CAMERA CANON POWERSHOT G9X MARK II + UW HOUSING SeaGlove®


  • Product Code:G9X-MARKII


Availability: In Stock
  • Rp9,899,000

SERIOUS COMPACTS GET EVEN SLIMMER

Fancy a compact capable of taking CSC-grade images that will easily fit in your pocket? In the past, the Sony RX100 series has been the go-to recommendation, but Canon has released an alluring alternative. The PowerShot G9 X MARK II is a stylish, 1-inch sensor compact.

I took a closer look at this advanced compact ahead of a full review.

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CANON G9 X MARK II – DESIGN AND FEATURES

Although it's a 1-inch sensor compact, the Canon PowerShot G9 X's design is closer to the Canon PowerShot S120 – a popular ultra-compact model, but one with a much smaller 1/1.7in sensor. Most impressive is the fact that such models are small enough to fit in your pocket.

At only 31mm thick, it’s 10mm slimmer than the pocketable Sony RX100 IV – and it doesn’t look bad, either.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X is available in either two-tone silver and tan, or a more conservative all-black version.

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The obvious question is how Canon has managed to make the PowerShot G9 X so slender? The company has removed many of the elements found in 1-inch sensor biggest-hitters to produce a device that an experienced camera user may need some time to bed into.

For example, there’s no D-pad on the rear of the camera, or a viewfinder. For the most part, using the PowerShot G9 X will centre around the touchscreen display on the back of the device.

That’s not to say it’s a camera that doesn’t provide any control. A manual control ring sits around the lens, and there's a standard mode dial on the top plate providing access to the usual aperture and shutter-priority modes.

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Canon has achieved great balance with the PowerShot G9 X: The camera is serious enough to let you fling the aperture from one extreme to the other with a quick movement, but casual enough to slip into your trouser pocket.

If you can’t hack the lack of exposure dial, viewfinder and rear D-pad, then you'd be better off checking out the Canon PowerShot G5 X instead. The numbers may suggest that it's lower-end, but this isn't the case – it’s the G9 X's photo-nerd sibling. It sells for £629 and gives you extras, such as a hotshoe, that will likely please more picky buyers.

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CANON G9 X – LENS AND IMAGE QUALITY

More significant sacrifices have been made to achieve the Canon G9 X’s low price, however. Its lens isn't as versatile as that on many other 1-inch sensor compacts, including last year’s now similarly Canon PowerShot G7X

The 28-84mm lens offers max aperture of f/2-4.9. This is a fair bit slower than the f/1.8-2.8 of the PowerShot G5 X, which also offers a greater zoom range. I’ll have to check during my review exactly how quickly the G9 X drops down to f/4.9 aperture. The difference between f/1.8 and f/2 may be easy to swallow when the body is losing 1cm thickness, but a drop from f/2.8 to f/4.9 isn’t.

The PowerShot G9 X's optical performance is only really comparable with the first two Sony RX100 models (from 2012 and 2013), not the newer and more expensive ones.

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However, the Canon PowerShot G9 X shows a very interesting diversification of the 1-inch sensor camera market. The last batch of cameras seemed to be aimed at the high-end buyer, whereas this model is out to please those who are after true portability.

In terms of performance and periphery connectivity features, the Canon Powershot G9 X is as you’d expect. It can shoot at up to 6fps, or 4.3fps with autofocus, and has both WiFi and NFC.

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The G9X Housing was specially created for the Canon PowerShot G9X digital camera. The G9X Housing is manufactured to the highest professional standards of function, style and durability. It is depth rated to 40m/130 feet and is fully functional with ergonomically designed and labeled controls. With this special design case, every key of inside Canon PowerShot G9X can be pressed to control freely as you want.

The G9X Housing is ideal for outdoor and underwater photography. Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of activities such as white water paddle sports, sailing, boating, surfing, fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. The G9X Housing is shock resistant and protects the camera from water, sand, dust, frost and other damaging elements. 

The G9X Housing was designed to be compatible with a complete accessory system, enabling photographers to enhance the quality of their images.

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MAIN FEATURES  

  • Housing molded of corrosion free clear polycarbonate, durable and resistance to corrosion
  • The housing is rated to 40m/130ft depth, and is rugged and ready for use!
  • Ergonomic design
  • Clear view the camera information and control function
  • Ensures that camera stays clean and dry
  • Perfect in humid and wet conditions, salt spray, dust or snow, ideal for diving, surfing, snorkeling, skiing, yacht or other activities
  • Provides mechanical controls for all camera functions
  • Each control on the housing is clearly labeled, making it easy to learn the system
  • Dedicated video control button for easy video filming in any shooting mode
  • Large, easy to see buttons allow camera operation underwater, even with diving gloves
  • Dual Fiber optical direct plug-in
  • Special mount for lighting accessories
  • Easy and secure installation of camera
  • O-ring sealed with spring-loaded
  • Easy open latch and drop in camera loading make set-up a breeze.
  • There are three 1/4-20 mounts on the bottom of the housing for secure, rotation-free mounting of an optional tray and handles.
  • The G9X Housing is offered as standard equipment with a leak detector that will immediately activate a loud buzzer and a LED located at the rear of the housing in the event water should find its way past the o-ring seals, the water detector is located next to O-ring sealing and at the lowest point (in usual operating position) of the case
  • An included flash diffuser improves lighting quality when the camera's built-in flash is used. A built-in flash is effective between 1-3 feet (0.3-0.9m) from the subject in clear conditions. For best results an external underwater strobe is recommended.
  • Color filters replace some of the reds, oranges and more natural tones that would otherwise be lost underwater. Effective in relatively shallow, sunny conditions.
  • Compatible with a wide range of underwater photo accessories