Nikon coolpic P5100 OR Canon powershot G9?

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  1. gendarmee

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    8th February, 2010.Update: After 2 years and 2 months of use.

    The cam suddenly died yesterday. It just wont turn on any more. there was an internal noise coming from the camera, like some thing was free inside. On googling I found this link- My Fix Tips ยป Who killed my G9?

    Followed the tips to open the cam. One screw dropped out as soon as the front panel was opened. On opening up the cam further found that that was the only screw that which had popped out of place, but it did the damage.

    This is NOT the first Canon thats just Died. I've had a ELPH SD630 and an IXUS 75 die with lense issues before this. Are canon P&S cams designed to self destruct within a year or two, so that we buy the newer version?

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    Update: After 8 months of use
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    I've learnt a lot with this cam than i did with the sony.

    Will just point out too the negatives.

    -Cannot lock focus too infinity or switch the AF off, is a handicap at times as increases the lag time( wish a firmware upgrade could fix that)

    -Noise! even at ISO 80 in low light or extended exposures, pathetic low light performance w/o flash in low light even at iso 100 or 80.

    -Pixels are are turning hot by the day, have almost 30 pixels that show up as white spots, dont make a difference in general, but they do at 100% in areas where they are present in patches...so crops need PP which im not fond of at all. Last month there were only 9 hot ones, Canon service blames me for it, says that i probably tried too take a picture of the sun or a laser hence spoiled the pixels.

    -Zoom ring has lost the black color.

    -The ghosting on the LCD has been there since i got it, hasnt increased though.


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  2. Sideburns

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    haven't heard or seen much about the nikon, but I know the canon G9 is an amazing camera for the price.
     
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    Have you held a G9? It is not a big camera. Many people are saying they wish it were slightly bigger to make it easier to grip.

    The DPReview of the G9 has some image comparisons with the Nikon.

    Doug
     
  4. The Nikon doesn't shoot RAW, which makes it unacceptable to me.
     
  5. usayit

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    The G-series is a strong line of cameras.. higher end of the Canon P&S. My first knock around was the G1 and now the G5. Extremely happy with both.

    BUT.

    Stay away from the G7... Canon screwed up by not including RAW.


    Small budget? go with a used G6.
    Godo budget? go with a new G9.


    Oh yeh.. if you plan on doing any sort of good quality flash photography with the camera, do yourself a favor and get a 420EX or 430EX. Full TTL and you can bounce. A huge difference from the crappy in your face flash that comes with all P&S.
     
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    its november of 2007 and i am still unable to get canon g9 in India. So did you get your g9? i am ready to buy from grey but for god sake please help me get it from anywhere coz till date its not availabl in grey market delhi. :(
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I feel the same why about cars and living in the US.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    just an off-topic statement that I see wonderful choices in vehicles released in Europe and in other countries all the time. Very few of them ever make the shores of the U.S.... bummer....
     
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    Me, I would get the G9 hands down.

    I shoot Nikon DSLR's but I shoot Canon P&S's... because I find the Canons to be a lot better value in the P&S class.

    BTW I really, REALLY hate posts done in all bold letters. Can you please chill out on doing that?
     
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    I have thought about getting a P5100 to keep in my car. The biggest reason I would use the Nikon instead of another brand, I already have Nikon flashes. The P5100 would save me a few hundred when I need a hotshoe flash.
     
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    My buddy asked me to accompany him to the camera store last week to purchase a new camera. I pointed him to the G9 and asked for a Nikon equivalent. The store owner brought us the P5100. In comparison of the P5100 to the G9, the G9 won in almost every aspect except two:
    1) The P5100 was more comfortable to hold (integrated grip) and smaller in size
    2) The price

    My friend decided on the G9 for his more "serious" photos and will still keep his older kodak for a more pocketable snapshooter. My personal feelings is the G9 is a DSLR like camera in a compact package... complete with RAW and almost every feature that entry level DSLRs have built-in. It also has a longer zoom than the nikon. I really wish Canon would design a compact swivel E-TTL flash with the Gseries in mind so that the G9 + dedicated flash is still easy to pack (420EX is bigger than the camera). By comparison, the P5100 is just another P&S albeit a good one.
     
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    Yeh.. wonder why it is taking so long to release in your location....
     

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