My objective was a small camera that would deliver high quality photos at a reasonable price. I was able to get a super deal, lower than the sale price, so I bought the camera but even at the $449 price, it is still reasonable for a 1 inch sensor camera. With the great deal, I bought a 3 year extended warranty with accident protection and an extra battery. I also picked up a Lowerpro case which is just slightly bigger than the camera so it is still pockeable. I am an active amateur photographer but can't always bring my Canon SLR. I always like to have a camera with me besides my cell phone. My iPhone does a great job but there are times when you want or need a regular camera. This is the niche of the Canon 9GX. I was hesitant at first because many functions are accessible by touchscreen exclusively but it has not been a problem and in some ways it is easier to access the controls.
The low light performance is excellent and is a rather bright lens at f2.8 but as you zoom in that does change. The photos are very sharp, good color accuracy, and vibrant. The videos are also excellent. I use mainly the P mode but I do use Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority every so often to achieve certain effects, For example, when photographing water such as a fountain, or stream and want to emphasis slow motion or stop motion I will set the shutter speed. I will use Aperture Priority to control depth of field. However, the camera does a good job of depth of field.
This camera in a small form factor gives you full manual control. The camera does not have a viewfinder or articulating screen which would have been an asset. I have had no trouble seeing the screen in bright sunlight and have also taken selfies as well.
I highly recommend this camera. It delivers. If i had bought a bigger or heavier camera or more expensive that was not pocketable....it would be sitting home a lot.
I trusted this camera for my daughter' s wedding and small grandkids and I have gotten superior results. The upgrade to this is the Canon G7X Mark ii which is excellent, but still no viewfinder but it will set you back a few hundred dollars more and is bigger and heavier. I have used the camera too and I love it. It does edge out the Canon G9X but the G9X is excellent too. I also wanted an everyday camera that i could throw in my bag and by the time I added extended warranty and accessories to the G 7X Mark ii it would cost 1000 dollars and i could not justify that for an everyday camera. That is when I decided on the G9X which takes excellent photos and is smaller and lighter.The camera has a 3X zoom ratio which is adequate for everyday photography. I have used the digital zoom and was very surprised at the great results. I have other cameras with great zoom capabilty so it was not an issue for me.
Read the reviews which are excellent and go for it !