New camera.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by telf22, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. telf22 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2007
    Hey guys, i currently have a Canon Powershot S80 which has been good. I am planning on buying a better camera for christmas. I want a canon, i want it to take very good pictres, but i prefer it to be compact, not an slr. i was thinking a Canon G9 but not sure if its worth the money.

    I know nothing about slr's and it seems that for a bit more than the G9 i could get a decent slr (The G9 is around $450) I'm not too sure about the bulkiness of an slr but then again the G9 is rather bulky aswell.

    What should i do???? get an slr or the G9???

  2. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    With a G9 style camera you get the worst of both worlds. The crappy sensor / non-interchangeable lenses of the compact plus the bulky size (almost) of the SLR.
  3. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    This is kind of funny, cuz I was just reading a blog entry by Darwin Wiggett (he's a pro photographer) about how he's using the Canon G9 as his primary "light kit" camera, and loving it.

    Darwin's blog entry on Singh-Ray's website
  4. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    If you want to screw around with settings more than a "standard" P&S will allow, the G9 is a good choice. It will fit in your pocket, but not comfortably in your shirt pocket.

    I would go to a store and play around with one to see if it works for you.
  5. telf22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2007
    interesting, never thought of it that way.
  6. telf22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2007
    great find mate, thx!
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Agreed. I would avoid the point and shoot cameras with a long zoom range. They all use the smallest sensors used in most non-dslr cameras, which is 1/2.5 inches. Smaller zooms use the larger sensors, and the really good quality cameras use the 1/1.7 or 1/1.8 inch sized sensors.

    If you want a small camera that takes DSLR quality photos, I'd rather buy an Olympus E-410. Far smaller than other DSLRs on the market, and comes with great packages as well. It'll cost you $500-$600. A G9 costs you around the same, but will take worse photos and give you less control. If you want to see how much smaller the E410 is, just hold the Olympus and compare it to another small DSLR like the Nikon D40 or Pentax K100D. The Olympus is noticeably smaller.*&bhs=t
  8. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

    SLC Flyfishing

    Nov 19, 2007
    Portland, OR
    If you feel comfortable with the DSLR for a little bit more, get it. There's a good chance that at some point in the future, if you keep going with this photography thing. Also, you will inevitable get a better image with the SLR than you would with a G9 (not that the G9 would make bad images).

    Your options are wide open as far as small SLR's are concerned, there are tons out there and none of them should cost you much more than what you are quoting for a G9.

  9. telf22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2007
    thx, that camera looks nice. i dont know if i want a very good compact camera or an average SLR. im going 2 go down 2 b&h in a few minutes. :)
  10. jerryrock macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Amsterdam, NY
    I actually own a Canon Powershot G9! My primary camera is a Canon EOS 1Ds (the original). The G9 is a wonderful compact camera that goes places my SLR doesn't. The image quality is best in it's class and it takes HD video too. It has a hot shoe for an external flash unit and well placed controls. The face detection technology works wonderfully and the anti shake mechanism adds about 2 stops to exposures.

    This would be a great choice for a first camera or a carry around for those that already own a SLR.
  11. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    Get a compact or an SLR.

    compromises get you very little.

    Portability or power. Pick your poison.

    Given the low price of most compacts, I would recommend getting a nice compact first, then a decent SLR.
  12. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I really don't think there's such thing as an "average SLR". They ALL take very good photos, even when comparing the most expensive models to the cheapest models. With expensive models, you're really paying for features that will allow certain users to get the photos they want.

    However, if you are to compare a digital SLR to a G9, the DSLR will probably win every time. The Olympus is cheap, smaller than small DSLRs like the Nikon D40, and is perfect for a low weight rig. Even as a Nikon user, if I want a small camera next time, I'd rather get this camera with 2 kit lenses than a G9, or the new Nikon, or the Fuji S9000 or whatever they're called. There's no point. They're not much smaller, and

    The benefits they do have are a video mode, and really good "Live View", where you can use the LCD to frame a shot (like with most point and shoot cameras) rather than the viewfinder. If these things are important, then get the G9. Otherwise, you're paying a lot for a lesser camera.

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