Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ

Canon PowerShot G11 front
Olympus SP-800 UZ front

Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Key Specs

Canon G11
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 375g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Introduced December 2009
  • Replacement is Canon G12
Olympus SP-800 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Expand to 1000)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-840mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 455g - 110 x 90 x 91mm
  • Revealed February 2010
  • Updated by Olympus SP-810 UZ
Photography Glossary

Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Canon G11 and Olympus SP-800 UZ, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Canon and Olympus. There exists a huge gap among the image resolutions of the G11 (10MP) and SP-800 UZ (14MP) and the G11 (1/1.7") and SP-800 UZ (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor dimensions.

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The G11 was revealed very close to the SP-800 UZ which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a complete comparison, here is a brief overview of how the G11 scores versus the SP-800 UZ in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G11 over the Olympus SP-800 UZ

 G11 SP-800 UZ 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution461k230kClearer display (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-800 UZ over the Canon G11

 SP-800 UZ G11 
Display size3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon G11 and Olympus SP-800 UZ

 G11 SP-800 UZ 
RevealedDecember 2009February 2010Same generation
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Canon G11 enjoys physical measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) and the Olympus SP-800 UZ has specifications of 110mm x 90mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 455 grams (1.00 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the G11 vs the SP-800 UZ.

Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G11 and SP-800 UZ is 83 and 69 respectively.

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Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizing just by seeing technical specs. The visual here will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the G11 and SP-800 UZ.

As you have seen, each of the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The G11 with its larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF easier and the Olympus SP-800 UZ will show greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a good deal more aggressively.

Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ sensor size comparison

Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G11 Portrait photography details
Olympus SP-800 UZ Portrait photography details
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
good megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G11 Street photography info
Olympus SP-800 UZ Street photography info
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than average in class (375g)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon G11 Sports photography info
Olympus SP-800 UZ Sports photography info
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
excellent zoom range (28-840mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G11 Travel photography advice
Olympus SP-800 UZ Travel photography advice
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
really wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than average in class (375g)
low megapixels (10MP)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
long zoom (840mm)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G11 Landscape photography information
Olympus SP-800 UZ Landscape photography information
you can focus manually
really wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (2.8 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse function
decently wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G11 Vlogging details
Olympus SP-800 UZ Vlogging details
really wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
slow max aperture (f2.8)
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
missing microphone port
more heavy than average in class (375 grams)
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic jack
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Canon G11 vs Olympus SP-800 UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G11 and Olympus SP-800 UZ
 Canon PowerShot G11Olympus SP-800 UZ
General Information
Company Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot G11 Olympus SP-800 UZ
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-12-16 2010-02-02
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 TruePic III
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 1000
Min native ISO 80 64
RAW format
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 143
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-840mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.8
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.8 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 461k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Slowest shutter speed 15s 12s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 3.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format H.264 H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 375 gr (0.83 lbs) 455 gr (1.00 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 110 x 90 x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 169 not tested
Battery model NB-7L Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $600 $270