Canon PowerShot G11 Review

October 22, 2009 | Gavin Stoker | |

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#201 Petrolbonce

That white balance problem is a biggy for a lot of people. Is it common to all G11s? If so then surely it’s something that could be fixed with a firmware upgrade at a later date.

It probably wouldn’t bother me. I don’t usually rely on auto white balance. As a long time colour slide shooter correcting for lighting meant a pocket full of Wratten filters or swapping emulsion. In the latter case that usually meant carrying more than one body. Failing all that, if I got caught in artificial light with a daylight emulsion then flash was the only solution.

12:33 pm - Wednesday, December 30, 2009

#202 nick

Apparently Canons response to the legions of people complaining about this is that its a feature not a bug! They reckon their auto wb delivers images people want!

Well ...I too am used to film photography and filters but the fact is the G11 is supposed to be a grab it and shoot kind of camera and so Auto should be reliable. If using the LCD screen you can see the horrible orange cast and have a chance to change manually, if using the viewfinder you would not notice the problem until much later.

Its a small thing, but rather annoying

12:46 pm - Wednesday, December 30, 2009

#203 Sergiy

How more difference between photo in .JPG from G11 vs photo in .JPG from G7 ??

1:01 pm - Saturday, January 2, 2010

#204 Umbrellaaa

I am so happy with my G11! I love it! The swivel out LCD panel is emense and the HD video quality is great ?!

5:30 pm - Monday, February 1, 2010

#205 Shanti

Hi I’ve had the G11 for 4 months now-cheaper in the US by far..great camera to have with me at all times unlike my Oly DSLR system…quite amazing high ISO shots,with a lensmate adapter I use a wide angle lens from my G2 , also infrared filters which work well. A bit too much distortion on 28mm wide but lens seems sharp ehough.Only Problem!! is a week ago I began getting spots(orbs) on each photo where there is a light area..pretty sure its sensor dust!!! as its below = here maybe in & caused some condensation…just a hassle to send back to US for repair—-so be aware of this potential problem.

7:40 pm - Wednesday, February 10, 2010

#206 nick

Always a problem when you buy USA, I got my G11 that way but am keeping my fingers crossed! Great camera, but the rear buttons are a nuisance compared to my G10 - always getting pressed by mistake

9:43 am - Thursday, February 11, 2010

#207 vroger

I have heard absolutely nothing about dust on the sensor. Since the camera is sealed- without interchangable lenses, dust specks would be highly unusual. I would write to Canon get an opinion. If you don’t take care of it- it’ll drive you crazy. vroger

8:26 pm - Thursday, February 11, 2010

#208 Happy new Day

I think it’s camera ... the best if the sensor ... some bigger, and the optics ... some laggest, and the flash ... some lighting, and the dimentionse of the camera ... some smaller. And the wether ... sunshine.

4:23 pm - Sunday, February 14, 2010

#209 nick

@vroger I believe dust can get in because there has to be a ‘blowhole’ in the lens body to equalise pressure, or vacuum when the lens extends would prevent it from extending properly. So if it’s sucking in air, it could suck in dust too!

4:41 pm - Sunday, February 14, 2010

#210 Norwegian Blue


Even if there is a blow hole it should have a dust filter on it. If dust is getting in there it’s most likely down to poor seals around the lens barrels. I’ve certainly never come across this problem on other compact cameras with much larger zoom ranges.

6:55 pm - Sunday, February 14, 2010

#211 vroger

It’s odd. I have never heard of a dust problem on a non interchangeable lens digicam. I very strongly recommend that you have the camera looked at. At the very least contact the local Canon representative, even if the digicam came from the US. Otherwise you will mentally compensate every time you shoot and this will disturb the shooting. vroger

5:17 am - Monday, February 15, 2010

#212 hanif hassan

too bad there is no interval mode for timelapse shooting and for movie setting should there more option on frame rate as 25fps or 24fps?

6:00 am - Monday, February 15, 2010

#213 nick

yes there must be a dust filter but there is some very small dust about! Some shooting areas are dangerous to any device.

This dust on sensor occurred with a lot of g10s too. although invisible except under massive magnification. It should be fixed of course, if under warranty as it must still be

8:39 am - Monday, February 15, 2010

#214 Lou

I think the G11 is the best P&S camera for the money I have ever own. It is un…believable. I love being able to hit the asterisk button in Tv and Av to make sure I get the proper settings. You do not need a remote for the timer with the Face-self timer. I am able to use my Cokin filters. 3200 ISO is awesome. I got great results in taking a photo in my garage with no lights/closed door and you would never know it. I bought the 270EX flash/diffuser and it works great as well. I can throw it in my pocket w/o carrying my SLR. I cannot say enough about how much I love it.

