• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 210.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G9 advantages over Nikon S610c

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.33 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • More telephoto lens reach
    210 mm vs 112 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Nikon S610c advantages over Canon G9

  • Less expensive
    $330 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 290 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    130g vs 364g
    Lighter weight
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Samsung NV40

Canon G9
Samsung NV40
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S610c
Samsung NV40
  • $330
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Wider angle lens
  • $329
  • 1/2.33 inch

Compared to Samsung NV24 HD

Canon G9
Samsung NV24 HD
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S610c
Samsung NV24 HD
  • $330
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX35

Canon G9
Panasonic DMC-FX35
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S610c
Panasonic DMC-FX35
  • $330
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Nikon S610

Canon G9
Nikon S610
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S610c
Nikon S610
  • $330
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony DSC-W220

Canon G9
Sony DSC-W220
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S610c
Sony DSC-W220
  • $330
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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