Canon PowerShot G12 review

November 6, 2010

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Canon PowerShot G12



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One of Canon’s PowerShot G series of compact cameras has won the AP Enthusiast Compact of the Year Award for the past three years. Could the new PowerShot G12 make it four years in a row? Richard Sibley investigates

Canon PowerShot G12 at a glance:

  • 10-million-pixel sensor
  • 28-140mm f/2.8-4.5 lens
  • 2.8in, vari-angle LCD screen
  • Hotshoe
  • 1280×720-pixel HD video capture
  • Street price around £500

Canon PowerShot G12 review – Introduction

Like buses, you can wait ages for a top-end compact camera and then four come along at once. In the past few months we have reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 (AP 25 September), Samsung EX1 (AP 7 August) and the Nikon Coolpix P7000 (AP 16 October). Now Canon has shown its hand by updating its highly successful PowerShot G series with the new Canon PowerShot G12.

The new camera has the same style of body first seen in the G10, but it uses the 10-million-pixel CMOS sensor of the model it succeeds, the G11.

When the G11 was released, photographers were pleased with Canon’s decision to actually reduce the pixel count from 14.7 million pixels to just 10 million. This helped to keep noise at a manageable level, while still delivering a high enough resolution to produce good-sized prints. With the same 10-million-pixel sensor, it will be interesting to see if there have been any further improvements to the noise suppression in the Canon PowerShot G12.

Aside from the introduction of HD video capture, a new hybrid image-stabilisation system and a tweak to the handling of the camera, there is little that has been changed in the G12 from the G11. The question is whether or not these few new features of the Canon PowerShot G12 make a significant difference to the new model.

  • Video: Yes, up to 1280x720-pixel HD at 24fps
  • AF Assistance: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, plus 2 custom
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Yes
  • Output Size: 3648x2736 pixels
  • LCD: 2.8in LCD with approx 461,000 dots (153,600 pixels)
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 2 custom modes and 16 scene presets
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Max Flash Sync: Up to 1/2000sec
  • Sensor: CCD with 10 million effective pixels
  • Weight: 401g (including battery and memory card)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery NB-7L
  • Lens: Canon 5x zoom lens, 28-140mm (equivalent) f/2.8-4.5
  • File Format: JPEG, raw or raw + JPEG
  • Shutter Speeds: 15-1/4000sec in shutter priority and manual mode
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single and continuous. Approx 1.1fps maximum in continuous
  • ISO: 80-3200
  • Dimensions: 112.1x76.2x48.3mm
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted average and spot (can be linked to active AF point or face detection)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Compression: Fine, Normal
  • RRP: £569

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