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3rd day with my Canon G9 camera

3rd day with my Canon G9 camera

canon g9 body
I’ve decide to wait a bit before buying a gigantic Reflex (DSLR) camera like the Canon EOS 40D or Nikon D300, mainly since I will never be able to use these formula 1 camera in a so short period of time (I am leaving switzerland in 1.5 months). I’ve read a lot of forums entries at dpreview.com and found that this camera is a good compromise. So I order a Canon G9. This camera is able to work in full auto mode and has as many manual settings as a DSLR. I am in no way a professionnal photographer, that’s why I will just publish here some links and ideas that may help new buyers.

I’ve paid
664 CHF for the body , 141 CHF for the Sandisk Ultra 2 8GB memory card and 44CHF for a Joby tripod = total cost 877CHF (570€). Order at 9 o’clock, delivered at 18:00 (thanks to www.digitec.ch)

Reviews:
Dpreview : Canon PowerShot G9  read user reviews
TheOnlinePhotographer Canon PowerShot G9  review
LetsGoDigital Canon PowerShot G9 review Bag
Not even a small bag in the box. Canon has a limited offering, If you can’t afford the Cost of Canon’s bag, look at LowePro
canon.DCC-600.bagcanon%20SC-DC55A
DCC-600                                     DC55

I recommend you to go with the DC 55, it protect the G9 camera a lot better as seen on this page.

Battery
The battery you get from the package is just a shame: 800mAh and it cost between 100CHF (65€) and 141CHF (91€). As seen on dpreview.com Canon Talk, You can spare a lot of money by using generic battery. I’ve ordered 3 battery (7€ each)  on ebay.de for a total of 21€ . Each battery being rate at 2500mAh -> 3 more times capacity equal to  3 times more fun!
What You must take into account before buying them on ebay (point 1,2 is common sense):

  1. A well know ebay power seller
  2. Pay with paypal to be protected against fraud
  3. Each battery must have a CE logo
  4. 1 or 2 years warranty

Memory card
Sandisk has a 10 years return warranty, Kingston is lifetime. I’ve choose a 8Gb because I want to order a solid state HD recorder later this week.

Best site found
Power Shot Valley





Features

  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 3.0-inch LCD display; optical viewfinder
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 25 shooting modes, including 9 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by NB-2LH lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD or MMC memory cards (32MB MMC memory card included)
  • Type: Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 6x optical / 4x digital / 24x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
  • Image capture device type: 12.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
  • Total pixels: Approximately 12.4 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: Approximately 12.1 megapixels
  • Lens focal length: 7.4-44.4mm, f2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)
  • Digital zoom: 4x
  • Focusing range: Normal: 1.6 feet/50 centimeter to infinity; macro: 0.39 inches to 1.6 feet/1 to 50 centimeter (wide)
  • Autofocus system: TTL autofocus
  • Viewfinder: Real image optical zoom viewfinder
  • LCD monitor: 3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • LCD pixels: Approximately 230,000 pixels
  • LCD coverage: 1
  • Brightness adjustment: 15 levels. Quick-bright LCD.
  • Maximum aperture: f2.8 (wide) to f4.8 (telephoto)
  • Shutter speed: 15s seconds to 1/2500 second (settable in Tv and M)
  • Exposure sensitivity: Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
  • Light metering method: Evaluative (control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF), Center-weighted average, Spot (metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame)
  • Exposure control method: Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
  • White Balance control: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2
  • Built-in flash: Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
  • Flash range: 1.0 to 13 feet /30 centimeters to 4.0 meters (wide), 1.6 to 8.2 feet /50 centimeters to 2.5 meters (telephoto) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
  • Recycling time: 12 seconds or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
  • Flash exposure compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
  • Shooting modes: Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids and Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie
  • My colors: Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
  • Self-timer: Activates shutter after an approximately 2-second/10-second delay, Custom
  • Wireless control: Not available
  • Continuous shooting: Normal: Approximately 1.5 frames per second (fps); AF: approximately 0.7 fps; LV: approximately 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
  • Storage media: SD/SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus card, HC MMC Plus card
  • File format: Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
  • Image compression: Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG); Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
  • Image quality mode: Normal, Fine, SuperFine, RAW
  • Number of recording pixels: Still image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 3,264 x 2,448 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,000 x 2,248 (Widescreen); movie: 1024 x 768 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 640 x 480 (2 hours at 0.5 fps/1 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes, 160 x 120 (3 minutes at 15 fps)
  • Playback modes: Still image: Single, Magnification (approximately 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW playback, Resize, Image Inspection Tool; movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
  • Erase modes: Still image: single image, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images; movie: part of movie, all of movie
  • Computer interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
  • Video out: NTSC/PAL
  • Audio out: Monaural
  • Other: SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
  • Power source: Rechargeable lithium battery NB-2LH or AC adapter kit ACK-DC20 (AC adapter is optional and not included–must be purchased separately)
  • Shooting capacity: Still image: approximately 240 shots (NB-2LH/LCD on), approximately 600 shots (NB-2LH/LCD off)
  • Playback time: Approximately 420 minutes (NB-2LH) (LCD screen on. These figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.)
  • Display languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, simplified/traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian
  • Operating temperature: 32 to 104 degrees F/0 to 40 degrees C
  • Operating humidity: 10 to 90%
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.19 x 2.83 x 1.67 inches / 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 millimeters
  • Weight: Approximately 11.29 ounces / 320 grams (camera body only)
  • What’s in the box: Canon PowerShot G9 digital camera, lithium battery pack NB-2LH, battery charger CB-2LW, MMC Plus card MMC-32MH, neck strap NS-DC6, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

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I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.

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