Re: Canon G9 - The Perfect Travel Camera?
I've been using the G9 for several weeks now. I've gone through several phases in my assessment of the camera's usefulness.
Before I bought it, I had waited years for a pocketable camera with more than a 3X zoom, RAW capability, all of the manual overrides for control, a hotshoe, and decent performance. The goal was simply to have a camera with me at all times when I didn't bring the Slingshot 300 filled with lenses and 1DII. The hope was simply to have a camera handy for the occasional "must have" shots that pop up whenever you don't have your camera with you.
As I opened the box, my secret wish for a $500 camera that would do everything the 1DII can began to take over, and I became really disillusioned the first week I used the camera.
I bought the adapter to use with my old Oly B300 1.7 converter, and a little shoulderbag. I carried that around for a few days, wondering if I should also get the wide converter, a bigger bag to hold my strobe, an Arca type tripod plate, etc, etc, etc. After a day of shooting with the B300 attached, which limited my zooming to the 100-200 range, I began to be frustrated about the camera. The loss of light meant upping the ISO and tweaking Noise Ninja very very carefully to save detail. Because the optical finder is basically uselessly inaccurate, I resented having to hold the camera at arms length, using the image stabilization to compensate for the loss of the third anchoring point when shooting. And so on, and so forth.
The next phase was the realization that if I really wanted the capabilities of my "regular" gear, I should use that! How insightful! At any rate, I figured out that I didn't want to carry the adapter, converter(s), strobe, etc., and went back to using the G9 as a pocketable camera for the original purpose.
I now love it again, with its true good points as well as its several warts. I too wish that it had only 7 or 8 megapixels, or a larger sensor. And I still am puzzled by the crummy viewfinder...even a decent EVF would have been preferable. But the camera does just what I had wanted when I decided to buy it, and if used right, I can make some very decent 11x17's or larger with it.
Just some reflections on how I came to love the G9. Again.
Last edited by Walter_Kimmel; 12-15-2007 at 11:11 AM.