The old G10 has a 14.7-megapixel CCD image sensor, but the new Canon PowerShot G11 carries with it what the company calls “a 10.0-megapixel High Sensitivity System,” according to their Aug. 19 press release. The new version has less resolution, but the higher sensitivity will “increase image quality and greatly improve noise performance by up to 2 stops,” states the release.
The Canon G11 and G10 share a few things in common including the 5x optical zoom lens that reaches 28-140mm and the optical image stabilization that goes along with it. Both cameras have hot shoes to attach Speedlite accessories. The new model is compatible with Speedlite 270EX, 430EX, and 580EX along with Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX flashes.
The Canon PowerShot G11 adds a vari-angle LCD screen that was not included on the G10. The G10’s LCD measured 3 inches and remained flat on the back of the camera. The new G11 shrinks the LCD size to 2.8 inches, but keeps the excellent resolution of 461,000 pixels and mounts it on a more convenient tilting and swiveling interface.
The G11 keeps its mode dial packed with manual, priority, and automated modes. It expands its ISO offerings to 3200, an improvement over the G10’s maximum ISO of 1600. The new G11 stunts its burst mode to 1.1 frames per second though; the G10 could click out 1.3 fps. The Canon G11 allows simultaneous RAW and JPEG shooting, and has a standard VGA movie mode. Although the new camera doesn’t include trendier HD movie recording capability, it does have an HDMI output capability so that its images can be viewed on an HD television.
Canon didn’t stray far from the G10’s overall design, keeping mode dials and the hot shoe on the camera body but keeping the overall size quite compact. According to the company, the PowerShot G11 is “designed for those looking for a pocket-sized camera with SLR functionality.