Judging from the latest entry, the Canon PowerShot G9, Canon's G series may have outlived its usefulness.

The main market for the Canon PowerShot G9 seems to be serious photographers who don’t want the clutter, expense, and weight of a DSLR. But with SLRs hitting price points of around £350 and weighing less than the Canon, those arguments don’t hold much water anymore. Instead, the G9 is likely to succeed mainly on looks — the styling invokes the classic rangefinder cameras of the pre-digital era — and brand loyalty.


While it’s a worthy camera in most ways, the Canon PowerShot G9 doesn’t offer many compelling advantages over lower-priced competitors. It’s hard to recommend it as a reasonable value.