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Canon PowerShot G9


Canon PowerShot G9
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot G9 restores an important feature that many advanced photographers will welcome: the G9 regains the ability to save images in the RAW recording format.

The G9 features 12.1MP resolution, an ultra large 3.0-in. LCD screen and is also compatible with Canon's ST-E2 wireless flash transmitter. There is now a small depression at the back of the camera to act as a thumb rest and improve handling.

It retains most of the specifications on the G7: 6x optical zoom lens that retracts into the body and has its own lens cover when closed; Image Stabilization technology that provides approx. 3 stops gain to reduce the effect of camera shake; the rotary-type Control Dial and an ISO Speed Dial for more intuitive analog-type operations; Face Detection technology together with Face Priority AE; AF Frame that is movable across the screen to permit off-center focusing; a histogram can be displayed in Playback; a flash hot shoe; and compatibility with a wide range of accessories including EOS Speedlites, Canon supplementary lenses and a waterproof case.

Even though the Canon PowerShot G9 features Scene Modes, it is strictly targeted to serious amateur photographers who desire total control over the features of their camera and know how to make the most of the manual controls. If you do not fancy a DSLR but prefer a more compact professional-grade digital camera, the G9 deserves a close look.


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Canon PowerShot G9
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot G9US | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Image Sensor 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Lens Canon with Image Stabilizer  
  Focal Length 7.4-44.4mm f/2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)  
  Max. Aperture f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 6x  
  Focusing Range / Macro

- Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.)–infinity
- Macro: 1–50 cm (W) (0.4 in.–1.6 ft. (W))
- Manual focus: 1 cm (0.4 in.)(W)/50 cm (1.6 ft.) (T)–infinity
- Sports mode: 1 m (3.3 ft.) (W)/3 m (9.8 ft.) (T)–infinity
- Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity

  Auto Focus

- TTL autofocus
- AF lock and Manual focus are available
- AF frame mode: Face Detect/AiAF (9-point)/Center/FlexiZone

  Shutter Speed

15-1/2500 sec.

- The shutter speed varies depending on the shooting mode.
- Slow shutter speeds of 15 to 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.

  Exposure Control

- ND Filter (built-in)
Light intensity reduction: 3 stops (Intensity becomes 1/8 of actual level)
- Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
- Metering Methods
Evaluative*2, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center or AF-point)
- ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index)
Auto*3, High ISO Auto*3, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

*2 When [Face Detect] is selected, the brightness of the face is also evaluated.
*3 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

  Exposure Control Method

Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift

  Shooting Modes

- »Auto
- Creative zone
»Program, »Shutter-speed Priority, »Aperture Priority, »Manual, »Custom 1, »Custom 2
- Image zone
Special Scene*4, »Stitch Assist and Movie*5

*4 »Portrait, »Landscape, »Night Scene, »Sports, »Night Snapshot, »Kids&Pets, »Indoor, »Foliage, »Snow, »Beach, »Fireworks, »Aquarium, »Underwater, »ISO 3200, »Color Accent and »Color Swap.
*5 Standard, High Resolution, Compact, Color Accent, Color Swap and Time Lapse.

- Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec. LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*7 (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time)*8
- High Resolution (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time)
1024 x 768 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full*7 (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time)*8
- Compact (Maximum recording length per clip: 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
- Time Lapse (can record for 2 hours)
640 x 480 pixels (1 frame/sec. (shooting interval: 1 sec.), 0.5 frame/sec. (shooting interval: 2 sec.)) (15 frames/sec. during playback)

*7 Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512 MSH recommended).
*8 Even if the clip size has not reached 4 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on the volume and data writing speed of the memory card, recording will stop after one hour of continuous recording even if the recorded data volume has not reached 4 GB.

- Approx. 1.5 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
- Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (Continuous shooting AF, Large/Fine mode)
- Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (Continuous shooting LV, Large/Fine mode)

Self-timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer


- 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 Range
1.0-13 ft./30cm-4.0m (W), 1.6-8.2 ft./50cm-2.5m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
- Recycling Time
12 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
- Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  Light Metering

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**

* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame

  Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1 or Custom 2  

Real image optical zoom viewfinder

- Picture coverage: approx. 80% (representative value)
- Eyepoint: 15 mm (0.6 in.)
- Dioptric Adjustment: - 3.0 to +1.0 m-1 (dpt)


Wide Viewing Angle 3.0-inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, Approx. 230,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)

  ISO Sensitivity

Auto*3, High ISO Auto*3, ISO 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600

*3 Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

  Storage Media SD memory card/SDHC memory card/MultiMediaCard/MMCplus card/HC MMCplus card  

- Battery Pack NB-2LH (Rechargeable lithiumion battery)
- AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 (sold separately)

Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 240 shots (NB-2LH/LCD on)*, approx. 600 shots (NB-2LH/LCD off)
* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Playback Time: Approx. 300 min. (NB-2LH)

  Included Accessories - Memory Card
- Battery Pack NB-2LH
- Battery Charger CB-2LW*9
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Neck Strap
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 mm (4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in.)  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 320 g (11.3 oz.)  
  MSRP US $499 / CAN $ 599.99 / UK £ 429.00 (SRP Inc VAT)  

All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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