Canon’s G11 Powershot camera looks set to become the new standard for underwater photographers wanting a top notch camera in a small, point-and-shoot underwater housing that won’t cost a fortune
It’s been eagerly anticipated for months, and the Canon G11 Powershot has now been released in early October 2009, complete with its own affordable underwater housing, the WP-DC34, also from Canon. The G11’s predecessors, the G9 and G10, have both won rave reviews from underwater photographers about the quality of their imaging, the ability to take much higher quality RAW photos, and the joy of being able to get great shots with such a small camera. There’s also the bonus of being able to shoot video too.
I’ve been very happy with my trusty Canon IXUS 800 (or Powershot SD700 as it’s known in the USA) which I bought over 3 years ago and have used constantly since. (See photos I’ve taken with the Canon IXUS 800 on my Sulawesi liveaboard and harlequin shrimp encounter). I’ve resisted the temptation to upgrade to the G series, but the G11 might be what makes me make the change. The wide-angle 28mm lens and the bigger 2.8″ LCD screen on the back, as well as the ability to shoot RAW, are the main things I’m interested in. DivePhotoGuide.com notes that Fantasea already have a wet lens Big Eye wide angle lens adapter available for the G11, which makes maximum use of its wide-angle capability.