Summary Canon G11

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Screen size
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Screen resolution
Help 461k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 480p @ 30fps
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Canon PowerShot G11Canon PowerShot G11


Canon has replaced the PowerShot G11 with the G12.

Canon PowerShot G12
Canon PowerShot G12 announced September 2010
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies

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The Canon G11 vs other recent digicams

Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Macro focus Good macro Help
1.0 cm
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
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The Canon G11 vs other recent pro digicams

Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
1000 shots


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The Canon G11 vs other recent digicams

Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Movie format Low resolution movies Help
480p @ 30fps
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.1 EV
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
August 2009
Zoom Below average zoom Help
Color depth Little color depth Help
20.4 bits
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Popularity Not so popular Help
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The Canon G11 vs other recent pro digicams

Aperture Narrow aperture Help
Sensor size Small sensor Help
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
461k dots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
1.1 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
169 ISO
Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Screen size Small screen Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Screen type Screen type Help
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds




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Canon PowerShot G11
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Atterobots (5:17 PM, January 10, 2011)
i need a manual o guide to set up a tele-conversion lens, teleconverter lens and makro lens on Canon G11..please teach me
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:09 AM, October 29, 2010)
Fixed the liveview issue, thx!
Luke31 (11:41 AM, October 12, 2010)
The G11 got live view. Just the Quick Shot mode hasn't got live view and you have to use the viewfinder.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:55 AM, August 30, 2010)
Good catch, we'll update our specs for the G11 to note the moveable screen. It looks like the G11 does shoot 12,800 ISO at a reduced resolution, 2.5MP, thanks for pointing that out!

Thats interesting that Canon claims a 2 f-stop improvement from the G10 to the G11. Snapsort pulls benchmarks from DxOMark, and their test results indicate that the G11 only has a slight (0.1 f-stop) advantage over the G10, see our comparison of the G10 vs G11.
Pingupenguins (0:49 AM, August 30, 2010)
Secondary note: The G11 is said by Canon to have 2 stops better noise reduction than the G10. Shooting a G11 at 800 ISO is said to be the equivalent of shooting a G10 at 200 ISO.
Pingupenguins (0:47 AM, August 30, 2010)
The G11 has a movable screen and will go up to 12,800 ISO when in Low light mode.