The camera is designed for the same use who's been waiting for an update to the PowerShot S120.
Taking a leaf out of Sony's book and offering an entire line of 1-inch sensor compacts, Canon brings in a model at the beginning of its now 5-camera G series line. Notably, the G9 X is Canon's first camera to jump on the 3-year-old retro-look bandwagon. It also enters the market to compete with the now 3-year-old Sony Cyber-shot RX100 , but with a less compelling feature set and a higher $530 price tag (directly converted, £345, AU$720).
The front and top look remarkably like the Fujifilm XQ2 (though there's more accent texture on the Fujifilm model), another less-expensive competitor, though the G9 X's back controls are substantially simpler. It is a little more compact than the Sony, assuming 0.1 or 0.2 inch (2.5 to 5 mm) matters that much to you, but it's almost the identical size of the XQ2. It has the front control ring for adjusting pioneered by Canon's PowerShot S series cameras.
It has all the features you'd expect from a modern compact, including Wi-Fi/NFC and 1080/60p video. The back display is fixed, however, so no selfie fun.
Irony alert: last year, Canon boasted about the G1 X Mark II "Currently there is a trend toward designing premium compact cameras like classic cameras. However, Canon has kept its distance from this trend. As a result, the design is not pretentious..."
While it incorporates a similar 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor to the Sony -- the same one that's in the new G5 X and the older G7 X -- it also sports a disappointing 3x zoom 28-84mm f2-4.9 lens. Both the Sony and Fujifilm camera lenses start at f1.8 and end at the same aperture as the Canon, but they hit that at 95mm and cover a slightly bigger range.
The G9 X essentially replaces the 2-year-old PowerShot S120, bringing Canon's ultracompact, top-end point-and-shoot up to par with the competition. And that makes sense. Just don't pay manufacturer price for it; I'm guessing that price is set so that it will sell for $500 (£320, AU$700) at other retailers, and with Canon "instant rebates" to bring the price down even lower for the holiday shopping season.
Editors' note: Canon provided few specifications prior to announcement.
|Canon PowerShot G9 X||Fufjilm XQ2||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100|
|Sensor effective resolution||20.2MP HS CMOS||12MP X-Trans CMOS II||20.2MP Exmor R CMOS|
|Sensor size||1-inch |
(13.2 x 8.8 mm)
(8.8 x 6.6 mm)
(13.2 x 8.8mm)
|Sensitivity range||ISO 100 - ISO 12800||ISO 100 - ISO 3200/ISO 12800 (exp)||ISO 100 - ISO 25600|
|Lens (35mm equivalent)||28-84mm |
|Closest focus||n/a||1.1 in/3 cm||1.9 in/5 cm|
|Burst shooting||6fps |
(likely with focus and exposure fixed on the first frame)
(12fps for 9 frames or 9fps for 11 frames with focus and exposure fixed at first frame)
(10fps with fixed exposure)
12 JPEG/13 raw
(mag/ effective mag)
Hybrid contrast/phase-detection AF
|Shutter speed||n/a||30 - 1/4,000 sec||30 - 1/2,000 sec; bulb|
|Best video||H.264 QuickTime MOV |
|H.264 QuickTime MOV |
1080/60p, 50p, 25p,
|Manual aperture and shutter in video||n/a||n/a||Yes|
|Maximum best-quality recording time||n/a||14 minutes||29 minutes|
|Optical zoom while recording||n/a||Yes||Yes|
|LCD||3 in/7.5 cm |
|3 in/7.5cm |
|Memory slots||1 x SDXC||1 X SDXC||1 x SDXC|
|Wireless connection||Wi-Fi, NFC||Wi-Fi||None|
|Battery life (CIPA rating)||n/a||240 shots||330 shots|
|Size (WHD)||3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 in |
98 x 58 x 31 mm
|3.9 x 2.3 x 1.3 in |
100 x 58.5 x 33.3 mm
|4.0 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches|
101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9 mm
|Body operating weight||7.4 oz (est.) |
209 g (est.)
|7.3 oz (est.) |
206 g (est.)
|Mfr. price||$530||$300 (est.) |
|Release date (US)||November 2015||February 2015||July 2012|