Canon announced the slim and lightweight 20-megapixel PowerShot G9 X, which features high-quality optics and a large one-inch image sensor. The $530 entry-level G series point-and-shoot camera comes equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy sharing to social networks as well as printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app.
The PowerShot G9 X digital camera features a bright f/2.0 – f/4.9, 3x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 28-84mm) along with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions. Its one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
The camera’s intuitive three-inch LCD touch panel with a new user interface allows for quick and easy changes to camera settings even while taking pictures. In addition to the touch panel, a lens-mounted control ring can be utilized to adjust several functions, including customizable manual focus. For shooting fast-moving subjects from kids at birthday parties to athletic events, the PowerShot G9 X camera has continuous shooting speeds up to six frames per second (fps) so none of the action is missed. It is available in classic black, or in a retro-style, silver-gray body with brown stitched leather accents.
1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images captured on this camera can be transferred after capture to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub device, via built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability. Canon’s free Camera Connect App for wireless image transfer and remote operation features Live View when using compatible iOS and Android devices.
The PowerShot G9 X features three convenient ways to charge the NB-13L lithium-ion battery pack: (1) via an optional USB cable connected to a powered USB socket to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, (2) via an optional USB-connected AC Adapter to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, and (3) via the standalone external battery charger that is supplied with both cameras as standard equipment.
It incorporates a broad range of exposure modes from fully automatic to full manual, and both offer users the choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos. Additionally, a built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions, while an enhanced Star Mode to provide more precise focusing sure to delight stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode is now enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.
Price and Availability
The Canon PowerShot G9 X is scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 for $529.99.