Canon PowerShot G11

Last updated (02 January’12):
- Review by PCAuthority
- Canon Has released the PowerShot G12 (Checkout Canon G12 Review)

Canon PowerShot G11 is the successor of PowerShot G10 features 10 Megapixels CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm), DIGIC 4, capability to shoot RAW just like a DSLR camera, ISO 80-3200, and a 2.8-inch TFT 461,000 pixels color swivel LCD with wide viewing angle. The camera measures 112 x 76 x 48 mm and weighs Approx. 355g.

The Canon PowerShot G11 has won the 2010 TIPA Awards in Best Expert Compact Camera category.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info: sold start from $189.99

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot G11 Reviews

PCAuthority reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“In many respects, the G11 is the most impressive camera in our latest compact camera group test. Its controls and versatility are second to none. However, with its high price and less than featherweight design, it can’t compete with the more compact, affordable Canon S90 in our latest roundup.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“Overall, the G11 works almost flawlessly, and I can’t think of many improvements I’d need in a successor – apart from an accurate viewfinder. Canon again have come up trumps on the latest of the G-series, but before you rush out to buy one, make sure it’s the right camera for you, I’ll guarantee, if it is, you won’t be disappointed with the results.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“This camera is very hard to beat when it comes to quality. It scores very highly for picture quality, build quality and also the range of features on offer. It is aimed at the enthusiast and ticks almost all the right boxes. Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Shutterbug reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“This camera is a great street camera at ISO 400, with ISO 800 being quite good. If you are always shooting at or above ISO 800 get yourself a larger sensor camera. “
Rating: N/A

RegHardware reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“The new sensor delivers outstanding low light pictures. Noise is negligible all the way to ISO 800 but even at 1600 and 3200 noise is handled very well, with good dynamic range, acceptable levels of detail and colour fringing.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“The biggest surprise about the G11 is its excellent high-ISO performance in low light. On previous models, there was no real point in pushing ISO any higher than 400. More than that, and images became unacceptably chunky. But with the G11, you’ll get usable results all the way up to ISO 1600.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“G11 delivers very good images. If you’re shooting in JPEG mode, you’ll find the in camera processing to be very nice, without going too far. Colors are natural, and the images are not oversharpened. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeutralDay reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“The G11 offers photographers a chance to leave their bigger DSLR camera behind, providing them instead with a more compact option that brings a level of handling that will still feel familiar..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“Highs: Very good picture quality, Wide-angle 5x zoom, Quality adjustable LCD screen, Optical image stabilization. Lows: Expensive, Slow at only 1.1 fps, Distorted viewfinder, No HD video, “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoCracti reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“PowerShot G11 is a very desirable camera in terms of its great versatility, rugged construction, fine image quality and portability. And the built-in 28-140mm lens is impressive in all aspects: high edge-to-edge sharpness, little distortion and minimal chromatic aberration.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“The G11 all of has the build quality, features and performance for which the G-series is rightly renowned, and the image quality is as good as a small-sensor compact is ever likely to get. Restored to its rightful place, the G11 is one of the two or three best compacts currently available. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“Long exposures at night were noise-free up to ISO 400 and noise-affected at ISO 800 but printable up to A4 size. Some loss of sharpness occurred at this point as well. Beyond ISO 800, noise was quite visible and shots taken with the ISO 3200 setting were noticeably softened, although printable at snapshot size.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“If you are in the market for a versatile camera that offers dSLR like features, without wanting to deal with the bulk and lens swapping, the G11 might just be the ticket. With a street price of US $450 or less, the Canon PowerShot G11 offers an outstanding value, and we have no problem giving it a high recommendation..”
Rating: N/A

KenRockwell compares the Canon PowerShot G11 to Canon S90 and writes;
“I prefer the Canon S90, which does the same thing, or better, for half the size and weight, and a lower price, but that’s just me. The G11 is a fantastic camera, and you people know who you are.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBay reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“I really liked the Canon G11. For someone that usually carries around a DSLR when it’s really too much, the G11 would make a perfect companion. It will likely put a camera in your hands at times when you would have left your DSLR at home.”
Rating: N/A

DCRP reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“It offers excellent image quality (including better than average performance in low light) with a solid feature set for both beginners and enthusiasts. The PowerShot G11 isn’t a perfect camera, but whether you’re an enthusiast looking for a companion for your D-SLR or a beginner who just wants a great point-and-shoot camera, you won’t be disappointed with your purchase. “
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“We like the overall picture quality of the G11, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes shots can look pale and have some haloing, while wide angle shots will suffer from barrel roll… the G11 remains a good, competitively priced option for anyone who wants full manual control, but doesn’t want to go for a digital SLR. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“The G11 may have improved noise levels over the G10 and most traditional compacts, but can’t compete with the physically larger sensors of the E-P1 and GF1. “
Rating: ★★★★½

DCI reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“the G11 is smaller and cheaper than these SLRs and if I was hiking the Appalachian trail or chasing bears in Yellowstone, I’d rather carry around the relatively compact G11 than a big, bulky and more expensive SLR. “
Rating: N/A

