Canon G9: The Mobs Have Spoken
Every once in a while a camera comes out just at the right time, and the Canon G9 seems to have done that. I’ve been watching for signs of discontent among the masses and so far it seems everyone loves this camera. Matt Brandon has it, loves it. When Scott Kelby and I were talking about it he said he loved it and particularly praised the video quality. Gavin Gough just got one and his first impressions seem about the same as everyone else’s. All my colleagues at the Travel Photographers Network seem to be raving about the G9 as well and the number of working pros now packing the G9 as a take-along or scouting camera just keeps growing.
In fact, the only negative thing I’ve yet to hear is that the noise above ISO 400 is pretty bad. But that’s par for the course with a point and shoot – the sensors are small and while companies like Canon are making strides you just can’t expect the sensor on a G9 to perform in anywhere the same ballpark as a 5D. It’s an unfair comparison. Sure, there’s the new Sigma DP-1, but by all accounts it’s slow as molasses and very expensive.
So, like I said, the mob has spoken. Sharon’s older Powershot died a long undignified death this year and she’s taken over my Leica DLux-3, which is sexy, but it’s no G9. Once B&H Photo gets them back in stock I’m placing my order and will do a review at some point. I’m also looking at the WP-DC21 underwater housing so I can take it snorkeling. In places like the beach, a small camera and a housing makes photography much more carefree.
Any G9ers want to confirm all this or warn us all away from it due to some horribly scarring incident you had with one? Chime in.