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91% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:

Nice Features/settings (64), Durable (51), Excellent Image Quality (78), Simple Controls/menu (58), Easy To Use (71), Good Low-light Performance (63), Lightweight/portable (50), Good Battery Life (62), Bright Lcd (66)

Cons:

Expensive (4), Missing Features/settings (7), Short Battery Life (3), Heavy/bulky (4), Add A Con (3)

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G11 Still hard to beat!!

By Julianarts from Eastern Coastal NC on 12/02/2012


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Durable, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Good Low-light Performance, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned a G11 for the past 3 yrs. I am a semi professional photographer meaning yes I have sold my work but I do not make a living at it, because I don't "choose" this as my main profession. This camera can absolutely stand up to whatever I really need to through at it! It is a back up to my D 60, however sometimes I choose to just go ahead and shoot with it and not bother with the D60 for practical reasons determined by where I am going and what I am shooting. Pro's: - Shoots very well in low light situations - Fast shutter speed -You can easily do light work using a flash on the shoe, and with the various flashes I like to bounce light, you can get very creative with lighting! Yes it comes with it's own built in flash, but add a extra and have a massive amount of fun! (suggestion with lighting if your a beginner, go on youtube and see some demo's and tis can guide you, then get crazy with exploration and see how much this aspect of shooting alone can be awesome!) - Okay turn the flash off in the settings and play with low light shooting, it is absolutely capable of producing some great low light shots! I shoot a lot in low setting! - Rotation screen allows me to stand and shoot from very otherwise challenging positions that otherwise would not be accessible. (NOTE: this has been removed from the new G15 and I think that was a HUGE mistake!) - A large amount of various settings and options! I mean a mass amount. All work very well and are fully dependable!! See the canon list for the specs to tell you what all it can do, and know that not only does it do it exceptionally well for camera itt's - The zoom may not take you into the middle of a football field during game time, BUT your shooting at high enough resolution that all you have to do is crop and pull up shot on a editing program to bring it close up and with clarity! - YES it does shoot fast response speeds. So you CAN shoot sports action shots. Are they like what I can do with the D60, okay no, but my experience playing around on a trip into the Blue Ridge Mountains, my D 60 was in the shop, they gave me a T3i loaner, and within the first hour of shooting with the T3i, I packed that away (unless you have money to invest right away in lens and I did not find that as being compatible really wi the D60, your pretty much stuck with the extremely lousy lens, and sorry but I was far from impressed, I packed that T3i away and pulled out my G11 and went on back to doing my shoot. - I have not really used the camcorder part of this camera but I can say that is it very easy to access and turn it right on. - The dial on top for moving the settings also has other way to st the ISO at the easy flip of switch _ there is a automatic setting spot in "Green", put it there and the camera will decide everything for you if you find yourself wanting to just get to know the camera at first I HGIHLY suggest putting the camera on this setting. , just remember to explore with this camera it is loaded with options for beginners to semi pro to even professional back up. -compact but NOT tiny, you can't carry in your pocket, but you can carry easily in an alternative bag/ I carry it with me every single day in my man bag, front pocket nice and secure. I also pack 2 spare batteries and a charger because of the compact size of it all. NOTE I actually own two G11 cameras for a very specific reason. I don't want to ever be without one. They are becoming harder and harder to find due to the G12 that came after it, with the awful body, and less quality all around, with less performance in every area, and then the G15 which was just released a mo ago, and I look and realize, no rotating screen. Are they serious what where they thinking?! one of the great parts of this camera, something that is coming out on more and more cameras, much less quality of a camera and this no longer has it. Really bad choice. However I have noted that they have again improved the body and material that the body was made rom. however the G12 does NOT shoot even in the ball park as nicely as the G11. You will also note that the price of the G11 has gone UP and is on avg. 630.00 unless you buy used. - Have shot extreme sports shots, remember to use rapid burst of 3 or 6 continuous shots. I just shot an entire wedding with the G11 for a friend. Had I been doing it professionally I would have used the D60, however this was for fun and came out awesome!!! The D 60 will out perform obviously, but the G11 is one powerful pack in it's own rights!! - LCD is adjusting, so set it on the brightness you want and move on. -also the battery life is great! Always keep as a spare charged and with you, but know that the active battery is not going to drain at the drop of a hat either!! Not only would I refer this camera to a friend, i refer people to the G11 all the time, and have never had one person wish they had done something different. This is no question a 5 star camera out of 5 stars.


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Great Camera

By Will from Girard, OH on 12/09/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The best point and shoot digital camera on the market


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G11 Outperforms my G10 in Low Light

By smcollum from Santa Fe, NM on 01/13/2011


Pros:

G11- Even More Custom Shooting Modes Available, Superior Low-light Pictures, Variety Of Output Jpeg Or Raw Or Both!, Tuff Well Constructed

Cons:

Liked Fixed 3" Screen Of The G10, Size Is A Little Big, Would Like To See Gps

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The G11 out performs my G10 in very low-light situations. I don't have to use the flash as often thus I can squeeze off shots that I otherwise might be waiting for the flash to recycle. Ability not to distract subject with the use of the low light modes, non use of the flash once again. I am not a fan of the new viewing screen, I suppose if I shot more in movie mode I might become accustom to it. Once again though Canon has produced the best point and shoot on the market.


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Great Camera!

By canonpants from Andover, MA on 11/27/2010


Pros:

Excellent Creativity Control, Amazing Photo Quality, Great Light Sensitivity In Low Light Situations

Cons:

Needs A Thumb Position

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a surprisingly easy to use camera in auto mode and powerful when changed to program. I prefer to use this camera in aperture priority mode adjusting the f-stop for the shot type. The detail is fantastic and artistic capability is beyond what you would expect from a compact camera. Manual settings are good and the light metering is also intuitive. I love this camera!


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I Hate It

By wishtofish from Mattoon, Illinois on 09/26/2010


Pros:

Auto Settings Are Usually Very Good.

Cons:

Macro Focus Poor Quality Prints And Expensive

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have owned my G11 for seven months and absolutely hate it. I have taken thousands of photos with this camera and my delete button is nearly worn out on my keyboard. The manual settings are virtually useless; and the macro is a joke. It will usually not focus. The auto settings such as portrait are great, and most photos taken outdoors are fine.....except I can not take a decent photo of a Hummingbird. Not one all year. I want either my PowerShot S3 back or even my A95 back.


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Near DSLR Killer

By pswils from Philadelphia on 09/21/2010


Pros:

Compact And Durable., Simple As You Want But Able To Control Details, Lens Very Good/fast

Cons:

Zoom Could Be Longer In Tele, Sensor Could Be Bigger, Manual Focus Not Up To Other Controls

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had the G9 thru this G11- Used them all in my series at the Vatican. If the G11 (and G12) had a larger sensor (APS-C or 4/3thds) and better/easier/more accurate manual focus I could leave my 5D MarkII at home - would save my back. This is really a great camera - I use it mostly in M (manual) mode , but I can hand it to anyone else, put it on P and get great shots - very rarely loosing a shot - the raw is very good.


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Amazing portable camera

By Roberto from Michigan on 09/21/2010


Pros:

Amazing Colors

Cons:

5x Zoom

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I wish I had a camera like this before when my kids were younger. I took it for my trip to Italy and do not regret this desicion at all. I took it every where, it is so portable. The colors of the photos are amazing! As long as Cannon continues to make cameras like this one, I will never switch to other brands.


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Good but not for sunsets

By Sunset Fan from Providence RI on 09/07/2010


Cons:

Add A Con

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I purchased the G11 four days ago. I have taken about 600 pictures to test it out. I liked the indoor pictures taken in a dark room, macro and regular pictures of flowers, waves. I have not tested with portraits yet. I thought that most of the automation was very good. My real disappointment lies with the "Sunset" settings... and indeed the camera's ability to take photos of the setting sun. I discovered (and Canon Customer service confirmed via telephone) that the Sunset feature is NOT for taking pictures of a setting Sun. It is instead for taking pictures of say, people with a colorful sky (post sunset) in the background or perhaps for taking a picture of the sky alone post sunset. If you want to take a true picture of the setting sun I recommend setting camera to ASA 80. Go to manual mode and chose the highest number F-Stop the camera allows you to set... also the shortest exposure duration. You might not get a great picture... but at least you will see a round object (perhaps more white and less yellow in color than you would like) against a dark background if you don't enlarge the picture a lot. Again, I have only a few days experience with this camera and will be trying alternative settings.


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Lags....

By Susan from California on 09/01/2010


Pros:

Range Of Settings

Cons:

Slow To Respond

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Here's what I like about this product: the wide variety of options; the ease of changing iso; the range of the telephoto; the viewfinder; the silence of operation. There is a lag though between the time of clicking the button and the photo being taken. Dogs are turning away and cats are gone before the picture is taken. This is especially true with the "large" plus "raw" setting. I like to take wildlife photos and this is a frustration for me.


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Best P&S and Backup for DSLR

By Anonymous from Undisclosed on 08/30/2010


Pros:

Lens (f2.8), Image Quality, Great Price, Manual Dials, Shoots Raw, Hotshoe And Speedlite Controls, Fill Flash, Underwater Case

Cons:

Battery Life (with Flash)

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I own a 5DMkII, a 7D and a 50D, and sometimes I rather take pictures with this little camera than any of them, specially on family trips or when I want to shoot lite or be unobtrusive. I usually have this camera set on AV mode with f8.0 dialed in, auto ISO and flash always on, and exposure compensation dial anywhere from -1 to -2. It takes amazing pictures in daylight with subjects 10-15 feet way, even against direct sunlight!! At these settings, pictures come out nice and sharp. For night, I set the flash to its other ON mode. Still, this camera specially shines in daylight photos with fill-in flash. If anything, a dedicated flash operation dial/switch would make it even better, so that you don't have to navigate through screens. A longer lasting battery would also be useful if you're always shooting with flash. The underwater case is also a great accessory, all the controls work easily, except the dial, which has a quirky way around it (you really have to look in the manuals to learn how it operates). I also like that it shoots RAW. It can even use advanced Canon Speedlites on the available hotshoe (an extension cord is recommended for the larger units) or an ST-E2 flash commander. Great camera at a great price, and the perfect companion for any DSLR kit.


