Wednesday, August 19

Canon | Powershot G11

So here’s the new PowerShot G11 is a "prosumer" camera (professional consumer). Canon seems to be backing out of the megapixel race with this camera since they probably feel that photo enthusiasts aren’t easily fooled by insane, ever-increasing megapixel counts. This can add to an increase in noise, decrease in burst speed and little to no ‘real’ resolution advantages. Canon has opted to fit the new G11 with a 10 megapixel sensor (versus 2008’s G10 14.7 megapixel CCD), which will hopefully produce better image quality, especially in bright, low-light conditions or for action shots. For me, I'm sticking with my G9, I fucking love that thing. The G-series cameras come out yearly, and as the G10 appeared in September 2008, this one is due shortly. See more photos and read a review, after the jump...

Camera review site DP Interface has gotten hold of what it clams to be photos and specs of a soon-to-be-announced sequel to Canon’s G10. The pictures look fine, (apart from the white rectangle in the LCD screen and the odd looking lens), but the specification list of the G11 has some rather odd entries.

Weirdest is the sensor size, which has dropped almost five megapixels, shrinking from 14.7 to 10 (this is less than the G9, which has 12.1 MP). If true, its a very welcome change and should lead to less image noise, especially in low-light. Actually decreasing the pixel-count is likely to be a hard sell, though, but perhaps Canon is trusting that the G11’s target market – knowledgeable enthusiasts – will appreciate the change.

The other big new feature is the rear LCD panel, now a flip-and-twist design which looks rather useful, even if it does appear to stick out a little. Other than that, little has changed. The hot-shoe and RAW recording are still there, as are the manual dials for changing common settings. There is no mention, though, of a hi-definition video mode, something inexplicably dropped between the G9 and G10.


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