Canon Powershot G9 12.0 Megapixel Advanced Digital Reviews Roundup

The Canon Powershot G9 is one of the most advanced compact digital cameras you can buy. It has a number of features you would expect to find on a Digital SLR. For this reason the Powershot G9 is likely to appeal to photographers who would like a camera with many key features, but one that is much smaller and more compact than a Digital SLR. Many photographers may also be tempted to use it as a second camera and as an alternative when a larger camera is not practical.
As well as the extra features the Powershot G9 also handles more like a Digital SLR. This is because some of the features and controls that are usually hidden in the menu system are controlled by buttons and dials on the camera body. This adds conveniences and saves critical time too. You will also notice that the build quality of the camera is a big step up from more basic Canon Powershot models.
This type of camera is a good choice for someone who is more serious about photography and sees it as a hobby.

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User Review of the camera - Canon Powershot G9

  • 2014-08-15 07:00
    Not up to par for the price., Niki
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    Sent it back. It was not up to par for the price...many of the shots were yellow due to poor white balance on auto and this was an unavoidable issue when using the flash, regardless of manual white balance and settings.
  • 2014-08-06 07:00
    Best Camera I ever had, Ann
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    Best Camera I ever had. It has the best features I need for my artwork. I record all my art cleaning series for my clients and for youtube. Love it.
  • 2014-07-26 07:00
    I'm very happy with this purchase, David D. Davis
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    As advertised. Quick shipping. I'm very happy with this purchase! :-)
  • 2014-06-16 07:00
    Great Camera for backpacking, freddam
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    Great Camera for backpacking for the price. You have full control over time or ap if you want it or just use it on auto. you can use a ultra light tripod when you are backpacking carrying heavy things is out.
  • 2014-06-14 07:00
    Exactly as described, lindsay dominguez
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    Very happy with the camera, condition, and shipping. I still can't quite figure out how to work it, but only because it is such a great camera with lots of professional features that I am not familiar with. I am learning though. The only thing I am not real happy with is the auto setting, which is what I've had to use until I learn to work the apature etc, because it doesn't really seem to adapt to the lighting well and the photos don't come out as well as I'd hoped in this cure all setting. Guess I better get to work learning. It didn't come with a manual, but the seller advised me of that before I ordered. So other than my ignorance, this is exactly what I was ordering and I would highly recommend this seller.
  • 2013-12-02 08:00
    great camera, AllieOK
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    The only thing I could have wished for -- was for it to be a little smaller. Nice camera, however
  • 2013-12-02 08:00
    great camera, Alice Woodrome
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    The only thing I could have wished for -- was for it to be a little smaller. Nice camera, however
  • 2013-12-02 08:00
    great camera, Alice Woodrome
    The only thing I could have wished for -- was for it to be a little smaller. Nice camera, however
  • 2013-11-22 08:00
    The G-Series finds its purpose, Anonymous
    The G-Series really hit its stride with this camera, becoming a true compact pro-portable digital camera rather than an awkward mid-sized model that was too big but too limited to seem like a good trade from a small DSLR. By abandoning things like the articulated screen but making no compromise on the sensor or the lens, the G9 found a newly focused mission compared to earlier G models, and became a beloved travel companion as a result. More pocketable than anything even close to its picture-taking capacity, and insanely better than even the best cell-phone cameras for image and lens quality and the all-important lack of shutter lag, it's the "one you have with you" kind of best camera and a real pleasure to use. This is the photojournalist's carry-arounder of its moment in history.
  • 2013-11-22 08:00
    The G-Series finds its purpose, Anonymous
    The G-Series really hit its stride with this camera, becoming a true compact pro-portable digital camera rather than an awkward mid-sized model that was too big but too limited to seem like a good trade from a small DSLR. By abandoning things like the articulated screen but making no compromise on the sensor or the lens, the G9 found a newly focused mission compared to earlier G models, and became a beloved travel companion as a result. More pocketable than anything even close to its picture-taking capacity, and insanely better than even the best cell-phone cameras for image and lens quality and the all-important lack of shutter lag, it's the "one you have with you" kind of best camera and a real pleasure to use. This is the photojournalist's carry-arounder of its moment in history.
  • 2013-11-01 07:00
    A great step up in camera usefullness, Gary Renfrew
    Verified Purchase(
    The camera has far exceeded my expectations and has many features I may not use but that are there should the occasion arise for that feature...pictures are EXCELLENT.
  • 2013-11-01 07:00
    A great step up in camera usefullness, Gary Renfrew
    The camera has far exceeded my expectations and has many features I may not use but that are there should the occasion arise for that feature...pictures are EXCELLENT.
  • 2013-08-18 07:00
    Wonderful!!!, Cheryl Fleischer "Chere2u"
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    Love it. Using it is like using a 35 mm. Sll of the controls are on top. Would have even been better if I had received instructions with it. Beautiful leather case was included and great for protection.
  • 2013-08-18 07:00
    Wonderful!!!, Cheryl Fleischer "Chere2u"
