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Canon PowerShot G9 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 3.0-inch LCD display; optical viewfinder
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 25 shooting modes, including 9 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by NB-2LH lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD or MMC memory cards (32MB MMC memory card included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: G9
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 6 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.7 x 2.8 inches ; 11.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V1VG5G
  • Item model number: G9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at August 19, 2007

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Given the success of Canon's highly acclaimed G Series, it's no surprise that ambitious photographers have been eagerly anticipating the next model in its evolution. The wait has paid off handsomely with the introduction of the PowerShot G9. In image quality and functionality, the G9 stands above the competition with 12.1 megapixels of resolution, 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, and RAW mode for the ultimate in creative control. Sophisticated design and high-quality construction complement the technology and make the G9 a camera to be reckoned with.

Big Impact in a Compact Package
The PowerShot powerhouse: A class-leading 12.1-megapixel digital camera with unique Canon DIGIC III Image Processor, 6x optical zoom, and Optical Image Stabilizer.

12.1-megapixel resolution gives you plenty of rich, deep detail to work with. Blow up images to poster size, or enlarge and crop any section without fear of pixilation.

With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What's more, DIGIC III enables Canon's Face Detection Technology and red-eye correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. Red eyes can be corrected during playback.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

The camera is equipped with a long 6x optical zoom. Canon's own Optical Image Stabilizer Technology keeps images steady and blur-free all through the zoom range--even in low light--by detecting motion and generating a corrective signal. Because it is an optical system, more corrective movement is allowed and there is no degradation of image quality.

Creative Power in Your Control
Full range of shooting and recording modes including JPEG + RAW for the ultimate in creative control.

The PowerShot G9's RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.

25 Shooting Modes, Including 9 Special Scene Modes

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions.

The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.

P Program
Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.

Av Aperture-priority
You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.

Tv Shutter-priority
You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.

The ultimate in creative control, you set both aperture and shutter speed manually.

C Custom
Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.

Stitch Assist
Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.

Shoot in High Resolution (1024 x 768 at 15 fps), VGA (640 x 480 at 30 fps/30 fps LP), QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour or 4GB, QQVGA (160 x 120 at 15 fps) for up to 3 minutes or Time Lapse (640 x 480 at 1 second/2 second intervals) for up to 2 hours.

Special Scene Modes

The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."

For front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.

Night Scene
For impressive sunset or nightlife shots, the camera properly exposes the background and uses slow-sync flash for the subject.

Ensure highly accurate autofocusing when shooting fast-moving subjects.

Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.

Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.

Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.

Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

Achieve proper flash-free exposure and natural hues at indoor aquariums.

Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. (Note: Optional waterproof case WP-DC21 required for shooting any underwater images. Waterproof case not included--must be purchased separately.)

ISO 3200
Expands the user's ability to shoot in dark settings without using the flash.

Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.

Kids and Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.

Night Snapshot
Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.

Color Accent
Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.

Color Swap
Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.

A View That's a Pure Pleasure
Optical viewfinder plus large high-quality 3.0-inch PureColor LCD II screen for bright, accurate color with greater viewing from a wider angle and with an anti-glare, anti-scratch coating.

The PowerShot G9 gives you an extra-large 3.0-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. But size is only part of the story. Canon's PureColor LCD II offers more spectacular color, resolution, and contrast even at an angle (compared to PureColor LCD). The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It is a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

3.0-Inch LCD Screen
Canon technology maximizes quality and performance.

Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology sets the focus, exposure, and flash automatically, leaving you free to compose a group, capture an unguarded moment, or coax the perfect smile. Plus the new Face Selector Button lets you select the primary face.

DIGIC III features Face Detection technologies, giving the you best possible results in any shooting situation. Face Detection AF/AE sets the focus point and exposure for the faces of your subjects. Face Detection FE adjusts the flash to correctly illuminate your subject to provide the best balance between your subject and the overall scene, eliminating the common problems of over- and underexposed faces.

And new Face Selector AF enables you to lock on and follow a specific face. The selected subject is tracked wherever the face moves in the frame.

The PowerShot G9 features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

Red-eye correction detects and corrects red-eye during playback. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode.

