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Canon PowerShot G9 X

20-megapixel digital camera with 3X optical zoom and Wi-Fi® (Silver)

Item # 280G9XS

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About the Canon PowerShot G9 X

Shoot sharp, clear photos, even in low light

Whenever someone asks me why a camera like the Canon PowerShot G9 X is better than taking snapshots with a cell phone, I have a few easy answers. Try to take a good photo in dim light at a party, and you'll see right away why this camera stands out. The G9 X's lens features a maximum aperture that goes from f/2.0 at the wide end of its focal range to f/4.9 at the telephoto end — impressive numbers that mean it can gather plenty of light even at high shutter speeds.
The Canon PowerShot G9 X offers optical zoom, convenient manual control, and excellent low-light performance in a slim, attractive chassis.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X packs optical zoom, convenient manual control, and excellent low-light performance into a slim, attractive chassis.

Shoot sharp, clear photos, even in low light

Whenever someone asks me why a camera like the Canon PowerShot G9 X is better than taking snapshots with a cell phone, I have a few easy answers. Try to take a good photo in dim light at a party, and you'll see right away why this camera stands out. The G9 X's lens features a maximum aperture that goes from f/2.0 at the wide end of its focal range to f/4.9 at the telephoto end — impressive numbers that mean it can gather plenty of light even at high shutter speeds.

Zoom in and take control

The PowerShot G9 X provides plenty of other benefits over smartphone photography. Its 3X optical zoom lets you get closer to your subject without adding grainy digital artifacts to the photo. A handy rotating control ring around the lens gives you convenient access to manual exposure and focus settings that can dramatically improve your photographs — you can make changes by feel without ever having to look away from the shot you're composing.

Touchscreen and Wi-Fi convenience

It's not all wonky pro-style features, either. The PowerShot G9 X lets you line up shots, review photos and videos, and make choices from the menus via a sharp 3-inch LCD touchscreen. The convenience of swiping, selecting and watching on the screen is one of those smartphone concepts we all like. This PowerShot camera is also equipped with built-in Wi-Fi plus convenient NFC touch pairing for compatible Android™ devices, so sharing your photos and videos is every bit as easy as taking them.



    • 20.2-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
    • 3X optical zoom (4X digital/12X combined zoom)
    • 3" high-resolution LCD touchscreen (1,040,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-84mm
    • built-in Wi-Fi® and convenient NFC touch pairing
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • f/2.0-4.9 lens offers excellent light-gathering ability
    • DIGIC 6 image processor and 1-inch CMOS sensor for highly detailed, low noise photos, even in low light
    • optical image stabilization for blur-free photos
    • rotating control ring around the lens lets you easily adjust exposure and focus settings
    • full HD movie mode (up to 1080/60p resolution)
    • continuous shooting mode captures 6 frames per second at full resolution
    • handheld HDR (High Dynamic Range) modes creates an evenly exposed photo from 3 successive automatic captures with varying exposure levels
    • records in RAW and JPEG formats for greater creative flexibility during editing
    • face detection and red-eye correction for better portraits
    • high-speed autofocus for shorter lag times
    • built-in flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • micro HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
    • high-speed USB (Mini Type B) interface (cable not included)
    • 3-7/8"W x 2-5/16"H x 1-1/4"D
    • weight (with battery and SD card): 7.37 oz.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-13L) and AC charger
    • wrist strap
    • MFR # 0924C001

    What's in the box:

    • Digital camera (silver)
    • NB-13L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1250mAh 4.5Wh)
    • CB-2LH Battery charger (4.2V 0.7A)
    • Wrist strap
    • Getting Started booklet
    • Warranty Registration card
    • Online Registration sheet
    • "Tap the App" brochure
    • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)

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    Features & specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi Built-in
    Touchscreen Yes
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-84mm
    Optical Zoom 3x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Micro
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1"
    Megapixels 20.2
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Width (inches) 4
    Height (inches) 2-1/2
    Depth (inches) 1-1/4
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 7.37
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

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    Battery Information
    Input and Output Notes


    Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot G9 X has a 3.0" TFT color touch panel LCD monitor featuring a resolution of approximately 1,040,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The touch panel gives you easy access to operations, menus, and controls. You can manually adjust the LCD monitor's brightness.

