Compared to... Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon PowerShot G11 and the Panasonic DMC-GF1. Here the Panasonic is shot using the Olympus 50mm F2 Macro, a lens that has to be manually-focused on the GF1. This is an attempt to minimize the influence of the lens on this test. Of course this is not possible for the G11 so we'll not examine sharpness too much, except near the center of the frame, where both lenses would be expected to perform well.

Studio scene comparison ( @ ISO 80)

  • Canon PowerShot G11: Manual mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance

  • Panasonic DMC-GF1: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation 
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot G11
Panasonic DMC-GF1
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F4
ISO 100, 1/40 sec, F6.3
2.5 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
6.6 MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)

At this lowest ISO setting, it's difficult to identify much of a difference between these two cameras. The GF1 is certainly capturing more fine detail (the coin and furry dog in the fourth crop are where it's most obvious). However, considering the GF1 is being shot with one of the best lenses we've tested, it's no great surprise that the G11 can't quite keep up.