Following a Google search I found the following comments from a reviewer relative to the G9 and was wondering if his comments would apply to the G11 as well?
Itâ€™s Not All Roses
Like all traveling companions, the G9 grew to irritate me in a number of ways. All of my complaints relate to responsiveness, or lack thereof. The electronic zoom control is the first problem. While the G9 offers a very handy focal-range, zooming is accomplished by a rocker switch on the top of the camera. The micro-motor which drives the zoom has a perceptible response-lag and drives the lens forward in â€˜chunksâ€™, rather than a seamless progression of focal-length. This makes the G9 more of a step-zoom than a true fully-variable focal length camera. In fairness, the thirteen increments of focal length, which was the most I could achieve when zooming upwards through the range, are a respectable variety of focal lengths, and a damn-sight better than no zoom at all. But it is, nonetheless, an annoying control mechanism.
I would far, far prefer a manual, mechanically zoomed lens. Since I would never use the camera without the Lensmate, I would be perfectly happy if this compromise were achieved at the cost of a bigger lens which does not fully retract.
Frankly, the trope of all digicams having retracting lenses baffles me. Yes, it reduces size and protects the lens, but on a serious camera, which the G9 aspires to be, a little extra bulk is much less of a problem than having a retracted lens when a great photo presents itself. Moreover, the zooming mechanism is also the only part of the G9 which feels frail. I have no basis to say it is prone to failure, but it is buzzy and plasticky in a way that ill-befits an otherwise very solid machine. A more robust manual zoom would be ideal. Again, cost might preclude this more professional solution.
The answer is a more robust and consequently larger manual zoom. Please Canon. Pretty please with sugar on top. This is what the â€œGâ€ needs to be a true â€˜PRO-sumerâ€™ camera.