374 of 376 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect compromise
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...
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by D. Jones
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought it as an upgrade from the G10
The difference from the G10 is very noticeable, first bought it because of the 720p video, which the G10 lacks, but the software and capturing modes also evolved.
Although it has the HD video capture, I was extremely disappointed with the lack of autofocus during the recording, which, in my opinion, is a obligatory. Serves well when filming still shots, but very...
Published 21 months ago by rui
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374 of 376 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect compromise,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10 MP, 5x Zoom) 2.8 Inch Vari-angle Purecolor LCD (Electronics)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!
113 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Pros and Enthusiats,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10 MP, 5x Zoom) 2.8 Inch Vari-angle Purecolor LCD (Electronics)I do have a great selection of cameras, Canon 7D, 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 hold one to really understand why.... the retro style knobs and little orange lights indicating the settings really got the better of me. Just a glance at the top of the camera and you can see and set the ISO, shutter speed and exposure. The camera still sports the canon DSLR like dial on the rear and another one just in front of the shutter release.
Yet having said that, we do buy cameras ultimately 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. I personally hate digital viewfinders, as they do tend to tire the eye. The fold-able screen is packed with all the details you could wish for. (not touch screen)
This is a great camera for pros as it really compliments a DSLR. It is also very appealing to the enthusiast, who wants total control over his shots (even though the auto mode copes extremely well).
The G12 does offer loads of features which can be looked up on dpreview or other sites, yet I would like to mention the miniature mode which produces some great effects.
Whenever I read a review of a camera, my main priority is image quality, as its useless to have a gazillion of features yet so and so quality.
All I can say is that this little jewel will perform and live up to your expectations. The added DSLR features are a great bonus.
If I had to loose this camera I would get another G12 without hesitating.
I do hope that this unbiased review could guide you in selecting the right camera for your needs, and wish you happy shooting :)
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon Powershot G12,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera (High Sensitivity 10 MP, 5x Zoom) 2.8 Inch Vari-angle Purecolor LCD (Electronics)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
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Canon G12,
122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Camera!,
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.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera in a great package,
I received it as an (early) birthday present from my other half because I had become somewhat disenfranchised with photography, having to carry around an SLR and lenses had just lost the appeal for me. I was literally not taking any photographs due to this.
HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED!
This little G12 ticks all of the boxes for me, wonderful (and I do mean WONDERFUL) image quality and the ability to shoot high quality RAW images, packed in a very capable and compact body means I don't ever leave the house without it.
Knobs and dials on the top mean you have instant control and adjustment of any scene (more so than on my old 350D where you have to use a cumbersome menu system) which enables the user to accurately compose a properly exposed image or change the shutter speed to capture a shot at pace. I have used this to take some photographs of my other half jumping her horse and, when posted onto forums, many people cannot believe the pictures have come from what is considered to be a compact.
The vari-angle screen wasn't a major consideration of mine, until I came to the point where I actually needed to video something and used it to help me shade from the sun - god send. Someone has commented on how it looks or feels like it may break, well as with anything articulated there is a case for that - but I hope it will be as well made as the rest of the camera and last a while.
Having a wide range of afterfit options (such as Lensmate adaptors, extra telephoto lenses and filters) pushes the creativity element of the G12 far further than you will get from anything else in the market. At least, anything which isn't a interchangable mirrorless format or an SLR.
Overall, I would really recommend this camera to ANYONE. Not just to someone wanting to go further than a normal compact, or just someone wanting a good backup or a fantastic travel companion. If you value high image quality, great control over exposure and shots and value good build quality there isn't much else to consider.
100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great improvement over my G10,
The instant improvements with the camera are the cracking new Image stabilisation features (over the G10 and G11) and the reduced megapixel rating from the G10, to further help reduce digital 'noise' on the images in low light.
I recently took the camera to a range of events (a fashion shoot I was shooting with my DSLR, a gig, a theme park, and just pottering around town taking snaps) and it performed flawlessly with image quality not too far off my DSLR when remaining uncropped.
I would heartily recommend this camera so far, as the results are spectacular.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing little box of tricks.,
I've previously had an Canon Ixus 60 and a Fuji F50. However, I felt ready to move on from the F50. Yet I wasn't happy with buying a dSLR if it meant it was too bulky to move around - it'd be used only for special occasions and there was a lot of investment in the system. So I looked at bridge cameras only to realise they were still too bulky and that what I really wanted was a high-end compact. After much faffing around, I settled for the G12. At the time of purchase, I could have bought a Canon 500D/550D for a little more!
From the moment I picked it up, I loved it. I loved the chunky feel - it feels snug in my hand. Unlike others who seem to have problems, I've not accidentally pressed any buttons. The build, although plastic, is very solid and reassuring. It feels expensive in your hand. It comes with a neck strap which I think is a bit OTT - a wrist strap would suffice and is my next purchase.
The screen is good - it's not spectacular but it's fine for looking at the photos you've taken. The variangle feature (one of the points that drew me to the G12) is excellent. I've used it to take shots above other peoples' heads as well as from low down. Taking pics of yourself with friends is a lot easier too.
The viewfinder is pretty pants IMO and could have done with being electronic but I guess it's asking too much.
5x zoom works very well and the pictures are still very sharp. However, when you have compacts with larger zooms, it does make you wish you could zoom more. The camera does go into digital zoom if you try to zoom beyond the optical range. The autofocus works really well but when moving, I find it struggles a bit more.
Lowlight functioning is great and the pics are as good as indoor pics but I did find the autofocus struggled and again this was whilst moving eg taking a photo whilst walking.
The camera has RAW functionality, which was another reason for me choosing the G12. The downsides are that you can't take RAW pics in fully auto mode and that older software won't recognise the G12's RAW format - you have to update your software. The latest copy of CS5 will happily open G12 but if you have an older copy like CS3, it won't be supported. Windows have also started to have native RAW file support so you can see the pics like with other supported formats and again the G12 has been omitted.
I love the histogram function - you have a live histogram, and it can be displayed on when reviewing the photos as well as the RGBK channels. The camera also has a built in ND filter which you can hear click into place when activated. Need to have a fiddle with this as I've only just discovered it!
Finally, battery life. Mine lasted six hours of near-continuous use before it conked out. Only on second charge so no idea if it'll improve with further recharge-discharge cycles or whether it'll stop there. As it stands, I've bought another battery - a complete necessity IMO - you'll love taking pics with this little camera.
All-in-all, an excellent purchase and I've no regrets, despite the niggles.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon G12,
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn digital photography,
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