I know this is a camera that's long since discontinued, but for me it is coming back
into utility, due to Aperture 3.0.
I got a G9 when they first came out, late 2007, as I was going on a work-related
trip to the Canadian Rockies. Space limitations made the best excuse to upgrade
my P&S from a 2000 model. Got some OK shots on that trip and subsequently, but
the G9's noisiness above or even at ISO 400, never made for great shots. Have used
a flash in the hotshoe and even an STE2 many times.
Lately I have bought an S90 and that is the best pocketable camera I've ever had.
You can argue that the Panasonic LX3 is better, maybe, but slightly larger and for
me. Didn't go for a G11, as it seemed too similar to the G9, but with less features.
I still have my G9, here's why:
- time-lapse movies: missing from the S90 and everything else recent from
Canon. Why? I use it to demonstrate construction of things.
- Higher resolution movies: The G9 has higher res movies than its successors.
- Audio recordings: Missing at least from the G11. Why?
- Audio notes attached to images. Missing at least from the G11. Why?
All these things really make sense now that Aperture 3.0 will import them,
keeping audio attachments attached as metadata. The G9 is now the best
AV data collector, albeit not the best image maker. It's always lived in my
briefcase, but now it's worth using more of its features.