Canon PowerShot G11 gets the full review!


I was really excited at the news of Canon’s new flagship advanced point & shoot camera, the PowerShot G11. One surprising move from Canon was to back off the megapixel race, going from 14+ megapixels on the G10 to a mere 10 megapixels on the new G11. The idea is that less pixels on such a small sensor would give them room to improve on sensitivity and low light performance. Sounds good to me. They also added an articulating high-res LCD screen–a total score, in my opinion. If you’re looking for a companion to your larger DSLR, this is a nice ride indeed. On the downside, at 28m/F2.8, the lens isn’t as wide or fast as its competitors (the Panasonic LX3 is 24mm/F2.0).

Today dpreview.com has just posted their 21 page review of this badboy. including sample photos. Definitely worth checking out. Click here to read the review in full.

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7 Responses to Canon PowerShot G11 gets the full review!

  1. Mauro Metallo says:

    That is a very, very yummy little camera. I handled her briefly (you know… Cameras are all ladies to me…)and it was love at first sight! Even my film rangefinder told me that she would like to share the bag with her…

    • davecandoit says:

      The review was very favourable. The VF is only 77%, however, which leaves a bit to be desired. It sounds like Canon was unable to really achieve the benefits of less megapixels, compared to last year’s G10. The difference in IQ is almost indecipherable and in some cases the older G10 even beats it, so they say in the review. However, that articulating display alone would make me choose this one over the G10. That’s one of the reasons I’m so fond of the Olympus E-620 (4/3rds format) SLR. All in all, it’s a great camera and has that rangefinder look that’s so appealing.

  2. lynnwiles says:

    Hey, my camera is a guy! I considered the G10, but went with the rebel xs for interchangeable lenses, does this new G11 give you that?

    • davecandoit says:

      No interchangeable lens on the G11, I’m afraid. For that you’d have to move up to a micro 4/3rds format camera. The Olympus E-P1 or the Panasonic GF1. Both are great cameras (they share the same 12 megapixel sensor) but their lenses are not cheap in comparison to Nikon or Canon. And your Rebel probably has a slightly higher dynamic range. But if you’re looking for a sleek and small street camera with interchangeable lenses, then these two are great. The Panasonic’s gotten rave reviews but it lack in-body image stabilization (IS) (they put in in the lens); whereas Olympus’s IS is in the body. By next spring both companies will have new 4/3rds cameras out with better features.

  3. davecandoit says:

    That’s the issue I’m struggling with. I want the dynamic range and low light performance of a Nikon D90 or Canon 7D but am afraid I won’t take it out as much because of its size and weight. As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you, right? But I have to decide what I’m doing. If my plan is to make large prints, then maybe I’d be better off with the Nikon or Canon. If I don’t see me printing large than 12 x 18 or so, the smaller 4/3rds format cameras should suffice. The truth is, I’d like the get to a point where I’m producing photos people might actually like to buy. Some of my photos I can see as very large prints, like 24″ x 36″ or larger. Anyway, I’ll have a better idea by the spring. No sense spending money now when I won’t be getting out all the often over the winter. Sorry for the looong rambling reply. By the way, your photos are certainly sellable.

    • lynnwiles says:

      One last comment tonight. If you get a camera bag with a cross-body strap, then it’s not that heavy, but I only use that when I’m officially going out shooting. I don’t feel comfortable leaving the camera in the car in the cold for hours while I’m at work, so yes, I would like both. One to always have with me and one for the times when I am out walking and shooting.

      And thank you, I have sold a number of photos over the years, but I don’t like printing large images and I despise the entire framing process. Once again, if only I had a benefactor, I could let someone else print and frame for me and have multiple cameras and quit my day job and …

      Good night Dave.

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