76 — Point and shoot cameras — Review of Canon G11

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #76 talks about point and shoot cam­eras and reviews the Canon G11. We talk about the advan­tages and lim­i­ta­tions of point and shoot cam­eras. We also talk about the most impor­tant rea­son for pho­tog­ra­phers to get a point and shoot cam­era and that rea­son is NOT qual­ity.‚ Finally I give a quick review of the Canon G11. I rec­om­mend this cam­era but I’m also bru­tal about its faults.

Image from Canon G11ISO 100, F-7.1, 1/100

Canon G11 man­u­ally focused at ISO 100 — Click to see the nice noise

Canon G11 man­u­ally focused at ISO 800 — Click to see lots of noise

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Canon G11 at B&H (Dis­clo­sure — Aff links — helps sup­port our site)
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  1. Johan says:

    Point and shoot cam­eras is very good for street pho­tog­ra­phy. Not all ppl like to get pho­to­graph with large DSLR. Spec i the town. A good Point and shoot cam­eras ppl don’t care about. Its alla about the story not the qual­ity in picture.

    • admin says:

      Johan I could not dis­agree with you more though I thank you muchly for the com­ment.
      If the story in the photo is good but the qual­ity is bad, then per­haps it’s bet­ter than no photo at all…but you still have a bad qual­ity photo. Qual­ity is very very impor­tant in seri­ous pho­tog­ra­phy.
      I also do not think p&s are very good for street photography…again the shut­ter lag.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for that Link Jack!

    It’s a very inter­est­ing link. At the end of the day though, for now, these cam­eras still will be too noisy at high ISO sue to their small sen­sor size. The cam­era will still have a shut­ter lag, mak­ing it less use­ful to shoot any­thing that moves.

    The hack will make the cam­era friend­lier but it will not improve the quality.

    So for now, IMO, a DSLR/SLR should be the cam­era of choice for excel­lent qual­ity pho­tos, and a point and shoot is for porta­bil­ity and good qual­ity photos.

  3. jack label says:

    Hey marko, I am seri­ously look­ing into com­pact cam­eras, it is sim­ply less has­sle to carry around, if I could I would buy one of these Canon G or the Olym­pus Pen or the Pana­sonic or Sigma DP2? one, which fea­tures a big­ger sen­sor? lovely, but cant, how­ever i have the Canon SD900 and lis­ten­ing to another pod­cast I got to know the CDHK project


    Which is basi­cally a soft hack to Canon Point and Shoot unleash­ing the hid­den fea­tures of these cam­eras. Take a look it is VERY interesting.

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