Monday, January 28, 2008

My New Camera ~ Canon Powershot G9

I love my camera ... a Canon G9. It is a true workhorse. The resolution is high - 12.1 million pixels on a 1/1.7 inch sensor. At low ISO - 80 or 100 and with good light, the results are just outstanding.

The sensor isn't big, but it is bigger than most compacts. Still, at ISO 200 and above you start to see the effects of noise.

While not an SLR this is no simple point and shoot. The feature package and capabilities make this a powerful camera.

Here are some stand out features:

  • Shoot RAW or RAW + JPG or JPG
  • Two Custom White Balances - was very useful underwater
  • Two Customizable Shooting Modes
  • Hot Shoe for E-TTL Flash with EX Speedlites
  • Excellent Macro at super close focus
  • Spot Metering
  • Face Detection AF, 9 Frame AIAF, Flexizone AF
  • Huge bright 3.0" screen
  • 35-210MM 2.8-4.8 zoom
  • 3 stop optical image stabilization
  • Quality underwater (up to 40M) housing from Canon for under $200
  • Hirez 1024x768 15fps movies - looks just terrific when burned to DVD and played on TV
  • Sturdy, retro look and feel with pleasing ISO and mode dials

Takes just GREAT pictures. I use Adobe Lightroom to import and develop the RAW files. We'll talk about Lightroom another day.


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