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Perfect backup camera to 50D

By Boomer from Houston, TX, USA on 08/28/2010


Pros:

Similar Operation To Canon 50d, Takes Great Pictures, Shoots In Raw Mode, Printed Instructional Manual Is Readable, High Quality Swivel Display, Actual Hard Settings As Well As On Screen Menus, Strong Case, Ergonomic Feel

Cons:

Needs More Pre Set Settings Such As Infinity Focus

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My existing backup camera was doing a credible job as a backup, carry everywhere camera, but I had been mulling the purchase of the Canon G11 for over six months. However the very first time I held the G11 in my own hands, I absolutely had to own one. The G11 just has a perfect feel in my hands, in fact the only other camera I have had that had such a natural feel was the Canon AE-1 P. After two weeks of ownership I concur with the judgment of others that the G11 is the best camera for the price as I have found the G11 to be almost a DSLR that you can keep in your pocket. I really like the way the camera settings are positioned on the camera, and the way in which it operates in a very similar way to its big brother, the EOS 50D. The flip out display is great, and the G11 takes wonderful high quality pictures.


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Solid camera, somewhat complex

By Voyager from Pennsylvania on 08/27/2010


Pros:

Feature Rich, Reasonably Compact Size, Optical Viewfinder, Excellent Battery Life

Cons:

Orange Hue On Indoor Shots, Controls Easy To Hit Inadvertantly, Slow Picture Storage Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After about 8 weeks of using my new G11, I am quite happy with it. It has virtually all of the features I need and several I don't. The optical viewfinder was one of the main reasons I chose this camera. I don't have to use it a lot, but it is nice when in bright conditions or a tight space where it is hard to see the LCD with my bifocals! The only complaints are have are that there are so many controls that it is hard to hold and shoot the camera without accidentally hitting a control other than the shutter release. It would be nice to have a "lock out" button that could be selected right before making a shot that would disable all controls other than the zoom and shutter until the shutter is released and then would re-enable all functions. Also, the indoor shots seem to come out with an orange hue to them. There may be a way to adjust this, but I haven't spent a lot of time trying yet.


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Love it! Best Camera Ever

By Novice from Los Angeles, CA on 08/25/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had this camera for 6 months now and I love it. The quality is phenomenal. I traveled overseas in July with my sister and she gave up taking pictures with her camera and asked me to take pictures and give it to her in CD's. When we compared the same pictures we took, this camera knocked her camera right off. The quality and clarity was great. I still learning all the details of the camera but I have to say the pictures are great. Although this is a little big compare to other compact digital camera, I am so glad I decided to go with this. It's worth the size for the quality. The manual knobs were great add'l - so easy to use. When my sister got back from our trip, she ran out right away and bought herself the G11 too.


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Powershot G11 gets an A+

By momazooma from Santa Fe, NM on 08/21/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

No camera is perfect. This one just comes close that's all. I had a G9 which I made the mistake of sending to a service center OTHER than Canon. I never saw it again. So research really well before sending your valuable Powershot to just anyone. The G11 is even better than the G9---subtle things like ISO dial placement, etc. You have to buy it and you'll see for yourself. And the proof is in the images. RAW is great. This is my first choice, even over big DSLRs which I also own. But I make small prints, don't need anything more. You won't regret THIS purchase!


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delightful camera !

By doc from Houston,TX on 08/13/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I got the G11 on recommendation from a professional mentor to fill a niche between my 2&1/2 lb. DSLR and 6 oz., 8mp. pocket camera. It fits the bill beautifully,with pictures comparable to the slr. I am still getting used to the tight quarters of the controls on the right rear,but feel this is my problem rather than the camera's.I accept it as the price of having so many features and capabilities in such a compact package! I can now pack my 12 oz. G11 and 2&1/2 lb. tripod and expect results I carried 15 lbs. for in the past.


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Great Compact Camera

By leftwinger from Greenwood, SC on 08/12/2010


Pros:

Has Many Features Of A Dslr But Much Smaller., Has A Rechargeable Battery.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

A great little camera for those not wanting a DSLR or who does not want to carry their DSLR all the time but still want quality pictures. Pictures are sharp with great colors and compete in quality to the DSLRs. Pictures can be taken in RAW format and the camera has many features found on a DSLR. Camera great for indoor shots and candid pictures of people and events.


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Amazing!

By Ben from Rochester, NY on 08/11/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Had this G11 for a few months now and it has proven to be the perfect small camera. The colors it captures are simply incredible. The screen is awesome, and the features on it are so easy to use. I love this camera. Just got the 270 flash to go with it and it just doesn't get any better for the size. The only thing you'll want more is a full size with detachable lenses. But for a pocket sized camera, it doesn't get any better than this.


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AWESOME-ish.

By Arbert from Los Angeles, CA on 08/11/2010


Pros:

Amazing Features, Good Low Light Shooting, Overall Feel And Handle Is Great, Great Construction

Cons:

Price Is Just Below An Entry Level Dslr, Add A Con

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Ive had the camera for about 3 months now and i cant be happier with it. Great versatility, great functions, and the best thing I've had since my D-SLR. The beauty of this is the many aftermarket add-ons available, including the teleconverter from Canon. Just a great on-the-go, point and shoot.


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Quality

By PhotoNut from Long Beach, CA on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Sturdy Build

Cons:

Video Somewhat Lacking

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Canon has done it again with another fine product. This camera is perfect for those you want to shoot in RAW with all the settings of a DLSR. I find the image quality excellent for a point and shoot camera. I carry this with me when I'm lugging around my 500mm and don't want to carry another full size DSLR.


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G11

By Catalina from Undisclosed on 08/10/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've taken roughly 3,000 pictures with this camera and tried virtuallyevery setting..The pictures are routinely blown out even if I under expose the pcture. I've owned over 10 Canon camera's and have enjoyed every one of them...This camera may have problems and will likely return for repair/replacement...But in general like the camera and the options for taking pictures. At this point I'm not willing to suggest this camera to others, but perhaps later..


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Canon 11 is the Greatest!

By Texas Shutter Bug from Central Texas on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Add A Pro

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Owned Canon G11 for 2 months. Used for a wedding, two receptions, vacation in Georgia, and 10 days in Washington D.C. Picture quality is great, many photos were better than the "professional photographer's" best shots at the wedding and the receptions! Plenty of battery power and picture storage. Only problem is sometimes I accidently press the "menu button" with my hand while taking a picture - I'll live with it!


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Love it!

By Jogger from Peachtree City, GA on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Add A Pro

Cons:

Add A Con

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Purchased two weeks ago and have spent many happy moments becoming familiar with all the aspects of this camera. Took a series of photos yesterday of the grandkids first day of school and my daughter posted them on Facebook and many people commented on the hight quality of the photos and wanted to know what camera was used. Only negative comment is that the burst speed could be a little greater to catch the kids jumping off the diving board, etc Aside from this I can't wait to use my G11 on our cruise next month.


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Bought it again

By MNDoc from Minneapolis, MN on 08/07/2010


Pros:

Versatility

Cons:

Too Easy To Accidentally Push Buttons

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I used this camera for 6 months and loved the ability to either shoot on auto mode with the LCD viewfinder closed, or use manual mode. Great camera to carry in jacket pocket or bag, a light weight alternative to my 50D. Good video. A viewfinder is essential for quick shots in crowds or bright light. This camera is both a digital version of a rangefinder and a compact version of the various controls of the 50D with the ability to shoot video. Mine was stolen, and after looking at various options as a replacement, I bought another. Still couldn't find anything as versatile for the price. Previously reviewed when I purchased in in the spring of 2010.


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G11

By FLE from Charleston on 08/04/2010


Pros:

Awesome Pictures

Cons:

I Do Wish I Had The Option To Use Aa Batterys

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have just purchased the G11. I "ONLY" bought the G11 due to me being an former owner of a G9. I had a problem with my G9 and it needed repairs as it would not turn on. My problem was that I had no idea where the warranty card was and the sales receipt was also missing. I tried hard to obtain it from the company that I bought it from as all of the companys stores had closed and it is now a total online thing. I explained this problem to the tech at Canon. He told me to send it in and it would be fixed free of charge. This is why I bought the G11 and a friend of mine bought a EOS Rebel T1I. Most companys would of told me I was out of luck but Canon did not. This is why Canon has a customer for life. I love my G11 it has so many advancements over the G9. Its worth every penny I paid for it and my next camera will again be a Canon camera.


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Love This Camera!

By Susan from St. Louis, Mo on 08/02/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is the best camera purchase I ever made. It has awesome battery life and the pictures just always turn out perfect. I also have a Canon Rebel and honestly, I've just gotten to where I use this one more now. I picked mine up for half of what new one would cost by searching at http://canonplace.com and though I swore I would never buy a camera off the internet, this was one decision I do not regret at all! I will never own anything but a Canon and if you don't want to carry around a large DSL everwhere you go, you will love this camera!


