Canon PowerShot G9X
Canon are best known – and rightly so – for their professional and semi-professional DSLR units. They also do two small pocket camera brands the IXUS and the Power Shot. IXUS unit are always small and sometimes tiny, the size of the Power Shot units vary from as small as the IXUS to almost as large as a small DSLR. This unit, the G9X, is on the small end.
The Canon PowerShot G9X measures 10x6x3cm when off and it weights 207grams, add another 3cm to the width for when the lens is fully extended.
While some small units still have a multitude of buttons this – on the face of it – seems a simple unit, appearances can be deceptive and with the aid of a touch screen they are as this is a powerful unit that takes excellent images.
So from the left side a strap anchor point, the right side has the same with the addition of a single mobile button. The base has a tripod screw as well as the solid battery bay where any SD card you use also resides. The face has the 3x zoom lens, this is 10.2-30.6mm.
This leaves the top and the back. The top has the manual pop up flash, review image button, on/off, shutter release with telephoto zoom around it and finally a ten position wheel that means a rank amateur can get good images in Auto mode to a professional getting excellent images in Manual mode and for those of us in between all the other settings including the Scene modes. The rear has a 6x4cm TFT screen, and below the padded thumb anchor point a column of four well marked buttons.
In 4:3 mode it captures images in L, M1, M2 and S and these are 18MP, 11MP, 3MP and VGA. It can also capture in 16:9, 3:2 and 1:1.
Video is catered for in 1920x1080 @ 25FPS, 1080x720 @ 25 FPS and 640x480 @ 25 FPS.
A nice feature that will suit the improver is that apart from zoom being accessed from the area around the shutter release button it can also be accessed from around the lens itself as this twists to enable you to adjust fine adjustment without moving the hand.
Although the pop up flash is small it is also powerful and excellent to provide fill in areas that would often be lost. Having said that the low light capture is also very good providing you can keep the camera still to allow the image to be captured. Low light shooting is excellent for places where flash would be unacceptable.
For anyone looking for a powerful pocket camera suitable for anyone from a point and shoot to a semi-professional all can get something from this power packed unit.
The Canon PowerShot G9X is available from the link below for £393.54 with free delivery.
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