttons found on its predecessors.

CANON POWERSHOT G9 X
CANON POWERSHOT G9 X

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PERFORMANCE:

The 20 million pixel sensor offers great detail. It gives good quality images at sensitivities up to ISO 1600.G9 X metering is quite impressive. It doesn’t require any adjustment and the auto white balance works well most of the time too. It is good as a point-and-shoot camera.

The JPEG output of G9 X is bright and colorful. But it sometimes looks a little bit over the top. The high ISO noise reduction also smears fine detail sometimes. The lens is quite sharp but it’s not that good at wide-angle. 

IMAGE QUALITY:

G9 X images have warm tones. The colors in raw files are slightly muted. The detail is good around ISO 6400, after which the images start to smudge. Even with artificial lighting conditions, the automatic white balance works well. However, the focal length range is limited.

Despite that the 3x optical zoom displays good details. If you are interested in night photography, you’ll be glad to know that G9 X’s maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds.

EASY TO USE:

G9 X is available in black and silver. On top of the camera, there is power on/off button, shutter release, playback button, and a mode dial. The mode dial offers different exposure mode options, including manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and Program, as well as Scene, Auto, Hybrid Auto, Movie, and Creative Shot.

G9 X’s in-built flash can be found on the top plate. You can raise it by a small switch found just underneath it. There is a three-inch touchscreen. It has four useful buttons to the right side of the screen. They are a quick menu button, movie record button, main menu button, and information button. Due to its few physical buttons, it takes a while to adjust to navigating via touch-screen

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WHAT I LIKE:

  • Almost unnoticeable in pocket
  • Bright lens at wide-angle
  • Swift 6.5 fps JPEG burst shooting
  • Easier image sharing via In-camera Wi-Fi
  • Good image quality from the 1-inch sensor

WHAT I DON’T LIKE:

  • Limited 3x zoom range
  • Slow raw burst shooting
  • Touch-screen menus take lots of tapping
  • Poor battery life
  • Limited physical controls
  • Unreliable autofocus in low light