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A First Look at Canon's PowerShot G11 & S90

Ever since the introduction of the 3.3Mp PowerShot G1 in 2000, most every succeeding G-series digicam has boasted an ever-increasing pixel count. The G10 capped them all at 14.7Mp. But with the new Canon PowerShot G11, Canon's engineers have reverted to a 10Mp imaging sensor, which contains about a third fewer – albeit larger - pixels than the G10. So, the $64,000 question: How does this pixel-shrinkage impact image quality?'

Easy Widers

How wide is wide? Picture this. You're standing on the gangway of the US Intrepid Sea and Space Museum facing the Hudson River, with New Jersey dead ahead of you. The USS Intrepid is on your left, the cruise ship Princess Dawn is on your right, and Manhattan is behind you. You aim your camera, a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1, towards the bow of the cruise ship, press the shutter button and start panning the camera across your field of view.

The B&H Point-and-Shoot Primer - A How-to Guide for 'Simple' Cameras

In general, the menus and exposure options found on point-and-shoot digicams are not all that different. If you can get one up and running, chances are you can get most any of them up and running. The shapes, locations, and nomenclature of the menu buttons and icons vary camera to camera, but the logic behind them are pretty much the same.

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