I'm using the "macro" mode in the Powershot G9X II. The macro mode is simply a shorter focus range, there is no magnification in place, like in aftermarket macro lenses for DSLR's. I've shot many photos of the subject but this is best one. I realize the right way to go about this is to use focus bracketing, since the camera most probably is focusing on the wall, and the spider is a few mm behind focusing distance, but I realized that at home in the evening. Anyway, that's not the point of my question.
I'm constantly struggling with smartphone noise and blur on this camera. The reviews claim it shouldn't be like that yet that's what I see. So I'd like to ask if this is another manifestation of the same problem or if I simply mis-focused.
Consider the 50 crop. It's nice and sharp. No problem whatsoever, there even is a nice background blur effect (probable simply focusing at extreme close distances and the wall went out of focus.) Now consider the 100% crop. It's not what I'd call sharp. It's not out of focus either, I think, becase I've seen the other images of the same subject that were truly out of focus and they lookked different. Instead, I'd call this "smartphone quality" where the sensor simply cannot produce an image that you can view at 100% magnification.
What do you think? Is my perception of th eproblem accurate? Am I expecting too much of the camera? Yes I know it's not a macro lens, and that the subject body occupies a way too small percentage of the photo, but why is it blurry anyway? I gget similar results with large subjects as well. It's all nice at 50% but once you go down to 100%, it becomes blurry and details are lost. As if a low pass filter was applied.
Edit: 1/60 f5.6 ISO 250 @ the widest FOV (lens fully retracted). The subject was as close as possible for the autofocus to work in macro mode ("flower" icon).