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G9 vs. S5

 
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Jan 24, 2008 17:56 |  #1

I'm clueless with these things. Can someone enlighten me? Other than the obvious (pixels, zoom), what's the major functional difference between the two? High-ISO performance, picture quality, et... thank you in advance...


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Jan 24, 2008 18:59 |  #2

Picture quality they are pretty much equal. Neither of them show great ISO results above 400. I would honestly go with the S5 because of the better ergonomics, the greater zoom, lower apertures, and the ability to zoom while recording a movie.


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Jan 24, 2008 20:33 |  #3
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baw5t0n wrote in post #4775538 (external link)
I'm clueless with these things. Can someone enlighten me? Other than the obvious (pixels, zoom), what's the major functional difference between the two? High-ISO performance, picture quality, et... thank you in advance...

One's a compact and the other isn't... end of story...


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Jan 24, 2008 20:45 |  #4

CJinAustin wrote in post #4776702 (external link)
One's a compact and the other isn't... end of story...

Which one's not a compact?


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Jan 24, 2008 21:59 |  #5
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lukeeesteve wrote in post #4776776 (external link)
Which one's not a compact?

Well I guess technically it could be a compact... It's a relative term...
But to me, if it won't slip into my jacket pocket, it's not a compact...

The S5 is over 3 inches thick and the G9 is only 1.7; that's nearly half the size.


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Jan 25, 2008 22:59 |  #6

got it....I wouldn't call either a compact reall. It'll fit in a coat jacket, but not a shirt pocket


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lukeeesteve wrote in post #4784581 (external link)
got it....I wouldn't call either a compact reall. It'll fit in a coat jacket, but not a shirt pocket

Yeah... true...


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Feb 05, 2008 17:17 |  #8

Other than the size, the biggest difference is the G9 can shoot RAW photos.


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Feb 05, 2008 17:59 |  #9

spitfirejd wrote in post #4858902 (external link)
Other than the size, the biggest difference is the G9 can shoot RAW photos.

Not really. Two other major differences are that the S5 has a 12x zoom lens and a flip-out LCD.




  
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Feb 05, 2008 19:12 |  #10

The S5 also has a TINY sensor. The G9's is small, but the S5's is very, VERY small.


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Feb 05, 2008 19:31 |  #11
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S5 = Soccer Mom Camera

G9 = Traveller/Hiker Camera

(gonna catch hell for that one... please commence...)


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Feb 05, 2008 19:36 |  #12

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Feb 07, 2008 09:44 |  #13

Lame, dude. lol! I am not a soccer mom! Just a beginner. It was the right camera for the budget. Also, I didn't know as much about sensors and whatnot. I stand by my S5.




  
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pmurph wrote in post #4869979 (external link)
Lame, dude. lol! I am not a soccer mom! Just a beginner. It was the right camera for the budget. Also, I didn't know as much about sensors and whatnot. I stand by my S5.

I feel you on the budget thing... If your handy with Photoshop you can make almost any camera work for you.


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May 23, 2008 08:54 |  #15

Tiny sensor means it is very difficult to get a decently shallow depth of field and hi ISO gets very noisy. Same setup at 50mm equivalent at F2.7 or F5 gets you almost the same DOF !

To eliminate the background you need to shoot macro or from far away with high zoom. Very difficult for children's portrait but I don't have the money for a full frame sensor sSLR like the 5D + an >1000$ quality portrait lens so I have to do with the s5.

S5 is not compact at all. I carry it around in a full size camera bag (with 430EX flash that is as big and heavy as the camera, optional converters and filters, table top tripod and all).

I still like that camera but IMO, you really need good light to make great shots ( no more than ISO200, hence the flash) and poor control of the DOF is frustrating.

The hability to use an external flash is a huge plus. The wide angle converter is only to mask the bad choice of a fixed 12X zoom (should be something equivalent to 24-200mm instead, which would be more useful for me and I could still use a tele-converter if needed).

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