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The G Series Comes Full Circle.
You asked, and Canon not only listened, but delivered big-time. Advanced amateurs who have overwhelmingly embraced the G Series will be delighted with the PowerShot G11, which features RAW mode for unlimited editing options, a 28mm wide-angle lens, and a 2.8-inch Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD. Add to that Canon's new High Sensitivity System and high-speed ISO for incredible image quality, and Canon's top-range compact digital camera is a truly groundbreaking successor.

  • New 10.0 Megapixel sensor coupled with Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor designed as the High Sensitivity System for improved low light image performance.
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control.
  • Large, bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles plus an optical viewfinder.
  • A host of optional accessories including Speedlite flashes, underwater housing and Tele-Converter Lens are available.
  • A high-powered Wide-Angle 5x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 28 - 140mm) with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer gets you up close and personal to your subjects.
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves the overall camera performance.
  • HDMI output for viewing still images on an HDTV.
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper setting for the camera based on 22 predefined shooting situations.

Image Quality That's Better Than Ever.
New 10.0 Megapixel sensor coupled with Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor designed as the High Sensitivity System for improved low light image performance.

The PowerShot G11 employs a newly-developed, 10.0 Megapixel High Sensitivity System by combining a powerful CCD sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Thanks to this technological advancement, the G11 is dramatically more sensitive than cameras with identical megapixel counts, and delivers spectacular images with minimal noise. Increased sensitivity demands a higher ISO speed, and the PowerShot G11 delivers with a new maximum setting of ISO 3200. Blur and camera shake are notably reduced for the ultimate in sharpness and clarity.

In addition, a new Low Light mode lets you capture images in an astonishing range of conditions. The camera automatically adjusts the ISO speed from ISO 320 to ISO 12800 in relation to ambient brightness, subject movement and camera shake.

Creative Power in Your Control.
Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control.

The PowerShot G11's RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.

Also, with 26 Shooting Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.

A View That's a Pure Pleasure.
Large, bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles plus an optical viewfinder.

The PowerShot G11 gives you a large 2.8-inch PureColor System LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. But size is only part of the story. Canon's PureColor System LCD offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even at an angle. The screen is durable and easy to see. It is a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

The Creative Freedom You've Wanted.
A host of optional accessories including Speedlite flashes, underwater housing and Tele-Converter Lens are available.

The PowerShot G11 is compatible with the Speedlite flash series intended for all EOS series SLR cameras. Attach a Speedlite flash to the hot shoe, then you can set and control the flash on the "Flash Control" menu in the camera. With a Speedlight, the G11 is given extra functions such as autoflash metering, FE lock and Flash exposure compensation; continuous shooting with external flash. Also Canon's Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 enables you to have multiple slave flashes and wireless control. A Tele-Coverter lens designed for the G11 and WP-DC34 Waterproof Case are also available.

Get More in the Frame.
A high-powered Wide-Angle 5x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 28 - 140mm) with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer gets you up close and personal to your subjects.

The camera is equipped with a long, 5x Optical Zoom, and Canon's own Optical Image Stabilizer Technology keeps images steady and blur-free all through the zoom range - even in low light - by detecting motion and generating a corrective signal. Because it is an optical system, more corrective movement is allowed and there is no degradation of image quality.

The G11 is a highly versatile camera with a wide-angle zoom lens that reaches all the way from 28mm at the wide end to 140mm at the telephoto end (35mm format equivalent). You'll capture more image in every shot, and add greater depth to your overall photography.

A World of Advantages With Canon's New Technology.
DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves the overall camera performance.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon's proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

A new Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include a photographer's face in a group shot, there's no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, select the Face Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection now tracks moving subjects in a much larger range, and the new Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway - allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing. Also, Face Detection and Motion Detection are markedly improved.

HDMI output for viewing still images on an HDTV.
With the advanced PowerShot G11, you can capture breathtaking, high-resolution still images and impressive standard definition movies with ease. The camera also makes it simple to enjoy and share your stills and SD movies with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor or HDTV, so every color and nuance can be appreciated like you intended them to be.

