The G9x is very practical. It’s a super tiny camera and it’s very slim, light, and it can easily fit in your pocket.
The G9x is based on the earlier G7x, but it’s got rid of some features, and it’s designed to be easier to use. The G9x gets the same 1-inch sensor from the G7x that uses the 20.2-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor. So, it’s safe to say that you can enlarge the pics for high quality images for a magazine or small billboard. Then there is the DIGIC 6 image processor as in the G7X, and the pairing yields a sensitivity range of ISO 125 to 12,800 equivalents.
What I really liked about the camera though, apart from its small dimensions, is the wonderful LCD panel. The 3-inch touchscreen has got a high-resolution 720 x 480 pixel array, but you can’t swivel or turn it around in case you want to take a selfie. Regardless of that though, the quality is very good and you can easily control you camera settings. There is also a nice single ring around the lens barrel that you can use to toggle through settings as well. Shooting in Manual Mode is very easy as you can select your settings and take pictures on the fly. To make sure the G9x is pocket friendly and practical, Canon has used a new 3x optical zoom lens with 28-84mm equivalent focal length range, and a maximum aperture that falls from f/2.0 to f/4.9 across that range. It’s not versatile, but it gets the job done.
I used the camera during a quick three day bike trip through Rajasthan, and all my pictures came out very well. Storage is on SD card, and both JPEG and raw formats are provided. There is also Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity to get pictures onto your smartphone. The video mode is also very easy to use and it’s captured on 1080p or below, and you can manually focus and control exposure.
Overall, the Canon GX9 is a user friendly and a practical camera. The quality of the pictures and the videos, although not the best, is still very nice.