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Very pleased with the Canon G11!,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch articulating LCD (Electronics)I recently purchased this camera and wanted to post my impressions of the camera from the perspective of an average camera user. I bought the G11 for my husband, who wanted an easy-to-use camera with an optical viewfinder and a swing-out LCD that was viewable in bright light. He is an avid hiker, cross-country skier, & mountain-biker who just wants to get a good shot when he pulls out his camera. On the other hand, I'm a more advanced (not pro) camera user with an SLR setup and I'm comfortable with manual controls. Both of us take photos for our own enjoyment and to share with friends and family.
We both love this camera! The wide angle is wide enough for vacation and scenery shots. It takes very good people pictures and we like the face-detection feature, but turned off the anti-blink mode (maybe I DO want a picture of my granddaughter with her eyes closed!). The close-up/macro photos are incredibly sharp and have impressive depth-of field. My husband likes the brief on-screen tips when he changes settings (and will likely turn them off once he's more familiar with them). When I use the camera, I find it very easy to change settings, although I sometimes find I've inadvertently pressed the metering mode button when I pick up the camera.
Power-on is very fast and shutter action is quick as well. The colors are very good - I have no complaints at all in that regard. I've taken both jpeg and RAW photos; the jpeg's look really fine to me, and I think I'd use RAW only when taking pictures I'd want to play with, such as landscapes, sunsets, close-up portraits, things like that.
We found that in auto mode, the camera takes slightly over-exposed outdoor pictures in bright light. That is easy to adjust using the exposure compensation button in one of the non-auto modes. Or by just turning a few more degrees away from the sun - that works well, too! I like that there's some resistance in the adjustment buttons on the top of the camera, making it hard to change something by accident - a common problem I've encountered with other P&S cameras. I also like the adjustment wheel in the back; I find it easy to use and like that I can use it to move quickly thru the various options.
Both of us are comfortable with the handling/heft of the camera. It feels solid and well-built. Neither of us likes the neck strap so we bought the a wrist strap to use instead. It would have been a nice "option" for Canon to design and include a wrist strap with the camera - it seems counter-intuitive IMO to have a smallish camera need a neck strap!
I hope this brief review helps some people who are looking for another perspective on the G11. It's not meant to be a comprehensive review - just the personal impressions of two "average" camera users with a couple of different expectations.