The Creative Freedom You've Wanted
Compatible with a wide range of accessories including EOS Speedlites, Canon supplementary lenses, and a waterproof case.

The PowerShot G9 is compatible with many shooting accessories, not only wide and teleconverter lenses, a waterproof case, and High-Power Flash designed for all of the PowerShot models, but also Speedlite EX series that is compatible with all EOS series SLR cameras. (Shooting accessories are not included; they must be purchased separately.) Attach a Speedlite 580EX II to the hot shoe, then you can set and control the flash on the "Flash Control" menu in the camera. With the 580EX II, the G9 is able to have extra functions such as autoflash metering, FE lock, and Flash exposure compensation. Canon's Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 enables you to have multiple slave flashes and wireless control. A waterproof case is also available for your underwater shooting.

The Complete Print Solution
Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers, CP, and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers.

The PowerShot G9's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the G9 to a Canon CP, SELPHY, or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button, and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer.

What's in the box:
Canon PowerShot G9 digital camera, lithium battery pack NB-2LH, battery charger CB-2LW, MMC Plus card MMC-32MH, neck strap NS-DC6, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

Product Description

PS1) Canon Powershot G9 Digital

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It will fit nicely into your pocket, or is…The pictures are sharp, crisp and virtually ISO noise free when using the flash, or are outdoors when a flash isn't necessary. Read more ›
What I like most from this camera are the several DSLR features available from menus and buttons. Picture quality is awesome. There's some problem with low light pictures. Read more ›
It takes great shots in the dark, you just need to wait for the camera to focus and great shots were…It is so much more than the G3 and G7 but the quality is just great. Read more ›
I have bought an assortment of cameras in my lifetime and I have to say that this is the best! The picture quality is superb! I took it backpacking through Europe and it… Read more ›
I've shot around 12,000 images in the last 4 months, literally living in the western…The anti-shake is a real speed boost in low light...clarity of images is superb. Ye… Read more ›
This is a wonderful camera, I love it. It takes incredibly detailed shots and is easy to carry and use. Read more ›
To adjust the…The nearly HD movie mode works well but suffers from a limit of 15 fps, so I rarely use it, preferring the 640x480 mode at 30 fps, which gives better results. Read more ›
It is small enough to carry anywhere and it takes sharp photos, which means you can crop and still…The controls are simple enough for a old codger to remember how to use. Read more ›
It is well laid out and easy to understand. Controls and menus are intuitive and easy to reach. The images it takes are breathtaking. Read more ›
The camera and multiple setting abilities are wonderful. This is the point and click I should have had 4 years ago, with decent zoom, minimal barrel distortion on wide… Read more ›
The 2…The reason I purchased this camera for my recent vacation was the ability to use RAW mode which works so well on my Nikon D200 (for which this is my backup camera). Read more ›
The Gee Nine is simply one of the best weapons…It's Macro capabilities are unbeatable, the controls are logical and well laid out, the ability to shoot RAW...I could go on. Read more ›
Undoubtedly, it…It was fully functional and in great shape for a used piece of equipment, however I returned it to the supplier because it did not meet my requirements. Read more ›
AFter spending a lot of time reviewing…I have tried the new g11 and was very impressed with the picture quality but the g9 blows it away; the g9 is simply easier to use. Read more ›
Great P&S camera with easy to use manual controls. This is not a low light camera, however if you need such a camera check the new Panasonic P & S that's reviewed and… Read more ›
I have had this camera for a few weeks, and its been great. Its not perfect but it is really fun to use. This is an upgrade for me from a Samsung D53, so I was quite… Read more ›
In summary, if you are looking for…If you are looking to learn photography, you'd be better served with an entry level SLR - it will be quicker and more satisfying to use. Read more ›
