Canon Powershot G9 - or DSLR?

I really like the G9 and the features, however, are there anyother cameras which can achieve DSLR results and features or should I buy a Rebel Xt or D40?. I just like have the portability and image quality is essential which is stupid to say here I know but carrying a DSLR around would be a hassle..

Stuff I'm doing is skateboard photos, street, potraits..


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It depends on the situation. In some, (like clear sunny days, landscape photos) a good p&s can offer results that (almost) match those by a DSLR. But the difference is dramatic once the conditions are not optimal (i.e. action shots in overcast, indoors etc.)

Comment #1

If you don't need to use a telephoto then a DSLR with just one good kit lens (Nikon 18-70) might be a viable option. Otherwise you'll be into carrying a camera bag with lenses, flashgun + other stuff and much of your flexible shooting ability will be gone..

The G9 is about as good as they're prepared to sell at that form factor now. Anything else will have to hang around your neck and, if it is a bridge camera, have an Electronic Viewfinder..

However, the more familiar you are with your chosen sport the easier it becomes to use one of those megazooms or a DSLR and lenses. The reason for this is that you can anticipate where the action will be and meter/focus at the right place in advance thereby removing any lag from the equation. That way you get the benefit of wide angle to long telephoto all in one on an affordable brridge camera; and IF you could tolerate a DSLR and not let it hold you back, your shots can be as good as your camera operating skills allow. (ie. pro level potential.).

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Comment #2

I have a G9. Here's one I took as an experiment late at night in a room with a 40 watt bulb in this lamp, no other illumination in the room. To my eyes, it came out well. Granted, there are no highlights in the shadows but there weren't any given the blackness of the room..

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Comment #3


Sounds a bit like the thoughts I was having a few months ago when I got the G9. Have got great use from it but I've now also purchased a DSLR because, although you may get compact shots almost matching those of a DSLR - on the whole, you're better off with a DSLR and a lens suited to the shots you're taking..

Don't get me wrong though, the G9 is still an excellent camera especially on walks or bike rides etc and one I take shots with about 5 days per week (fits in pocket so easy) - however, next weekend when I'm doing shots at an Anniversary and a Christening it's my DSLR that I'll probably take over 90% of the shots with! All depends what you're shooting..

If I were you I'd start with the G9 (mainly because of it's portability) - see if it's suitable - if not, exchange for one of the DSLRs you mention and live with the extra size!.


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I also had the same problem that you are going through couple of months back... I would have to say DLSR DLSR!! but dont forget once you start with DSLR you will start investing in lenses and accesories in no time at al..if you are up for it then by all means get the DSLR..i've got no regret at all!! ..

Comment #5

I have both - a DSLR and a Canon G9. Both are excellent for different reasons, and in different situations. Each has limitations and abilities that the other doesn't..

Right now, I am having trouble getting a good shot with the G9 of a backlit statue in my neighborhood. No settings I can come up with give me as good a result as I would easily get with my D200 and SB800 flash combo..

The G9 packs a lot of power into a tiny, stylish, and very pocketable package, but it will never be a DSLR, which while more expensive and bulky, is expressly designed to easily do that which is harder to achieve with a compact camera..

Having said that, I love both cameras, and use them in different ways to achieve different things, according to their abilities..

GET BOTH !!!!.

BigDog Ken Griffith.


Sunny Westchester, NY..

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