• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 210.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G9 advantages over Sony DSC-S780

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.5 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
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    210 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • More dots on screen
    230k vs 153k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 8.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1250 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony DSC-S780 advantages over Canon G9

  • Less expensive
    $180 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    26 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    128g vs 364g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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 Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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 an external screen 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 S860

Canon G9
Samsung S860
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony DSC-S780
Samsung S860
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Samsung S760

Canon G9
Samsung S760
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $169
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony DSC-S780
Samsung S760
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $169
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Sony DSC-S750

Canon G9
Sony DSC-S750
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $98
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony DSC-S780
Sony DSC-S750
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • $98
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax E50

Canon G9
Pentax E50
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony DSC-S780
Pentax E50
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FS3

Canon G9
Panasonic DMC-FS3
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSC-S780
Panasonic DMC-FS3
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
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