Thursday, October 11, 2007

Canon PowerShot G9, digital compact camera with RAW, Hot-shoe, Wide and Tele

The Canon PowerShot G9 introduced in August 2007 as high-end compact digital camera with large 1/1.7 inch sensor and rich of features.
- Large 1/1.7” sensor with 12.1 million effective pixels
- Canon DIGIC III Image Processor
- 35-210mm F2.8-4.8 lens with 6x Optical Zoom
- Optical Image Stabilizer
- 3.0-inch PureColor LCD II screen
- Canon Face Detection Technology
This digital compact camera has a wide range of accessories :
- Waterproof case
- Canon's Speedlite series External Flash
- Canon’s Speedlite ST-E2 wireless flash transmitter
- Conversion lenses:
Wide converter WC-DC58B with conversion lens adapter LA-DC58H for sweeping 26mm wide-angle, Tele converter TC-DC58C for 420mm Tele photo etc.
“A combination of advanced features, precision Canon optics and user-centric design made the PowerShot G7 our most successful G-series camera yet,” explained Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “By incorporating user requests and adding further enhancements, our engineers have made a great camera even better.”
Unfortunately, this new ‘combination of advanced features’ costs abt. $500 and with some accessories its price can touch in any SLR cameras. As for image quality and other Canon G9 abilities, there are some problems:
- Noisy images at ISO 400 and very noisy at high ISO
- Focusing problems in lowlight, especially with zooming
- No optical zoom in movie mode
- Short battery life
Off course, there is nothing perfect, but in an attempt to 12 mega pixels Canon lost sight of some useful abilities. For more details look at: Canon Powershot G9, SD950 and A650: can 12MP make SLR from compact.

Canon PowerShot G9 specifications

Type of Camera Compact
Sensor size 1/1.7 inch CCD
Total Pixels 12.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Low resolution

3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

ISO rating 80/100/200/400/800/1600
Focal Length 7.4-44.4mm f/2.8-4.8, 35mm equivalent: 35-210mm
Digital Zoom 4x
Image stabilization Optical Image Stabilizer System
Autofocus System TTL; Face Detection, 9 point AF, Manual focus, Focus bracketing
Focusing Range 1.6 ft/50cm-infinity; 0.39 in .-1.6 ft/1-50cm wide
White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2
Aperture f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/2500 sec
Continuous Shooting Normal: 1.5 fps; AF: 0.7 fps; LV: 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
Shooting Modes Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie
File formats

JPEG (Exif v2.2), DPOF 1.1, RAW, AVI (Motion JPEG + WAVE)

Movie clips 1024 x 768 15fps, 640 x 480 30fps, 320 x 240 30fps, 160 x 120 15fps
Built-in Flash Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
Flash guide 1.0-13 ft./30cm-4.0m (W), 1.6-8.2 ft./50cm-2.5m (T)
External flash Yes, Speedlite 580EX II
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Exposure Bracketing +/- 1/3 - 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Viewfinder Real image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 3.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels 230,000 pixels
Storage Media

SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC plus , HC MMC plus compatible; 32 MB card supplied

Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Monaural
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Battery Li-Ion battery pack NB-2LH / NB-2L
Dimensions 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 mm (4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in)
Weight 320g ( 9.4 oz )

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