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I would start here and make your own assessments.
post #17 of 25
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I dont get it, what is the bigbenefit of the G9, over another smaller, point-and-shoot?
It has a hot shoe, allowing you to use external flash. This opens up a whole realm of possibilities, allowing you to take flash pictures that actually look good, via bounce, diffusion, etc. Not to mention simply a lot more flash power, giving you the ability to light much larger or more distant subjects, w/o draining the camera batteries to boot.
post #18 of 25
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G8? Did I miss that one?
Confused the S80 with the G7. Sorry about that.

GAD
post #19 of 25
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Confused the S80 with the G7. Sorry about that.

GAD
Don't worry, the S series were/are excellent compacts too!
post #20 of 25
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Its still pretty small really. I guess im still a total camera n00b though.
There is a camera that will probably be announced for the PMA08 show this week called the Sigma DP-1.

Its a compact point and shoot, and will have an APS sized Foveon sensor, which is apparently really good or something. Im assuming this would blow EVERY other compact out of the water when looking at quality alone..(assumption, based on n00b-ness).

I assumed that the sensor is the MAIN part of a camera that defines how good a picture it takes, like no POS can really deal well in low light. DSLR can, but for a simpleton like me, Id like a simple point and shoot solution. DP-1 seems to be the only thing that *mihgt* fit the bill.
The sensor tech is interesting but the for me the fixed focal length lens is a deal breaker.
post #21 of 25
What you end up doing eventually:

a dslr and a really small compact

post #22 of 25
^^I have to agree with the above. I had a G7 for about a month, precisely because I didn't want to lug around a dslr, but wanted more manual control. The G7 was a perfect fit, and one of the only options out there that was. Pros:
-Looked great
-could be stuffed into jacket pocket
-Manual focus, aperture priority, digic III processor, etc

Cons:
-manual focus hard to use effectively
-small, but was never small and light enough

The bottom line is that I just never got good shots with it, so I returned it. I know it's not the G9, but I suspect the results would be the same. I wanted to like it, but many things about it seemed like a compromise that didn't really pay off. That being said, if I never intended to buy a dslr, then I would still have it.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kabeer View Post
I dont get it, what is the bigbenefit of the G9, over another smaller, point-and-shoot?

They all have small similar sensors dont they?

Wouldnt the biggest difference come from a camera with a much larger sensor?
For me, the biggest difference would be feel. A bigger body just feels nicer to use and hold. If it's really well built (i.e metal casing), even better. Also many things are lost with miniaturization. Besides the electronics inside, things like the viewfinder go away, and because smaller bodies have less space, buttons are also dropped in favor of purely firmware menus.
post #24 of 25
The Rebel body only is really cheap right now, I think it's around $450 or something. A decent third party standard zoom lens will set you back about $500. This combo will give you much better image quality and controls over the G9.
post #25 of 25
Have you looked at the Leica M8 Digital? Picture quality is the best that I have seen from a digital rangefinder. Snag is I can't afford one, but it was nice having one on loan for a weekend .
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