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More accessories, bummer scroll wheel

By TheGothamObserver from NYC on 07/16/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The picture quality is amazing and that's 90% of what I look for in a camera so this gets a very high review even though it has shortcomings. I love having the manual settings on hard dials - fewer menus!!!. Digital zoom has the least noise of any digital zoom I've ever used. Love the flip out LCD! I can take pictures of people on the street with greater anonymity. But there are some failings: 1- You can see the lens in the viewfinder obstructing your view. No, I'm not 90 years old and I still use a viewfinder. Saves battery life. 2- Viewfinder is 70% of final image size. Screws up composition. 3- Scroll wheel feels plastic and cheap. My buddy's G9 feels aluminum and solid. 4- Suffers from feature overload. Do I really need color tint in camera? Wouldn't I do that at home on my 17 inch monitorr? Do people really use the wallpaper and custom sound features? Really? Aquarium mode?!?! I have owned 4 Canon digital cameras over 9 years and I still get lost in the menus sometimes. I want a digital camera with the manual settings of a great 35mm camera and only a few other digital tricks like white balance correction and macro mode. Keep it simple! Please! 5- AV mode doesn't seem to work well for depth of field. I shot a portrait of a friend at f2.8 and objects 15 feet behind were still mostly in focus. 6- Lack of lenses. I expected a range of lenses, seems there's only one. Wishlist: 1- More hard dials! Put a little dial next to the flash so I can bump it up or down without going through the menus.


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Great Camera

By Sherri_bb from Virginia on 06/28/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use

Cons:

Slow To Shoot

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is the best image quality of any camera I have ever used. Only con: too low to respond for the shot, making you miss some shots. Extremely excellent low light quality


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Great Camera with minor drawbacks

By Jaedon from Anchorage, AK on 06/10/2010


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Delicate Lcd, Min Shutter Speed, Poor Low-light Performance, Flimsy Automatic Lens Cover, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The G11 is a truly great buy. Many other reviewers have highlighted the G11's build quality, easily accessible manual controls, high image quality, relative speed, viewfinder, bright articulating LCD, integrated neural density filter, and feature set. I am going to discuss the quirks and missing features that I have noticed. Quirks: 1. The automatic lens cover is flimsy. Some have suggested it can scratch the lens. I am looking for a 57mm push-on lens cap to fit over the outer lens ring. 2. The articulating LCD screen is soft and unprotected when turned outward. It also attracts any and all fingerprints. Without an LCD screen protector, you'll have to articulate the LCD often to keep it from getting scratched. 3. The color accent and color swap features do not work as well as they could. The color selection range setting does not allow for very fine adjustments which significantly reduces the possible effects. Reselecting the base color to fine tune the origin of the range can take all day. Missing features: 1. The shutter speed is needlessly limited to 15 seconds. This is a huge issue for me. Longer times (60+ seconds) are needed for some effects or subjects, especially northern lights. Currently, consumers must use a hack development kit to achieve shutter times longer than 15 seconds. 2. The aperture range is limited compared to some previous models that go to f/2. 3. Video is limited to 640X480. The next generation should at a minimum include 720p, with 1080p highly preferred. 4. There is only a single ND filter option. Increase the customizability of the integrated ND filter. Perhaps multiple filters could be used additively. 5. Lastly, include a wrist strap in addition to the neck strap. Again, this is a fantastic camera. I am completely happy with my purchase. I cannot wait to see what features are added to the g12 from my list in addition to progressive sensor changes that are sure to come.


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Great Camera

By GSB from California on 06/02/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Good Low-light Performance, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Durable, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Spent all weekend taking picture with my new camera. All I can say is WOW! Great pictures and easy to use. What a combination. Battery life was incredible, almost 600 shots on a single charge.


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Highest-quality point-and-shoot on the market

By scriblerus from Athens, GA on 05/25/2010


Pros:

Bigger Sensor Than Other P&s Cams, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality, Durable, Steps Back From The Foolish "megapixel War", Bright Lcd

Cons:

No Hd Video; 640x480 Max, Oversaturated Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

A brilliant point-and-shoot camera for image quality, low-light performance and advanced controls. The G11, like its slimmer sister the S90, uses a bigger light sensor (the heart of any digital camera) than any other point-and-shoot on the market. It won't give you the image quality at higher ISO speeds (i.e. in low-light) that you'd get on a DSLR, but it's a big step in that direction, and vastly superior to all other point-and-shoot cameras in that regard; image quality up to ISO 800, and even 1000, is just fine! That means you can shoot in low-light, indoor conditions without the flash and get lovely natural-lighting results with perfectly acceptable image quality. The G11 is definitely bulkier than other point-and-shoot cameras, but will fit in a pocket and is still much smaller than either an SLR or even any "SLR-style" super-zoom camera. I had an S5 IS super-zoom and often left it at home because of its bulk. Not the G11. Another advantage of the G11 is its slightly lower megapixel count. As serious photo enthusiasts have long complained, cramming more and more megapixels onto the same small sensor merely results in high-res versions of grainy, noisy pictures. Fewer/larger pixels on the sensor means better image quality (less noise) and better low-light performance. Kudos Canon! The G11's only drawbacks are its lack of HD video and the fact that its LCD -- which is big, bright, twist-out and ultra-sharp -- is poorly color-calibrated, showing much more color saturation than the scene (or resultant photo) contains. It's a small quibble, and presumably something that Canon can and will address in a firmware update.


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discovery

By Odon from IN on 05/24/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Good Low-light Performance, Durable, Bright Lcd, More Auto Settings Than I Will Ever Need???, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My G11 is now about5 months old and I just discovered how beautifully the TV and AV modes work to give me the lowest possible ISO in outdoor shots: 1. set the ISO to automatic 2, set the shutter as needed and the ISO will give you the lowest possible setting! 3. same for setting aperture! Be patient with this camera. It has lots of intelligence built inot it!


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The best sub-DSLR option available

By Texaspicker from Houston, TX on 05/09/2010


Pros:

Quick And Responsive, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

While some may complain about errant activation of the many buttons on this camera, a little practice trains one not to grab it just anywhere. The camera has provided outstanding results for me, excellent handling of contrast, never blown-out highlights, and quick and smooth operation throughout. What's not to like? If you want a point and shoot that allows you to use camera RAW, which very few do these days, this is an excellent option. My only gripe is that Canon's underwater housing has no threads to attach filters and adapter lenses, making it a very limited underwater choice. If they changed that, it would immediately be my underwater camera, as well! OK, so it is too big and heavy for a true "pocket" camera, so I have found myself with the strap attached - a little inconvenient when walking about . . .


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Great Camera

By Chris from Adams, MA on 04/27/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Akward To Hold

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great camera with impressive macro focus. It is a great alternative to an DSLR. Unfortunately it does not have HD video and with this class of camera I think it should. I also find it awkward to hold. I have to use two hands to hold the camera and while I love the adjustable LCD I am always afraid that I may break it.


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Great cross between a SLR ...

By Anonymous from florida on 04/19/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great cross between a SLR and a traditional point and shoot. I am taking mostly pics of kids and pets and have yet to miss a pic.


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Lens, price

By Darryl from AZ on 04/14/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use

Cons:

No Add On Telephoto Lens, Read My Review, Heavy/bulky, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am happy for the most part with the G11. I like the tilt/rotating LCD screen. The macro is excellent. You can really take very close up photos of small objects, almost touching the lenses. The price is high and you would think at that price you would get a longer telephoto range. 3X is not enough and even with the removable ring for a telephoto lens is pretty much usless as Canon does not make a lens for the G11 or at least I haven't found one.


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Solid all around camera

By MNDoc from Minneapolis, MN on 04/11/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Durable, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Easy To Accidentally Hit A Button

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera for a trip where I didn't want to take my DSLR and wanted more options and control, including RAW pics, than a point and shoot LCD screen only camera. This camera fits OK in a jacket/sport jacket pocket or a shoulder bag. It does not fit in a shirt pocket. For urban shooting where I didn't want to obviously look like a tourist, I changed the neck strap for a canon video camera wrist strap, which was both comfortable and sturdy.I was then able to hold the camera discretely in my hand. While I wanted this camera for the advantage of using program, time or aperture priority or manual, I found that for shooting in an urban environment where I quickly wanted to point and shoot, I left the camera on manual and used the view finder, leaving the LCD screen closed. Once you know that the viewfinder is 77% of the final composition, you can quickly take a picture with good composition. Essentially this is like the good old 35mm range finder cameras, which I used for years with good results. My only disappointment with auto is that it seemed to favor shutter speed over aperture, so there wasn't a lot of depth of field. Overall the pictures came out well, but in difficult lighting situations I wished I had my 50D DSLR instead.The manual setting worked well enough to set the camera, and the IS let me shoot at 1/15 or 1/30 sec without blurring. Also, with only an F8 aperture I didn't always have an adequate depth of field, and the camera is limited in it's ability to optically zoom. It is too easy to accidentally hit the macro and flash buttons, and it would be helpful for canon to add a lock all buttons feature. I think that this is a good camera for taking people pictures, close pictures of buildings and point and shoot type pictures. If you want to do distant landscapes or difficult lighting situations, this is the wrong camera as you cannot add haze or polarizing filters. The SCN features are fun toys, and a way around having to do too much editing in Photoshop. But you lose the ability to shoot in RAW. I think overall the best features are AUTO and manual with an optical view finder (essential for any advanced photographer).. It you are experienced in photoshop, you don't need the rest. If I had to do it again, I would take this as a second camera, definitely superior to the LCD screen only (no optical view finder) cameras that only shoot in jpeg.But I would still take my DSLR for high quality photos in challenging situations.


