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Summary: Great pictures ..but has a flaw ..after a while the system shuts down and it will drain the battery. Google battery drain on the canon G9 and you will see the problems.Canon wanted $200 to fix when they admit its a design flaw.. Still sitting in my bedroom.
Summary: The Canon G9 has a manufacturing defect that causes internal screws to loosen and the camera to short out in about a year. The camera works beautifully until then (thus the glowing reviews), but then it dies and its hard to justify fixing. This is an extremely common problem - a simple google search turns up a myriad of results - yet Canon refuses to do a recall. They charge at least $160 for the repair. DO NOT BUY.
Summary: My G9 will not power on as of today. I charged the battery to no avail and have checked online for suggestions. I have now found MANY posts that the Canon G9 is notorious for failing around 12-16 months, often when the camera powers up and extends its lens. In short, what happens is the PCB DC/DC board in the camera may short out by a loose screw -OR- the tiny fuse may blow. Either issue will cost approximately $180 for Canon repairs when past warranty.
Summary: I've had this camera for many months and absolutely loved it... until the "dust problem". Now, I have a large grey squiggle and spots that are very visible on the LCD as well as on images shot with the camera. Prior to this, there were dust particles on the *inside* of the lens that could not be removed, but this did not affect the image quality. I suspect I now have dust on the image sensor itself.
LCD cover cracked within 2 months and Canon refused warranty repair
Jonathan Gelbard, Amazon
9 December 2008
Summary: Until Canon can improve the design of this model to improve the cover over the LCD display from than the current flimsy piece of plastic, do NOT get a powershot G9. I owned mine for 2 months before the cover over the LCD display cracked. This after I owned my last camera - an Olympus Infinity Zoom - for 5 years without any problem. The only reason I'm replacing it is because of the better technologies available.