Canon S5IS or Canon G9?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Ritter 197, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Ritter 197

    Ritter 197 Guest

    I am looking (among a few others) at these 2 cameras, which fit my budget
    better.

    I read some good and a few bad reports (on the S5IS - noise above ISO 100)
    and really nothing bad about the G9.
    But I would love to hear from people who have first hand experience.

    Thanks in advance
     
    Ritter 197, Jun 17, 2008
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    TooOld1 Guest

    I just bought the S5 IS last Thursday and, after some early
    familiarization shots on Friday, took it to my granddaughter's wedding and
    reception Saturday where I shot nearly 200 pictures. I am not a newbie to
    digital photography but not an advanced amateur either. That said, if there
    is something this camera cannot do, I haven't found it yet.
    I too was concerned about the image quality described in reviews but
    from a practical point of view, it is not a factor. The pictures that I shot
    were sharp, clear, and, to my non-expert eye, aberration free.
    The 12X zoom and moveable, twistable, tweakable LCD screen are a delight
    and are, alone, compelling reasons to choose this camera. The hot shoe is a
    bonus which I may never use, but nice to have it just in case. I have also
    played with the Video and Stitch features, using the included Canon software
    and Windows Movie Maker, and found them to be simple and easy to use.
    I do wish that Canon had included a wider setting for the zoom, but the
    Stitch feature allows an easy remedy for the lack of a really wide angle
    lens.
    I briefly considered the G9 but lacking the 12X zoom and costing $80 to
    $100 more, the S5 IS was the easy choice over the G9.
    Noot
     
    TooOld1, Jun 17, 2008
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  3. Ritter 197

    Ritter 197 Guest

    That was a very nice and detailed reply and makes me lean towards the S5IS
    now.
    I would prefer the Canon EOS Rebel XSI but by adding a zoom lens one gets to
    $1000 and that is a little high for me, especially when possibly adding a
    speedlite from Canon.
    Did you shoot all your pictures at the wedding at ISO 80 or 100? Or did you
    try higher ISO too with dim lighting?

    Thanks for the reply in advance.
     
    Ritter 197, Jun 17, 2008
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    TooOld1 Guest

    I had the ISO set at "Auto" and, looking at the EXIF data from the
    wedding pictures, the highest ISO rating it went to is 250. I had the camera
    set at its highest pixel size and lowest compression and the pictures at
    that ISO are fine. Not great, but still fine. The built-in flash is a little
    wimpy but useable for most applications that I would ask of it. If you want
    to shoot out more than about 15 feet, I'd say you should get a Speedlite or
    the Canon HF-DC1 slave unit.
    Noot
     
    TooOld1, Jun 18, 2008
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  5. Ritter 197

    Ritter 197 Guest

    Thanks for the additional information.
    It is a shame that indoors it does not do such a good job, especially when
    the ISO is increased.
     
    Ritter 197, Jun 18, 2008
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    Guest Guest


    I have a G9 and it is very good up to 400 ISO, after that it's a bit noisy.
    It has great video, time-lapse and macro functions and is pretty easy to use
    if you are familiar with Canon cameras, has full manual settings, even the
    video can be manually controlled. The picture quality is great and you can
    make big enlargements (A3) but the best thing is that it is small enough to
    carry around and good enough to make it worth it. I would recommend it.
     
    Guest, Jun 22, 2008
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    Ritter 197 Guest

    Thanks for the feedback and I looked in the Gallery of the G9 and saw great
    pictures.
    I like everything except 2 things:

    Need 2 lenses
    Harder to take picture without the flip-out screen
    Makes the total package heavier and tele shots harder to take with changing
    lenses.

    Yes, I am familiar with Nikon and Canons, which for the last 5 years I have
    used with 35 mm and many lenses. Always great pictures, always heavy,
    especially since I also carry a powerful flash on trips.
     
    Ritter 197, Jun 22, 2008
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