Canon’s new super-slim Canon PowerShot G9 X shares the same sensor as the highly praised G7 X, so expectations are high. It’s each sharp photographer’s dream – a compact camera with a good sized sensor that is still sufficiently small to bear all over the place. The Canon PowerShot G9 X compact camera has a 1-inch sensor, a nearly new sort that is four times bigger than the 1/2.3-inch sensors in simple to use cameras and all the more double the size of the 1/1.7-inch sensors in more seasoned high-end compacts – including Canon’s own highly respected PowerShot S120.
Surprisingly, the G9 X is scarcely bigger than the S120, itself considered in its opportunity to be a splendid piece of scaling down.
There are other compact cameras with 1-inch sensors on the market, and Sony’s RX100 range is a standout amongst the most generally known – the latest version is the Sony RX100 Mark IV. There’s also Canon’s own particular G3 X, G7 X and G5 X – the same sensor is shared across every one of the four models. Be that as it may, it’s just truly the G9X which is appropriately pocketable.
It took until 2014 for Canon to react with the G7 X, which with its 24-100mm equal f/1.8-2.8 lens and 1in sensor is a commendable, if not so much fruitful actor to the RX100 arrangement’s crown. At that point towards the end of 2015 Canon added two more models to its reach, sitting above and underneath the G7 X. We inspected the top of the line G5 X in our 2 January issue and enjoyed it for its SLR-like outline, coordinated electronic viewfinder and broad controls. Presently it’s the G9 X’s turn in the spotlight: a lower-end display that has the qualification of being the slimmest camera with a 1in sensor.
Undoubtedly on the substance of it, the G9 X is the otherworldly successor to the S-arrangement. It figures out how to press a 20.2-million-pixel 1in sensor in a really pocketable body that, at 98×57.9×30.8mm and 209g in weight, is scarcely bigger than the S120 – the last model in the old line. In the present market, its nearest rival is the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II, which in spite of being over two years of age is still generally accessible at a comparable cost. However the G9 X to a great extent shuns the physical catches found on its antecedents and principle rival for generously touchscreen-driven operation. This will firmly enrapture suppositions and put off numerous forthcoming clients. Be that as it may, before we get into this too profoundly, we should examine what the G9 X brings to the table.
The Canon PowerShot G9 X compact camera has impressive sensor and processor specs (20 million pixels combined with a DIGIC 6 processor) is what attracts the users, there’s no viewfinder and no tilting or articulating screen.
The lens is also somewhat of an exchange off as well. While the G7 X has a 4x optical zoom which offers a central length of 24-100mm (equivalent), with most extreme apertures of f/1.8-f/2.8, the G9 X just offers a 3x zoom (28-84mm equivalent), and has a greatest gap of f/2.0-f/4.9. While the wide end is still useful for creating shallow depth of field effects and in low light, it’s not exactly as adaptable as the G7 X’s lens at longer central lengths. On the plus side, the three-inch screen is touch sensitive, and there’s inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC technology. As with the other compact camera in the G range, there are manual and semi-programmed exposure modes, alongside robotized options, as well as the capacity to shoot in crude format.
With a sleek and stylish chassis, the Canon PowerShot G9 X compact camera is reminiscent of the more seasoned and exceptionally prominent Canon S120. You can easily fit it into a jeans or coat pocket – it is noticeably slimmer than the PowerShot G7 X compact camera, as well as other one-inch sort cameras, such as the Sony RX100 Mark III.
The front of the camera features a textured covering which looks pleasing additionally helps to make it feel secure in your grasp. The highest point of the camera has a mode dial to rapidly switch between the various exposure modes, such as the manual and semi-automatic modes, as well as the automatic and innovative options. There are not very many buttons on the body of the camera; instead, most operations are completed by means of the back touch screen. In case you’re not a fanatic of touch operation then this most likely isn’t the compact camera for you.
There are just four buttons on the back of the compact camera, including a “Q” catch which accesses a fast menu for ordinarily used settings such as white adjust or metering, yet it would perhaps be pleasant on the off chance that you could customize the options. This Q catch has a touch screen partner which you can use instead on the off chance that you incline toward.
There’s immediate access to specific settings on the screen itself, such as ISO (sensitivity), exposure compensation, aperture and/or shutter speed. A control ring around the lens on the compact camera can also be used to set certain parameters – you can choose which ones in the fundamental menu or tap a setting on screen first and use the dial to make the adjustment. The autofocus point is set by a tap on the screen as well. There are no directional buttons on the compact camera and menu route and setting selection is done totally by touch. This takes a smidgen of getting used to at first in case you’re used to a conventional camera. It feels more characteristic in the age of the catch free smartphone, however working your way through eight pages of menu options without physical buttons can be laborious.
