PowerShot G11

PowerShot G11

It looks like Canon is sticking to a yearly upgrade schedule for its flagship digital compact PowerShot G-series. This year's model is the G11, an upgrade of last year's PowerShot G10.

In an unusual step for the digital camera industry, the new model actually has a lower resolution sensor than the previous one. The G10 had a 1/1.7-inch 14.7 megapixel sensor, while the G11 has a sensor of the same size, but only 10.0 megapixels. Hopefully this, along with the new DIGIC 4 processor will help to reclaim some of the high-ISO image quality that the G10 lost. It has a special low light mode that can shoot at up to 12,800 ISO, but only at 2.5 megapixel resolution.

Another welcome return is the flip-and-twist monitor, last seen on the PowerShot G6 in 2004. The G11 sports an impressive 2.8 inch fully articulated monitor with an ultra-sharp resolution of 461,000 dots.

Apart from the monitor the body design and control layout are very similar to the G10. The high quality 5x zoom, f/2.8-4.5 lens is equivalent to 28-140mm, and the video mode is VGA resolution at 30 fps with mono audio.

The G11 will go on sale in early October, at the rather incredible launch price of £569, which is only £30 less than the current retail price of a D5000 digital SLR kit.

 
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