Canon G11 overview
Canon G11 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera first revealed on December of 2009. The camera houses a 10MP, CCD 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The G11 places at #42 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #705 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your customized factors.
The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon G11 family
The Canon G11 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can see all previous and brand new models alongside main specs.
Canon G11 Gallery
You can see the G11 from different angles in the gallery here.
Canon G11 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Canon G11 based on factors that are generally seen as useful in a camera.
Canon G11 Sensor specifications
The Canon G11 houses the Digic 4 processor. The sensor dimension on the Canon G11 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below shows the G11's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The G11 sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is showcased in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon G11 dimensions
Canon G11 weighs about 0.83 lbs (375 grams / 13.23 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Canon G11 is weightier compared with various rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The following is a pic of the Canon G11 next to a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will show the button arrangement on the G11.
Canon G11 Lens specifications
The G11 provides an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be very good however it will probably be useful in a few scenarios.
At the widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 which is kind of slow and not good for low light conditions and you will probably struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to boost the ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. On the tele end, 140mm comes at f4.5 which is quite slow and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.
Canon G11 Connectivity
The G11 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and sometimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
Several applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Canon G11 Video specifications
The highest video quality on the Canon G11 is 640 x 480 and you can capture in H.264 format. 480p is terrible for today's standards. You should really try to get at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone socket so you have no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get a different camera if you need good sound for your video clips.
Canon G11 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing in the Canon G11 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Canon G11 Display and Viewfinder
The Canon G11 is equipped with a 2.8 inch fully articulated screen boasting a resolution of 461 thousand dots.
The display is selfie friendly to take self portraits as well as group photos if required. Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specs for Canon G11 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinders are really useful for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Canon G11 Shutter specifications
Canon G11 can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Canon G11 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Canon G11 has both built-in flash along with external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/2000 sec.
Canon G11 Autofocus specifications
Canon G11 has just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & exact compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is handy for portraits.
The AF system supports 9 focus points to choose from. Canon G11 has the ability to use manual focusing if required for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise control on focusing.
Canon G11 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life for this range of cameras.
Following is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:
Canon G11 for different forms of photography
The following bar chart shows a summation of the Canon G11 for different forms of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section below.
Canon G11 Portrait photography information
The Canon G11 receives a rating of 47 which is moderate, and means the camera is relatively suitable for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and capability to utilize external lighting.
Canon G11 as a Street photography camera
Getting a above average score of 64, the Canon G11 is a respectable pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Canon G11 Sports photography info
A terrible sports photography rating of 27 indicates the Canon G11 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon G11 Travel photography highlights
Weight is pretty important in buying a travel camera. Overall, the Canon G11 gets a decent 57 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited to take on your journeys.
Canon G11 Landscape photography information
For those who are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon G11 and it's decent rating of 47 for a landscape camera is somewhat suited in the current marketplace.
Canon G11 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon G11 is relatively acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a reasonable rating of 60.
Canon G11 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the G11, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph here shows you a bird's eye view of the G11 vs it's highest scored rivals mentioned previously.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may regard as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.