updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed August 19, 2009
Canon G11 and S90
Canon this morning brought out its higher end compact cameras for the fall and topped these with two semi-professional PowerShots. The G11 is the latest yearly update to its camera for experienced shooters but makes the unusual move of lowering the resolution from 14.7 to 10 megapixels; while not as large, the new sensor is said to be much better in low light and thus reduces both the amount of noise and blur. Also new is the G series' first swivel LCD in recent memory, which lets users compose shots at unusual angles.
The camera continues to sport a 28-140mm equivalent, 5X lens with optical image stabilization, apertures between f2.8 and f4.5 and light sensitivity settings between ISO 80 and 3,200. It supports RAW for still shots, but video capture is limited to 640x480. It arrives in October for $499.
The S90 has the same low-light sensor but is even more sensitive, shrinking its zoom to 3.8X (28-105mm) but achieving a maximum aperture of f2.0. Its LCD is fixed in place but contributes to an overall more compact design. To properly distance the flash, Canon uses a pop-up unit instead of the larger G11's fixed example. S90s start shipping at the same time as the G11 but will cost $430.