"It Might Be...It Could Be..."
By Ken Tanaka
Harry Caray, the late Chicago Cubs (baseball) broadcaster, became famous for his tension-building technique of announcing long-hit balls in flight: "It might be...it could be...it IS! A HOME RUN! Holy cow!" At the risk of being corny I think it's appropriate to apply Harry's expression to this topic: "The Canon Powershot G9 might be...it could be...it IS the best point-and-shoot digital camera ever!" It's certainly the best I've seen.
Not being a professional camera reviewer I'll leave the detailed G9 review to the many Internet sites and pundits who make such examinations their stock in fame. But you might enjoy reading some off-the-cuff observations of an early G9 owner...
Featured Comment by Scott Jones: "Took my new G9 out for a spin today for the first time. I usually shoot a 5D. I would like to comment on two items that rarely get mentioned. First the weight and form of the camera hangs just great on the strap and Canon has supplied a 'sticky' surfaced strap that will not slide off your shoulder so what I found was that this thing is a joy to carry. It tucks right under the arm at your flank and is very well hidden there and feels very weightless. The strap while wearing dark clothes hardly is noticeable because it is so narrow and thin. The body has enough heft that it hangs very nicely and does not wobble around. On the down side is the user manual which appears to be written almost entirely in symbols. Very hieroglyphic and almost 300 pages. One must be able to decipher diagrams and symbol translation. Several of the controls/menus are not intuitive and vary somewhat depending on what shooting mode you are in, but I suspect I will learn to play this instrument. Just thought I would post two comments one rarely sees about what I think is going to be a terrific camera for me to have 'on me' all the time, but still give me RAW control and enough image quality to make nice 13x19" or smaller prints that I usually make with my 5D. I think the two are going to cover almost any situation for me."