The Canon PS G9 is a perfect camera for someone who is beginning in photography and is looking to learn. The manual settings are easy to use and the pictures come out great. T… Read more ›
The 3 inch viewing screen is awesome and is a great picture viewer in most light conditions except for very bright sunny days. Read more ›
Got here in two days, felt nice and sturdy when I took it out of the box, 3" LCD Screen is HUGE, controls are easy to get to...but after "battling" with it for the last 24… Read more ›
The shortcut button makes it easier to set custom…On the other hand the new screen is easier on the eyes, and despite the increased size the battery life is about the same. Read more ›
Great LCD screen, no lag time when using RAW, many, many features, EXCELLENT picture quality, color rendition and detail. Small and compact. Read more ›
1. It has a huge LCD display so you can hold the camera away from you and still see what you're shooting at, even from odd angles. Checking photos after the shot is easy… Read more ›
Also, do yourself a favor and spend the…Peel it off and stick it on, poof, no worries about scratching the beautiful and bright screen (and it is really beautiful at 3"). Read more ›
The…There were other things I liked: the video function was good, the LCD screen was nice and big, and there was a "jog wheel" that allowed for ease of reviewing photos. Read more ›
The video does an excellent job even at night. I took several videos of the Bellagio Fountains in Vegas that turned out great, except I couldn't get all of it in due to the… Read more ›
This camera did not dissapoint, the menu features are easier to find! And to have volume control with the video features is incredible! Not to mention a HD feature the… Read more ›
I shoot raw only and can not believe that any one would say the images are not sharp. The video is also excellent, especially for youtube. Read more ›
The G9 filled our wish list and much more. The videos are high quality and a real nice bonus when you don't have a video camera with you. Read more ›
Th…The ability to shoot videos was nice, but only at slow velocity (an attempt to film the ground speeding by underneath a flying helicopter resulted in a long, green blur). Read more ›
I got my Canon G9 in approximately February ང and instantly began to enjoy many of its…Moving up from a G5 I enjoyed the more compact size and the improved pixels. Ev… Read more ›
I really like the photo stitch and the color swap. It's a good size camera, not too big, not too small. People with big hands may have problems with some of the buttons… Read more ›
This is now my favorite. The viewing screen is a very good size, and since I already have the S80, there was not much to learn with the G9. My only problem was the case… Read more ›
2) G9 control wheel has ridges with a superior 'bite',…3) G9 greater LCD size and sharpness provides for a larger 'in-focus' window especially useful in macro mode Read more ›
The camera is very easy to operate and the pix are great. It is also a great size...not too small so that you can handle it. Read more ›
If you have DSLR experience, you will find G9 works like a DSLR --but with a compact size. A major shortcut of G9 is the short working duration of battery. Read more ›
Since carrying my SLRs with lenses, etc. is too much like…The shutter action is very responsive, the lens is wicked sharp and the generously large LCD screen is a joy. T… Read more ›
Unfortunately I had to return back my G9 after a week because the lenses were full of dust. Not sure yet if I was unlucky in getting a poorly build examplar of the G9 or if… Read more ›
You'll hear gripes from older G series owners about the G9 having a slower lens and a…I'd prefer a faster lens too, but it is what it is so make the best of it. Read more ›
I put off buying the Canon G9 because it lacked both the fast lens and the swivel LCD screen of my Canon G1. But photos on the web persuaded me to buy the camera. Read more ›
A week…To get out of their warranty, in their description of camera they claimed there were several dents and scratches in the casing and lcd screen plus the lens problem. Read more ›
Its a good camera if you want DSLR capabilities and qualities…This camera has the best macro lens that i have ever seen on a point and shoot (i sell cameras for a living). Read more ›
I really like how you can move the focus point anywhere you want on the screen allowing you a bit more compositonal control while maintaing what you want in focus, this was… Read more ›
