Summary: In the world of advanced compacts, the G series from Canon has long been regarded as one of the best. While the models aren’t always as small as some other advanced compacts on the market, the sturdy design and advanced feature-set mean that they are always a popular model – either as a DSLR...
Pros: Timeless design, excellent image quality, vari-angle LCD one of the best of its type
Cons: Viewfinder too small, crowded back-plate, soft shutter release
Conclusion: The G11 is the latest in a well-established line of compact cameras aimed at enthusiasts and, with its large-bodied, retro styling it would appear to be just as aspirational at its predecessors.
Pros: Very good all-round image quality (albeit without the G10's excellent low ISO resolution), Generally good high-ISO performance for a compact camera, surprisingly good high ISO raw output, Flexible lens range with effective image stabilization, Very little vignetting and good edge-to-edge sharpnes...
Cons: Rather slow lens (in terms of aperture) by traditional G series standards, Movies limited to VGA resolution, High ISO images lose saturation and detail (and offer no control over noise reduction), Focus prone to hunting (and focus failure) in low light at longer focal lengths, Some chromatic aber...
Summary: Like previous models in the series, the G11 shares much in common with its predecessor, but makes a handful of evolutionary changes to satisfy demands – although revealingly two of the major ‘advances’ here are actually blasts from the past.
Pros: 5x zoom with 28mm wide and 1cm macro., Flash hotshoe, RAW files and high ISOs., Great quality 2.8in / 460k articulated screen., Good controls, build and ergonomics.
Cons: Slow burst shooting – just 1.1fps at full res., No HD movies or zooming when filming., Noise better than G10, but beaten by M4/3., Older G10 delivers more detail at 80 ISO.
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot G11 is an outstanding digital camera. It makes an excellent back up to a Digital SLR or as a more portable camera for anyone who does not want to carry round a Digital SLR. There is so much to like. To start with the picture quality the Powershot G11 produces is excellent.
Pros: Picture quality - Vari Angle LCD screen - Handling - Features
Excerpt: The Canon G series range of cameras has been the forefront of the company’s ability to make indispensible range of digital cameras. Their overall image quality can very well be compared to an entry level DSLR.
Summary: Priced exactly the same as its still current predecessor in the G10, the G11 offers the advantage of a flexible LCD screen plus higher ISO options. If neither is particularly important and a higher resolution will serve better, then the older G10 is the one to go for.