    Love it. Using it is like using a 35 mm. Sll of the controls are on top. Would have even been better if I had received instructions with it. Beautiful leather case was included and great for protection.
  • 2013-07-02 07:00
    ITEM AS DESCRIBED....GREAT DEAL, A. Wade
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    THIS IS A BUNCH OF NONSENSE HAVING TO LEAVE A REQUIRED AMOUNT OF WORDING. I WON'T DO IT AGAIN UNTIL YOU CHANGE THE RULES.
  • 2013-07-02 07:00
    ITEM AS DESCRIBED....GREAT DEAL, A. Wade
    THIS IS A BUNCH OF NONSENSE HAVING TO LEAVE A REQUIRED AMOUNT OF WORDING. I WON'T DO IT AGAIN UNTIL YOU CHANGE THE RULES.
  • 2013-01-13 08:00
    SUPER impressed!!!!, Xtopher
    THE T9 IS A PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO THE LARGER DSLR CAMERAS! I recently picked up a Canon Rebel T3i 18mp camera and have been playing around with it for a few weeks. Great camera, great pictures, but a little bulky to pack on long hikes or to take to places where you worry about dropping or having it stolen. Enter the G9. What a great little camera. It is everything and more I could ask for in a small "point and shoot" camera.It will fit nicely into your pocket, or is very manageable when using the neck sling. The pictures are sharp, crisp and virtually ISO noise free when using the flash, or are outdoors when a flash isn't necessary.The iso noise can get a bit intense on indoor shots without using the flash, but this doesn't bother me a bit, as I can use the T3i if i want the better flash-free indoor pics without the iso noise. The T9 picks up right where the T3i leaves off for my personal camera needs. Couldn't be happier!
  • 2013-01-13 08:00
    SUPER impressed!!!!, Xtopher
    THE T9 IS A PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO THE LARGER DSLR CAMERAS! I recently picked up a Canon Rebel T3i 18mp camera and have been playing around with it for a few weeks. Great camera, great pictures, but a little bulky to pack on long hikes or to take to places where you worry about dropping or having it stolen. Enter the G9. What a great little camera. It is everything and more I could ask for in a small "point and shoot" camera.It will fit nicely into your pocket, or is very manageable when using the neck sling. The pictures are sharp, crisp and virtually ISO noise free when using the flash, or are outdoors when a flash isn't necessary.The iso noise can get a bit intense on indoor shots without using the flash, but this doesn't bother me a bit, as I can use the T3i if i want the better flash-free indoor pics without the iso noise. The T9 picks up right where the T3i leaves off for my personal camera needs. Couldn't be happier!
  • 2012-12-07 08:00
    Best of the PowerShot Series, but Beware of Problems, MrMugwump "Mister Mugshot"
    I have now owned my PowerShot G9 for ~ 4 years. It has been a solid investment and a great travel camera. I usually shoot RAW and find the images clean up to 20"x30" prints. Color, focus, and distortion AOK. I would give it 5 stars except that the camera recently quit on me. The infamous "E18 lens error-restart camera" fault. It renders the camera inoperative. Fortunately, I found a good repair place (CamerasandParts.com) to repair it for a reasonable charge. The problems with this camera are well known and basically boil down to loose screws and untaped connectors inside the camera. Shame on Canon! For the price of this camera, these details should be handled at the factory quality control level. The camera is also sensitive to shock (it apparently has an internal "G" sensor. So, if you plan to carry it in your flight luggage, pack/cushion it very well.
    The good news is that this camera was the apex of the "G" series. I am told that, in later series, Canon began outsourcing some of the component manufacture and changed digital sensors. The results have been that newer cameras actually have poorer image quality. I have a close friend who can attest to this, having upgraded from a G9 to a G12 and is now very unhapppy. (The more the megapixels, the smaller the individual pixel sensors, the less light received per sensor, the higher the signal-to-noise ratio, etc).
    If you do experience problems with your G9, my advice is to cycle this camera through a reputable repair shop (such as the one mentioned) and have them do a total digital recalibration of the camera as well as fix the screw and connector problems. Then you will have one of the very best small, highly portable cameras on the market.
  • 2012-12-07 08:00
    Best of the PowerShot Series, but Beware of Problems, E. Martin "Mister Mugshot"
    I have now owned my PowerShot G9 for ~ 4 years. It has been a solid investment and a great travel camera. I usually shoot RAW and find the images clean up to 20"x30" prints. Color, focus, and distortion AOK. I would give it 5 stars except that the camera recently quit on me. The infamous "E18 lens error-restart camera" fault. It renders the camera inoperative. Fortunately, I found a good repair place (CamerasandParts.com) to repair it for a reasonable charge. The problems with this camera are well known and basically boil down to loose screws and untaped connectors inside the camera. Shame on Canon! For the price of this camera, these details should be handled at the factory quality control level. The camera is also sensitive to shock (it apparently has an internal "G" sensor. So, if you plan to carry it in your flight luggage, pack/cushion it very well.
    The good news is that this camera was the apex of the "G" series. I am told that, in later series, Canon began outsourcing some of the component manufacture and changed digital sensors. The results have been that newer cameras actually have poorer image quality. I have a close friend who can attest to this, having upgraded from a G9 to a G12 and is now very unhapppy. (The more the megapixels, the smaller the individual pixel sensors, the less light received per sensor, the higher the signal-to-noise ratio, etc).
    If you do experience problems with your G9, my advice is to cycle this camera through a reputable repair shop (such as the one mentioned) and have them do a total digital recalibration of the camera as well as fix the screw and connector problems. Then you will have one of the very best small, highly portable cameras on the market.