Canon PowerShot G11 Compact Digital Camera with Built-in Flash, 10 Megapixel, 5x Optical / 4x Digital Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer System

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Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (106),Large clear LCD (97),Excellent image quality (78),Good battery life (65),Nice features/settings (64),Good low-light performance (63),Simple controls/menu (58),Durable (51),Lightweight/portable (50),Good image quality (37),Good in low light (32),Image stabilization (32) Compact (24),Zoom range/performance (16),Nice body color (15),Short lag time (15),Fast / accurate auto-focus (4),Hot shoe (3) View All
Cons:
Limited zoom (8),Missing features/settings (7),Heavy/bulky (4),Poor flash (4),Pricey / poor value (4),Add a con (3),Lag / shutter delay (3),Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (39),Travel (39),Landscape/scenery (34),Low light (28),Wildlife (13),Weddings (12),Sports/action (9),Video (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (21),Semi-pro photographer (10),Pro photographer (9),Casual photographer (7)

Canon Features

  • New 10 Megapixel sensor coupled with Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor designedas 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 PureColor System 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.

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 162 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

G11

G11 Provides great shots @ high Iso, even at 1600+ , as for the 14 megapixel vs. 10 megapixel, it is not always higher the better. It has to do with the size of the sensor, type of sensor. In this case, most of the professional photographer would prefer quality over the number of megapixel. One down fall for G11 is no HD video recording. It is pretty much standard for all new p&s camera, even some of the DSLR is catching up. This will be a big turn down for many of the G fans.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

With the G11 Canon removed the EOS software Utility which enables remote shooting. i.e, capture of images directly through a computer. This has been a standard in the G series. Why remove a function that some of us rely upon? I returned my G11 and now request Canon to reinstate the remote capture function on the G12. Please let them hear from you also.

Reviewed by 162 customers

 
5.0

Thanks this used G11 like look as a new

By

from France  -  Casual Photographer

Small problem on this used camera was easy to fix

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

G11 Still hard to beat!!

By

from Eastern Coastal NC

I have owned a G11 for the past 3 yrs. I am a semi professional photographer meaning yes I have sold my work but I do not make a living at it, because I don't "choose" this as my main profession. This camera can absolutely stand up to whatever I really need to through at it! It is a back up to my D 60, however sometimes I choose to just go ahead and shoot with it and not bother with the D60 for practical reasons determined by where I am going and what I am shooting. Pro's: - Shoots very well in low light situations - Fast shutter speed -You can easily do light work using a flash on the shoe, and with the various flashes I like to bounce light, you can get very creative with lighting! Yes it comes with it's own built in flash, but add a extra and have a massive amount of fun! (suggestion with lighting if your a beginner, go on youtube and see some demo's and tis can guide you, then get crazy with exploration and see how much this aspect of shooting alone can be awesome!) - Okay turn the flash off in the settings and play with low light shooting, it is absolutely capable of producing some great low light shots! I shoot a lot in low setting! - Rotation screen allows me to stand and shoot from very otherwise challenging positions that otherwise would not be accessible. (NOTE: this has been removed from the new G15 and I think that was a HUGE mistake!) - A large amount of various settings and options! I mean a mass amount. All work very well and are fully dependable!! See the canon list for the specs to tell you what all it can do, and know that not only does it do it exceptionally well for camera itt's - The zoom may not take you into the middle of a football field during game time, BUT your shooting at high enough resolution that all you have to do is crop and pull up shot on a editing program to bring it close up and with clarity! - YES it does shoot fast response speeds. So you CAN shoot sports action shots. Are they like what I can do with the D60, okay no, but my experience playing around on a trip into the Blue Ridge Mountains, my D 60 was in the shop, they gave me a T3i loaner, and within the first hour of shooting with the T3i, I packed that away (unless you have money to invest right away in lens and I did not find that as being compatible really wi the D60, your pretty much stuck with the extremely lousy lens, and sorry but I was far from impressed, I packed that T3i away and pulled out my G11 and went on back to doing my shoot. - I have not really used the camcorder part of this camera but I can say that is it very easy to access and turn it right on. - The dial on top for moving the settings also has other way to st the ISO at the easy flip of switch _ there is a automatic setting spot in "Green", put it there and the camera will decide everything for you if you find yourself wanting to just get to know the camera at first I HGIHLY suggest putting the camera on this setting. , just remember to explore with this camera it is loaded with options for beginners to semi pro to even professional back up. -compact but NOT tiny, you can't carry in your pocket, but you can carry easily in an alternative bag/ I carry it with me every single day in my man bag, front pocket nice and secure. I also pack 2 spare batteries and a charger because of the compact size of it all. NOTE I actually own two G11 cameras for a very specific reason. I don't want to ever be without one. They are becoming harder and harder to find due to the G12 that came after it, with the awful body, and less quality all around, with less performance in every area, and then the G15 which was just released a mo ago, and I look and realize, no rotating screen. Are they serious what where they thinking?! one of the great parts of this camera, something that is coming out on more and more cameras, much less quality of a camera and this no longer has it. Really bad choice. However I have noted that they have again improved the body and material that the body was made rom. however the G12 does NOT shoot even in the ball park as nicely as the G11. You will also note that the price of the G11 has gone UP and is on avg. 630.00 unless you buy used. - Have shot extreme sports shots, remember to use rapid burst of 3 or 6 continuous shots. I just shot an entire wedding with the G11 for a friend. Had I been doing it professionally I would have used the D60, however this was for fun and came out awesome!!! The D 60 will out perform obviously, but the G11 is one powerful pack in it's own rights!! - LCD is adjusting, so set it on the brightness you want and move on. -also the battery life is great! Always keep as a spare charged and with you, but know that the active battery is not going to drain at the drop of a hat either!! Not only would I refer this camera to a friend, i refer people to the G11 all the time, and have never had one person wish they had done something different. This is no question a 5 star camera out of 5 stars.

