Canon G11: better, stronger, faster

by James
The Canon G11 sports a 5x optical zoom that's 2 stops faster than the G10.

The Canon G11 sports a 5x optical zoom that's 2 stops faster than the G10.

Canon has announced the latest in the “G” series, the Powershot G11, which sports a larger, 5x zoom len (28-140mm 35mm equivalent) which is 2 stops faster, a 10MP CCD (backing down from 14MP in the G10) with better low light performance thanks to an upgraded anti-noise sytem, and a 2.8 inch viable angle color LCD. Can we call it the bionic cam?

In addition to an upgraded CCD and faster, longer zoom lens, the G11 has all the typical features expected from the G series including RAW support, full manual options, mode dials for exposure compensation and ISO adjustment, and the ability to use an external Speedlight flash or underwater housing.

The Canon G11 sports a new viable angle LCD screen.

The Canon G11 sports a new viable angle LCD screen.

The G9 was a popular backup camera for professionals looking for a shirt pocket option where a full DSLR rig was either impractical or unexpected. The G11 gives them faster exposure options, and while the larger vari angle LCD gives great room, Canon still managed to hang onto the classic viewfinder for those who enjoy shooting “old school.” And with the noise limiting technology and faster lens, Canon shows it can think outside the box when it comes to increasing megapixel capacity, but without allowing noise to creep in at higher ISOs or in low light.

The Powershot G11 will be available this October for an MSRP of about $500.

Hat Tip – The Giz

12 reviews or comments

David Evans Says: August 20, 2009 at 8:45 am

This lens is not 2 stops faster than the G10’s, in fact it appears to be the same lens. 2 stops faster would be F/1.4, and no compact camera has a lens that fast.

Csaba Says: August 23, 2009 at 10:15 am

Ditto David: whoever said it is 2 stops faster? Same aperture, same zoom range, looks like it’s the same lens all over.
A very promising camera though, I don’t mind the 10MP res, as long as noise is suppressed and low light shooting is supported by the Digic IV engine. I think Canon made a daring step, jumping off the pixel counting band wagon. Keep it up, Canon.
I’ve been watching the G series since the G5 and THIS is going to be the one to back up my 5D MII. A dream team.
The only thing I’d do different is: get rid of the scene modes, keep to PASM, and swap the top end of the zoom for a better, even slightly faster lens or go wider to 24mm (see the Ricoh GX series, true gems. The best compact lens I’ve ever had was the Leica 28-90mm / 2.0-2.8 on the Pana DMC LC-1. Couple that with a sensible menu, sturdy body and good sensor and I’m the first buyer. Alas, until then it is going to be the G11.

Ron Says: August 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

Sounds like they are confusing two stop faster lens with the claimed usable 2 stops of ASA increase. At first I was thinking they meant a better IS, but after considering it for a minute, I don’t thinks so. Also, was not the G10 a 28-140 equivilant zoom also?

vKarl Says: September 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I love it but I scoured the canon site and it seems that it has also lost its video capability. I’m so glad the twisting screen is back (I had a G2!). I hope it focuses faster than the G10.

Wan Says: September 25, 2009 at 3:27 am

I am glad Canon decided to drop the pixel count of their G11 to 10 instead of the 14 or so in their G10.

I had returned a camera with a high pixel count because of the noise that comes with high pixels and smaller sensors.

I am one of those people who would rather do without video in their cameras, just a good picture taking camera with low noise.

nipa Says: October 7, 2009 at 5:59 am

My backup camera is an “old” Canon A 605 and I really need the rotating screen – it makes tripod and low angle shots much much easier. Upgrade time!

Cagney Plachel Says: August 27, 2010 at 6:09 am

You mean this is the amazing new, better, stronger, faster error 99 camera? WOW!
Couldn’t sell me one at a buy one get one free sale at 1 cent with a 10 cent discount and a 5 dollar rebate.
Unless of course you could prove the shutter works. Sometimes.

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