The G9,…The colors are accurate and the focus is always sharp, The DIGIC III does not over process the picture to the point where is looks dull at maximum magnification. Read more ›
It starts up fast, focuses accurately and quickly, is a reasonable size and weight, and can produce excellent image quality. Read more ›
Terrific, near 1:1 macros (but poor stand-off distance - 1 cm). Many clever and useful auto focus modes that all seem to work very well. Read more ›
Hopefully in the future Canon professional software will be updated to work with G9 RAW. Pictures are of excellent quality, and focus is fast and acurate in all modes. Has… Read more ›
But, easily the toughest camera I've ever owned. Fast start up, quick focus, good movies, excellent low light. But, buy that small flash for the hot shoe. makes parties and… Read more ›
Love it so far. Zoom works well and like the large screen. Read more ›
*Cheap(er) memory cards than Sony *Zoom is pretty decent for a point-and-shoot *Offers many controls and features for those up on photography Read more ›
2. At the full extended zoom (6x), Canon G9 blurs the background and takes studio-quality portraits. This is where G9 really shines. Read more ›
Thank you Cannon, I am very satisfied. Nice optical zoom,so so digital zoom. Now how about an armor case made for this camera? Read more ›
My previous digital was…I wanted a digital that would give me a stronger zoom and better macro capability since I particularly like taking close-up macro shots of foliage. Read more ›
Not only was the price fantastic but the quality equalled if not surpassed the 40d. I can shoot in raw, it has the image stabilizer, fantastic zoom. and best of all 12 megs. O… Read more ›
I take most pix on the auto setting and particularly appreciate the image…The colors and are very good, the focus is clear and the files download easily into iphoto. Read more ›
As far as image quality, the jpegs coming out of this camera are so sharp, and clear and colorful that I find myself not using the raw files. However as a shooting pro some… Read more ›
The LCD might look a little cool in color temp, but saying it's got a blue cast and suggesting that it's not usable sounds like looking for something to complain about. I… Read more ›
Usage - I have been using G9 for over 3 months now and believe…First of all the colors that I get from Canon G9, i could not get such beautiful colors from my Sony Camera. Read more ›
The picture review and menu respond snappier than the G6. The LCD is very bright and crisp and the colors appear to be very accurate. Last but not least, the camera is very… Read more ›
Makes your pictures look…Then you can work your pictures with the canon program and make them even better with some cropping, brightness and color and contrast adjustment. Read more ›
The build quality is amazing, it feels like a tank and I expect it to stand up to my needs very well. I will also be using the underwater case and that is a great… Read more ›
The…I also bought a high quality aluminum finished wide angle lens adapter from Lensmate, that simply screws in front of the lens when you remove the O-ring around the lens. Read more ›
I don't recommend this for people who just want to take…The camera has a solid, hefty build so it feels like it can take on the normal wear and tear of regular use. The… Read more ›
You lose control of the focus point in scene modes. Having said that, it has outstanding build quality and once I got used to it I found it fun to use. It is great to use… Read more ›
You will also get better results by choosing…I think $500 is a lot for a compact but this camera has the manual controls and solid build quality that the others don't have. Read more ›
When you are in low light situations is gets a little noisy. The price is amazing for what your getting, even for Canon. They usually are a little over priced. Read more ›
This is a good little camera, but what's with that huge price tag? I paid $450 for it NEW. Read more ›
I checked it out at a camera store to make sure it felt right. Amazon had the best price. There are some cheaper ones but look out for what they don't put in the box (like… Read more ›
The color rendition and balance are excellent. Great camera and value. The imagine stabilization function performs very well. Read more ›
I have only discovered 1 tenth of what it is capbable of. Unbelievable product for reasonable price. Read more ›
S…In terms of that sort of functionality--the discrete, always available, fast focusing availability--it really is the Leica M of the digital age at a very reasonable price. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

