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Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10 MP, 5x Zoom) 2.8 Inch Vari-angle Purecolor LCD

by Canon
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Premium image quality in low light using HS System with 10.0 Megapixel high-sensitivity CCD
  • Canon 5x (28-140 mm) lens with optical Image Stabilizer and Hybrid IS
  • 7.0 cm (2.8 Inch) vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD with Electronic Level, and optical viewfinder
  • Full Manual control with Front Dial, ISO adjustment, RAW & DPP software
  • HD Movies (720p) with stereo sound and HDMI
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 11.2 x 7.6 cm ; 349 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 998 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 4342B010AA
  • ASIN: B0042RUAPC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,308 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Canon has given its popular PowerShot series a face lift with the addition of the PowerShot G12 Digital Camera. While remaining true to many of its predecessor's features, the G12 comes busting out of the gate with what's fast becoming a standard on digital cameras: digital video (with stereo sound no less!). Shoot 1280 x 720p HD video with stereo audio using this compact, yet versatile camera.

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Canon PowerShot G12 Camera 10MP 5x Hybrid Zoom 2.8LCD 720pHD

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376 of 378 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect compromise 21 Oct 2010
I'm a professional photographer and brought this camera for those occasions when lugging around a 5+kg DSLR/lens combo just isn't practical.

So after much interent research (as we all do these days) I decided to go for the G12 and am very pleased I did. I also own the Lumix LX3 but the G12 feels so much nicer to hold and use and the manual controls are a dream (no fiddly menu system).

The inclusion again of the front jog wheel is genius (why did Canon ever remove it?!?!) and the ability to use my flashguns and ST-E2 on the hot shoe are just an added bonus.

Image quality is fantastic and noise is kept in check even at higher ISO settings for a sensor this small. Of course it's not going to out-perform a 1D MkIV with a £1.5K prime lens but that's the compromise for portability.

It may be that I'm too used to large DSLRs but it doesn't feel that big to me either and fits in my trouser pocket just fine. Perhaps I just have big trousers!
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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Pros and Enthusiats 16 Jun 2011
By A. Camilleri TOP 50 REVIEWER
Update 4th Feb 2014: I still use the G12 very often as the IQ beats many other modern cameras.

I do have a great selection of cameras, Canon 7D, Panasonic Lumix FZ200 & Lumix TZ 20, Leica V-Lux 2 plus a couple more, so I was initially hesitant to buy this camera as it sort of looked like overkill. Yet having owned the never failing G2 for nearly a decade I finally took the plunge.

First of all I fell in love with the looks, and you really need to see one in real life to really appreciate why. The retro style knobs and little orange lights indicating the settings are simply a joy to look at and use, clearly displaying the ISO, shutter speed and exposure. The camera sports the canon DSLR like rotating dial on the rear and another one just in front of the shutter release.

Yet having said that, we ultimately buy cameras for image quality. And all I could say when looking at the pics was WOW!! This camera has got such a great IQ, and unless you go to full size view, you could find yourself wondering whether the pics are from the 7D or the Canon G12, which costs a fraction of a half descent lens for a DSLR.

This is really a great camera, no wonder it holds its price. It is and feels rock solid, and is truly a masterpiece of technology.

The viewfinder is not a digital one, so really it does not see through the lens,(no information is displayed on it either) which could result in some close up photos being offset, yet once you go beyond a few meters than this tends to become more accurate. The articulated screen is packed with all the details you could wish for, albeit not a touch screen.

This Canon G12 will appeal to pros as it really compliments a DSLR. I also recommend it to the enthusiast who wants total control over his shots.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon Powershot G12 3 Feb 2011
By rupert
Thought long and hard over this. Wanted compact so was looking at LX5, GF1, Canon S95 and the G12. Finally decided on G12. It is not exactly compact but loved the chunky feel of this little brick. Build is excellent apart from slight niggle about control dial on rear of camera. Using as point and shoot gives very good results but really gets interesting when you realise that this is a serious little camera. Jpegs good but for best results use RAW setting. Very useful ISO range. LCD screen excellent in bright and low light, viewfinder is ok but field of view is limited especially when using filter adapter. Focus fast and accurate with various settings including focus check,lock, face select. Do spend time to learn how to fully exploit all the buttons, dials, menus crammed into this camera and you will realise that you have got yourself a bit of a bargain and enjoy this great little camera. So if you want to move up from a point and shoot or have a DSLR and lots of lenses and dont want to lug all that kit around buy the G12
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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Camera! 22 Jan 2011
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I deliberated long and hard about buying a Canon "G11" series camera. In fact, so long that by the time I'd decided to investigate/research prices online, the G12 had been released! I wasn't sure I could justify the cost as I own an EOS450d, which for my amateur purposes was more than adequate. Only thing with the EOS: size and weight. I wanted a pocket-size camera that would still give me freedom to play with aperture/shutter speed etc. and that I could comfortably carry around all day - even when just going out to the shops or collecting children from school.

The camera is certainly bigger and heavier than a simple point-and-shoot: you'd need pretty big pockets! (But I knew that from reading online reviews.) Having looked at point-and-shoot, I knew I wouldn't be happy with one: they're too light and flimsy for me and another major point: I didn't like the fact that most came without a viewfinder.

The Canon G12 feels good in the hand, and - surprise, surprise, I've hardly used the viewfinder, as the swing-out screen with its useful "spirit level" function is really good quality in all lights. If you're used to a Canon dslr then the controls on the G12 should look/feel familiar.

I'm really pleased with initial pictures, using the auto function(nothing too ambitious yet); you can see two of the first set I took above: close-up of rose and close-up of autumn leaves.

Slight niggle: it would have been nice to have had a paper manual included rather than just a cd.

So, after reading the reviews here on Amazon and on dpreview online, I'm really pleased with my purchase. No nasty surprises: just as I expected and a good price from Amazon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous camera
I am a retired professional photographer and think this is a superb camera in quality and build. It is a little on the heavy side to put in your pocket, but that is because it is... Read more
Published 26 days ago by KJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent investment
Kept in great condition. Fantastic travel camera and a box of tricks to go along with it. Great value for money.
Published 1 month ago by Lauren Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Canon G12 or G15?
Rather than get a G12 I have bought the G15. Later technology and I don't need the moveable display screen. Eyepiece on G15 follows the zoom function, which the G12 doesn't have.
Published 3 months ago by Agroped
5.0 out of 5 stars Best camera I have ever had.
I have been practising film photography for many years,using Pentax,Nikon, Rollei,Hasselblad,and Leica cameras..

This is the best piece of kit I have ever had. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. J. Church
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Camera was exactly what I had ordered, I had been unable to purchase this model elsewhere as it has now been replaced by an updated version and my experience with this particular... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James D Hepburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Robust
Excellent camera with excellent results. Certainly robust in its metal case, as proven when I accidently threw it across the stippled surface of passenger ferry deck. Read more
Published 4 months ago by wossonthen
3.0 out of 5 stars A good camera but...
Although this is a good camera we are having problems with it in terms of pictures not being "straight". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon G12 - Why I bought another one
I already have a Canon G12 which I use to record construction activities as well as for hobby photography. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Judi Kasasian
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little camera.
As a second string camera to my DSLRs, it's terrific for times when I don't want to be lumbered with the heavy kit. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kilrymont
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as new plus the genorous extras as compared to a brand new one
I would recommend this site to family and friends. Arrived within three days instead of the date stated on purchase.
Published 9 months ago by Fergus Lang
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