Summary: The Canon G series has been making big waves in the photography community, small high end point & shoots with manual mode that allow for professional quality photography at a very low price. How does the latest of this series, the Canon PowerShot G11, measure up? Here's a review.
Conclusion: For those either looking for a companion camera to their existing DSLR, or those just wanting to invest a little more into a camera, without the increased bulk that come with an entry-level DSLR, the G11 is an excellent choice and should strongly be consider.
Conclusion: What can we say? Canon’s on a roll now and its top-end cameras are winners. Just as Nikon was in the zone about a year ago hitting everything out of the park, Canon is locked in. Even though the G11—around $439 at legit online dealers – is an excellent camera though, we’re very partial to the S90...
Excerpt: The bridge market between point-and-shoot compacts and entry-level DSLR’s has become more and more competitive over the last couple years. With many companies concentrating a stronger effort on the Micro Four Thirds technology and offering great value with their entry-level DSLR’s, delivering the...
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Summary: The Canon PowerShot G11 is a good camera, but it's not without its flaws. We wish it had sturdier buttons and that its zoom control was better. Photos are a little soft, but this camera is still capable of capturing some excellent pictures.
Pros: Full manual control, pivoting screen, good high ISO performance for a compact camera
Cons: Buttons feel spongy, no fine control over zoom, noticeable barrel roll at the wide angle, slightly soft images, no bulb mode
Conclusion: So is it really worth spending as much, or more on the G11 than an interchangeable lens camera such as Panasonic’s GF1 or Olympus EP-1, or a full-blown digital SLR with standard APS-C sized sensor? If the choice is a straight one, arguably not: we’d prefer the ability to swap lenses any day.
Pros: 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)
Cons: 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)