Surprise, surprise – Canon’s new Powershot G9
Krefeld, 20. August 2007 – Canon today announced a lot of new photo products. With the Powershot G9 the successor of the loved-hated Powershot G7 hits the market, almost one year after the G7 has caused a lot of discussions among Powershot fans. Oops, due to Canon Germany the recommended retail price for the Poweshot G9 is 544 Euros – appeals really hefty if compared for example to some entry level DSLRs like the Nikon D40 (DSLR) black with Lens AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G ED II for about 500 Euros.
But let’s see what is up with the new Powershot G9:
A 12.1 Megapixels (1/1.7” sensor) with RAW mode for extended image control, a 6x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer and SR coating, the DIGIC III and iSAPS for fast response, improved image quality and advanced Noise Reduction, Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Red-Eye Correction in playback, a 3.0” high-resolution, PureColor LCD II with extra wide viewing angle, ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift, a compact body with dedicated ISO and Multi Control dials, 25 shooting modes including full manual control and 2 custom settings, the extra telephoto reach with Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom and the hot shoe support for Canon Speedlite flashes and optional lens accessories.
So surprise, surprise Canon has listened to criticism about the G7 and the Powershot G9 now ’solves‘ at least one major ‚flaw‘: The RAW image support.
But again i predict that many fans, who waited for a sophisticated successor of the G7 will be – again – disappointed with the new Powershot G9. The G9 again lacks a fast lens, a vari-angle screen, a IR remote and a LCD status panel, which made the G series stand out from competitors. At first glance the Powershot G9 seems to be quite pricey and how good the small 1/1.7″ Type CCD will perform in terms of shadow noise, highlight clipping and purple fringing – well we will see …