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incredible point and shoot

By spedrunr from Chandler, AZ on 04/09/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Pictures/video In One Camera, Bright Lcd, Good Low-light Performance, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Durable, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Coming from the A640, this camera has a very familiar feel. the articulated screen comes in handy when shooting at weird angles or above crowds. It takes fabulous pictures at full auto or in the other manual modes. I understand Canon's attempt at designing a retro-style body, but an angled shutter button with a larger diameter would have been more ergonomic. Although the right hand grip has greatly improved over the G9, it would feel more secure if they would have built it up by a 1/4" (slightly convex, i.e. A series) at the risk of increasing the size and portability of course. I carry this camera with me daily to capture our 3y/o daughter, when I'm hiking, mountain biking, on day trips, family parties etc. The great thing about this is that you can take incredible pictures and decent video without having to lug around a DSLR or an extra video camera. We carry extra memory cards because they take up so little space. DSLR features in a point/shoot size. If Canon would use the lens ring toggle feature liken to that of the S90, this camera would blow the competition out of the water...even at a higher price. Just sayin :)


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the best for advance starter~

By musa from bayside, NY on 04/05/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

it's really good for advance photo takers~ if you want to start to take a photo class start with this.


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Great quality, highly mobile

By bunky from Springfield, VA on 03/29/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Durable, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Capabilities Of Dslr With A Built In Zoom, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was looking for a camera that is small, unobtrusive, easily carried in a case on my belt or backpack and has the features that would allow me to have control of my photos. In other words, a camera I could use when I want to leave my DSLR's home. The G11 satisfies all of those requirements. I just have to get use to the small camera body.


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It is all about picture quality

By CAMPJEEP from Columbus,Ohio on 03/28/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Durable, Bright Lcd

Cons:

No Camera Is Perfect

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Out of all my canon point and shoot cameras I will choose the G11 if it is a important picture and I have to get it right. The iso between 80 and 800 is very good, I even have a lot of keepers at 1600 iso. I use a wrist strap instead of the neck strap. The control dials are so easy to use on the fly. I never thought a compact point and shoot camera could produce such great photos. I am getting about 400 to 450 pictures per charge, I hardly ever use auto mode that might help on the battery use,thats just me thinking out loud tho.(in auto mode it seems to try to refocas all the time). The 461.000 megapixel tilt / swivel LCD screen is brighter, clearer and larger than the one on my canon SX110, the swivel LCD screen is very versatile (grand kids-getting the camera down to there level with out getting on my knees ). The G11 just has a good heft and feel to it, this is not a lite or little camera by no means. ( No camera is perfect ) . The G11 has a good sharp lens, the flash shot to shot time is good (coming from a point and shoot world). (Using a bunch of canon cameras before, I felt the G11 was easy to use). I like all the lights on top of the camera and how they stay off if that function is not available in the mode that you are in, that's just me tho... I mostly take pictures of bear in the Smokey Mountians(CADES COVE) and I love chasing the grand kids around and taking their pictures.


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Considering? Do it.

By dinosaurkatzie from Minneapolis, MN on 03/21/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have wanted a new camera for a whlie and had a school trip to Greece coming up in about a week. My parents were nice enough to buy this camera for me as a before Greece/early birthday present. I simply LOVE it. I had been debating between getting the g11 as an advanced point and shoot or an entry level slr like the EOS Rebel XS. I have to admit that though there were features of slr's that i was fond of and consideing I only had a couple days to learn the camera, the point and shoot was the best option and I love it more than I would have loved the slr. It also served the most options for me. The point and shoot still had things like video, color accent, flash control, and can shoot in rawfile format. It is very travel-friendly. It took very fast, good quality pictures which helped when going on tour buses for many hours. The moveable lcd screen helps with sunglare. As well as the built in sensors on the lense itself. Video doesn't shoot in HD, BUT it can shoot in color accent and color swap which were new and fun features to me. You can add filters, other lenses and flashes too it too so it has many options available to customize it. Don't think that because it isn't an slr that it isnt adaptable. Its a better deal for the price. You get a lot more features as a point and shoot at this price than you do at an entry level slr. This really is a WONDERFUL camera. I've been dedicated to Canonfor 7 years and this was one of the best purchases that i've made.


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G got better

By Sunshine State from Miami Beach, Florida on 03/13/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Durable

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera. I've been a G fan for a long time and everytime a new series is released I find new and exciting features. Image quality is perfect. I like the swivel display, I nver use it, but it's there ready for me, if you don't like it, just ignore that fact. Anyways you don't pay extra for having a swivel display. Despite user opinions, I live it being heavy, I want to feel I have something in my hand. Congratulations CANON, keep going.


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Great camera and easy to ...

By problemchild from long beach on 03/10/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Good Low-light Performance, Nice Features/settings, Durable, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great camera and easy to use. Takes very nice pictures. They are not as nice as my 1ds2 but very clean for web work and or family pictures.


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Very happy with G11

By Sally from Charlotte, NC on 03/08/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Articulating Screen, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Durable, Good Low-light Performance

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Magnification For Distance Not Sufficient, Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

What a huge leap from my Canon PowerShot A620! I use it mostly for close-ups of my artisan jewelry with excellent results, even in pretty low light (with the help of a tripod). I love that it stores desired settings, has the screen that can be angled (I use this constantly), and focuses a lot more accurately than the earlier PowerShot (though most macro shots still require sharpening). Macro lens picks up amazing detail. Battery lasts for 300 or so shots.


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Wouldn't by again

By RedSox 2010 from Undisclosed on 03/08/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought this camera on December 31st and it already stopped working. The features are nice, but I would be hesitant to buy again.


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Wel beyond expectations

By Joe from NY on 03/05/2010


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I ordered the G11 after reading quite a few reviews.The quality and sharpness is excellent. I also ordered the 207 EX external flash. Compact and powerful, it lit up at night out doors with full digit zoom at almost 100' as if It was daylight and 15' away. I was shocked, I zoomed in on a book cover and could read the tital remember this is 100' away at night. The trimming feature is a major feature for me, I need to show damages to merchandise in detail and it does a great job. I have been asked if they were professionally taken. Best camera I ever had. Works great with MX860 printer.


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Great camera!

By GaryB from Bentonville, AR on 03/04/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great camera! Pictures are great, and the printouts are superior!


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great camera

By jktz122 from new york on 03/04/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Durable, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, Button Control Placement

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

excellent feature set.. articulating screen. decent zoom range however a few buttons on the back to teh left of the screen get mashed by the thumb when picking up the camera however this camera stands out by its lonesome self with the feature set it has full picture control of all aspects 1)exposure 2)iso 3)focus also having an articulating or angling screen is extremely useful it doesnt have hd video but hd video is not nearly that important for a snapshot camera to sum it up if you are looking for a full featured small sensor camera then this is it


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Good and strong

By Jon from Bangkok on 03/03/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Looks Great, Durable, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Expensive

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It took me ages to decide between a G11 and a DSLR. I hope I have made the right decision. It feels great and, most importantly, takes great pictures even in low light. The swivel LCD is a pain but it keeps it protected. I also love that this camera is giving me a real opportunity to learn some real details about photography. I have no previous experience at all (just point and shoot and forget about everything else) but this camera makes you think about what you are doing and encourages you to be creative. That is a very good thing. Only main drawback is the price.


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Fits perfectly

By tallalex from Cleveland, Ohio on 03/02/2010


Pros:

Durable, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Fits perfectly in my hands and between the point and shoot (PnS) and digital Single Lend Reflex (dSLR) camera markets. I've had my G11 since late October and decided on it after my great eight year old G2 died, in late September. I was trying to decide between a PnS and a dSLR and decided that the G11 was the perfect blend between the two. A significant part of the reason I decided on the G11 was the improved low-light quality and that Canon returned to the articulating LCD. The G11 has all the creative control of a dSLR and ease of use expected from a PnS. I love being able to adjust the aperture (Ap), shutter speed (Tv), ISO and exposure for when I want/need to be creative/controlling and the next use have a full range of PnS presets for capturing memories with family and friends without having a big, bulky and obtrusive dSLR get in the way of a candid moment. My only wish for the G11 were that the lens were capable of f2.0, but since most dSLR lenses aren't capable of that, it seems like an extreme wish. Note: about a week after getting my G11 I noticed a 2x2 pixel white spot, with a 8x6 noisy rosette around it. I only noticed it after looking at several images, at 100%, in Photoshop. I contact Canon right away and the CCD was fixed quickly. Thank you for being so responsive.


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Best Everyday Shooter

By Lang7119 from Savannah, GA on 03/01/2010


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Durable, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera as an upgrade to the G7 which I loved. The G11 is definitely an improvement with better feel and the articulated LCD allows more creative positioning of the camera for picture taking. Creative control overall is excellent especially in full manual and RAW. I love the size of the camera which allows you to easily take it with you when you might not want to carry a DSLR. Some of my best photos have been taken because the camera was in my pocket when needed. Image quality is excellent.


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Excellent, except for attaching filters

By Northwestern US from Washington on 02/19/2010


Pros:

Articulated Screen, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Attaching Filters

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera to use when I do not want to take my professional DSLR camera on a photo shoot either because my DSLR is too heavy-bulky and has a high profile, or because it weighs too much. I did a lot of research before buying the G11. It seems to fit my needs the most compared to other small cameras on the market. The G11 is an excellent camera with one major flaw. Attaching a filter, such as a polarizer, to the lens is a pain. I use a polarizer frequently so this is important to me. First you have to remove a lens ring outside the lend barrel on the G11. Be careful as it is now easy to loose. Next you attach a tube that fits over the entire lens. I you want to zoom back and fourth from telephoto to wide angle you get vignetting. The tube takes up a lot of space " important since I plan on using this camera on a 3 week trip where Ill only have one small backpack for all my clothing and gear. I shoot HDR and to try and hand hold a filter on the front of the lens just causes too much camera movement. So that is not an option for me. Canon really needs to design a quality metal removable step-up ring that attaches to the front of the lens and will recess into the camera body when the camera is turned off. I really hope that Canon will solve this problem before they produce the G12. What I love most about the camera: Articulated screen (a must have creative tool for me), RAW format, Size, Image quality. My 4 star ratings are solely for the poor filter attachment issue. Otherwise I'd give it a 5.


