Do You Know Where Your Canon PowerShot Is?

Derrick Story
3 min readAug 31, 2022

In a recent podcast, I included a review of the vintage Canon PowerShot G9. I rediscovered mine in a dresser drawer, pushed all the way to the back with three batteries and a charger.

Originally, I had intended the commentary to be a fun complement to the main discussion about slideshows — you know, the kind we used to assemble on our computers and burn on to DVDs. The G9 was released in 2007, about the same time that all of this was going on. Nostalgia can be a kick.

As part of my reacquaintance with the PowerShot, I took it outside to shoot a few pictures, testing its 12-megapixel, 1/1.7” sensor. Knowing that I couldn’t jack up the ISO with this classic, I set the top dial to 80, used Program mode, and let the camera take care of the rest.

The pictures looked great. I don’t mean that they looked good for a 2007 digital camera. I mean they looked great.

Bee on Lantana Flower — Canon G9, Macro Mode, ISO 80, f/2.8, 1/60th of a second. Photos by Derrick Story.

After examining the first round of shots, I sat down on the couch with the camera and explored the menu system. What if I tweaked the settings a bit more? I set the AF to FlexiZone, turned off Auto ISO Shift, set image stabilization to Shoot Only, enabled RAW+Jpeg, and…