Andy Westlake tries out Canon’s slim, stylish compact with a 1in sensor - the G9 X.

Product Overview

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Canon PowerShot G9 X

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  • Slim, pocketable design
  • Good image quality from 1in sensor
  • Well-implemented touchscreen


  • Unambitious lens
  • Limited physical controls
  • Unreliable autofocus in low light


Canon PowerShot G9 X review


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Canon PowerShot G9 X review – Conclusion

Canon PowerShot G9 X

With its small size and undeniably good-looking design, the G9 X has plenty going for it. Indeed if you want a good-looking pocket camera with excellent image quality to supplement a DSLR or CSC, and perhaps use primarily in auto mode, then it’s a tempting option. Canon’s excellent white balance and metering bring attractive output, and once the Wi-Fi is set up it’s really easy to copy your images to your phone for sharing.


However, if you’re an enthusiast photographer looking to take more manual control over shooting, the G9 X is perhaps not such a good choice. Its strong reliance on a touchscreen makes it more awkward to shoot with than its peers; indeed I never realised how much I’d miss the simple D-pad controller, and I think Canon has made a mistake by omitting one. Other manufacturers have managed to fit them on similarly small cameras with equally large touchscreens, so it’s not due to a lack of space (although the huge bezel around the screen makes it look that way). Poor continuous shooting and inconsistent low-light autofocus reinforce the impression of a camera that’s not quite as good in reality as it looks on paper.

This is a shame, because the G9 X is a camera I really wanted to like. But its flaws make it difficult to love, or recommend wholeheartedly ahead of the nearly three-year-old Sony RX100 II. However if you can live with its touchscreen-dominated operation it can certainly deliver good results.

Testbench BLUE 3.5

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Introduction
  2. 2. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Features
  3. 3. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Performance
  6. 6. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Image quality
  7. 7. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Conclusion
  8. 8. Canon PowerShot G9 X review - Full specification
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