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Hating this camera, must be me.

By HughesMstar from Undisclosed on 02/18/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have been shooting for years with my PowerShot (Canon) S2 IS and LOVED it, took great photos. I bought the G11 in the fall and HATE it. All my photos come out WAY too light and I just don't have the great photos I had before, I'm sure it is me. But I'm not a pro, I count on my cameras to do alot for me. I have a good eye, but this camera is not performing!!! I hate it...am sad I spent the money and have inferior results.


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Great Camera

By Stefy from Tempe - AZ on 01/31/2010


Pros:

Good Low-light Performance, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I got this camera for christmas from my mother. I used to have a PoswerShot A620 for years because I never got another camera with the flip visor, also I have used EOS cameras like 50D and such. This camera is a great buy, it takes some amazing pictures, and it's light compared to it's capabilities and functions. I love the LCD screen and ISO. The only things that let me down is the long exposure time that its only 15 seconds, the battery life and the macro sometimes it's a little bit hard to focus.


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Quality in a small package

By Bullpulley from Saint Paul, MN on 01/29/2010


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Camera Lag

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have traveled with professional photo equipment on assignment. When I was on VACATION, I decided to use a small digital camera that would deliver quality images. The G11 was my choice and has delivered great results for up to 11x14 prints. The camera is light, small, and easy to operate, yet delivers sharp images and can provide RAW images that easily fit into my regular workflow. This camera will be with me on professional photo shoots along with the other professional equipment.


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Sound distorts

By Dave from Los Angeles on 01/24/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Lightweight/portable, Durable, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Recording Video Sound Distorts, No Recording Sound Setup In Menue, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Really a great photo camera. But if you want to record a film/movie, there is no sound setup, but switch for wind protection. I am a DJ and when I try to use this camera in a club, sounds distorts heavily. And I mean really heavily. And this really means a lot to me. Everything else is A+ Great in a low light on video or taking pictures.


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quality images,but poor design

By reef2k from Undisclosed on 01/19/2010


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance

Cons:

Flimsy Construction

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

im dissapointed with my g11 because its not as well built as id heard. i believe the g10 had all alloy case,but the rear panel on the g11 is plastic and feels cheap an fragile,so would crack quite easy. my old powershot s40 is much more robust and still going strong after 8 years. my other problem is that its difficult to hold without touching buttons by mistake,it really spoils the whole experience of using the camera,which is a shame,because the image quality is excellent from such a small sensor. a little more thought about button layout and the use of quality materials and this would have been a great liitle camera.


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A Big step backwards

By me from Oregon on 01/17/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Flimsy Construction, Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Very disappointed with the overall quality of the camera-the function button wobbles like it's going to fall off. Washed out pictures and poor picture color in RAW. The G10 is overall a very superior camera.


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Outstanding pictures out of the box!

By Spiderjohn from Binghamton, New York on 01/05/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Menu Button Is Where I Hold The Camera

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I recieved this camera two days before Christmas and did not have a chance to read the book before the family gathering. I put it on AUTO and never missed a shot. All the pics came out perfect. I can't wait to actually use all of its capabilities. Excellent camera for the photo buff who wants professional photos but not wanting to have the hassel of a SLR . My only negative is I keep hitting the menu button with my palm, I can learn to deal with that issue.


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Love it! Thanks to a 1 year old...

By ml from Lincoln, CA on 01/04/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Menu Titles Are A Little Slow

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Thanks to my 1 year old grabbing my old camera on December 23rd I decided to take the plunge with the Cannon G11. While I want to be upset with my son for breaking the lense on my old camera I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome - I now have a GREAT camera! From the unboxing I've been pleased. Easy setup...easy picture taking. From the rapid shot Christmas pictures to low-light evening shots everything has turned out great. The AF is fast enough that I have lost very few shots in continuous shooting mode of subjects (kids) in motion. We recently spent a day sledding in the Sierra Mountains and the SNOW mode gave me the best pictures I've ever taken in a snow environment. I can't sing the praises of this camera enough. Having a rechargable battery is a huge plus...I have yet to run out of battery power but being able to quickly recharge it makes it much better. The only CON I can come up with is that the menu descriptions are a bit slow to populate when going through the scene modes...you can probably turn that feature off but I haven't looked around enough yet.


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Great!

By PK from Kansas on 01/03/2010


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Good Low-light Performance, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is an absolutely spectacular camera for me as I am not particularly camera savvy - just want one that is easy/quick to use/set and takes a good picture. I find this one to do all of the above easily and efficiently. It weighs a little more than I would like as I travel globally and don't like the extra weight, BUT I am delighted with everything else. This is an ideal camera for those of us that don't have the time/desire to learn all the millions of details/options of photography.


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Superb camera - best of all worlds

By EM from Utah on 12/22/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Can't Turn Lcd To B&w When Shooting Raw, G10 "menu Scroll" Is A Better Gui, Viewfinder Far From Ideal.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is truly outstanding - all the benefits of a SLR in terms of picture quality, control, optics, RAW + JPG - yet small enough to stick in (large) coat pocket. Despite compact size, weight & heft are substantial enough to "feel" like a real tool, not a toy. Ergo-design is excellent - controls are mostly accessible and straightforward, and feel solid and highly tactile. The optics are outstanding, low light capabilities are remarkable, and virtually every feature of an SLR is available - except the actual "through the viewfinder" functionality. Viewfinder is a bit lacking but functional. The ONLY shortcomings I could come up with, to be fair, are listed as "cons" above. But in all fairness, I'm stretching. As a B&W photographer I'd sure like the LCD to show a B&W white even while shooting (color) RAW, but that's getting pretty picky of me ;-)


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Great quality at a great price

By Wille from Lawrence, KS on 12/21/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Durable, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love my new G11. I've been using it to photograph products for my online Etsy shop and the quality of the photos is amazing. I suggest buying an extra battery for this camera since it has a shorter battery life compared to other cameras I have used. Love the features, the big adjustable screen for viewing and easy controls. The manual was difficult for me to read ~ wish Canon put more effort into publishing an easy to read manual.


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Great features in a manageable size

By dje from Missouri on 12/20/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I replaced my DSLR with a G11. I didn't carry my camera as often as I would have liked due to its size. The G11 gives me almost all of the manual control with excellent low-light performance and the ability to save images in RAW format. I find I carry my G11 far more than I did my larger camera and I still have most of the tools I did before to experiment. My only gripes are: * The battery doesn't last as long as I'd hoped. I bought an extra to always have one charged. * The G11 does seem to like ISO 1000 even when a lower ISO is usable. I manually set ISO in many situations.


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What happened to Remote Capture???

By samool from CA on 12/18/2009


Pros:

Swivel Lcd On A High-end Camera, Easy To Use

Cons:

No Hd Video, No Remote Capture Capability

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned every G-series camera Canon has made. What can I say... it's a G series camera! It delivers on expected photo quality, value and performance. Regarding the features, however I'm kind of left scratching my head. RAW is good and I'm really, really happy to have the swivel LCD screen back. It's the best for shooting kids low to the ground and for shooting at weird angles. Very disappointed the G11 does not have tethered shooting / remote capture capabilities like ALL of its predecessors. I was also surprised it does not have HD video like almost all the other cameras Canon released this year.


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Neophyte Is Happy

By Cat Herder from Saint Paul, MN on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

No Protective Carrying Case.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've read many of the posted reviews and realized that they are all much more experienced photographers than I. Goodness, what have I bought!! A professional photographer/photojournalist recommended the Canon G11 to me, knowing that I'm not an experienced camera person. I've had it 3 weeks now and find that I am quickly learning what it can do. It's the first digital camera I've owned, but it seems pretty intuitive. Most of my "practice shooting" has been with moving objects that don't take well to instructions - aka - Cats! The first few shots were of behinds and tails - but I'm rapidly getting real in-focus faces. So I'd recommend GS11 to other neophytes who want a camera they can grow into without too much suffering. Two suggestions to Canon: 1) How about going back to the "good old days" when cameras came with a carrying case? 2) How about a little pocket size cheat sheet that explains what all the icons are for? They aren't very intuitive for the most part. A tulip?? Ask me again in a year if I'm still happy!


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g11 holds its own...

By g series man from Raleigh, NC on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Great Close Focusing, Good Software Bundle, Good Battery Life, Varid Autofocus Options, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Low Continous Speed, Non Effective Viewfinder

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Having bought my 1st g series camera many years ago...a g3 in fact, I have long been a fan and appreciated the quality of the canon G series cameras. (in fact...i'm still looking for a g6 a this very date) Anyway....I trade up my g9 for a g10..as I was very happy the the swivel screen had made its triumphant return. The camera feels like quality...although I do sorely miss the 2.0 lens that the G3 and G6..and the current s90 has...(don't know why canon held this back...probably for the G12...*sigh*...) here are my high points... - Vast number of features and settings (although seeing more cameras using art features..like softfocus, sudo HDR, vintage, etc...would be nice to include) - Flash power is GREATLY improved ...almost too much..but the sensor does a good job and allowing for good exposure. - top panel is well lit.. even at night..you can see what you're doing... - good software bundle...including raw editor - Beautiful LCD screen - Nice auto focus options - Amazing close focusing/macro ability...a G series staple... (focus down to 1cm is pretty amazing) - Great battery life - Accurate live historgram now for the points i'm not so crazy about.... ~ no 2.0 lens... ~ Viewfinder...will canon ever fix this...i doubt it...but at least it there...although barely useable. ~ Continuous shooting speed...is embarrassing. ~ menu navigation can occasionally slow down


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Very Good Camera

By RocknRon from New Haven Indiana on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Durable

Cons:

I Wish It Had A Longer Zoom Lens

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera a couple of weeks ago and I love it. It takes really good pictures even in what I consider low light. Get a good, fast card and you will really enjoy the G11. A good selling point for me was the fact that the manual controls are east to get to also. I jjust wish the zoom lens went farther.


