The PowerShot G9 X is a 20-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28mm-84mm. It has a 2.9-inch LCD (1,040,000 pixels).
Because it does not accept interchangeable lenses, we consider this model an advanced point-and-shoot camera.
The camera has a maximum aperture of f/2. The camera's shutter speed range is 30 seconds to 1/2000 of a second.
The PowerShot G9 X stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards but has no on-board storage. It captures images as JPEG or RAW files at a top resolution of 5472 x 3648 and full HD-resolution video as MP4 files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a frame rate up to 60p.
Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery. This advanced point-and-shoot has 31 autofocus points, 14 exposure modes, and an exposure compensation control that can be set at +/-3 EV. The image stabilization system for this camera is optical.
The PowerShot G9 X measures 3.9 inches wide by 2.4 inches high by 1.2 inches deep, and weighs 7 ounces (with battery, memory card, strap, and tested lens).
Full frameA full-frame image sensor is the size of one frame of 35mm film and significantly larger than sensors found in many other digital cameras. Often, this type of sensor handles a wider variety of lighting situations more accurately. It also limits the amount of visual noise that can distort and degrade an image.
Swivelling screenA swivel screen allows you to frame difficult-angled photos in the camera’s LCD screen. It is also called an articulated display, which when used on a tripod allows you to tilt the LCD screen to avoid either having to stand on your toes or to crouch to the level of the LCD screen to be able to see it. A fully articulating screen allows you to shoot selfies and to see how it is framed when standing in front of the camera while shooting photos or video.
Exposure modesThese modes or settings refer to those available directly on the main mode dial and often include the main exposure modes, such as program auto, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual. Select scene modes, such as portrait, sports, close-up and landscape modes as well as additional settings can be found on this dial as well.
Color spaceThis refers to computerized models of color ranges that a camera can reproduce. The two most common are sRGB and Adobe RGB. In terms of size, Adobe RGB has a larger color range than sRGB. Another model, ProPhoto RGB, has one of the largest ranges. Color spaces can generally be set via your SLR's menus.
Hot shoeA hot shoe is located on top of the camera and is used to attach a flash unit and other compatible accessories. It is a bracket, which surrounds an electrical connection between camera and accessory for standard, brand-independent flash synchronization.
Optical zoomAllows the camcorder to fill the frame with far-away objects at the touch of a button. An optical zoom rated at 5x means the camcorder can magnify the image up to 5 times the normal size.
Touch screenDisplay that is sensitive to finger contact, letting you select and move screen objects, launch programs, choose from menus, scroll through photo libraries, and the like. Some touchscreens have "multi-touch", letting you use more than one finger to resize and rotate objects.
Live viewThis feature lets you view and compose directly on the camera's LCD, as you would on a point-and-shoot camera.
Wireless remoteThe remote control included with the camera.
PC flash sync jack
PC flash sync jackAlthough the hot shoe is the most common method, you can also use this terminal to connect your flash to your SLR body.
Image stabilizerImage stabilizer shows the type used, lens-based (L) or body-based (B).
LCD sizeDiagonal measurement of the LCD monitor screen.
LCD pixel count
LCD pixel countTotal number of pixels of the LCD monitor. In general, the higher the number of pixels, the clearer and sharper the image will be.
35mm equivalent multiplier
35mm equivalent multiplierMany SLRs have sensors that are smaller than the actual size of one frame of 35mm film, which changes a lens's effective focal length. To determine the equivalent focal length, you multiply the lens's focal length by the appropriate multiplication factor. Most Nikon SLRs have a 1.5x factor, which changes the effective focal length of a 50mm lens to 75mm. An Olympus SLR's 2x factor would change a 50mm lens to 100mm.
Shutter speed range
Shutter speed rangeShutter speed controls the length of time that the camera lets in light to expose the camera's sensor. This specification shows the range of selectable shutter speeds by defining the minimum and maximum shutter speeds.
30 - 1/2000
Max. buffer size JPEG/RAW
Max. buffer size JPEG/RAWThis number essentially calculates the number of images (either JPEG or RAW files) that can be stored in a buffer (where files are stored temporarily) before the camera slows down.
Max. ISOThis is the SLR's highest sensor sensitivity at full resolution.
Memory cardMemory cards indicates the types of memory cards a model can accept if it has a built-in memory-card reader for playback of MP3 audio files or JPEG picture files.
Total weightFor cameras with interchangeable lenses, it is the total weight of the camera body plus the lens it was tested with. The battery and memory card are also included in the total weight for all cameras.
HeightThe height of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
WidthThe width of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
DepthThe depth of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Memory card slots/type
Memory card slots/typeThe number of slots and the type of memory card format the SLR uses for storing images.
Still image formats
Still image formatsThe type of image file (or image file combinations) the camera uses to record and store digital images. Examples include JPEG and RAW file formats.