 
4.0

Compact and great pictures

By

from Raleigh, NC  -  Casual Photographer

I got this camera because I didn't want to carry around lots of lenses and equipment. I've taken it on several vacations and have been pleased with the quality of the pictures. The zoom is not as good as I would like, but I'm also not carrying around a big lens. It could be more compact. I know there are smaller cameras out there. This one does not fit easily in your pocket.

 
5.0

Canon G11: Just Right!

By

from Knoxville, TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have been looking for a long time for a fully functional lightweight camera with a viewfinder. I purchased the new Nikon V1, hoping it would perform as promised, but was very disappointed. The image stabilization was non-existent, the recovery time too long. I was appalled by the poor quality of the images. I have never owned a Canon (my regular camera is a Nikon 300S). But a friend pointed out that they are the only maker to include a viewfinder in small cameras. After doing online research, I decided on the G11, and was lucky enough to find a slightly used model at Adorama. I am delighted with this camera. It isn't quite "pocket" sized, but it is always in my purse. The quality is very very good. The controls duplicate those on my big camera, and are intuitive and easy to master. All in all, I am thrilled to find this camera, and will never again be a Nikon snob.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from Girard, OH

The best point and shoot digital camera on the market

 
4.0

good for a compact, but still a compact.

By

from San Francisco, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

i got this camera for a small compact take everywhere camera. This was before I really discovered mirrorless. The bottom line: Pros - - small with decent zoom range - good for casual snapshots - good for travel cams - pictures good for up to 8x10 enlargements and certainly for web use Cons - - still a compact sensor: - ISO > 400 should not be used - lens is not particularly fast - focus is slow - small body - can often hit the wrong button. if you are a casual shooter this is a great camera. if you are a photo enthusiast, please get either a m43 or Samsung NX instead.

 
5.0

Compact for serious photographers

By

from Tacoma, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

My husband got me this camera for Christmas as we were going on a cruise & I didn't want to drag my heavy Canon 5D with my partially torn rotator cuff. It has RAW mode, which I always use and the manual controls are actually easy to use, unlike most compact cameras. I can use my Canon 430 flash on it so that there is no lag time and the photos using that flash and a diffuser turned out better than my brother-in-law's using an SLR with built-in flash. I still prefer my SLR but for those times when an SLR isn't practical I don't feel stymied by a compact when I use this camera.

 
4.0

Serious Carry Camera

By

from St Louis, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

Better image quality under mediocre to poor lighting than other cameras I have used with a Small Sensor. Decision to buy this camera based on the VERY useful flip out viewing screen, plus having a viewfinder when needed. Even though this is a back up camera to a DSLR, I do not hesitate to use it where the bigger camera is obtrusive, and expect good results for internet and small print usage.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

G11 Outperforms my G10 in Low Light

By

from Santa Fe, NM

The G11 out performs my G10 in very low-light situations. I don't have to use the flash as often thus I can squeeze off shots that I otherwise might be waiting for the flash to recycle. Ability not to distract subject with the use of the low light modes, non use of the flash once again. I am not a fan of the new viewing screen, I suppose if I shot more in movie mode I might become accustom to it. Once again though Canon has produced the best point and shoot on the market.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera!

By

from Andover, MA

This is a surprisingly easy to use camera in auto mode and powerful when changed to program. I prefer to use this camera in aperture priority mode adjusting the f-stop for the shot type. The detail is fantastic and artistic capability is beyond what you would expect from a compact camera. Manual settings are good and the light metering is also intuitive. I love this camera!

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