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Canon, We Need A Firmware Update

By Jack from Hinckley, Ohio on 12/05/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Low-light Performance, Iso Knob On Top, Simple Controls/menu, Raw, Easy To Use, Ex Comp Knob On Top

Cons:

Fully Auto Mode Needs Firmware Edit

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent camera for the experienced 5DII shooter who wants to carry a compact camera around. Put the camera in P Mode, select RAW and an appropriate ISO speed, point and shoot. Excellent images. - However, should his or her spouse prefer to use fully automatic mode with flash indoors, the camera logic selects high ISO combined with very low shutter speeds. Hopefully, Canon will prepare a firmware update for download. A happy wife, a happy life.


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My last P&S!

By jmm1987 from New York, NY on 12/03/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Somewhat Pricey

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have a Canon XSi and owned several Canons before that, going back to the first film Rebel. I've also had several nonCanon P&S's and have usually been disappointed with the quality of my photos. I am ecstatic over the quality of the shots I've taken with my new G11. I work in Manhattan and always looked for a lighter, smaller camera to grab street shots. Being able to shoot in RAW and use the swiveling LCD, PLUS an optical viewfinder makes this the last P&S I will ever need!


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Good, but need WIDER angle lens

By Real Estate Shooter from Cupertino, CA on 11/30/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Durable, Good Low-light Performance

Cons:

28mm Not Wide Enough

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love, love, love this camera! Excellent image quality, even at high ISO. Here's my only gripe and it's a big one: 28mm is not wide enough for shooting real estate interiors. PLEASE CANON - make a TRUE WIDE ANGLE prosumer camera!!


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Very happy but...

By Rockin Ron from New Haven IN on 11/29/2009


Pros:

Good Low-light Performance, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Durable

Cons:

Needs A Longer Optical Zoom

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had the G11 for two weeks now and I just love it. It takes super outdoor pics and excellent low light pictures.The only complaint I would have is that the zoom doesn't go as far as some of the other cameras on the market. Other than that it is a great camera.


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Back to real photography

By kidneyman from Los Angeles, CA on 11/23/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Low-light Performance

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased my G11 shortly after it was released last month. I am a semi-pro with many years of experience and had missed the hands-on feeling of manual photography every since switching to digital cameras nine years ago. The G11 offers me the best of both worlds - hands-on manual or automatic (or semi-automatic) operation wherever I want it. The ability to preview photos before I shoot and adjust settings to get the photo I want is marvelous. I no longer have to tinker with images after downloading them to my computer. And the controls are ideally placed, where you expect them to be, making it so easy to fine tune every shot. Plus the G11 is just amazing for hand-holding in dim lighting situations.


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Best mid range SLR!

By Patriots09 from Boston on 11/23/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great features, great photos, great design. I just bought this camera 3 weeks ago and I cannot believe how easy it is to use for a novice like me. I had no idea how to fuse shutter speeds with apperature stuff (Novice!). After a few minutes reading the manual I couldnt believe how easy this camera was to use. It is a very profesional camera. I would recommend this to beginners and seasoned pros.


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A large LCD display which ...

By NZ kiwi from New Zealand on 11/17/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

A large LCD display which is great for checking pictures. Glad the moving LCD display has been included on this camera as display is great too for setting up self portraits and in using it in self timer mode. Love how it detects blinking eyes. The ability to be able to take photos in low light is fantastic. Hardly have to use a flash. Macro function is great too, in that it I was able to take photos of photos that were 80 years old. I am rapped! The pictures are so clear. Makes my A95 a real dinosaur after using this. The pictures look like they have been professionally taken, as they now are in focus and not so grainy. Sports photos worked great for me too, no longer getting frustrated with a slow recovery of the shutter button and missing the next action. Also very pleasing results in taking scenery shots while travelling along at 100kms. The time the shutter button recovery also helps here too. I'm very happy with this camera, and I am sure I will still feel this way in a years time, when I have tried it in every photo opportunity.


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Almost There

By timbo762 from Lake Havsu, AZ on 11/17/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Good Low-light Performance, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Durable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great small camera. I have used use Canon cameras exclusively for the past ten years because their controls remain similar even as the models change. This shortens the learning curve when I buy a new one.My complaints for the G11 are few. First, the lens barrel should accept filters without any adapter needed or vignetting in use. A built in wireless remote would nice. many Canon cameras had this feature for years, and now almost none have it. Lastly, a better optical viewfinder. This one is rather "cheesy" given this camera's price and overall quality. Get rid of the video feature in trade for better "still" handling. Picture quality is great, and large prints look really nice.


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My daughter uses a G7 and ...

By jw (Germany) from Hamburg, Germany on 11/17/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Missing F/20 Lens

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My daughter uses a G7 and is very proud about picture quality. Last year I bought my first G - a G10. I wasn't proud about the picture quality (noisy) and don't understand the positive review results all over the world. Now, few weeks ago, I sold the G10 and bought a G11. Picture quality is very good, build quality and usabillity, too and I can use my second battery pack from the G10. I needed a few days to realize how I have to use the smaller wheel - but now, it is ok and significantly better as from the S90. What do I need from the G12? F/2,0 lens and accessoires faster (I am always waiting for the new leather bag).


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INCREDIBLE CAMERA

By JJPowers from San Francisco Ca. on 11/15/2009


Pros:

Good Low-light Performance, Lightweight/portable, Durable, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is the best camera I have used as far as point and shoot cameras and some DSLRs .


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Best Canon camera so far!!!

By GGGUS from Oregon on 11/14/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use

Cons:

No Cons Thus Far !!

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Canon really listened to professional and amateurs photographers alike. excellent improvements over all other G models. Pictures are crisp and detailed. Colors are vivid. An easy camera to use by anyone. This camera is well built and solid. I would recommend it to anyone, pro or amateur !!!!


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Exceeds my best 35mm Film images

By John from Dallas, TX on 11/14/2009


Pros:

Shoots Raw Images, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Good Lens, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Uses Eos Flash Units, Many Eos Pro Features, Excellent Image Quality, Manual Controls

Cons:

Optical Viewfinder Too Small

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I normally shoot a Canon EOS 1ds MK3 and have all "L" lenses. I bought the G11 to have a lightweight camera to take with me when I wasn't doing serious shooting. I have been floored by the quality of the G11 images and the ease of use. The fact that it will shoot RAW images is huge. The low light performance is acceptable and the image stabilization is a great feature. It has a flash shoe that will fire PRO Canon flash units. I have already taken some shots that have amazed my pro friends: nobody believes that I was using a point-and-shoot camera on auto. It also handles pretty much like my EOS: I did not have any learning curve. I may actually use this camera on some assignments. Finally, shooting with the G11 does not attract the unwanted attention that pulling out pro gear causes. It lets you disappear and shoot things without being noticed. If you are a pro and want a point-and-shoot: you can't go wrong with this camera...and will find yourself leaving your 'real" gear behind unless you are on a serious assignment. If you are an amateur, you'll find that you can make great images and learn a great deal without breaking the bank. Great camera!!!


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Disappointed

By JD from Undisclosed on 11/13/2009


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

With the G11 Canon removed the EOS software Utility which enables remote shooting. i.e, capture of images directly through a computer. This has been a standard in the G series. Why remove a function that some of us rely upon? I returned my G11 and now request Canon to reinstate the remote capture function on the G12. Please let them hear from you also.


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G10 vs G11

By Jimbo from Peoria, IL on 11/13/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The G10 was a very good camera; but the G11 is better. I was worried that Canon couldn't improve the G10, but they did. I'm completely satisfied.


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canon does it right

By camera64 from austin, tx on 11/11/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Good Low-light Performance, Durable, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I own a G2 and S330 and have enjoyed them for years. I always like the way canon handles processing and color, and I wanted to update my gear with a reasonably compact and versatile camera. I waited for canon to redesign the G series with a wider angle lens as well as the swivel lcd, and canon responded. my G11 is well built, versatile, and fun and reasonably easy to use. My.only wish for improvment is for this camera to have a 24mm-140mm lens


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Climbing the learning curve

By captainvideo from Nothern N.J. on 11/09/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Durable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After two weeks of use I'm happy but not ecstatic with my results. On the downside, I'm disappointed with the optical viewfinder. I wear glasses for reading and close up work only. They are unnecesary with the viewfinder due to the built in correction lens, but essential with the LCD screen. The viewfinder shows only 75% of the total image and is too small to be useful, so I find myself constantly putting on and taking off my glasses to view the display. The moveable display is a feature I've never had before and it has added enormous versatility by allowing shooting from angles not readily available with a fixed finder. Lastly, I've found some of the automatic correction features produce unnatural results. For example when shooting indoors with the flash on auto, the camera's contrast correction seems to give the background a very orange (tungsten) cast which will need to be photoshopped before printing. I'm hoping that with some practice I can find a built in mode to improve this.


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Worth the wait.

