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Canon G11 vs Canon G15

Portability
83
Imaging
34
Features
48
Overall
39
Canon PowerShot G11 front
 
Canon PowerShot G15 front
Portability
86
Imaging
37
Features
58
Overall
45

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 Key Specs

Canon G11
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 375g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Revealed December 2009
  • Replacement is Canon G12
Canon G15
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 352g - 107 x 76 x 40mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Replaced the Canon G12
  • New Model is Canon G16
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Canon G11 vs Canon G15 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Canon G11 versus Canon G15, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both manufactured by Canon. The image resolution of the G11 (10MP) and the G15 (12MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras have the same sensor sizes (1/1.7").

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The G11 was released 3 years before the G15 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a concise view of how the G11 grades versus the G15 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G11 over the Canon G15

 G11 G15 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Canon G15 over the Canon G11

 G15 G11 
AnnouncedSeptember 2012December 2009Fresher by 33 months
Display dimensions3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution922k461kClearer display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Canon G11 and Canon G15

 G11 G15 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera, you need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon G11 offers external measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") along with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) while the Canon G15 has proportions of 107mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.2" x 3.0" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 352 grams (0.78 lbs).

Examine the Canon G11 versus Canon G15 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you select during that time. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the G11 against the G15.

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G11 and G15 is 83 and 86 respectively.

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 top view buttons comparison

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to imagine the gap in sensor sizing purely by seeing a spec sheet. The visual below should provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the G11 and G15.

As you can see, both of those cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should anticipate the Canon G15 to produce greater detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older G11 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 sensor size comparison

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G11 vs Canon G15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G11 Portrait photography information
Canon G15 Portrait photography information
47
you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
48
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/2,000s)
has face detection focus
supports RAW files
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon G11 Street photography details
Canon G15 Street photography details
64
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
very small sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (375g)
59
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competition in class (352 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G11 Sports photography highlights
Canon G15 Sports photography highlights
27
image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
good battery pack (350 per charge)
slow frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G11
Travel photography with Canon G15
57
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (375 grams)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
good battery pack (350 per charge)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (352 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G11 Landscape photography highlights
Canon G15 Landscape photography highlights
46
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
no Timelapse function
55
manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (350 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G11 Vlogging advice
Canon G15 Vlogging advice
60
relatively wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competition in class (375 grams)
33
pretty wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (352 grams)
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Canon G11 vs Canon G15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G11 and Canon G15
 Canon PowerShot G11Canon PowerShot G15
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot G11 Canon PowerShot G15
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-12-16 2012-09-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 Digic 5
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 4.8
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.8" 3"
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - TFT PureColor II G LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Optical (tunnel)
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 15s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/2000s 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 375g (0.83 lbs) 352g (0.78 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 107 x 76 x 40mm (4.2" x 3.0" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 47 46
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 19.9
DXO Dynamic range score 11.1 11.5
DXO Low light score 169 165
Other
Battery life - 350 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L NB-10L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $600 $499