Instant Creative Control.
Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper setting for the camera based on 22 predefined shooting situations.

Just set the Canon PowerShot G11 to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
5 stars
(based on 3 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Image stabilization(3)
Best Uses:
Low light(3)

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
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By aztecaVerified Purchaser from lafayette, indiana on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon G11 Powershot Digital Camera:

Best camera around

[14 of 14 customers found this review helpful]

 
It is pretty special
By Kingston CoolmanVerified Reviewer from Kingston Jamaica. on 5/31/2010
Pros:
Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Short Lag Time
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon G11 Powershot Digital Camera:

I have been working hard at getting good photos since buying a D40 some years ago,then moving up to a D5 MKII. I originally moved to SLRs as the flash shots, or low light scenes, were too red or dark. I had tried to use a small pocket camera at a wedding and all of the shots at more than six feet were horrible. But over time, I experienced many situations like this, losing some unrepeatable opportunites.

The G11 has filled this gap.(You really need to see the results using a Canon EX430 flash on the camera via the hotshoe! I have shots of trapeze artists against a black sky, standing out. These were shot some twenty feet away).

This product sits in a very interesting niche, as it is easy to pocket and can travel with you everyday. As a backup (in my case), offers a very cheap solution.

This solves the perinial problem of when you see that great shot, the SLR gear is too often at home. So, unless you are going to specifically go on a shoot, it is impossible to lug the equipment everyday. This means you miss some really special opportunities and that alone makes this a worthwhile buy.

This unit is extremely easy to understand, and the scn (semi automatic) function gives some surprisingly good shots. The preloaded settings are quite a surprise. Also you can disable the digital zoom as this camera comes with a five times zoom.

I travelled to Antigua, Saint Lucia and Saint Martten in the Caribbean after buying this camera on business. The brand new G11 came in its box from the USA. But, after my usual cursory glance at the instructions - I got pictures that were good enough without much editing at all.

These included sunsets and low light shots. So, when we went out in the evening I put the Canon 430EX flash on the hot shoe and got truly amazing pictures. (I thought this unit renders colour better than the D40!)

Overall a really good product with image quality that is sufficiant for most needs. Noise levels are handled well. And for those who read manuals even less than me, the semi automatic gave little colour cast, or need to work at too many of the manual settings. The fact it produces RAW, means it is a better fit for everyday use.

This is the first camera I have bought, then taken out and used that needed very little digital editing.

I did not get involved with the video function, and have not bothered to even try the D5's either. Why? Well, why not just get a reasonably priced video camera, which is smaller and does the job? I believe the two devices are still best handled separately. So any claims tht the G11 doesn't do HD video is falling on my very deaf ears.

Before paying over the cash, I did look at a lot of others, and read most of the reviews, including the 4/3rds competition. Yes, they compete overall, but they are bulky and more expensive. The cost versus 'bang for the buck' doesn't really add up for me. I wanted portability not to miss shots, not a second rate alternative for the EOS D5 MKII.

In conclusion, this is either the first step up from a pocket digital camera without being scared into reading manuals! Or, if you already have decent kit, the fix for the missed moment.

Well done Canon.

[36 of 37 customers found this review helpful]

 
Easily the best non-SLR we've ever owned
By SoundWaveJunkieVerified Reviewer from Los Angeles, CA on 12/29/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Cons:
Limited Zoom
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon G11 Powershot Digital Camera:

It's an amazing camera! If you're fussy about your photos, but you don't want to pack around a DSLR with all of the requisite gear, you can't go wrong with the G11. I bought the G2 when it first came out, and laid it to rest recently after using it relentlessly. It finally quit after being exhausted past all reasonable limits!

The image quality of the G11 is simply astounding. There are times that my wife - using the G11 - has composed and taken breathtaking shot while I'm still fussing with the settings on my DSLR. And the photo quality is comparable.

It's particularly good in low light, and has GREAT depth of field for a point-and-shoot.

It's worth the extra $$$. If you're not going to purchase a decent SLR, then get this camera. Really.

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