Excerpt: I've owned the G11 for quite a while, and even though it's one of the most flexible point and shoots on the market, I honestly think that there are better options. First of all, the sensor that's in the G11 is the exact same size as the S90, but the S90 is smaller and has a faster lens to boot. The only features that should sway you from purchasing a G11 over an S90 is if you must have a swivel-LCD and an exposure compensation button on-body.
Excerpt: I owned a G5 prior to getting the G11. I waited until the articulating screen came back before I upgraded. I find the G11 takes wonderful pictures. It is a good companion for me to my 5D MkII when I just want to casually capture images on the go of family, street, scenery, ... etc. My copy is one of the ones that suffered the lens scratch caused by the moving lens cover. I sent it back to Canon and was repaired under warranty.
Excerpt: I took the camera to a dance performance in a theater. Despite having lots of LEDs, it is still hard to use the camera in the dark. I set the ISO to 800 and 1600, and the photos are quite acceptable, even when viewed at 100% zoom. I was able to figure out most of the control without reading the manual. The video mode is always auto exposure with exposure compensation. I wish there is aperture, shutter, and manual mode for video. The camera feels heavier than expected.
Excerpt: I've bought this camera about 1,5 months ago. I've been using it for quick snapshots on vacations, family gatherings and occasionally landscape and animal photography. It's not as fast as I tought it would be. The auto focus sometimes just doesn't understand what I want to do. We seem to use two different languages. The images are super in good light quality, but are useless if the light conditions are poor.
Summary: This compact G11 is a great little camrea. If your looking for highend photoâ€™s go out and buy a highend DSLR. I shoot all types of photos from portraits to macro and everything in between. When Iâ€™m out on a shoot I lug a bag of photo gear that would brake the back of the weak, now I take one DSLR and my Canon G11 as a back up to get the job done. The G11 is a fun lovinâ€™ work horse.