UPDATE the G11 is 50 bucks off at Amazon see it here Canon PowerShot G11
Photographers take pictures, but if you aren’t carrying your
camera, you’re going to miss a lot of great
shots. That is why I make an effort to always carry a point and shoot with me – a habit that goes back to the days when I shot film. I’ve worked my way up through all the Canon G series digital cameras starting with the G6, and now the new Canon PowerShot G11 . The big news for me on the G11 is the flip out screen – the last G series that shot raw with a flip out screen was the G6, and I’m glad it’s back. The new G11 screen is a little smaller than the G10 , but it’s hardly noticeable.
The other big change with the G11 is its 10 megapixel sensor compared with the G10’s 14.7. Too many megapixels on a small sensor mean more noise, and the G10 was starting to get noisy at ISO 400. The new camera also has a newer processor to help reduce noise and though Canon claims the G11 has a two stop improvement over its predecessor; I think that may a bit of a stretch. I did a quick test after I picked up the camera from Fotocare here in New York City on Friday. As you can see, the camera still has noise at ISO 400 compared to ISO 100 but it’s tolerable. These files were processed through Lightroom which doesn’t officially support the camera yet, but will open the raw files. I didn’t make any adjustments to the files except for sizing and cropping.
As soon as I borrow a G10 (I sold my G10 as soon as I got news the G11 was coming out) I will do a comparison with the G11. Hopefully, these test photos will be posted within the next few days. Otherwise, the G11 is almost identical to the G10. The lens is the same and the settings for various exposure modes have not changed, though the G11 has a setting called Quick Mode which I don’t remember the G10 having. As a result there, is no real learning curve if you previously owned the G10.
Other point and shoots will be hitting the market soon. One that I would like to try is the Lumix DMC-GH1 but for now, the G11 is the small camera that will give me decent files. More important however is that it’s small enough to always carry, so I will have no excuse not to take that unexpected photo that we all wish hadn’t gotten away.