Canon PowerShot G11 brings DSLR features to the compact party

Canon has announced its PowerShot G11 compact camera, packing some serious DSLR features including RAW shooting, a hotshoe for extra flash and fold-ou

Canon has announced its PowerShot G11 compact camera, packing some serious DSLR features including RAW shooting, a hotshoe for extra flash and fold-out screen.

Following on from the launch of its HD-packing EOS 500D DSLR in March, Canon has pulled back the covers on its PowerShot G11 digital compact, the successor to last year's G10.

What's interesting about the G11 is that Canon has taken the unusual step of dropping the megapixel count instead of upping it – while the G10 had 14.7MP, the sensor behind the G11’s 5x optical zoom lens has been trimmed back to a humble 10MP.

Don't worry there is a reason for this. Canon reckons that the lower count combined with a larger sensor should reduce the noise in your pictures, particularly when paired with its enhanced DIGIC 4 image processing tech.

You might also notice the G11 is a little tubbier and slightly more squat than its predecessor, which is probably down to the inclusion of a fold-out screen. More commonly found on DSLRs, the 2.8in LCD can be moved to almost any angle, making those overhead gig shots less of a hold-it-up-and-hope job.

The compact doesn't stop there with its DSLR-esque qualities. You'll also get an optical viewfinder for framing a shot up perfectly, the addition of a hotshoe for the times when you need a meatier flash, the ability to shoot in RAW mode and a manual mode that'll let you tinker with settings such as shutter speed, exposure and ISO.

Of course not every G11 owner will be a pro, so it still features the amateur-friendly Smart Auto Mode for automatically picking settings suitable for what you're snapping.

Canon has said the PowerShot G11 will be hitting shelves in October, but a price is to be confirmed shortly. Keep it locked to Stuff.tv for some first hands on snaps very shortly, and be sure to check out what we thought to the G11's predecessor, the PowerShot G10.