Lots of reviewers have weighed in on the Canon PowerShot G9 digital camera. Enthusiast sites such as The Imaging Resource and Steve's Digicams provide the most detailed and critical reviews. The review at DigitalCameraInfo.com is equally detailed, but its technical jargon makes it harder to read for novices. Consumer Reports also rates the Canon PowerShot G9, but doesn't provide much discussion. Amazon.com should be your first stop for user reviews.
According to reviews, the 12-megapixel Canon PowerShot G9 is a great choice for experienced photographers. However, in the most recent reviews, it's been eclipsed by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 (*est. $405), which is smaller and lighter, and costs less. Pluses for the PowerShot G9 include manual control, RAW format support, a hot shoe for external flash units, a 6x optical zoom and more. There are a myriad of manual settings, plus automatic options and scene modes. Photo quality is generally top-notch, especially at lower ISO settings.
The Imaging Resource puts digital cameras through extensive and well-documented testing, including many sample photos. The Canon PowerShot G9 is a top choice among the camera enthusiasts here. Mike Pasini writes that the G9 "never disappointed me."
Review: Canon PowerShot G9, Mike Pasini and Dave Etchells, Nov. 21, 2007
Steve's Digicams delivers comprehensive and well-detailed reviews that discuss features, image-quality performance and more. Lots of test photos are also included. The Canon PowerShot G9 is named to a list of the best "prosumer" cameras and is considered a good compromise for those who want the control of a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera without the hassle.
Review: Canon PowerShot G9 Hands-on Review, Oct. 12, 2007
DigitalCameraInfo.com's reviews are noted for their sometimes brutal honesty. The reports are very detailed and include a numerical rating that can be easily compared to other cameras. Reviews, however, can be hard to read due to their level of technical detail. The Canon PowerShot G9 rates very highly here, getting praise for its color accuracy and resolution.
Review: Canon PowerShot G9 Digital Camera Review, Emily Raymond, Sept. 26, 2007
Consumer Reports tests digital cameras, ranking and rating them according to well-explained criteria. However, discussion is limited to only a few supplemental notes that accompany the ratings -- far short of what can be found at enthusiast websites.
Review: Digital Cameras, Editors of Consumer Reports, July 2008
Amazon.com is a good site for user reviews because it gets a lot of traffic and provides great tools -- like a box that compares the best write-ups, both positive and negative. Over 250 owners have weighed in on the Canon PowerShot G9.
Review: Canon PowerShot G9, Contributors to Amazon.com