Canon PowerShot G11 Review

4.5
October 22, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

1/1.7” CCD

Effective Pixels

Approx.10.0M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology

LENS

Focal Length

6.1 - 30.5 mm (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm)

Zoom

Optical 5x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined approx. 20x

Maximum f/number

f/2.8-f/4.5

Construction

11 elements in 9 groups (1 double-sided aspherical element)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (shift-type)

FOCUSING

Type

TTL

AF System/ Points

AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed centre or Face Select and Track)

AF Modes

Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹

AF Point Selection

Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

On/Off Selectable

AF Assist Beam

Yes

Manual Focus

Yes

Focus Bracketing

Yes

Closest Focusing Distance

1cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes

Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)

AE Lock

Yes

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ND Filter (3 stop)

AEB

1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments

ISO sensitivity*

AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

SHUTTER

Speed

1 - 1/4000 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/4000 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type

TTL

Settings

Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom1, Custom2.
White Balance Correction

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder

Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder

Dioptre Correction

Yes

LCD MONITOR

Monitor

Vari-angle 2.8” PureColor II VA (TFT), approx. 461,000 dots

Coverage

100%

Brightness

Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

FLASH

Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On / Off

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II¹)

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

Built-in Flash Range

50cm-7.0m (W) / 4.0m (T)

External Flash

E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes

Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (2 modes), Low Light¹, Quick Shot, SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology

Photo Effects

My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

Drive modes

Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.1 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size

(L & RAW) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 20%4, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)

Compression

Fine, Normal

Movies

640 x 480, 30fps
320 x 240, 30fps

Movie Length

Up to 4GB or 1 hour¹

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type

JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

Movies

MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)

PictBridge

Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction

Yes, during shooting and playback

My Camera / My Menu

Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation

My Category

Image tagging feature

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Histogram

Yes

Playback Zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

Computer

Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)

Other

HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type

SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh

Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing

ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Other

PhotoStitch

Image Manipulation

Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

POWER SOURCE

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7L (NB-7L battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 390 shots¹
Approx. 420 min. playback

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps

Soft Case DCC-660, SC-DC65A

Waterproof / Weatherproof Case

Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC34, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

Lenses

Tele-converter 1.4x TC-DC58D
Lens adapter LA-DC58K

Flash

Canon Speedlites (including 220EX, 270EX, 430 EX, 430EX II, 580 EX, 580EX II¹), Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Speedlite Bracket BKT-DC1
High Power Flash HF-DC1

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Switch RS-60E3

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50, Battery Charger CB-2LZE

Other

Ring Accessory Kit RAK-DC2
Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions)

112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3 mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 355g

Zoom

¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.

AF Modes

¹ Some settings limit availability

Manual Power Adjustment

¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

External Flash

¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

Modes

¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).

Continuous Shooting

¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Movie Length

¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Battery life

¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.

Flash

¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

 

* Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

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