By Nick from Houston, Texas on 11/09/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Pricey

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I wanted a more advanced camera to replace my older Olympus digital and Pentax 35MM. I read reviews and weighed options and decided on the G11. I waited several months for it to be available and so far I have not been disappointed. The quality of build and the image quality are outstanding. The controls are easy to use and the shooting choices are endless. I would not recommend this camera to someone just getting started in digital photography because the endless choices could be frustrating to someone not familiar with how and when to use them. There are similar cameras on the market for less money but I feel the price was worth it I like the smaller size of the camera over a DSLR because it fits in my jacket pocket.


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Spare Camera for the pro photographer

By Barbsshots from Wisconsin on 11/09/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Small Size, Lightweight/portable, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As a professional photographer I often do not have a camera with me when I run across a time that I wished I had my main camera with me. Like an auto accident or news worthy event. Well, problem solved the little GII fits in my pocketbook and is always handy to get and use with professional image quality. I love it!


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Being a long time user of ...

By cmaxi from Palm Coast, FL on 11/09/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Low-light Performance, Durable, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Being a long time user of mostly 35mm equipment, I appreciate the ability too make quick changes with dials instead of menus. The camera feels very sturdy and the weight and size are appealing to me. Image quality is superb. Image stabilization works very well. One neat feature is the ability to set color rendering to replicate a well known transparency film. Yes, I would appreciate a more substantial control dial, but that is just nitpicking. The appearance of the camera is a plus. It is a bit more stealthy than an slr and tends to draw a whole lot less attention. Now, if you could put a shutter speed and aperture dials on top, it would be jut about perfect. Otherwise, no complaints.


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I consider myself an ...

By Anonymous from Missouri on 11/09/2009


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I consider myself an advanced amateur. I waited for a long time to find and purchase a digital camera that had what I was looking for: 1. very good image quality, 2. more compact than DSLR, 3. good performance in all types of lighting, 4. articulated screen, and 5. full manual controls along with more automatic options. The G11 came out just in time! As an amateur, I found that I needed to play around with the settings and capabilities in advance of any important photo shoots, in order to understand the camera and it's options. Once I took some time to understand it, I felt more confident and took better pictures. I'm very satisfied with the camera!


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Very Good but video needs help!

By mfd14534 from Rochester NY on 11/09/2009


Pros:

Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

1990's Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a professional photographer that loves my Canon 40D and L series lenses. The G11 can take some very nice photos but it IS NOT a dSLR. Why isn't it a dSLR? There is shutter lag, the focus system is not as accurate or responsive, the lens isn't as sharp as a good dSLR lens. I am not complaining, just stating some differences. The video needs help. First off there is no Autofocus in video mode. You set your focus at the beginning of the clip and it stays that way until you stop recording. Come on Canon, what is with that? Also, there is no HD. What I like about the camera is that it has very good image quality for a compact as long as the focus system focuses correctly. Autofocus is OK as long as the light is good and the subject is not moving too fast (ie sports). The Manual, Av, Tv modes are very easy to figure out and use. There are a lot of customization features and the camera can create Raw files. Hopefully a firmware upgrade will add autofocus to the video, then the G11 is a 10! It is a great camera to have with you when you don't want or need to lug your dSLR around.


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Superb Camera

By bigriver222 from Tennessee on 11/09/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Durable, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

The Wheel Is Very Sensitive.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have gone through so many compact point and shoot cameras I've lost count. Finally I've found the perfect balance of compact size and excellent performance and flexibility in the G11. This camera would have to be classified as similar to a highly appointed DSLR, with a great zoom lense, housed in a very rugged compact case, that almost fits in your pocket. The downfall of the large majority of compacts is low light performance. I find that in many circumstances, with the new G11, I don't even use the flash - low light performance is that good. It has a hot shoe by the way. Image quality is just outstanding for a camera this size. Very low noise levels. Color rendition is excellent. The built-in flash sometimes renders a bit orange depending on conditions. I recently shot an evening party indoors and just turned the flash off. Images were crisp and color was very natural. The zoom is a fast lense which helps considerably. The long list of creative manual options will satisfy most hardened pros. The full auto mode will satisy most soccer Moms. Everything about the camera is rock solid. The only complaint is the multi-function wheel. It needs a deft touch to operate. But that is minor. All other controls are pro quality with nice solid clicks. ISO control is on top of the body not buried in a menu. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a top of the line point and shoot. This is probably the best in class. Great job Canon!


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Great Camera

By BlackCat from Austin TX on 11/08/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As an avid user of the Canon G10 and many of Canons P&S and SLR cameras alike, I jumped to try the G11 for better low light possibilities I got wind of. Needless to say I am very happy with the G11 in this area. As far as usable quality images (IQ) go, I am able to use up to 800 ISO compared to 200 ISO when using my G10. So I love this factor with a P&S that you can put in your pocket. To all who are reporting color profile problems, white balance or magenta hues in the images from the G11 realize that you will have to use Canons Software (Digital Photo Professional) to get accurate Color & IQ from the G11 b/c Adobe does not have full support (only beta) with color profiles for the G11 RAW and most likely won't have them until Jan 2010. As for improvements, Canon has improved upon the G10 that makes the shooting experience smoother. Below is what has made the G11 a worthy upgrade for me. - on board flash recycle time is greatly improved - usable ISO has increased to 800 ISO - IQ is slightly improved & noticeable - video mic is improved with new options - overall video quality improved slightly *Problems: Wish the EVF was rubber coated more like the G10. Wish the buttons stayed the same size on the back as on the G10. Also, the price is a little higher than I paid for the G10 when it was new, but who is complaining you pay for what you get. Adobe does not have full support with color profiles for the G11 RAW and most likely won't have them until late Jan 2010.


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Best Carry Everywhere Value

By Big G from Downey, CA on 11/08/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I spent a lot of time reading reviews and debating whether to buy this camera or a DSLR (Canon T1i). I have owned several Canon SLR film cameras and more recently a couple of mid-range digital point & shoot cameras, but was always left wanting more. In the end, a quality camera that takes excellent pictures that can go everywhere won out. I haven't been disappointed in any way. If I ever need to shoot long action shots in low light or go back into wedding photography, then I'll go buy a DSLR. Until then, I have 98% of what I need.


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Much more than expected

By Bob G from Richmond, IN on 11/06/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality, Durable, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Lightweight/portable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a retired professional and wanted a compact camera that had many options, but still light weight and convenient to use. Remember, it's not a DSLR! But it's as close to it as you can get. The best surprise was the "Quick Shot Mode". It is a fine example of an intelligent camera setting.


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Fantastic Travel Solution

By mbiker42 from madison, wi on 11/04/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Durable, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Good Low Light Not Great, Gets Grainy At High Iso

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera takes fabulous photos and makes a great travel companion. How else can you get SLR quality photos in your pocket. Took it on our honeymoon to Itally and it took flawless photos of all the sites. Low light performance should be better and a bulb function would be awesome. On a side note, we also used this camera in our photobooth setup at our reception. The photos were very flattering and the guests loved the prints from the canon printer.


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Very Impressed

By Jinx from Georgetown, KY on 10/29/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance, Durable

Cons:

Expensive

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera has been great! The quality of the camera's pictures is outstanding. The low light, suppressed noise processor is top-notch. It is pretty expensive but if you want amazingly detailed photos you won't be disapointed


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Great portable camera with cool features!!

By ezjaz from Rancho Cucamonga on 10/28/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Durable, Easy To Use

Cons:

Needs F2.0 Lens

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera, very versatile and customizable. I wish the lens was f2.0 like the higher end cameras, thats my only issue. Buy this camera, you won't be sorry!!


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best quality

By nima from los vages on 10/28/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Durable, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu, Difficult To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

this product is very good and is good for every position which you want to take pictures with. but it is good for people from 16 to 60 age.


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Worth the Wait

By Zap-Photo from Bloomfield, NJ on 10/27/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Durable, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Vari-angle Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have waited for Canon to bring back the vari-angle LCD and clung to my slowly dying G3 until I heard of the G11s arrival in October- I snatched it up the week it was released and it hasn't left my side since! It's so light and easy to use and I love the slow sync flash mode- I typically had to set that up in manual to get the same effect. I also love to shoot in RAW while not having to lug around my DSLR. THANKS CANON!- you made my year!!


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Very nice Powershot

By Mandomat from Pennsylvania on 10/27/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Durable, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Sluggish Autofocus, Poor Low-light Performance

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I would like to have given a 4.5 rating but couldn't, and I don't think it is a solid 5. Nonetheless, it is a very good camera, and solid piece of equipment. I bought this camera a week ago because I have been looking for a high quality point and shoot or digital range finder to use for shooting people when the 5D would just be too intrusive. I bought this because I like the features it offers, especially the ability to shoot in raw format, and because it is really well built. While not entirely intuitive, figuring out how to use it doesn't take a lot of effort. The image quality is very, very impressive up to ISO 800. After that, the images get pretty noisy, especially in the shadow areas. The autofocus, while accurate, is a little slow and a little tricky to use, you have press very delicately on the shutter release. The continuous autofocus speeds things up, and is a very nice feature. I am especially impressed by how quiet this camera is, which is very important to me. It is so quiet that without the green processing lamp blinking after taking a shot, you might assume that the shutter hadn't released. That said, don't expect to be able to rattle off one shot after another without delay--it takes a second or so for the image to process. From my perspective that is fine, though others might find it annoying. All in all, I am very happy that I bought this camera. It seems like a good buy for the money, and I expect to use it for a long time.


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Good overall

By Sly_G from Boston, MA on 10/26/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Just got the camera and been playing all weekend with it. Controls are good, easy to use, lots of settings. My only complaint is that I was expecting a sharper image quality and the results I have with the camera were not as good as I would have liked. Also, the VF is not covering the whole field, not very convenient. Overall a good product.


