Canon G9 X
- 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
- Introduced October 2015
- Successor is Canon G9 X II
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon G9 X overview
Canon G9 X is Canon's Large Sensor Compact camera initially launched on October of 2015. It features a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5472 x 3648.
Canon brought out the more recent Canon G9 X II (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this camera.
The G9 X is placed #41 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all round #342 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your custom factors.
The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon G9 X family
The Canon G9 X is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list below.
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Canon G9 X Gallery
You can view the G9 X from several angles in the gallery here.
Canon G9 X Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon G9 X based on aspects that are oftentimes seen as important in a camera.
Canon G9 X Sensor features
The Canon G9 X is powered by the DIGIC 6 processor. The sensor measurement in the Canon G9 X is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 125 - 12800. RAW photos are saved so the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the G9 X's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The G9 X sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is showcased in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon G9 X dimensions
Canon G9 X weighs around 0.46 lbs (209g or 7.37 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 98mm x 58mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 392g so the Canon G9 X is lighter than other rivals.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The following is a photo of the Canon G9 X next to a softdrink to help you get a sense of its size.
The top view here will provide the button design on the G9 X.
Canon G9 X Lens features
The G9 X offers a fixed lens with a focal range of 28-84mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which won't be huge nevertheless it will be invaluable in certain scenarios.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.0 making it incredibly good for low light occasions and capturing good bokeh. It would also make it easier to choose a much lower ISO for getting crisper photographs. For the long end, 84mm comes with f4.9 which is very slow and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Canon G9 X Connectivity
The G9 X has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer photos and sometimes change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Many apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Canon G9 X Video features
The highest video resolution in the Canon G9 X is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance between quality and file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with any room to downsample. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack so you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to look at another camera in case you require better sound for your video clips.
Canon G9 X Weather Sealing
Canon G9 X doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions can easily damage the camera.
Canon G9 X Display and Viewfinder
The Canon G9 X features a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.
Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you can switch focus point and adjust settings with your fingertips.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder details for Canon G9 X are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very useful during bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Canon G9 X Shutter features
Canon G9 X continuous shooting speed is 6.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Canon G9 X Flash and Hot shoe features
Canon G9 X features just in-built flash with no external flash ability.
Canon G9 X Autofocus features
Canon G9 X features only Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and accurate than Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detect which is handy for people photography.
Canon G9 X has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to shift focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Canon G9 X has the ability to use manual focusing when required during low light or you want to have more precise focusing control.
Canon G9 X Battery life
The battery power (NB-13L) for the Canon G9 X is made to last for 220 shots according to the CIPA specifications which is less than it's competitors. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has got the highest (450) battery life within this category of cameras.
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Canon G9 X for specific forms of photography
The following chart shows a analysis of the Canon G9 X for specific forms of photography. To see more, check out the specific section below.
Canon G9 X Portrait photography advice
The Canon G9 X gets a points tally of 65 which is nice, and means the camera is a very decent choice to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support and option to use external lighting.
Canon G9 X Street photography details
Coming in at a wonderful points tally of 80, the Canon G9 X is a terrific option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Canon G9 X
A decent sports photography points tally of 55 means the Canon G9 X is reasonably suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs great tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon G9 X Travel photography advice
Size is very critical when getting a camera for travel. In general, the Canon G9 X gets a superb 77 as a travelling camera which is a brilliant fit for your journeys.
Canon G9 X Landscape photography factors
If you are looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G9 X at it's nice rating of 70 for a landscape camera is a respectable option within the current market.
Canon G9 X Vlogging info
A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon G9 X is just not very good for vlogging as it gets a horrible rating of 39.
Canon G9 X Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the G9 X, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the family of Large Sensor Compact.
The line chart here shows you an overview of the G9 X vs it's top ranked competitors mentioned previously.
These are some more cameras you might check out as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.