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

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4.5 out of 5 stars 106 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 details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 11.2 x 7.6 cm ; 349 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 962 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 4342B010AA
  • ASIN: B0042RUAPC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,160 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.

Box Contains

  • Digital Camera PowerShot G12
  • Neck Strap NS-DC9
  • Battery Pack NB-7L (with Terminal Cap)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LZE
  • AC Cable
  • AVC Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (for USB)
  • User Manual Kit


  • Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    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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    By Antoine HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2011
    Update 4th Feb 2014: I still use the G12 very often as the IQ beats many other modern cameras, bar the G15.

    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.
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    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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    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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