12:39 am - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#215 nick

Its the best P&s for the money if you dont buy in the UK! Here its still a great camera but an expensive one

9:06 am - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#216 Ken

I’ll stick with my G10, thanks all the same.

1:54 am - Tuesday, May 4, 2010

#217 Julie

Anyone want my G11?  I’m sticking to the G9!  I’m an absolute amateur but love the quality of the G9.  My hubby bought me the G11 as an upgrade b ut the back buttons annoy the hell out of me; I change the buttons all the time with my hand.  Also, when downloaded onto the laptop I can really see a difference, I just don’t think the quality is anywhere near as good. 
I’m going to Alaska and Canada in two weeks time and really wanted to take spectacular photos but I can’t see tht happening unless anyone can give me a quick camera lesson :-)

8:39 pm - Tuesday, June 1, 2010

#218 Merlin Stewart

This post is only indirectly related to the G11 but please hear me out.  I am by no means a “professional” photographer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate good cameras and good photography.
I have a Canon G2 that I bought nine years ago that has become undependable at producing clear pictures.  I’ve been wanting a DSLR for some time so after much research I bought a Rebel T1i (500D) thinking this was the ideal camera for my price range.  I also strongly considered a Canon G11.  I wish now I had bought the G11.
I have taken roughly 1000 pictures with the Rebel, and I love everything about the camera except the image quality.  When viewed on a computer screen, seldom do they have the crispness, contrast, or color brilliance compared to my G2.  Had I not known better I might have thought it was normal, but I’m very disappointed.  Why can’t a modern 15 megapixel camera with a much larger sensor produce at least as good images as a nine year old 4 megapixel camera??  Obviously, numbers don’t tell the whole story.  And why does a camera that can produce such stunning close-ups do such a mediocre job at everything else?
And “Full Auto” in a Rebel is not the same as point and shoot, it’s almost useless.  Focus failures are the norm, even at very long distances with nothing close to confuse the AF.  I use Auto mode in my G2 99% of the time and it produces excellent images.
My dealer has no explanation why the G2 images are noticeably better.  Some trial images taken with a G11 were also slightly better than the Rebel.
Even thought I love taking pictures with the T1i, the love affair fades significantly when I view the images.  If they were as good as my G2 I would be satisfied.  I wish I could say that there is something wrong with my camera, but comparisons with others proved otherwise.  Even though I’ve always been impressed with the images my G2 produced I didn’t realize what a good camera it really was until now!
My advice?  If you want full control or to impress people and don’t care about image quality buy a Rebel.  If you want a first-rate p&s, buy a G11 and save yourself some dollars in the process.

5:48 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

#219 nick

@Merlin Sounds like the Rebel has a fault to me, I have never used one but they are a big seller. I cant comment on the full auto, but the sharpness etc should be fine

BTW I have a 1.3 MP Olympus from way back, it takes lovely pics, perhaps because it has a big lens on it. I don’t see any problem with the low MP, certainly not at the size of print I do and Ive been up to 20x16 with it. I think more MP means a more stuffed sensor and maybe that affects sharpness etc at that price point? There is a reason a Nikon D3 (for example) costs over £3000 for the body only!

8:16 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

#220 Merlin Stewart

Thanks Nick, I probably shouldn’t take this thread too far off topic, but today I started taking pics with my T1i in both jpeg & raw, & what a difference!  Noticably better detail & color in raw.  But for the guy who just likes to take good pics, raw is a pain.  But it indicates to me that the jpeg conversion isn’t working very well, inspite of the reviewers saying that this camera does jpeg just as good as raw.

5:17 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

#221 aayush

besides the will you compare the G11 to d fujifilm finepix HS10??

7:09 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

#222 nick

@merlin yes could be the jpg engine, Id just shoot RAW+JPG option and then you have all the options for the small downside of more used card space. RAW is like having the negative, and that’s always useful. With RAW you have a lot of flexibility

11:17 am - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

#223 Julie

I’ve just returned from my holiday in Alaska and Canada and took the MOST amazing photos with my G11, so no, I won’t be selling it after all. 
The quality are crystal clear and look like 3D.  I even took pictures out the plane window on our approach to Heathrow and WOW, I wish I could upload them.
They’re on Facebook and all the comments I’ve had are amazing pictures. 
I played with the vivid colours, landscape and automatic.  For indoor shots, I used ... indoor!!
I have tidied them up on the laptop but only with windows gallery fix, no photoshop required!
I would most definitely recommend this and am now going to sell my G9 and get a slim digital just for evening use.

