Summary: The Canon PowerShot G12 is a compact camera that has manual controls and features that allow control of your photo, such as support for the RAW format. To highlight the swiveling display high-resolution, HDMI, HD movies, the image stabilizer Hybrid, the high autonomy and the ability to take pictures...
Pros: Optical quality, manual controls, RAW Support; Hybrid Image Stabilizer, Rotatable display, HDMI, High Dynamic Range mode, Smart Auto, Face Detection.
Conclusion: Canon makes their range of digital cameras simple. The G12 is a solid, feature enriched camera for a solid price. The quality of image and video is good and at the higher end of it’s market’s cameras and will satisfy most users.
Excerpt: For the purposes of this roundup, I'm restricting my coverage to those compact cameras which offer full manual control over exposure, are capable of shooting raw files, and have flash/accessory hotshoes.
Summary: Considering the leap that was made between the G10 and the G11, both with regards to specification and design tweaks, it would be easy to be disappointed with a perceived lack of evolution between the G11 and the G12.
Pros: Timeless design, HD video addition, New control wheel on the camera's front
Cons: Could maybe of done with a few more upgrades
Excerpt: Ferraris get updated every few years. And so do Canon’s “G” series point-and-shoot cameras. Last year we tested the G11 and liked it a lot, but it still had some drawbacks, notably the lack of high-def video recording.
Excerpt: In the report on the Canon PowerShot G11 (April, 2010, available at www.shutterbug.com ) I concluded by saying that it was “an excellent traveling companion.” Ditto on the new G12 ($499, MSRP), the latest iteration of the Canon “G” line of integral lens cameras aimed at the photo enthusiast.
Excerpt: If you’re looking for a high performance camera with great image quality, you should get a digital SLR, right? Well yes, DSLRs are top-drawer picture-takers. But they’re bulky and they weigh a ton.
Pros: Tank-like build feels like it can take a pounding. Tons of external controls on the camera body will bring out the pro in you. Locking down the resolution at 10 MP means it’s a better performer in low light. Very good 720p HD capture with stereo sound. HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing will eve...
Cons: Even lower-priced competing models offer higher-resolution 1080p HD video capture. Only digital zooming during video capture degrades quality. Imaging sensor is still tiny, though other advanced compacts have gone big. Antiquated menu system.