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New Contender For A Canon G9 Pole Camera

Published: 13/08/2008
By: larry

Yesterday I was standing in a line (with my G9 in my pocket) listening to a recent TWIP podcast in which Alex Lindsay and Stu Maschwitz were talking about the two latest G9 contenders just announced. I'll spare you another rant about my Canon G9 but a fact that hasn't escaped camera manufacturers is that the G9 hugely popular because it is less than $500 and has big-boy camera features (like RAW, IS lens and high ISOs etc) yet it fits in your pocket.

The big news is that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 looks like it (available in Sept 08) has everything the G9 has plus a 24mm f 2.0 Leica lens. Wow!

The reason I bring this up is I've talked to several people that are eying the Canon G9 as a potential PAP (Pole Aerial Photography) camera. Only problem with the G9 as a PAP camera is that without a converter it's widest angle is 35mm and you'd like to have something a bit wider, like 24mm. This Lumix LX3 looks like the perfect pole camera.

15 comments on “New Contender For A Canon G9 Pole Camera”

  1. Oh yes, I too have been eyeing the LX3 for those very reasons. I know I can use the G9 as a PAP camera. I'm not so sure about the LX3 and its compatibility with remote shutter release. I would love to hear what you might know about that. And by the way, you must have some pretty big pockets to stuff a G9 in them.

  2. I have been using a Nikon Coolpix 8400 on my pole for almost three years, for similar reasons; shoots RAW and goes to 24mm.
    (Most point & wait cameras only go out to 35mm).

    I did find however, that 24mm wasn't always wide enough, and had to get the x 0.75 wide angle adapter. The genuine Nikon adapter is quite solid and adds 350grams of weight. You can get cheap and nasty w/a adapters off eBay, but the optical quality is awful.

  3. A lot of these cameras lack the ISO dial on top of the camera. This is a feature I love on my G9. Nice to see some options for inexpensive cameras with pro features.

  4. Adam- I believe that I read some where that you can put a w/a adapter on the LX3 although I doubt it is the quality of the built-in Leica lens.

  5. Larry,
    I can't find an on-line manual for this camera. Does it give me up to 30 seconds delay time to get my pole up before it trips? Once up, does it take a burst of at least 5 shots? Does it do all this with very loud sound effects (i.e., so I don't have to guess when things are complete)? My little Canon does all this but not RAW and not 24mm.

  6. My Ricoh GX100 has intervalometer, shoots RAW, has 10mpixel and has 24mm equiv, and a 19 mm adapter. The new GX200 is an upgrade, but I find the 100 a fantastic pole cam. It's small and light, and fits in a pocket. A totally underrated camrea, although I believe Ricohs are not popular in the USA. ( I'm downunedr in Oz)

  7. Excuse spelling mistakes above- the intervalometer on the GX100 allows the camera to take a series of shots as close as five seconds apart- set it going, hoist the pole up, wave it around for a minute or so in the general direction - you soon get the hang of it- , pull it down, and you'll have at least one great shot! Couple with the 19 mm equiv adapter, and it's a no-brainer. Beautifully made, high quality images, RAW availability, and I don't work for Ricoh!!

  8. The problem with the Lumix is the same problem with the majority of the new P& flipping viewfinder. granted the G9's is not accurate but it is there to use. i had a nikon 8400..bought in brand new in a wolf camera store..they apologized because it was "old technology" and sold it to me for $285.00..took perfect pictures but i dropped it and the AF is trashed and nobody to fix it.

    so for now, i will stick with the canon G9 (aka Leica light) and old fashioned side grip for my travel camera and a sony DSC R! (10.2 mb with Zeiss 24-120mm for my large landscape pictures while my 20D sits in my bag losing value each day.

  9. Do you think the micro four thirds technology will work well for PAP? I thought so when micro four thirds was announced, but now seeing the Lumix G1, it might be the best option for PAP.

  10. Mike- Yes it does. I have the manual sitting in front of me (pg 76) delay timer is 10, 15, 20, 30 sec.

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