Gizmodo reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“the video the G11 produces at that resolution is generally excellent.. That’s because it’s packed with data—the bitrate averages around 10Mbps… That’s why it looks so vibrant compared to a lot of the 720p video out there. “
Rating: N/A

Canon PowerShot G11 Video Review by SimplyElectronics;

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“I was very pleased with default image quality out of the G11 – virtually all shots used to illustrate this review were shot at 80 ISO and Program auto mode, and all with auto white balance. Indoor with flash, indoor with available light, outdoor – the G11 produced excellent results. “
Rating: N/A

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
The good: Solid feel construction, vari-angle LCD, better results at higher ISOs than we’ve witnessed from competing brands (if staying at or below ISO 3200). The bad: Standard definition video, still priced the same as an entry level DSLR (albeit a cheaper option than buying DSLR plus lens with equivalent focal range) “
Rating: ★★★★☆

LuminousLandscape reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“What I see is that the G11 has about a one stop advantage over the G10, and both look quite good up to and including ISO 200. I never regarded ISO 400 is usable for anything except record shots on the G10, and my feeling is that while cleaner, the G11 is still too noisy at 400 for any sort of large prints. “
Rating: N/A

WDC reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“The reduction of resolution means that noise is much better controlled at higher ISO settings, while the vari-angle LCD screen is one of the best on the market. So, while obtaining a G11 does mean parting with a substantial whack of cash, if you do decide to purchase then you’ll undoubtedly be bagging yourself an excellent camera that should last many years. “
Rating: ★★★★½

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“Build quality is good without making the camera too heavy, and the swivelling LCD is ideal for shooting from awkward angles – or taking candid shots of people without them realising!”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“it doesn’t quite hold up to its manufacturer’s claim of this being the ‘ultimate’ compact – particularly when you’ve had the opportunity to swap lenses as on the competing Olympus Pen and Panasonic GF1 Micro Four Thirds models, the latter being a near ringer for the Canon in terms of size, shape and form. But then, with those models lenses cost extra, and with the G11 you have mostly everything you’d want in one neat package, which shouldn’t be underestimated.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“I’m happy to say that it’s acceptable in terms of not seeing it at anything other than full magnification, until the ISO800 setting. From ISO1600, the image is too distorted to get away with as noise invades the low key areas and coloured blotches appaer on the grey card.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Video preview by DigitalRev; reviews the Canon PowerShot G11 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot G11 offers excellent photograph quality and options for a compact camera, and the downshift from the old PowerShot G10′s 14-megapixel sensor to a 10-megapixel one has paid dividends. But it remains a fat, heavy and expensive compact that’s not without its flaws, including sluggish responses and an awkward main controller”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon PowerShot G11 Preview Video by WDC;

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot G11 User Reviews

Very pleased with the Canon G11! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Power-on is very fast and shutter action is quick as well. The colors are very good – I have no complaints at all in that regard. I’ve taken both jpeg and RAW photos; the jpeg’s look really fine to me, and I think I’d use RAW only when taking pictures I’d want to play with, such as landscapes, sunsets, close-up portraits, things like that.” – Boyle

Wow! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Excellent camera! Camera body size is perfect for my hands and my large pockets. Just came back from Vietnam and received lots of “wows” for the photos captured by this camera. I do not recommend this camera for those who plan to shoot in Auto mode only, it will be a waste of money. “ – D.Eng

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Canon PowerShot G11 Sample Photos

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Canon PowerShot G11 Sample Videos

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Canon PowerShot G11 User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot G11 Specifications

Recommended price

• $499
• €589
• £569


• 1/1.7" Type CCD
• 10 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3648 x 2736
• 3648 x 2048
• 2816 x 2112
• 2272 x 1704

• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240

Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps

• 320 x 240 @ 30fps

Maximum clip length Up to 4GB or 1 hour
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.2), RAW
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]
Lens • 28-140mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 6.1 – 30.5 mm
• 5x optical zoom
• F2.8-4.5
• Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (1 double-sided aspherical element)
Image stabilization Yes (Lens-Shift)
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus • Auto focus :TTL
– Face Detection / 9-point AiAF
- 1-point AF (center or Face Select and Track)
- Fixed centre or Face Select and Track
• Manual focus
AF modes

• Single
• Continuous
• Servo AF/AE

AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 1 cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to Face Detection)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100

• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200

AE lock Yes
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • Auto (1 – 1/4000 sec)
• 15-1/4000 sec

• Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE

• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual
• Custom (2 modes)
• Special Scene
• Stitch Assist

• Low Light
• Quick Shot
• Movie

Scene modes

• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Scene
• Sports
• Night Snapshot

• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Sunset
• Foliage
• Snow

• Beach
• Fireworks
• Aquarium
• Underwater
• Color Accent
• Color Swap

• Stitch Assist

White balance

• Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight

• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Flash

• Custom1
• Custom2
• Underwater
• White Balance Correction

Self timer • 2 or 10 sec
• Custom or FaceSelf Timer
Continuous shooting • Approx. 1.1 shots/sec.
• AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.
• LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction

• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/2000 sec
• +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Safety FE
• Flash exposure lock

• Manual Power Adjustment
• Second Curtain Sync
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm – 7.0m (wide) / 4.0m (tele)

External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, Optical Viewfinder
LCD monitor • 2.8 inch Vari-angle PureColor II VA (TFT)
• 461,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7L
Weight (no batt) 355 g
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48 mm


Canon PowerShot G11 Press Release

London, UK 19th August 2009: Canon today announces the launch of the feature packed PowerShot G11, the successor to the multi award-winning PowerShot G10 – the favourite compact of professional photographers and photoagencies the world over.

