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Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
83
Imaging
34
Features
48
Overall
39
Canon PowerShot G11 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS 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
  • Announced December 2009
  • Newer Model is Canon G12
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Revealed December 2012
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Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Olympus. The image resolution of the G11 (10MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is relatively similar and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/1.7").

Photography Glossary

The G11 was manufactured 4 years before the XZ-2 iHS and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a detailed comparison, here is a brief overview of how the G11 matches up against the XZ-2 iHS in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G11 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 G11 XZ-2 iHS 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon G11

 XZ-2 iHS G11 
RevealedDecember 2012December 2009More recent by 36 months
Screen size3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution920k461kCrisper screen (+459k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon G11 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 G11 XZ-2 iHS 
Focus manually More precise focusing

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera frequently, you need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Canon G11 offers outer measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) while the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has proportions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") along with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

Analyze the Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with during that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the G11 versus the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G11 and XZ-2 iHS is 83 and 85 respectively.

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to visualize the gap between sensor measurements just by reading specifications. The graphic underneath will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the G11 and XZ-2 iHS.

Plainly, the 2 cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can count on the Olympus XZ-2 iHS to offer greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots way more aggressively. The older G11 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G11 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Portrait photography camera
47
manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
46
manual focus
has face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon G11 Street photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography highlights
64
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
more heavy than average in class (375 grams)
66
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than competition in class (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G11 Sports photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography factors
27
image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
43
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking focus
better than average battery power (340 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G11 Travel photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography highlights
57
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (375 grams)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
better than average battery power (340 shots)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (346 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G11 Landscape photography details
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography details
46
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
nice screen size (2.8 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse mode
55
manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (340 CIPA)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon G11
Vlogging with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
60
reasonably wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
missing microphone port
more heavy than average in class (375 grams)
36
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with mic support
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than competition in class (346g)
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Canon G11 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G11 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot G11Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Company Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot G11 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-12-16 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 -
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 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 2.8 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 461 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/2000 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 375 gr (0.83 lb) 346 gr (0.76 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 47 49
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 20.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.1 11.3
DXO Low light rating 169 216
Other
Battery life - 340 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-7L Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $600 $450