Canon PowerShot G9 review: Canon PowerShot G9

Sample photos from the Canon PowerShot G9

As it uses the same lens as the G7, its similar distortion issues come as no surprise. But Canon probably tweaked the image-processing a bit, because photos this go-round had fewer artifacts. Among the G9's good qualities you'll find an excellent noise profile--photos hold detail well as high as ISO 400--and as usual Canon's exposure and white balance hold up quite well; it renders realistically saturated colors without going overboard. Despite the distortion, the lens holds sharpness from edge to edge; there's little purple fringing, though some magenta and cyan aberration does occur.

The Canon PowerShot G9 gets a leg up over its predecessor by improving photo quality and restoring raw-format support while maintaining the same excellent performance and body design. You probably can't miss with this model as a compact backup for your dSLR.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Time to first shot  
Shutter lag (dim)  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Canon PowerShot G9
2 
1.7 
1 
0.5 
Canon PowerShot G7
1.7 
1.5 
0.9 
0.5 
Nikon Coolpix P5000
3 
2 
2.2 
0.9 

Typical continuous-shooting speed (frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Canon PowerShot G9
1.7 

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