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Canon PowerShot G11 Review

Canon PowerShot G11

The Good
Great image quality, Upgraded (from G10) ISO speed, User friendly, 2.8” LCD, Long battery life.
The Bad
No HD video, Somewhat awkward feature controls, 10 megapixel sensor.
Yay or Nay
This is a solid buy for someone who is looking for reliable functions with an affordable price point.


The Canon PowerShot G11 is a more traditional looking camera. However, it has some big surprises in its features. At first glance, this camera seems like just another G10 that’s been slightly modified, but once you look deeper, you will notice major changes. The ISO speed is one shining example of what could have been done to improve the G10. This new speed allows the G11 to shoot higher quality, clearer pictures with a lower megapixel sensor than its predecessor. All of this makes for a great camera for a student, or even just someone who wants one for their own personal uses.


To increase the usability and the overall action of the camera, the G11 has upgraded standard features from the G10. The most notable of these features is the ISO speed of 3200, and the high sensitivity system that they have incorporated into this familiar frame. With these upgrades, though the camera is still lacking in the continuous shooting department, it can deliver remarkably clear and clean photographs in a great deal of lighting conditions. The DIGIC4 image processor aids in this process by adding to the reliability of the platform.

Canon PowerShot G11 Back


Even though this is mainly a photographic camera, it is still capable of low and medium quality video recording. With expandable memory, you can record up to four hours of video in the lower quality spectrum, with less available space as the quality increases. It has two available recording formats, 640×480 and 320×240, which are reasonably effective for social networking and entertainment websites.

Photo Quality and Extras

Many people are under the assumption that because the G10 had a 14 megapixel sensor, it is a better camera. However, the sensor is not the only part of the camera that matters when you’re dealing with digital pictures. In fact, with the upgraded imaging system in the G11, you’re more likely to have a higher quality picture than with its predecessors.

For most people, the options and settings that are available on the G11 are as simple to use as a point and shoot camera. It also comes with a plethora of accessories, including different lenses and even an underwater camera case. All of this combines to make it one of the best personal cameras available on the market. With the G11’s durable and time tested frame, and the greatly advanced features over the G10, this is likely to become a favorite among families and students.

Canon PowerShot G11 Accessories


One downside to the G11 is that the quality of upgrades and options aren’t up to par with other higher end cameras like the 7D and 550D.  Additionally, the feature controls can be awkward to deal with if you’re not used to them. Nevertheless, this camera is a great buy for students and families looking for something affordable and reliable. The G11 meets the needs of people who are looking for something more from their photography experiences without spending a ton of money.


Even though this camera is lacking in some minor areas, with a price tag of less than $500, it makes the perfect piece for someone who is broadening their photographic skills. It is solidly built, relatively compact and has a can-do attitude about nearly everything (including water with just a little preparation).

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