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easy excellent manual mode!

By jrc from Undisclosed on 10/22/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Durable, Bright Lcd, Portable

Cons:

Expensive, Heavy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

so far I love this camera!! In auto the pictures are gorgeous. It also has a lot of scenes and cool features to choose from. The macro setting is also amazing. It is extremely easy to use in manual mode, a big change from my old camera!! I know it will help me improve my photography techniques and give my flexibility I did not think was possible with a point and shoot! I'm glad I didn't have to get a big heavy bulky DSLR - this camera is heavy but fits easily in my purse and doesn't require a zillion accessories for normal use.


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my best digital camera so far

By lostinmacao from allen, tx on 10/22/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Durable, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Good Low-light Performance, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The picture quality is excellent. My only complaint might be that red roses still somewhat overwhelm the sensor. High ISO performance is as good as I expected. Access to the major adjustments using manual settings is a delight. But white balance can only be set on the LCD. Why not a double wheel for WB and EC? I love the ability to fine tune WB, but I was surprised that any WB adjustment seems to affect all WB settings: I adjusted tungsten and the adjustments seem to stay in effect even for auto WB. I should not complain because I am happy with WB after fine tuning. Startup is very fast, and I have not missed any shots due to camera problems. Battery goes a long time. I come to major reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I require a viewfinder and if the G11 did not have one I would not have the G11. Although clarity and zoom are excellent, the VF is too small and coverage of 77 percent is not really acceptable. Because it is optical, there is no information (shutter, aperture, ISO, EC) in the VF. Canon should do the right thing for the G12: a high-resolution EVF with 100 percent coverage and full information, and a rubber gasket to protect eye glasses. Minor complaints: iContrast seems more +1/3 EC than anything else.


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great camera

By sonic from earth on 10/21/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use

Cons:

No Hd Capability, F/2.8 Instead Of F/2.0, Build Quality Is Not As Good As My Old G3

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

g11 is my second g series canon camera, the first was g3 and i was very happy with it. this camera will go along with my canon eos 5d mark ii. image quality is great, even in low light (for compact camera it is very good) albeit of being good build quality, it is not as great as my previous g3. i also wish that it had f/2.0 instead of f/2.8. the exclusion of HD recording in this camera is disappointing.


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A Tidy Little Bit of Engineering

By LAW from PHX, AZ on 10/21/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Durable, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As the saying goes, "the best camera is the one you have with you". However, I wasn't interested in any camera that didn't have dSLR capabilities. This baby does also it makes great pictures AND I get to use my 580EX . Did I mention the teleconverter? Now I can shoot from 24mm equivalent focal lenth to 196mm. I suppose I would like some extra features, like maybe have it call me for breakfast! We don't want to mention the excellant competition so I won't except to say that only OCD secondary to ownership of the other leading line would cause someone to write a negative review of the G11. My other cameras are a 5DMK2 and a 20D


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Glad I waited

By PrescottPhotog from Prescott, Arizona on 10/21/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Solid Build, Good Low-light Performance, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Durable, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Mentioned In My Review

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm a Canon Professional Services Platinum member, professional wildlife and action sports photographer with several 1D Mark III and 40D bodies as well as way to many L lenses to mention. I wanted a quality walk around camera that shot the RAW format when I didn't want to carry a DSLR. I passed on the G10 because of the complaints of the low light problems. Since getting my G11 I am very very pleased with all aspects and functions of this camera. Especially the combination of still having a viewfinder plus the swivel LCD screen. If you wear glasses and have a hard time viewing a fixed LCD screen you will love the swivel feature. I wouldn't buy a camera without a viewfinder but using the swivel LCD is making me a convert to using the LCD more and more. This camera isn't a DSLR but it takes beyond excellent photographs, in all modes, from full Auto to Manual and Macro. Even though I don't use them much the Scene mode produces excellent results. The button layout and ergonomics of the camera are excellent. The function and ease of the buttons, menus and operation of the camera in all modes is by far one of the best feature of the camera, it is a dream to operate even in full Manual mode. The onboard flash operates fine with easy adjustable output but having a hot shoe to use an external flash is a big plus.. I put my 580 EX II flash on the hot shoe to try it and it makes the flash output and adjustments just about perfect. The menu layout and customization is excellent. The manual is well detailed and thorough. If I have one thing negative to say about the camera it is that even with my small hands there isn't a lot of room where you would normally put your right thumb on the back of the camera when focusing. I find myself hitting one of the buttons because of the small area to place your thumb. I find myself doing this more when I go to pick up the camera than when operating it. It is a bit of a bug but not anything near enough to give it a negative mark because the button layout and functions are what make the camera a dream to operate. It is build as solid as the big DSLR models and if handled with care will undoubtably last many years of excellent operation. I might even have to get the underwater housing for wet, scuba and snorkeling shots.


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BEst yet

By birdy from Midwest on 10/19/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Durable, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Shutter Lag

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My first Cannon G series yet. I thought I would be turned off by the size but I went ahead and got it anyway at the recommendation of a fellow photog. I love it and the only downside I see is the shutter lag . Which has been dramatically decreased compared to my past point and shoots from Canon. I love it and I dont even notice the size, as a matter of fact it is kinda nice to have something fill up your hand like an SLR would. This wil probably be my last point and shoot until shutter lag is up to par with slr's. It is easy to use, seems well built and durable however the battery is kinda big and the shutter lag is still very present (allthough there is a quick shoot mode). In short I love it.


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G11

By Shipfixer from Undisclosed on 10/18/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Does Not Come With A Sd Card. You Have To Buy Your

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my second camera in the G series and my sixth canon camera and it is a great camera. It is easy to use and the pictures are excellent. I have taken a large number of nightime city pictures and they all turned out good. Two things make this an excellent choice in a camera that are both hard to find in other cameras. One is the view finder, it is a lifesaver in bright sunlight. The second thing is the swivel out LCD screen, my first G series had this feature and it makes a lot of difference in shots at odd angles. The only thing negative I can say about the G11 is they do not provide an SD card with the camera, you have to provide one yourself. Other than that this is a great camera.


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Great low light performance

By JED from Southern California on 10/13/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Durable

Cons:

Expensive

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I picked this up two days ago. I'm replacing a "SLR Like" camera, I take more and better pictures when I can have my camera in a pocket. I went out last evening and took a few hand-held photos. amazing how much light gathering this beauty does. I have had articulating displays on must of my cameras and it has become a requirement for me. The display is very clear and bright. I find the neck strap somewhat excessive and will replace with a wrist strap.


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Wicked

By Cassidyimages from San Diego, CA on 10/12/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Good Low-light Performance, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Durable, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Having recently ditched my G10 to get the new guy here, I was impressed with the high iso-ness skills present. the controls seem to have a slightly better feel, I still haven't had to check the manual so far. Photoshop of course still doesn't have a a RAW update, but the thing is a few days old anyways. The low light is where this camera shows the most potential, and the moveable screen is great too, since you can leave it turned in, then the camera is safer with the screen less exposed to accidents and such. the autofocus seems to be faster as well. This isn't like a little 5D or anything, but its the right direction for the product. The G10 really blew it in the low-light, this guy seems to be what a lot of people were asking for. So far with my first-round edits, there seems to be more sharpness as well. A worthy replacement for something that was killer to begin with.


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Best P&S you can buy!

By Bunny from Los Angeles, CA on 10/12/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Low-light Performance, Durable, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life

Cons:

No Hd Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just got my G11 a few days ago, so I guess there's still time for me to find something wrong with it, but I haven't found anything, yet! I'm totally blown away by the ease of use & versatility. The high ISO option is great, being able to adjust all the settings manually in a point & shoot is amazing, the swivel screen is extremely convenient, and overall it's an aesthetically pleasing, durable, compact camera. I'd definitely recommend this camera for first timers or experts or anyone in between! Great quality pictures & product. I'm very satisfied with my purchase :)


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The Best Yet

By Hunster from Chicago on 10/11/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Good Low-light Performance, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Durable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have a G9 which I love and a 5D II which is just the best. This G11 is the perfect 2nd camera for back up. I really like the wider angle capability (compared to the G9. I rarely use the zoom feature. I also like the possibility of shooting in low light siturations and higher ISO settings. SInce I often shoot in back light situations, the top left hand knob used for exposure compensation is a great improvement versus the G9. The articulating viewing scrren is not that necessary for me but the real advantage is that you can fold it towards the camera body and therefore protect it from scratching. I'm just an advance amateur but no wonder that pros just love this camera.


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If you shoot RAW and edit in Aperture...

By Elrey from Undisclosed on 10/10/2009


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

forget it! I was all set to give my new G 11 a five star rating until I discovered that RAW is an unsupported format in Aperture. And where is ZoomBrowser? Haven't found it yet. I uploaded my images in "Image Browser" and all Edit features are greyed out. So I can view my RAW images and can't edit them. What a bummer! Never had such problems with my 2 Canon DSLRs.Come on Canon, you can do better!


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Great Camera

By bob from Chicago, IL on 10/06/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Durable, Nice Features/settings, Good Low-light Performance, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

For it's size, it generally has all I need. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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G11

By KPCian from Los Angeles, CA on 09/28/2009


Pros:

Good Low-light Performance, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, No Hd Recording

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

G11 Provides great shots @ high Iso, even at 1600+ , as for the 14 megapixel vs. 10 megapixel, it is not always higher the better. It has to do with the size of the sensor, type of sensor. In this case, most of the professional photographer would prefer quality over the number of megapixel. One down fall for G11 is no HD video recording. It is pretty much standard for all new p&s camera, even some of the DSLR is catching up. This will be a big turn down for many of the G fans.


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