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Canon PowerShot G9 X Review

POWERSHOT G9 XPOWERSHOT G9 X SUMMARY

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Compact System Camera is a wonderfully slim portable camera that has a powerful processor along with a large sensor and bright lens to ensure that you capture photos and videos of the highest quality with total ease and convenience. It has a super-fast auto-focus as well as 6.0 frames per second continuous shooting to capture 60p HD videos with complete creative control over the shutter speed, aperture as well as ISO. It also includes many creative modes with which you can capture images and videos of professional style.

PROS

It has a very stylish compact design and it can easily fit inside your pocket. It is only thirty one millimeters thick. It has Wi-Fi along with Image Sync and NFC so that you can connect to your smart device easily and also capture pictures and videos remotely and afterwards share or back them up with ease on your smart phone or cloud storage. It also has amazing sharpness and resolution as well as good burst with great buffer depths. You can also enjoy creative control with ease through its three inch intuitive touchscreen. It also has other great features like built-in ND filter and a Lens Control Ring.

CONS

Unlike the G5 X and G7 X which had a 4.2x zoom lens with a focal length range of 24-100 mm, the G9 X only has a 3x zoom lens with a focal length range of 28-84 mm. It also doesn’t have a hot shoe in order to mount an external one. Viewfinder is also not present in the G9 X.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Available from November 2015, the Canon PowerShot G9 X is priced at an MSRP of £3,999, with free delivery in the UK.

CANNON POWERSHOT G9 X REVIEW

There have been a lot of one inch image sensors cameras but all of them used to be really heavy but the Cannon PowerShot G9 X has changed that. The goal of these cameras used to be about maximizing the quality of the images all while having a small sensor size to easily fit a pocket. With the passage of time the newer models started getting difficult to be fit inside a pocket. The Canon PowerShot G9 X not only returns that original idea but it also comes with a very stylish design. The all black G9 X is certainly a knockout as it has a highly polished design which gives it an appearance and finish of a high end camera lineup.

The defining feature of this camera is its small size but it also packs a powerful camera to go with it. As compared to the previous model G7 X, it is 0.1 less in height, 0.2 inches less in width and a very impressive 0.4 inches less thick. This along with a reduction of 1.1 ounces in weight makes it really suitable and friendly for pockets.

Although it is really compact but it still has completely fleshed out controls. It can be used very easily even by a beginner. It has a shelf on the edge of the top deck which is narrow to ensure that there is enough room for rolling the side of the dial with your thumb. There is a lever for flash release on the other end of its body. It has a three inch touch screen with dimensions of 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2. Even though it is missing a d-pad but the touchscreen is fairly simple to use and you can easily navigate, browse your images and change the settings with the help of lens control and the zoom lever. Although the best and quickest option is to use the touch screen like a smartphone but it can be hard if you are outdoors in winter. You also have a separate button for almost all of the functions on the back of the camera. There is even a dedicated dial for shooting modes on the top.

Enough about the design and body, when you move on towards the features first of all you find a 20.2 megapixel camera with an illuminated backside CMOS image sensor. The output of this chip is managed with the same image processor DIGIC 6 which was used in G7 X and G3 X. It also has a sensitivity ranging from ISO 125 to 12,800 just like those two cameras. The burst shooting option has improved and it is now able to capture six frames per second. The lens of this camera has an ability to focus quickly even if the light is low. The end result has accurate exposure and colors present. The images also have a really good detail and even the noise is controlled well

The Canon G9 X doesn’t have a hot shoe feature similar to the G7 X so you cannot attach a separate strobe and the only option for flash is the popup strobe present on the top deck. The storage of images and videos is provided on the typical Secure Digital memory cards and it supports both raw and JPEG formats. It supports both NFC and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity so that you can transfer your pictures from your camera to your smart device or cloud storage with ease.

The camera doesn’t have a feature of 4K video capturing and instead relies on 1080 pixel and below videos. It does however provide an option of controlling both the exposure and focus of the videos manually if you want to. It also supports both PAL and NTSC frame rates and so it also provides support for televisions. As far as the charging is concerned Canon has provided a great option as it not only includes a standalone charger with which you can leave another pack charging while you are away shooting with the camera. It also supports USB charging which is great for those people who want to travel packing light.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Compact System Camera will be available from 13 November 2015 at a price of £399.99.

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