Test Drive: Canon G9x

For a long time now, Canon has been producing their “G”-series of compact cameras. The G-cameras have always been Canon’s premiere point-and-shoot camera. With the current crop of G-cameras, this means a large 1-inch sensor, fast glass (usually f1.8-2.8 lenses), and advanced features for knowledgeable users.

The G9x was a lot of fun to work with. It was compact, but still made very high quality images. It costs around $500, and is a good competitor to Sony’s RX100 cameras (high quality lens, large sensor, and a viewfinder). I like the finish of the G9X better – I find it easier to hold and, frankly, because it is less costly, I’m less worried about it. What I appreciated most about the camera though, was it’s lens. It’s not often you see a compact camera with a f1.8-2.8 lens. That fast of an aperture makes it quite attractive for low-light situations.

One of the things I had fun with also, was the built-in filters – you can see a few examples below. Those were sort of fun – creating a “diorama effect”, over-saturated colors, or “holga effect” on the various photos.

Come out to Mike Crivello’s and talk to me about this camera, if you’re interested!


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