This sluggishness affects other areas of the camera's operation. The 'quick shot' mode is as good as its word, grabbing pictures with minimal delay -- unless it's still chewing over the last one you took, which will take it a second or so. And surely in manual-focus mode there should be no shutter lag at all -- yet there is. Cartier-Bresson would not be impressed.
The three-tier rotary controller on the back has too much to do, too. Its cramped, light and somewhat vague feel is at odds with the meaty, chunky dials on the top plate. Canon's gone a long way towards reproducing the tough, hands-on, mechanical feel of a traditional, professional camera with the G11, and then spoilt it with this... thing. What's wrong with the simple control wheels on old G-series cameras?
The Canon PowerShot G11 is certainly one of the best serious compacts on the market, but you've got to ask yourself just how much you ought to be spending on any camera with a 1/1.7-inch sensor, especially given the emergence of the new breed of large-sensor hybrids, like the Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.
Edited by Charles Kloet