Canon G9 review
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Sometimes digital camera manufacturers actually listen to testers and users of digital cameras. In any case Canon did when developing the PowerShot G7. A terrific camera except for one minus; no RAW format was available and especially the photographer wanting a compact camera besides his DSLR was disappointed. But the successor, the Canon PowerShot G9, does offer RAW format making this top compact camera a very interesting one for the demanding and the professional photographer. Adding RAW format is not the only thing Canon has changed on the G9. The Canon G9 is now equipped with a new image sensor with 12 million pixels.
Canon G9 image stabilization
The lens with 6x optical zoom and image stabilization remained untouched. It has a range of 35-210mm and is widely applicable. It's a pity Canon still hasn't equipped the camera with wide angle. The way of operating the camera hasn't changed much. The ISO button on top of the camera lets you adjust the sensitivity almost as if you are used to doing on a traditional one. And if you adjust aperture or shutter time, the familiar scales become visible.
Canon G9 RAW files
If you think you can perform action photography with the Canon G9, then you are wrong. In JPEG the speed is not impressive and in RAW you can't even shoot 1 picture per second. The Canon PowerShot G9 is a good camera for capturing those moments that don't put priority on action. And that is not a bad idea at all because pictures usually come out better when you take your time taking them. The RAW files are written to the card quite fast considering we're dealing with a compact camera. No comment on that, although it can never be fast enough. In JPEG you hardly notice the camera writing the pictures to the card.
Canon G9 review
Despite of not offering RAW shooting, the Canon G7 conquered the hearts of many professional photographers. The question is if adding RAW shooting has made the Canon PowerShot G9 the perfect compact camera for the demanding photographer. We have had the Canon G9 in the office for a while for extensive testing. Our findings can be read in the following Canon G9 digital camera review.