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I am currently thinking about upgrading my Canon SX720 with 1/2.3-inch sensor to a compact camera such as Canon G9X Mark II with 1-inch sensor. Before doing that I want to look at some samples images with same ISO settings to compare how much noise reduction there will be if I get that camera.

Are there any online tools or images to compare and judge the difference between images taken by these sensors, especially to check noise ratio difference?

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Try DxOMark. The score under "sports" is what you looking for.

ISO performance is named by "sports" because sport photographers use very fast shutter speeds to snap the moments. They usually need high ISO to balance off. If a camera has higher SNR it will give them better looking pictures.

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I would usually start with a site such as DPReview.com, look for a review of the more recently released camera, and dig down into the image comparison. These are studio examples with fixed graphics, as seen across the full breadth of the camera. For instance, for the G9.

Unfortunately, that is not for the 9x Mark II, and the SX720 is not in the list of comparables.

You can see the feature-list side-by-side there as well.

I would suspect that between the newer camera (which generally will get the a better sensor than the older more-consumer line), the much larger photosites (the G9XmkII is about the same number of pixels, but spread across an area over five times as large), and the lower-zoom lens with significantly larger max apertures, the G9X should produce significantly cleaner and crisper photos. Add the ability to capture RAW and this will allow you to take post-processing to a new level (if you choose to do so).

That said, spec sheets don't shoot photos, and photographer technique will be a major player here.

From a personal experience perspective, I had a lot of fun with this class of camera, and captured some really great pictures with it. Granted, that was a decade and a change ago, and so of course much less advanced cameras than current, and I've since moved on to larger DSLR bodies. But the level of quality I was able to get with an "enthusiast zoom" camera compared to the more run of the mill point-and-shoots was often - although not always - visible. No guarantee the same is still true today of course, although the DPReview review of the class does seem enthusiastic about what it offers over most straightforward cameras.

That said, I would only move up if there is something you want to improve with your current camera. Are you finding that you can't capture indoor scenes well enough? Are you wanting more manual control over the technical bits of photography? Are you looking for more post-processing latitude? These would all drive me towards the G9. Interestingly, the G9 is also more compact and weighs less, making it a better traveling companion. But you do give up the extreme reach of the 270's zoom, and super-bright scene performance (max shutter speed goes from 1/3200 with the 270 to 1/2000 with the G9). And of course purchase price.

  • Okay, I want to know this since you said the G9XmkII is about the same number of pixels, but spread across an area over five times as large. If I lower the resolution of camera down to 5 MP from 20 MP, will there be a reduction in noise? – cpx Jun 30 '17 at 20:53
  • @cpx If you resize the entire picture to a lower resolution and display it at the same size it will average out some noise at the cost of resolution. If you crop the 5MP in the center and magnify it to the same display size as the original 20MP image the perception of noise in the crop will increase. – Michael C Jul 1 '17 at 4:29
  • @MichaelClark: When I set the capture resolution in camera, I guess it does the first thing you mentioned resize the entire picture to a lower resolution right and that's same as resizing it later manually? I was thinking that the sensor itself produces 5 MP on lowering resolution to give better quality. – cpx Jul 1 '17 at 8:03
  • Since the sensor can not physically change the size and number of pixels it is similar to resizing it later. As with many other things, saving the raw data at full resolution will give you much more control later than allowing the camera to make most of the decisions about how the data from the sensor is processed to produce a jpeg. Creating a downsized jpeg from a raw file will help reduce the loss of image quality each time a jpeg is decoded, edited, and re-encoded. – Michael C Jul 1 '17 at 13:32

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