SPOY 2007 Prize #1: A Canon G9

We are very fortunate as a group to have had a fantastic offering of prizes from the photo business community for the Strobist Photos of the Year 2007.

The first of five prizes to be announced is a hot-off-the-presses Canon G9. I have been playing with mine for about a month now, and I absolutely love it.

I thought my G7 was sweet, but this better in most every respect. So much so that it feels weird for them to look nearly the same to me.

High points:

• RAW mode (which I still have not even accessed!) Truth is, I have been enjoying the jpegs so much, I have not taken the time yet to grab the software updates to read the raw files. Looking forward to RAWs as a late Christmas present, when I get a little time to make it happen.

• Bigger files.

• Cannot measure, but seems like better shutter lag. Also, you can play a shutter sound that tells you exactly when the frame is being made, and approximates actual shutter speeds. This makes for better timing and touch.

• Hot shoe for external flash synch, full manual capability, synchs an external flash to a 1/2000th of a sec, just like its predecessor.

• A selection of features that makes it a very useful camera to have with me at all times. I would go on a month's vacation and leave the dSLRs at home to travel light without a second thought. (I can actually be a photographer on vacation that way.)

For the record, David X. Tejada seems to be enjoying his, too. As is just about everyone else I have talked to who has one.

Please join me in thanking Alison at Canon USA for this generous and very Strobist-friendly prize, and to Moishe at MPEX for arranging it.

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Blogger Tom Legrady said...

Cool! I want one ...

December 10, 2007 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Oh, man. Something tells me the flicker pool is going to get a little crowded!

Can we suggest? I vote for a Mark III Ds for a prize! (heh)

December 10, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I got my G9 a couple of weeks ago. So far, the only complaint that I have is the lack of an EVF - the viewfinder is just not very useful, and I'm not accustomed to composing a shot with the LCD. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with it!

December 10, 2007 4:08 PM  
Anonymous njssli23 said...


December 10, 2007 4:21 PM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

Awesome! Who ever win will be very happy. My buddy just got one, and loveeees it.

December 10, 2007 5:21 PM  
Anonymous TimmyQ said...

WAAAAAH! :) Coolies! Someone is gonna be a very happy bunny :D

Go DH, MPEX and Canon!

December 10, 2007 5:45 PM  
Blogger David said...

For those of you excited about the G9, and it is certainly worth some excitement, all I can say is that we are just getting warmed up in the prize department.



December 10, 2007 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Andy Ptak said...

I've had my G9 for two weeks and I love it! One shot that I did with it even ended up in my portfolio. The quality is that good - although I wouldn't do it all of the time.

December 10, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger The Badmash said...

I need to pull a killer strobist shot out of the bag.. pronto!

December 10, 2007 7:03 PM  
Blogger google said...

I pretty much eBay'd everything in my little studio that wasn't tied down (wanna buy an A650 IS?) and bought one.

It's just not your ordinary p&s - rich feature list, testosterone rich build quality and retro styling BUT it won't work with an ST-E2 in manual mode...:8( Seems very unStrobist like. I can't wait 'till the teenagers hack it. . .

December 10, 2007 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Jason Phillips said...

Oh Man! Now I have to pull a rabbit out of my hat and post a killer photo in about a week.

December 10, 2007 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

David said,"...all I can say is that we are just getting warmed up in the prize department."

Gee, thanks Dave. I just drooled all over my keyboard. I'll send you the cleaning bill, okay?

December 10, 2007 7:41 PM  
Blogger David said...


Yeah, well. I had to get mine replaced this week already. But then, I already know what the other four prozes are.

At least you are eligible to win...

December 10, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Alison and Moishe: thanks! You guys rock!

December 10, 2007 8:10 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I've not seen anyone say much about the G9's macro ability. Set the focus to infinity and you can get as close as 1 cm from the subject! Further, try the "high resolution" video mode PLUS macro mode and and you've got a high-res 30-fps video camera. I took some really interesting macro movies of bees on sedum this summer. Really fun! Time to try some macro flash photography....

December 10, 2007 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Gordon said...

I sure like my G9 but it is probably better used with non-Canon flashes for purposes of learning the Strobist method. I use mine with Nikon SB-28 and SB-24 but have tried Canon 580EX and 420EX. Have you tried the G9 with Canon flash? Sync speed is limited to 1/250 with the 580EX in Manual mode but goes to 1/640 with the SB-28.

December 10, 2007 9:19 PM  
Anonymous tuthdoc99 (Alan) said...

This is awesome....I need to come up with a great shot to post to the pool.
Kudos to DH, Alison and Moishe!

December 10, 2007 11:07 PM  
Blogger Phil Hunton said...

I just got one, its great under 400 ISO, over that becomes a little grainy. The features are amazing and I leave mine in manual focus so I can quickly lift and shoot for documentary style shots. Whoever wins is one lucky strobist.

December 11, 2007 3:54 AM  
Blogger Marc Lacoste said...

I got the other compact with a hot shoe and manual controls: the ricoh GX-100. Its most useful advantage is the 24mm equivalent lens, and it accepts a 19mm attachement of good quality. I reviewed it for interior photo, it's OK. I love it for the wide angle, but it could be less brick-solid than the Canon.

December 11, 2007 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Serge said...

It seems like a wonderful little camera, very handy for travelling if you don't want to take your heavy DSLR stuff with you. Maybe I should consider buying one...


December 11, 2007 4:48 AM  
Blogger Michael Stewart said...

The G9 actually does NOT sync to 1/2000 instead it automatically defaults back to 1/250 if you manually set it faster than this limit. So far we haven't seen any camera that has a flash sync faster than 1/250.. imagine the possibilities if we could overpower sunlight at 1/2000!

I've also blogged about the G9 and some of its accessories here.

December 11, 2007 9:01 AM  
Blogger Piddler said...

Cool beans!

Now I just need to go out and take more shots to add to the pool :p

December 11, 2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger Bruko said...

dammit, now I wish I'd slacked off a little less.

December 12, 2007 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Gordon said...

Previously I submitted a comment that the G9 would sync with the Nikon SB-28 at 1/640 second. I thought 1/640 was the maximum based on notes from testing my own G9. Anyway, I tried again with a Nikon SB-28, SB-24 and Vivitar 285HV by shooting in a nearly dark room with the flash in the hot shoe and the G9 in manual mode. The G9 will sync with all these at 1/2500! It does seem to me that the SB-28 and SB-24 “lose” the equivalent of about 1-1/2 stops at 1/2500. The Vivitar loses 2 stops. It also seems to me that the “falloff” is roughly proportional to shutter speed; that is, the Vivitar loses about 1 stop at 1/1000 second. The light from the flashes seemed evenly distributed even at the high shutter speeds – there was no mechanical obstruction of the light.

With a Canon 580EX, 420EX or 380EX mounted in the hotshoe, the G9 resets from 1/500 to 1/250 when in manual exposure mode. This is done whether the flash is in ETTL or manual mode (580EX).

Note that the G9 does not permit shutter speeds faster than 1/1600 if the aperture is larger than f4.

I’ll probably expound on this a bit in my blog, http://lightdescription.blogspot.com in a few days.

December 15, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger David said...


I saw your comment, and immediately amended the post to a 1/500th of a sec to be on the safe side. When I was able to take a moment to test it for myself, I realized that you could, indeed, get it to synch at all speeds, dependent on the actual flash duration of the remote flash.

I am planning a full post on it.

December 15, 2007 11:35 PM  

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