The second month has gone to Prophotos magazine, and during this time we have already introduced you to several recent photographic equipment innovations. Nevertheless, the presentation of tests and reviews is still far from ideal, and in the near future it will still change with the entire magazine. We hope for your understanding and help in this matter - recently we have the opportunity to register and add comments. Write to us about how you think the camera tests should look in our magazine and what information you would like to learn from them. All opinions will be heard!
And today we are pleased to offer you the first innovation, which we hope you will like and take root in all future tests (and not only). As you know, it is better to see once than to hear a hundred times, and even better to see alive. So that you can get the most information about the camera and even almost hold it in your hands without leaving your home, we have prepared a small video review of the Canon PowerShot G9 camera. Enjoy viewing and reading.
The history of Canon's G-Series camera line began in 2000. From the very first model, these were the so-called prosumer cameras, in other words, cameras for enthusiastic photographers. G cameras have long been a great replacement, but a compact alternative to serious SLR cameras. They had everything that was needed for creative photography: a full set of shooting modes with varying degrees of control of parameters, a hot shoe for shooting with an external flash, excellent optics and, most importantly, the ability to shoot in RAW format. That is why many photographers were ready to forgive the G-series cameras for some of their shortcomings, for example, quite noticeable slowness. Over time, the appearance was also drawn to the content: later models acquired an extremely stylish design of the case with references to film retro-engineering. But the market for SLR cameras did not stand still - the previous model of Canon PowerShot G7 had so many DSLRs last year and prices dropped to such a level that it became appropriate to talk about competition between the top compact devices, which included both the G7 and DSLRs entry level. In addition, it was this model, the G7, having acquired a new design and the latest generation Digic III processor, that lost one of its main advantages - the RAW format, for which all previous models were so fond.
It is clear that such a camera certainly could not compete with more technically advanced DSLRs, on the one hand, and simpler and cheaper compacts, on the other. Perhaps this is why the next camera in the line, the Canon PowerShot G9, came out just 11 months after the release of the G7 (for comparison: the pause before the release of the G7 was two years). There were very few changes compared to the G7. Of course, everyone was waiting for the return of the RAW format - and it happened!
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List of all changes:
- sensor resolution increased from 10 to 12 megapixels;
- changed the size of the sensor (1 / 1.7 ", it was 1 / 1.8");
- the ability to shoot in RAW format (present in all cameras of the line, with the exception of G7);
- LCD display increased from 2.5 ”to 3”;
- slightly changed the shape of the handle and the platform for the thumb on the rear panel;
- two custom white balance settings versus one in the G7;
- the system for recognizing faces in the frame has been improved (the camera is able to distinguish up to 35 faces);
- appeared the function of reducing red eye in viewing mode;
- Auto ISO shift
- Compatible with ST-E2 Wireless Transmitter.
As you can see, there are only two major changes - the return of RAW and the increase in the screen (an increase in resolution from 10 to 12 megapixels cannot be considered such, in our opinion, it would be more correct to regard this as an additional marketing move).
Key parameters of the camera (from the official press release, we highlighted with characteristics that are different from G7):
- Resolution 12.1 megapixels (1/17-inch sensor), the ability to record in RAW format for the widest possible image processing capabilities.
- 6x optical zoom lens with image stabilizer and SR coating.
- Digic III processor and iSAPS technology for high sensitivity, excellent image quality and advanced noise reduction technology.
- Face recognition technology with autofocus, auto exposure and exposure lock and red-eye reduction when viewing.
- PureColor LCD II 3-inch high-definition display with wide viewing angle.
- Equivalent ISO 1600 sensitivity with Auto ISO Shift.
- Compact housing with separate ISO sensitivity control and multi-function dial.
- 25 shooting modes, including fully manual mode and two user settings.
- Extensive shooting options for distant objects thanks to the digital tele-converter and the Safe Zoom function.
- Hot Shoe mount support for Canon Speedlites and compatibility with optional lens accessories.
In anticipation of the arrival of the G9 test sample in Russia, we did a small review of the camera . There you will find the full CanonPowerShot G9 specification. And on the following pages - detailed testing of an already "live" camera instance.
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