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Canon G9 powershot or Sony cybershot??

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1. Posted by danielle21 (Budding Member 64 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

After some advice!! i am off travel in two weeks heading to south america, new zealand etc. I will be seeing some amazing scenery and want a decent but compact digital camera.

I am currently in a dilema! would you recommend canon powershot G9 or Sony cyber shot?? Or niether would you recommend an alternative?

your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks


2. Posted by ambroselia (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Danielle,

It depends on whether or not you're an experienced photographer. If you've used a dSLR before and need something with that kind of power in a very compact package, then get the G9. If you're a newbie and don't have much experience with photography, then the Sony might be better for you...


3. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would suggest the G9. I prefer to avoid using Sony's MemoryStick format. That aside the G9 is a very impressive camera. It is easy to use for beginners while offering more power for intermediate to pro shooters. The flash hot shoe is also another feature you don't typically find in a point and shoot. The G9 gets fantastic reviews and while it is isn't as small as some of the other Canon's point and shoots (ex the SD1000, etc.) it is still pretty compact and portable. Offers you the capabilities of a dSLR without the need to lug around a lot of equipment. It would make a great camera for travel photography.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Of those two options, I'd definitely recommend the Canon.
However, as dpreview also notes in their review of the G9, in the end, no matter how great a camera it is, the image quality you'll get is hampered by the small noisy sensor, same as in any point 'n shoot - so don't be expecting miracles.

5. Posted by fruitcake (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Danielle,

i am the proud owner of a G7 which is basically the same camera as the G9. I bought it for my trip to central and south america last year. Like you i wanted a decent but compact camera. After a year of debating what camera to get i opted for the G7 and have never regretted it. Its ideal for travel.

What i like about it is that it allows me full creative control so i can correctly expose my photos, its very well designed and accessing its vast array of features is quick and simple- unlike other compacts where you have to press loads of buttons.

Also, the build quality is excellent which for me is important when travelling, the construction is very solid and it can really take the rigours of backpacking. I was new to digtal photography when i bought it and it is a camera you can grow into as well.

If you do opt for a G9 its worth buying a memory card at least 2gb and a spare battery. Regardless of what camera you buy, i can guarantee you will get great photos with the places you will be visiting.

6. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well, somebody has to take a contrary view?

My Sony Cybershot is a bit older and I've never used the Canon, so I can't really compare the two. I can say that I've grown to love the Sony. It is very easy and powerful. I've got near DSLR capabilities (12x zoom & optical image stabilization - a must with a big zoom). There are plenty of settings for the power hunger (Full Auto, Full Manual, and many in betweens).

The biggest downside I've noticed (hopefully corrected on newer models) is slow shutter lag at times. Some folks don't like the stupid memory stick, but once you've purchased it (or them), it works as well as any others - just can use it in non Sony devices so it's not as flexible. Most card readers nowdays can read most of the different formats (Memory Stick, SD, etc), so it's easy to copy pictures to my laptop from any of the camera formats (or use cables).

Pretty well thought out camera and takes great pictures (for my taste anyway).

7. Posted by fggtt (Inactive 15 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I had the opportunity to get my hands on the G9 a week ago and have used it exclusively for the past week. The camera feels heavy and very big compared with my brother's Canon Powershot SD-700, and in automatic control the pictures are almost the same, but when using manual control it just becomes the magic!!
But it is really great. I am an amature and was able to take point and shoot photos with out messing with all the numerous adjustments and all but 2 of the 600 pics I took came out perfect. This camera is fast and takes the best pictures I have ever seen. And I got my Canon Powershot G9 at a pretty low deal price of $428

[ Edit: links removed - no promos in the forum please. ]

8. Posted by mjpittuk (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

With the G9, would you recommend shooting in the RAW format?

Does this use too much memory? Is there anything to be aware of before shooting RAW?

I gather you have better editing capabilities with RAW which is why I'm interested.

Any advice would be great.

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

RAW photos take anywhere from 2-5 times as much space as JPG photos (depending on the level of compression of the JPG, and the exact information stored in the RAW file). So you'll be going through your memory cards 2-5 times faster. That's a lot of extra memory card needed for only a relatively small gain.
However, that small gain can allow you to "retrieve" photos which would be completely lost causes if you only had them in JPG. It allows you to stop worrying about white balance, as you can manually tweak it to be absolutely spot on after the fact. (Or what's happened in my case: it allows me to experiment much more freely with changing white balance rather than relying on the "auto" detect - because I know that if I fuck it up, that's not the end.)

It allows you to shoot landscapes and portraits in the same mode - with the same color profile - because you can toggle the color profile after the fact. No more horribly red faces!

I once had two photos with powerlines which showed up just horribly aliased in the JPG version (to the point of being noticeably distracting), due to the default sharpening. The RAW files allowed me to undo the sharpening completely, and edit the unsharpened photos in such a way that the final unsharp mask did not cause similar unacceptable aliasing.

So, the benefits are real - but you need to spend a lot of time and effort into editing a lot of photos before you'll personally experience them. You could get more or less perfect results only ever shooting JPG, but you yourself would need to do everything right all the time. For me, for 95% of the photos I put on the web, I never touch the RAW version, but work directly with the JPG. (My camera produces both.) It's just that remaining 5% where having the RAW file is a real benefit...

In my eyes, memory is cheap, and so a benefit for 5% of photos is totally worth filling up memory cards nearly three times as fast. But yeah, you do need to have the cards, and I can easily see many people deciding that the tradeoff isn't worth it.

10. Posted by ambroselia (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting mjpittuk

With the G9, would you recommend shooting in the RAW format?

Does this use too much memory? Is there anything to be aware of before shooting RAW?

I gather you have better editing capabilities with RAW which is why I'm interested.

Any advice would be great.

Sander provided a terrific response. I would only add that in my eyes, RAW is important for those once in a lifetime shots. If you're just shooting everyday shots then JPGs are just fine.

To me, once in a lifetime shots are those where you are on travel and won't be back, family events (weddings, family gatherings, etc.), shots you plan on editing and think are beautiful, etc.