6:34 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

#224 raul

I think your all retarded…just use the damn camera and every time you shoot the thing remember your an AMATUER shooter…if you make money in the industry you might want to spend time in useful info concerning the industry!!!

2:34 am - Sunday, August 1, 2010

#225 Jollyboy

Did that last post make sense to anybody?

9:15 am - Sunday, August 1, 2010

#226 Photo Dude

He basically said that we should only post comments here about things like Gay Porn or iPhones, but not cameras. Let’s pretend his post does not exist.  Any word on G12 anyone?

9:34 am - Sunday, August 1, 2010

#227 nick

G12. G13 and on to infinity. It’s best not to even think about what’s coming next or you’ll never buy anything! Thank god mobile phone upgrades come free!

11:28 am - Sunday, August 1, 2010

#228 Photo Dude

Hehe, good point Nick, what’s really cool about this series of point and shoots though is that they appear to hold on their value even as they get superseded.

3:43 pm - Sunday, August 1, 2010

#229 vroger

The most disturbing piece of this thread seems to have ended. Those pieces about sonsor dust on the G11. I do hope that those who found it have had it repaired. I just traipsed around Italy and London for a short while with the G11 amongst other digicams and had some lovely results. For the last 2 years the “G” line was updated in August. I’ll be interested at what, if anything, will be new. Yhus far the G11 is the best of the lot, but the old ones still take fabulous images. VRR

12:26 am - Monday, August 2, 2010

#230 TN

I am sure you can always get a better deal, especially when you focus on one aspect alone (either portability or sensor size, lens-speed, abberation, noise etc.) but as a whole package I absolutely LOVE my G10.

The finishing is the closest a compact gets to my old, beloved and long-lost Nikon F2. It has this same unique feeling of weight and reliability – of SUBSTANCE – something a Philip Jones-Griffiths would have carried as a back-up camera to a warzone. It’s a sturdy and reliable friend that isn’t as imposing and high-maintanance as an SLR. And which other compact gives you this feeling that you could smash it on the wall or drop it by accident and it’ll still work?

It has shapes, texture and weight – unlike most of the plastic-y stuff you get at the same price range or even higher. I did own a Lumix FX-500 prior to the G10 – more or less the same specs (quality wise), much more compact and much cheaper. What can I say? I absolutely despised it. It had no character whatsoever.

Who cares then that the G10 (or G11) generates too much noise at 400 ASA (it’s not what I got it for in the first place)? Who cares that I could save $100 on a comparable, faceless and identikit P&S? I developed a relationship with this camera, like I would with a well-build analog Nikon or Leica. It makes me want to pick it up, hold it and use it. That’s what counts. To me it’s a beautiful and well-designed piece of technology. To hell with stupid CCD comparisons and pissing matches at low light conditions!

Granted, the barrel distortion at wide-angled shots is a bit annoying but nothing that Photoshop couldn’t alleviate. The only things I don’t like so much are the crappy view finder, the bad zoom fine-tuning and the fact that setting a manual focus is still too fiddly.

Other than that I don’t regret the purchase for one second and I certainly don’t spend my days constantly wondering how much I could have saved buying a comparably spec-ed rig.

11:50 pm - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

#231 Sheri Oz

I bought the G11 on the strength of this particular review and I must say I am thrilled with the camera. I am not professional, but I have had some of my photos accepted by dreamstime (and not just for feebies). Their reasons for rejecting the photos they did reject only provided me with more learning and this camera is handling almost everything I want it to do.
I am disappointed it is so slow, however. But nothing is perfect.
I love this camera and it is allowing me to learn a lot about digital photography.

5:14 pm - Thursday, January 26, 2012

#232 nick

Yes it is a bit slow, but most people know that before buying. Otherwise its pretty near perfect for my money

9:38 am - Friday, January 27, 2012

#233 Photo Noob

I have a G11 or 10. I need to shoot things my son playing baseball. Far away in the outfield. Can I use a EF teleLens on it?

7:29 am - Friday, August 10, 2012

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