What's Going On, Canon? Rumored G11 Specs Reveal Minimal Improvements

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The rumored specs for the Canon G11 are a bit disheartening. The CMOS sensor we'd hoped for is a no-show, we're down to 10MP after the G10's 15MP, mini-HDMI yet no HD video...but look! It has a tilting screen!

Effective: 10.4MP, Recorded: 10.0MP
1/1.7" CCD
RAW, JPEG, QuickTime
Image Stabilization
6.1-30.5mm f/2.8-4.5 (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)
Optical: 5x, Digital: 5x
Normal: 1.6" (50cm) – infinity
Macro: 0.4? (1cm) – 1.6" (50cm)
Integrated Mount for the LA-DC58K Lens Adapter
ISO 80-3200
Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
Effective Flash Range: 1.6" (50cm) – 23? (7m)
SD/SDHC
Still Images per GB: RAW: 67
JPEG: High Res: 374 – Low Res: 7,684
Video: 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps
Viewfinder Coverage: 77%
2.8? LCD Vari-Angle
USB 2.0, Dedicated A/V Out, mini-HDMI (Type C)
Windows XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
12.5 oz (355g)
NB-7L Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery

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DISCUSSION

Noise per pixel is dependent on pixel size and the technology used.

Total noise is dependent on the size of the sensor, since the sensor size determines how many photons can be detected. Lowering the MP won't let the sensor magically detect more photons, so the photon shot noise won't change, and the amplification has to be the same for the same brightness. Ergo, your noise levels won't drop.

Lowering the MP's isn't dropping the ball. Not using CMOS or a larger sensor in a $500 camera is dropping the ball.

Nice they brought the swingy screen back though.