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Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro

Portability
92
Imaging
53
Features
63
Overall
57
Canon PowerShot G9 X front
 
Sigma DP2 Quattro front
Portability
70
Imaging
65
Features
38
Overall
54

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro Key Specs

Canon G9 X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-84mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 209g - 98 x 58 x 31mm
  • Revealed October 2015
  • New Model is Canon G9 X II
Sigma DP2 Quattro
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • No Video
  • 45mm (F2.8) lens
  • 395g - 161 x 67 x 82mm
  • Introduced February 2014
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Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro Overview

Here, we are comparing the Canon G9 X versus Sigma DP2 Quattro, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Canon and Sigma. The image resolution of the G9 X (20MP) and the DP2 Quattro (20MP) is very close but the G9 X (1") and DP2 Quattro (APS-C) boast different sensor sizing.

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The G9 X was unveiled 21 months later than the DP2 Quattro making them a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Canon G9 X being a Compact camera and the Sigma DP2 Quattro being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the G9 X scores vs the DP2 Quattro in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G9 X over the Sigma DP2 Quattro

 G9 X DP2 Quattro 
IntroducedOctober 2015February 2014Fresher by 21 months
Display resolution1040k920kCrisper display (+120k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma DP2 Quattro over the Canon G9 X

 DP2 Quattro G9 X 

Common features in the Canon G9 X and Sigma DP2 Quattro

 G9 X DP2 Quattro 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon G9 X provides outside measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") along with a weight of 209 grams (0.46 lbs) whilst the Sigma DP2 Quattro has measurements of 161mm x 67mm x 82mm (6.3" x 2.6" x 3.2") and a weight of 395 grams (0.87 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you select at the time. Following is a front view measurements comparison of the G9 X vs the DP2 Quattro.

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the G9 X and DP2 Quattro is 92 and 70 respectively.

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro top view buttons comparison

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing simply by looking through a spec sheet. The visual below may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the G9 X and DP2 Quattro.

As you can see, each of these cameras feature the identical resolution but different sensor sizing. The G9 X comes with the smaller sensor which will make getting shallow DOF tougher. The more modern G9 X should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro sensor size comparison

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G9 X
Portrait photography with Sigma DP2 Quattro
65
focusing manually
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
can't use external flash
79
manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G9 X
Street photography with Sigma DP2 Quattro
80
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
lighter than competitors (209g)
screen does not articulate
61
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G9 X
Sports photography with Sigma DP2 Quattro
55
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
includes tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
not so great battery life (220 shots)
no phase detect AF
49
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (45mm)
max fps very slow (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G9 X Travel photography details
Sigma DP2 Quattro Travel photography details
77
lighter than competitors (209g)
boasts focus via touch
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
not so great battery life (220 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
54
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G9 X as a Landscape photography camera
Sigma DP2 Quattro as a Landscape photography camera
70
focusing manually
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
not so great battery life (220 shots)
60
manual focus
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (45mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G9 X Vlogging advice
Sigma DP2 Quattro Vlogging advice
39
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (209g)
display is not selfie friendly
no mic port
9
no video shooting
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Canon G9 X vs Sigma DP2 Quattro Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G9 X and Sigma DP2 Quattro
 Canon PowerShot G9 XSigma DP2 Quattro
General Information
Company Canon Sigma
Model type Canon PowerShot G9 X Sigma DP2 Quattro
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2015-10-12 2014-02-13
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip DIGIC 6 TRUE III engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 5424 x 3616
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-84mm (3.0x) 45mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.8
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Focal length multiplier 2.7 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, on, slow synchro, off no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 209 grams (0.46 lb) 395 grams (0.87 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") 161 x 67 x 82mm (6.3" x 2.6" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 63 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 495 not tested
Other
Battery life 220 images -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-13L BP-51
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC -
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $399 $931