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The New Toy: Powershot G9…

March 16th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’d been looking for a small point-and-shoot camera for about two years. I wanted something with a relatively compact size, because my D200 is just a beast to carry with me on every trip. Sure, I take it along with me sometimes, but it does get to be a bit much for me to lug around. Last week, with a small part of our tax return, I picked up a Canon Powershot G9. This little box is just what I was looking for!

Not only is it compact enough to slide into my flight bag, but it is absolutely PACKED with features that are rarely found on cameras of its size. Some of the features I find most useful in this camera are: a RAW capture mode (which I discussed here), a rechargeable battery (which is the same battery as our little Canon camcorder) with great battery life, a HUGE 3″ display screen that is very bright, decent wide-angle and telephoto settings (35mm to 210mm in film-camera equivalent), a built-in neutral density filter, and a very fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the shortest focal length.

Having it with me on my last trip gave me a good opportunity to put it through its paces, too. Here are a couple of images:

As usual, more can be found on my photostream by clicking on the Flickr.com link to the right.

The next toy I’ll be getting isn’t a toy at all, but a full fledged professional-grade camera body with a full-sized image sensor. The Nikon D3 will allow me to do some things that I could never do with the D200. I can’t wait for it to get off backorder so I can get mine! Hopefully, the D3 (along with some increased personal networking) will help me get to the point where I can start getting paid to take pictures. I’d like to focus on sports and concert photography, I think.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ross // Mar 17, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Neat! I’m very fond of the Canon I bought two years ago (Digital Ixus 800) – it’s flexible enough to do most of what I want. OK, I can’t put a telephoto lens on it, but I don’t find myself needing that too often. The really cool thing I wish I had was timelapse movie mode, which later models in the series do; I’d love to film a timelapse of a flight, though sorting out a good mounting which won’t interfere with the controls could be tricky – especially in a C152!

  • 2 Aviatrix // Mar 20, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    But you just spent money on fixing the old one … why?

  • 3 gcalvin // Mar 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Long time no see, Trixie!

    That A640 is my wife’s camera. I bought it for her last April as a birthday gift. She carries it with here everywhere she goes, therefore it would have been a bad thing for me to hijack it and take it with me. Besides, her A640 does not have the features of the slightly more complicated G9.

    Good to hear from you!

  • 4 clint // Mar 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    GC–
    Nice Pics!! Looks like your new camera is working out for you…

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