• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G11 advantages over Nikon S8100

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.08 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 210 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S8100 advantages over Canon G11

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~1.70 vs 2.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    300 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    205g vs 400g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.54 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Canon G10

Canon G11
Canon G10
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More pixels
Nikon S8100
Canon G10
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony DSC-H55

Canon G11
Sony DSC-H55
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S8100
Sony DSC-H55
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon P7000

Canon G11
Nikon P7000
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
Nikon S8100
Nikon P7000
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon G12

Canon G11
Canon G12
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Nikon S8100
Canon G12
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Ricoh CX5

Canon G11
Ricoh CX5
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S8100
Ricoh CX5
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
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