    Canon's HS System: The PowerShot G9 X employs the HS System by combining the 1", 20.2 Megapixel High-sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:

    • Image Sensor: For excellent image quality, the camera uses a 1" CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels and 20.2-million effective pixels, giving your shots added depth and detail. The 1" image sensor is nearly twice the size of the 1/2.3" sensor used in most point-and-shoot digital cameras.
    • Image Processor: The G9 X features Canon's latest generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor. The new processor offers improved light sensitivity for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions. It also allows high speed continuous still image recording at full resolution.

    Built-in Wi-Fi: The camera's built-in Wi-Fi lets you wirelessly connect to and send images to computers or smartphones, upload images to social networking sites, photo and video-sharing websites, or use in emails, using the Canon iMage Gateway application. You can also send images to other cameras or wireless printers. With the Camera Connect app, you can use Near-Field Communications (NFC) to easily pair the camera with your NFC-compatible Android phone (using OS 4.0 or later) by touching the two devices together at the "N-mark" on the bottom of the camera. You can also shoot images remotely via your smartphone.

    Geotagging: GPS data recorded on a smartphone using the Camera Connect app can be added to images taken by the G9 X. Location information, such as latitude, longitude, and elevation, can be used to identify the precise location where your photos are taken, and display the photos on a map.

    Mobile Device Connect Button: The PowerShot G9 X has a dedicated Mobile Device Connect button for instantly connecting the camera to your mobile device or computer. Once connected, you can transfer images to your smartphone, tablet, or computer on the same wireless LAN.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards, including support for high-speed UHS-I U1 memory cards.

    File Formats: The G9 X records still images and movies in the following file formats:

    • JPEG: JPEG images are processed inside the camera for optimum image quality and compressed. There are two compression ratios to choose from: Super Fine and Fine. You can record JPEG images in Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, and 1:1 aspect ratios.
    • RAW: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera imaging element without further processing. The images show almost no deterioration in image quality, and are a higher quality than JPEG images. To view RAW images on your computer, you must use the Digital Photo Professional software (downloadable from the Canon website). Using the software's image processing function, you can broadly adjust the images without deterioration, and then convert the image to a JPEG, TIFF, or other type of image in line with your intended use. You can choose to record RAW files or JPEG files alone, or you can record RAW files and JPEG files simultaneously. RAW images can be recorded in any aspect ratio.
    • Movies: Using the dedicated Movie button, you can record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition with stereo sound in MP4 format: Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio Data: MPEG-4 AAC-LC. HD Movies are recorded at 1920 x 1080 at 60, 30, or 24 frames per second and 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. SD Movies are recorded at 640 x 480 at 30 fps. In addition, the camera can record iFrame movies, Miniature Effect movies, and Star Time-Lapse movies to show movement of objects in the night sky.

    Image Sizes: The camera can record in the following image sizes and aspect ratios for JPEG still images:

    Image Size 16:9 3:2 4:3 1:1
    Large 5472 x 3080 5472 x 3648 4864 x 3648 3648 x 3648
    Medium 1 4320 x 2432 4320 x 2880 3840 x 2880 2880 x 2880
    Medium 2 1920 x 1080 2304 x 1536 2048 x 1536 1536 x 1536
    Small 720 x 408 720 x 480 640 x 480 480 x 480
    Note: RAW images are recorded in Large image size only.

    3x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G9 X is equipped with an f/2.0-f/4.9, 3x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 10.2-30.6mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-84mm. The 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to a total zoom of 12x. The focusing range differs depending upon the focusing mode:

    • Normal/Auto: 2" - infinity (W), 1.1' - infinity (T)
    • Macro: 2" - 1.6' (W)

    Preset Focal Lengths: You can shoot at preset focal lengths from 28mm to 84mm (35mm equivalent). This "Step Zoom" feature allows you to shoot at the angle of view of those focal lengths to replicate the use of various prime lenses at the same focal lengths (35mm, 50mm, etc.).

