Canon Powershot G12 Brief Review


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  • 10 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2.8-inch LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video
  • 1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • Max aperture f2.8
  • Optical viewfinder
  • High dynamic range shooting
  • Multiple aspect ratio modes
  • DIGIC IV image processor
  • RAW, JPEG formats
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-10
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon Powershot G12
10 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; 2.8-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; 1.7-inch CCD sensor; Max aperture f2.8; Optical viewfinder; High dynamic range shooting; Multiple aspect ratio modes; DIGIC IV image processor; RAW, JPEG formats; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The G12 is Canon's latest high-end compact, an excellent camera for photo enthusiasts and anyone interested in very sharp shots from a relatively compact camera. The G series has traditionally been very well received in the photo-enthusiast community, so Canon stuck to the formula: it sports the same sensor, similar body, and familiar interface over last year's G11. Notable upgrades include 720p HD video, a high-sensitivity system (also seen in the SD4000 and S95 this year), and an upgraded image stabilization system. It's built like a brick, which diminishes its appeal to a degree, as does the lens; the range is nice, but it starts at f/2.8, where some competitors drop down to f/2.0 or lower. But if you want an optical viewfinder and tons of manual control on a compact camera, look here.

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Top quality optics, dependability, and convenience of use are just some of the reasons that customers choose Canon digital cameras. One of the top makers of digital cameras in the world today, Canon has attained a reputation for creating some of the best digital cameras and digital SLRs available on the market. Canon cameras are inevitably on the camera wish list of any consumer that desires a high quality camera.

Canon is not generally a cheap brand by any means. In spite of this, Canon digital cameras have achieved the best buy status. This proves that you get great value for the extra money. In the past few years, Canon has begun releasing several types that are more inexpensive, without cutting quality.

Canon cameras come in two main types—the smallest is the Powershot line, compact, point-and-shoot cameras that still maintain a reasonable level of image quality. Canon Powershot cameras range from budget point-and-shoots like the ELPH 115 to an advanced compact with a 1.5” sensor, the G1X Mark II. Typically, if you are going to buy a point-and-shoot on nothing but the reputation of the brand, Canon is a pretty safe bet.

The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.

While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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