Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70

Canon PowerShot G11 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 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
  • Replacement is Canon G12
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Introduced April 2017
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS60
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS80
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Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Following is a thorough overview of the Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Canon and Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the G11 (10MP) and ZS70 (20MP) and the G11 (1/1.7") and ZS70 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The G11 was unveiled 8 years before the ZS70 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the G11 scores versus the ZS70 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G11 over the Panasonic ZS70

 G11 ZS70 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Canon G11

 ZS70 G11 
IntroducedApril 2017December 2009More modern by 89 months
Display size3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1040k461kCrisper display (+579k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon G11 and Panasonic ZS70

 G11 ZS70 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Canon G11 has got outside dimensions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") having a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS70 has dimensions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the G11 against the ZS70.

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the G11 and ZS70 is 83 and 87 respectively.

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to see the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reading a spec sheet. The pic below might offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G11 and ZS70.

Clearly, both cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The G11 having a larger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field easier and the Panasonic ZS70 will deliver greater detail having an extra 10MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images way more aggressively. The more aged G11 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G11 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography highlights
you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
manual focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G11
Street photography with Panasonic ZS70
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than average in class (375g)
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
features touch focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Canon G11 Sports photography factors
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography factors
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery (380 shots)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G11 Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography info
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (375g)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
better than average battery (380 shots)
features touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G11 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography factors
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (2.8 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G11 Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging info
reasonably wide (28mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
more heavy than average in class (375g)
reasonably wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have external mic jack
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Canon G11 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G11 and Panasonic ZS70
 Canon PowerShot G11Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Brand Name Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot G11 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-12-16 2017-04-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 49
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 2.8 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 461 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000 seconds -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 375 grams (0.83 lb) 322 grams (0.71 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
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 life - 380 photos
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $600 $450