    Optical Image Stabilizer: Optical (lens shift type) Image Stabilization allows you to minimize the camera shake which results in blurred images when you shoot distant subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions. Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS) automatically selects one of four modes of image stabilization depending upon the shooting conditions: Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid), and Tripod. For Video recording, the camera chooses Dynamic, Powered, Macro (Hybrid), and Active Tripod modes.

    Star Shooting Modes: The G9 X features new Star Shooting modes to help you take photographs of stars in the night sky. Each of these modes requires a tripod to prevent camera shake. Other functions, including Night Display, Color Adjustment, and Star Emphasis, help you make your nighttime photos better. The Star Shooting modes include:

    • Star Nightscape: Lets you capture impressive shots of starry skies above night scenes. The stars are automatically enhanced to make them more visible.
    • Star Trails: Streaks created by the movement of stars through the sky. You can set a shutter speed and the number of shots, and the camera shoots continuously, over an extended period (around two hours).
    • Star Time-Lapse Movie: Still images are captured continuously at a specified interval and over a certain, and combined to create a movie. During playback, you can view the movement of stars through the sky in a short time.

    AF-Assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.

    Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

    Focus Bracketing: The camera automatically takes three shots; one at the manual focus position, and one each with focus positions preset farther and nearer. The three shots are taken at the same interval as continuous shooting. The farther and nearer focus positions can be set in three steps.

    Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot G9 X features Single, Continuous, and Self-Timer Drive modes:

    • Single Shot: The camera captures a single image each time the shutter button is fully pressed and released.
    • Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. The camera records approximately 6 images per second (4.3 fps in Servo mode), and the focus is fixed on the original subject distance.
    • Self-Timer: The self-timer can be used to shoot a group photo that includes the photographer. The camera will activate approximately 10 seconds after a preset time after shutter button is pressed to allow the photographer time to get into the shot. A 2-second self timer is also available if you want to avoid camera shake. The camera features a custom self timer, allowing you to set the time delay (0-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds) and the number of shots taken (1-10 shots). In addition, the camera features a Wink Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after a wink is detected), Smile Self-Timer, and a Face Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after the camera detects a new face in the frame, presumably when the photographer has entered the picture).

    Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:

    • Smart Auto: Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions, and automatically selects an appropriate setting.
    • Hybrid Auto: You can make a short movie of the day while shooting still images. The camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes just before each shot and combines them into a digest movie.
    • Creative Shot: The camera determines the subject and shooting conditions, automatically applying special effects and recomposing the shot to emphasize the subject. Six still images are recorded for each shot, each with a different effect, including Auto, Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural.
    • Special Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes and shooting conditions: Portrait, Handheld NightScene, and Fireworks.
    • Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets both the aperture and the shutter speed.
    • Shutter Speed Priority (Tv): When you set the shutter speed, the camera sets the aperture according to shooting conditions. The shutter speed can be set between 1/2000 and 30 seconds.
    • Aperture Priority (Av): When you set the aperture, the camera sets the shutter speed according to shooting conditions. The aperture can be set between f/2.0 and f/11 (wide angle) and f/4.9 and f/11 (telephoto), depending upon the zoom position.
    • Manual (M): The aperture (f/2.0-11 (W) or f/4.9-11 (T)) and the shutter speed (1/2000 to 30 seconds) are manually set.
    • Custom Mode: You can register commonly used shooting modes and settings to your preference and store them.
    • Movies: You can set the camera for standard or iFrame movies, and configure the settings. The camera has a dedicated movie button to start and stop movie recording.

    Creative Filters: You can add a variety of filter effects to images when shooting. Filters include Super Vivid, Poster Effect, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, and Monochrome.

    Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright or dark background, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments.

    Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.

    Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range to take three shots at the same interval as continuous shooting. The images are shot in the following order: standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure. You can set the amount of under- or over-exposure from -2 to +2 in 1/3-stop increments.

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative: Used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: Averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center.
    • Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor.

    ISO Settings: The PowerShot G9 X features Auto and Manual ISO. The higher the ISO, the greater it reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. The settings include Auto, or manual settings between ISO 125 and ISO 12800.

    Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G9 X has a built-in, pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow-Synchro (flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 20' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 7.9' in Telephoto. You can adjust the flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop increments).

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

    • Auto: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions.
    • Daylight: For recording outdoors on a bright day.
    • Shade: For shooting in the shade.
    • Cloudy: For recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies.
    • Tungsten: For recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting.
    • Fluorescent: For recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
    • Fluorescent H: For recording under daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
    • Flash: For when recording with the flash.
    • Custom: Allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings.

    My Colors: Using My Colors you can easily change colors in an image when it's taken. My Colors offers several options:

    • Vivid: emphasizes contrast and color saturation to record bold colors
    • Neutral: tones down contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
    • Sepia: brownish tint
    • B/W: black and white
    • Positive Film: makes blue, green or red colors more intense
    • Lighter Skin Tone: makes skin tones lighter
    • Darker Skin Tone: makes skin tones darker
    • Vivid Blue: emphasizes blue tint
    • Vivid Green: emphasizes green tint
    • Vivid Red: emphasizes red tint
    • Custom Color: manually adjust the contrast, sharpness, and color saturation
    • My Colors Off: records normally with this setting

    Play, Edit, and Print Functions

    Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from Quick, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Off. It will also display until you press the shutter button halfway to focus your next shot (Hold).

    Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.

    Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image you want to view. You can choose from the following categories:

    • Favorites: displays images tagged as favorites
    • Shot Date: displays the images shot on a specified date
    • Jump 10 Images: jumps over 10 images at a time
    • Jump 100 Images: jumps over 100 images at a time

    Index Replay: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 42, or 110 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

    Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image up to 10x to get a closer look at the detail. You can also maneuver around in the magnified picture by using the multi-purpose control dial.

    Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3-10, 15, or 30 seconds. You can choose whether you want a fade transition effect or not.

    Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame playback.

    Cropping: You can crop a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file. You can also trim the beginnings and ends of recorded movies in one-second increments.

    Resizing Images: You can resize images to a lower pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file.

    Red-Eye Correction: You can automatically correct red-eye that occurs in images taken with the flash.

    Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

    PictBridge/Wireless Printing: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand with an optional USB cable and print photos without having to connect it to a computer. You can also connect the camera wirelessly via an access point or directly.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G9 X powered by the supplied NB-13L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.5V / 1250mAh / 4.5Wh). The battery pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LH battery charger in approximately 5 hours. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC110 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:

    Still Images Screen On: Approx 220 shots
    Eco Mode: Approx. 410 shots
    Movie Recording Actual Use Approx. 55 minutes
    Continuous Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
    Playback Time Screen On: Approx. 5 hours


    Eco Mode: To save battery power, the screen darkens when the camera is not used for approximately two seconds, then turns off after another ten seconds. The camera shuts itself off after three minutes of inactivity.

    Input and Output Notes

    Digital Terminal: The PowerShot G9 X has a Micro-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer via a USB cable (not included).

    Micro HDMI Output: The PowerShot G9 X features a Micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. No HDMI cable is included with the camera.


    Software: The PowerShot G9 X does not come with software in the box. The following software programs are available for download from the Canon website:

    • CameraWindow: import images and change camera settings
    • Digital Photo Professional: browse, process, and edit RAW images
    • Image Transfer Utility: set up Image Sync, receive images

    Operating Systems:  The software is compatible with the following operating systems:

    • Windows: Compatible with Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Macintosh: Compatible with OS X 10.9, 10.8.2 or later

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    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
    Only ever buy Canon cameras because they all work the same way. That is, all labels and icons match across the entire line. The 1" optical sensor is much bigger than any other camera anywhere near as small as this one. Excellent low light performance. [ Michael  Oct 01, 2016 ]
    Good reviews and good price and great service [ Bill  May 05, 2016 ]

    1 question already asked

    Do you hear constant clicking sound when trying to take a picture especially in Auto mode ?
    [ NewBuyer  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    I think you are referring to the constant focus mode where it tries to keep things in focus, maybe try turning that off to see if it helps.
    [ Charles  Feb 18, 2017 ]

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