Compact Classic

We have used many Canon G cameras over the years and seen features from the original classic G1 such as remote control and flip-out LCD slowly disappearing from the series. The latest Canon PowerShot G11 seems to bring back some of the olden shooter-camera spirit.
The camera is built like a tank and is hefty, but it feels very comfortable and well-balanced in hand. It probably has more buttons and physical controls than any other compact camera out there, which are not just for show since they are all very functional and well placed. We are also glad to see the flip-out LCD screen returned to this G.


While not the fastest compact camera, the G11 is predictable in use. Image quality is very good, RAW is a nice feature to have when you need it, but we rarely use it for our type of photography. We took the Angkor pictures in fairly challenging lighting conditions, all in sepia color mode, with JPEG only files. The results were pleasing.
There are some excellent compacts out there but none is built like the G11, with the mentality of a classic purist-camera. If you are already a fan of the Canon G cameras, you will not be disappointed by this one.


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  • very good image quality
  • full photographic controls
  • classic Canon G design and built
  • good 28-140mm zoom lens
  • effective optical image stabilization
  • excellent 2.7" vari-angle LCD (flip-out)
  • RAW, RAW & JPEG modes
  • good battery life



  • could be a little faster
  • basic video features

  • simply classic
  • high-end compact camera
  • price when tested: $499
  • 1.2010 street price: $479
  • image stabilized zoom lens 28-140mm
  • multi-format: 4:3, 16:9, 3:2 guide
  • 2.8" vari-angle LCD
  • optical view finder
  • VGA video
  • SD/SDHC memory card
  • rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • 10 megapixels
  • dimension: 4.4 x 3.0 x 1.9"
  • weight: 13 oz
  • PowerShot G11 info @