Monday, August 20, 2007

Choosing a compact just got more difficult

Ok, so I've been moving inexorably towards the Ricoh Caplio GX100 with its wide zoom and RAW shooting mode, but now Canon have announced the Powershot G9 and - hurrah! - RAW is back. Now I'm confused again.
Well, Canon seems to have heard us, because the new G9 replacement does indeed have raw mode. It also has a 12.1MP sensor and an improved screen. My guess is that the camera was originally supposed to have raw mode, but that without the Digic III chip wouldn't have been fast enough. We'll also have to see whether the increased pixel count is a blessing or a curse, and what the raw shooting speed actually is like. This could well end up being the point-and-shoot of choice for the serious photographer.

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