canon g9 body
I've decide to wait a bit before buying a gigantic Reflex (DSLR) camera like the Canon EOS 40D or Nikon D300, mainly since I will never be able to use these formula 1 camera in a so short period of time (I am leaving switzerland in 1.5 months). I've read a lot of forums entries at dpreview.com and found that this camera is a good compromise. So I order a Canon G9. This camera is able to work in full auto mode and has as many manual settings as a DSLR. I am in no way a professionnal photographer, that's why I will just publish here some links and ideas that may help new buyers.

I've paid
664 CHF for the body , 141 CHF for the Sandisk Ultra 2 8GB memory card and 44CHF for a Joby tripod = total cost 877CHF (570€). Order at 9 o'clock, delivered at 18:00 (thanks to www.digitec.ch)

Reviews:
Dpreview : Canon PowerShot G9  read user reviews
TheOnlinePhotographer Canon PowerShot G9  review
LetsGoDigital Canon PowerShot G9 review Bag
Not even a small bag in the box. Canon has a limited offering, If you can't afford the Cost of Canon's bag, look at LowePro
canon.DCC-600.bagcanon%20SC-DC55A
DCC-600                                     DC55

I recommend you to go with the DC 55, it protect the G9 camera a lot better as seen on this page.

Battery
The battery you get from the package is just a shame: 800mAh and it cost between 100CHF (65€) and 141CHF (91€). As seen on dpreview.com Canon Talk, You can spare a lot of money by using generic battery. I've ordered 3 battery (7€ each)  on ebay.de for a total of 21€ . Each battery being rate at 2500mAh -> 3 more times capacity equal to  3 times more fun!
What You must take into account before buying them on ebay (point 1,2 is common sense):
  1. A well know ebay power seller
  2. Pay with paypal to be protected against fraud
  3. Each battery must have a CE logo
  4. 1 or 2 years warranty
Memory card
Sandisk has a 10 years return warranty, Kingston is lifetime. I've choose a 8Gb because I want to order a solid state HD recorder later this week.

Best site found
Power Shot Valley







Features
  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 3.0-inch LCD display; optical viewfinder
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 25 shooting modes, including 9 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by NB-2LH lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD or MMC memory cards (32MB MMC memory card included)
  • Type: Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 6x optical / 4x digital / 24x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
  • Image capture device type: 12.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
  • Total pixels: Approximately 12.4 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: Approximately 12.1 megapixels
  • Lens focal length: 7.4-44.4mm, f2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)
  • Digital zoom: 4x
  • Focusing range: Normal: 1.6 feet/50 centimeter to infinity; macro: 0.39 inches to 1.6 feet/1 to 50 centimeter (wide)
  • Autofocus system: TTL autofocus
  • Viewfinder: Real image optical zoom viewfinder
  • LCD monitor: 3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • LCD pixels: Approximately 230,000 pixels
  • LCD coverage: 1
  • Brightness adjustment: 15 levels. Quick-bright LCD.
  • Maximum aperture: f2.8 (wide) to f4.8 (telephoto)
  • Shutter speed: 15s seconds to 1/2500 second (settable in Tv and M)
  • Exposure sensitivity: Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
  • Light metering method: Evaluative (control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF), Center-weighted average, Spot (metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame)
  • Exposure control method: Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
  • White Balance control: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2
  • Built-in flash: Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
  • Flash range: 1.0 to 13 feet /30 centimeters to 4.0 meters (wide), 1.6 to 8.2 feet /50 centimeters to 2.5 meters (telephoto) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
  • Recycling time: 12 seconds or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
  • Flash exposure compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
  • Shooting modes: Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids and Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie
  • My colors: Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
  • Self-timer: Activates shutter after an approximately 2-second/10-second delay, Custom
  • Wireless control: Not available
  • Continuous shooting: Normal: Approximately 1.5 frames per second (fps); AF: approximately 0.7 fps; LV: approximately 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
  • Storage media: SD/SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus card, HC MMC Plus card
  • File format: Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
  • Image compression: Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG); Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
  • Image quality mode: Normal, Fine, SuperFine, RAW
  • Number of recording pixels: Still image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 3,264 x 2,448 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,000 x 2,248 (Widescreen); movie: 1024 x 768 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 640 x 480 (2 hours at 0.5 fps/1 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes, 160 x 120 (3 minutes at 15 fps)
  • Playback modes: Still image: Single, Magnification (approximately 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW playback, Resize, Image Inspection Tool; movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
  • Erase modes: Still image: single image, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images; movie: part of movie, all of movie
  • Computer interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
  • Video out: NTSC/PAL
  • Audio out: Monaural
  • Other: SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
  • Power source: Rechargeable lithium battery NB-2LH or AC adapter kit ACK-DC20 (AC adapter is optional and not included--must be purchased separately)
  • Shooting capacity: Still image: approximately 240 shots (NB-2LH/LCD on), approximately 600 shots (NB-2LH/LCD off)
  • Playback time: Approximately 420 minutes (NB-2LH) (LCD screen on. These figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.)
  • Display languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, simplified/traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian
  • Operating temperature: 32 to 104 degrees F/0 to 40 degrees C
  • Operating humidity: 10 to 90%
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.19 x 2.83 x 1.67 inches / 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 millimeters
  • Weight: Approximately 11.29 ounces / 320 grams (camera body only)
  • What's in the box: Canon PowerShot G9 digital camera, lithium battery pack NB-2LH, battery charger CB-2LW, MMC Plus card MMC-32MH, neck strap NS-DC6, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300




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