Canon has announced a successor to its popular G10 camera, the PowerShot G11.

In contrast to the 14.7MP sensor of the G10, the new model features a 10MP CCD sensor. Together with a new Dual Anti-Noise system and DIGIC 4 image processing, Canon claims the new camera improves noise performance by up to two stops, compared to the PowerShot G10.

As with the G10, the new model offers a 5x wideangle zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) with optical Image Stabilisation, and a built-in ND filter for long exposures.

The new camera can shoot in both Raw and JPEG formats, with the supplied Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software allowing users to process the camera’s files.

Sensitivity is offered from ISO 80-3200, though this may be extended to ISO 12,800 at a reduced resolution of 2.5MP using the Low Light mode.

In terms of exposure, the user has the choice of Auto, Program, Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority options, in additions to a manul mode and a handful of scene presets. There are also Stitch Assist and Low Light modes available, as well as a movie mode which records at 640 x 480 at 30fps.

The model also sports a new vari-angle 2.8in PureColour II LCD screen with a 461,000dot resolution, and i-Contrast technology to balance images shot in difficult conditions.

As with the G10, the camera accepts both SD and SDHC media, while the hotshoe allows the user to mount external Speedlite flashguns, such as the recent 270EX model.

Details of pricing and availability are yet to be made available. For more information visit

Canon Powershot G11


 Key Specifications at a glance

  • 10mp, 1/1.7” CCD sensor 
  • DIGIC 4 processor with iSAPS technology
  • 28-140mm (equiv) f.2.8-4.5 optical zoom
  • Image Stabilisation (Shift type)
  • 2.8 inch, 461k, PureColor II vari-angle LCD
  • Real Image zoom, optical viewfinder
  • 9 point AiAF with single focus point selection
  • Evaluative, centre-weighted or spot metering
  • ISO 80-3200 plus Low Light mode (ISO 12,800)
  • Shutter speeds 15 – 1/4000sec (varies by mode)
  • iContrast intelligent contrast correction
  • 22 Scene modes, plus Smart Auto
  • Full PASM manual exposure modes
  • JPEG or RAW + JPEG recording
  • 640 x 480 movies at  30fps
  • Dimensions: 112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3 mm
  • Weight 355g



 Canon Powershot G11

Canon Powershot G11

Watch our hands-on video preview:

  • Mike Louw

    I’ve got a G9 and have been looking at the G11 in a local store: I like it, but unfortunately the viewfinder is just as bad as the one on the G9.

    Also like the G9, there is a diopter correction wheel, but if you need to use correction for glasses then you’ll have to change the correction according to the focal length used.

  • Pat Drury

    I to hoped that this video review would mention the viewfinder. I have a G9 and love it, except the viewfinder is useless and I too like to compose my pictures through it. So, has the viewfinder been improved? If so I might be tempted to trade my G9 in.

  • Di Cowan

    G11 looks very good but tell us about the viewfinder, the one on the G10 was more or less useless. What exactly is a “Real image zoom, optical viewfinder” (Canon feature this as one of the list of selling points!) and does this viewfinder actually show, more or less, what will appear on the picture? The optical viewfinder on the G10 was just a poor approximation (75% ish of the actual frame on the G10 and that is poor!). Is this one any better. Why? Well, many of us prefer to use a real viewfinder and not a screen to compose our picture for a whole load of reasons, which I won’t go into here and if this camera has a decent finder I for one might just buy it!