There is a fasten for starting the Wi-Fi association, however it’s in favor of the camera and easy to miss. In the wake of interfacing with the network which the camera creates, you can dispatch the free Canon CameraWindow application (accessible for iOS and Android) on your smart gadget and both download shots you’ve taken and control the camera remotely.
Being used, the G9 X for the most part works entirely well. Its metering is especially great, once in a while requiring any change beside for pictorial impact, and auto white parity tends to give the right answer more often than not as well. Truth be told, it’s great as a ‘simple to use’ camera.
In good light, the G9 X is capable of attractive images with strong, punch colour
As we’ve generally expected the 20-million-pixel sensor conveys brilliant point of interest at low ISOs, and gives alluring pictures at sensitivities up to ISO 1600 at any rate. This is lucky, as the moderate lens implies that you’ll wind up utilizing high ISOs all the more regularly. With respect to the lens itself, it’s really sharp at the telephoto end, and not in any way awful amidst its reach. In any case, it’s perceptibly less great at wideangle, with fairly delicate corners that don’t improver all that much on halting down.
With its 1in sensor, the G9 X gives good results at sensitivities up ISO 3,200, which was used here
Standard’s JPEG yield is splendid and vivid, keeping in mind this is awesome in dull conditions, infrequently it can look somewhat over the top. High ISO commotion diminishment can likewise be over-energetic and spread fine detail. Unfortunately, while Canon gives helpful control over JPEG preparing, you need to acknowledge the camera’s default alternatives in the event that you additionally need to shoot crude. This likewise implies it’s impractical to set the camera to dark and white and shoot crude in the meantime, which feels like a discretionary, behind the times confinement.
The G9 X gets about however much out of its 20MP sensor as could be expected, recording more than 3500 l/ph at ISO 125 preceding succumbing to associating artefects. However, you’ll just get this in crude; commotion diminishment smoothing limits it to 3000 l/ph in JPEG. Determination holds up well to ISO 800 (3200 l/ph), however falls all the more quickly at higher settings, giving only 2400 l/ph as ISO 12500.
RAW ISO 125
RAW ISO 800
RAW ISO 1600
RAW ISO 3200
RAW ISO 6400
RAW ISO 12800
The G9 X’s 20MP sensor conveys great results at low ISOs in our Applied Imaging tests, with more than 12EV of element reach at ISO 125. Practically speaking, this implies it doesn’t cut highlights as unexpectedly as cameras with littler sensors tend to, while likewise holding more valuable shadow subtle element. Be that as it may, at ISO 800 or more it tumbles off rapidly, reflecting expanding clamor levels especially in the shadows. The main three ISO settings give especially low readings.
Noise and Detail
Not surprisingly with this sensor, the G9 X gives clean, profoundly itemized pictures at low ISOs. At ISO 800, commotion starts to bog fine detail, however the camera keeps on surrendering great results to ISO 1600. However at ISO 3200 picture quality gets to be peripheral, and the two most noteworthy settings give comes about that are truly satisfactory for easygoing use.
With its little size and obviously attractive outline, the G9 X has bounty putting it all on the line. In reality on the off chance that you need a gorgeous pocket camera with astounding picture quality to supplement a DSLR or CSC, and maybe utilize principally in auto mode, then it’s an enticing choice. Standard’s great white adjust and metering bring appealing yield, and once the Wi-Fi is set up it’s truly simple to duplicate your pictures to your telephone for sharing.
Be that as it may, in case you’re an aficionado picture taker hoping to take more manual control over shooting, the G9 X is maybe not such a decent decision. Its solid dependence on a touch screen makes it more clumsy to shoot with than its associates; to be sure I never acknowledged the amount I’d miss the basic D-cushion controller, and I think Canon has committed an error by overlooking one. Different producers have figured out how to fit them on likewise little cameras with similarly vast touchscreens, so it’s not because of an absence of space (in spite of the fact that the enormous bezel around the screen makes it look that way). Poor constant shooting and conflicting low-light self-adjust strengthen the impression of a camera that is not exactly as great in all actuality as it looks on paper.
This is a disgrace, in light of the fact that the G9 X is a camera I truly needed to like. However, its defects make it hard to cherish, or prescribe wholeheartedly in front of the almost three-year-old Sony RX100 II. Be that as it may in the event that you can live with its touch screen-ruled operation it can unquestionably convey great results.