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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)
- 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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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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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good camera. But, I don't think it is still available...Published 2 months ago by J. A. Ferguson
Most pleased with the article sent,also the speed and secure delivery, Mayfair, thank you.Published 9 months ago by mayfair
could not be more happy. if it was not for the lack of an instruction manual. oops!!!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing quality and so easy to use - great pocket camera for the holidaysPublished 14 months ago by DeePee
Wanting an update for a G6, which had a rotating screen, this was just the ticket. Later models did not have this feature which I find so useful. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve Regis