Commenting on his use of the predecessor to the PowerShot G11, the PowerShot G10, Gary Knight, acclaimed photojournalist and co-founder of the VII Photo Agency, said: “As a photojournalist who covers warzones, one of the main challenges I face is getting high quality images in hostile environments.

To achieve this I need a camera that offers great image and build quality without the bulk, and the PowerShot G series is perfect for this purpose. When shooting in areas of conflict, it’s important to have a compact camera in my bag that allows me to work discreetly but also provides the level of quality required to get the photos I need. The G Series excels in this respect, delivering great quality images from a compact body that is less intimidating than that of an SLR.”

Professional photographers will benefit from the G11’s greatly expanded dynamic range. Canon’s new Dual Anti-Noise System combines a high sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel image sensor with Canon’s enhanced DIGIC 4 image processing technology to increase image quality and greatly improve noise performance by up to 2 stops (compared to PowerShot G10). The PowerShot G11 also includes i-Contrast technology, which prevents high-light blowout whilst retaining low-light detail – ideal for difficult lighting situations.

The premium quality Canon lens delivers picture-perfect performance, offering a 5x wide angle (28mm) zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS). This allows handheld shots to be taken at much slower shutter speeds (4-stops) than conventional non-IS models – allowing perfect shooting in darker conditions or at a lower ISO. Greatly reducing blur caused by camera shake, photographers can shoot at longer focal lengths and in lower light conditions without the need for a tripod.

The digital compact includes the ability to shoot in RAW format and is compatible with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, ensuring that photo shoots can be easily integrated into a photographer’s workflow.

Stephen Munday, Senior Operations Director, Editorial, Getty Images, comments: “The quality of images delivered by the PowerShot G series are so good that we use G10 images within our editorial library, and our photographers using the G series models do so because of the image quality and flexibility they provide.”

He continues, “The unpredictable nature of news photojournalism requires our photographers to get shots in all kinds of situations, and the size of the G10 allows them to do that without drawing too much attention to themselves. The low-light capabilities of the new G11 will be of even greater help in that respect, as it will allow our photographers to shoot high quality images without flash in even more situations.”

Alongside superb image quality, the compact size of the PowerShot G11 and a 2.8-inch vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD (461k dots) make it the ideal choice for professional photographers to use where an SLR is impractical or obtrusive. The G11 is ergonomically designed for faster, accurate menu scrolling. Analogue style dials for ISO and exposure compensation give photographers instant, familiar access to common settings and features.

“I’ve been a user of the G series since the G5” says Edmond Terakopian, photojournalist and winner of the British Press Awards Photographer of the Year and a World Press Photo award for Spot News. “Recently I’ve been using the G10 which is absolutely spot on; image quality, usability, reliability and build quality are all excellent. It’s the one camera that’s always with me, no matter where I am; whether on or off duty. I know I can rely on it to help me get the picture, no matter what.

Over the years I’ve used my G Series cameras on the occasions when assignments have needed discretion. It’s a satisfying feeling telling a picture editor that the photograph he’s just complemented was from a compact camera.”

The G11 is equipped to deal with any light condition. Low Light mode enables photographers to shoot up to ISO 12,800 in reduced 2.5MP resolution at 2.4fps capturing brilliant shots indoors without the need for a flash, whilst a built-in Neutral Density (ND) filter decreases light levels by 3 stops allowing creative control in bright conditions.

The camera’s highest flash synchro speed has been increased to 1/2000th seconds, reducing the possibility of overexposed bright scenes. A real time histogram displays brightness levels on the PureColor II VA LCD screen, so photographers can easily view conditions and change settings when shooting.

The PowerShot G11 gives photographers the freedom to perfectly shoot fast-paced action. Quick Shot mode takes images almost instantly after pressing the shutter, so fast moving objects are always captured, whilst Servo AF/ AE continuously adjusts focus and exposure to optimise settings when photographing moving subjects.

The PowerShot G11 can be used with a wide range of Canon accessories, including the Speedlite 270EX, 430EX II and 580EX II; Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX flashes for enhanced shooting options; the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Bracket BKT-DC1 and Remote Switch RS-60E3. Underwater photographers can even team the PowerShot G11 with the specially designed Waterproof Case WP-DC34 – an underwater housing allowing full control of the camera at depths down to 40m. The PowerShot G11 includes an HDMI port so users can review images on a full HD screen via an optional HDMI cable.

See also: Canon | Digital Camera | Point & Shoot Cameras

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