304 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Amazholic on September 13, 2007
Verified Purchase
I've owned the G7 for about 1 month now and I've really learned to appreciate all its advanced features - but recently I received my G9 and I will be returning the G7. What I like about the G9 over the G7:

1. Bigger screen (3.0" vs 2.5") - with no apparent decrease in battery life.
2. Picture quality is better. I have done many parallel tests using the exact settings on both cameras (with the exception of the 12 vs 10 MP of course) and the results have been clearly more favorable towards the G9 in terms of light metering and sharpness. The G9 has a new metering system as well as a more advanced focusing system too.
3. RAW option is great. Even though most pics will be taken using JPEG (to conserve memory space), you know it when you've got a great landscape with just the perfect lighting conditions that you know may result in a printable pic, in which case you will want to have a raw copy for processing it to the highest potential.
4. Timelapse photo functionality is a very nice to have option which the g7 lacks
5. The physical handling of the camera is better, the front has more grip.
6. Some other design aesthetics have also gone into the g9 which I prefer.
7. Noise levels are exactly the same as in the G7. I tested both up to 400 ISO (I would not use anything higher that that) many times and the speculations found on the internet forums that the higher number of pixels would result in more noise is simply incorrect - at least in my ability to see it in my tests.

* the only thing I dislike in the g9 over the g7 is that new usb connection door mechanism. It feels like it may one day break even with proper use. The "slide out" door (like the battery door) mechanism was so much better in terms of use and possible durability.
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful By R. Kaufmann VINE VOICE on September 21, 2007
Verified Purchase
If you're a photographer who cares about image quality, and can't always lug around a DSLR, buy this camera. You will have no regrets.

I've had its predecessor, the G7, for about a year. It has been my normal always-in-the-bag camera. The G7 was limited at ISO 400; the G9 isn't. My normal workflow with the G9 is to use CS3 to import RAW images (fixing chromatic abberation on the way into CS3 in 16-bit mode), and then to use Noise Ninja to clean up image noise. With this workflow, ISO 400 and ISO 800 are completely usable. (You can also play with some other settings in Adobe Camera Raw, like Recovery.)

And for everyone: you really should never, ever use a built-in strobe on a camera. The G9 (like the G7) has a hot shoe. Use it!

Canon fixed a bunch of the G7's problems in the G9, the most glaring of which is the G9 now has a battery meter! (I can't tell you how much that lapse bugged me.) The new LCD monitor is much, much bigger -- and gorgeous. And best of all, the camera body is the exact same size and shape, and fits in my underwater housing. (Update: not all the buttons work. The most glaring problem is possibly the zoom can't be changed, and that you can't change to macro mode underwater. I'll probably get the new housing, but the existing one is functional.)

Nits: the new cover for the USB connector is a downgrade, but one that I can put up with. The lens is unchanged, and has a fair bit of barrel distortion at its widest angle. You can clean up the barrel distortion somewhat in CS3, but straight horizontal lines become slightly wavy. I'm being hyper-picky here, but please know that you're not replacing a DSLR with a prime wide angle lens. You're just buying a small camera that you can take anywhere.

Buy it. Shoot lots of pictures with it. Be happy!
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486 of 531 people found the following review helpful By RonAnnArbor on September 8, 2007
I had the opportunity to get my hands on the G9 a week ago and have used it exclusively for the past week.

Based on my personal observations (And I loved the G7):

I see practically no differences in Image Quality at all. I thought the G7 was superb, and I find the G9 to be superb.

The 12 MP is practically indifferent from the 10 MP on the G7. Sure it gives you slightly more pixel to play with for cropping and printing, but negligibly so.

The design is virtually the same -- the screen is a bit larger, but for all practical purposes it looks and feels the same. I don't see any difference in "brightness" on the screen -- it looked great on the G7 and it looks great on the G9.

THere is a slight contour change on the front with a barely noticable front grip molding -- maybe 1/16 inch more than the original. I honestly can't feel a difference although some users have.

It does have RAW - a feature I don't need nor do I plan to use. But its nice that it is there for those who want it.

The ISO and noise appears to be the same -- the G9 excels at night neon shots - just like the G7. I see no difference in noise between the two cameras.

The shutter lag is exactly the same as the G7 - I don't see any difference like some reviewers have mentioned... it seems exactly the same.

Some say that the optical view finder works better - that it is clearer with less parallax. I have never used an optical view finder on a point-and-shoot in my life, so I can't compare this feature. I will add that here, though, since others have found it a useful improvement.
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[T]he G7 has been replaced by the G9, a relatively minor update that increases the pixel count from 10 MP to 12 MP and the screen size from 2.5 to 3.0 inches and--more importantly given the outcry caused by its omission from the G7--the return of RAW shooting capabilities. Other minor tweaks include a better grip and the addition of wireless flash capabilities. Read the full Canon PowerShot G9 review at