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. Zoom range is good, functionality is good and the Canon Powershot G12 handles low light well.
Summary: The G12 is an excellent compact camera, with a proven 10MP CCD sensor and effective ergonomics. Fans of 'hands-on' photography will love the big chunky dials, and the addition of a front control dial makes the G12 easier to get to grips with than its most recent predecessors. Our only significant concern is with the G12's uninspiring movie mode.
Pros: Good image quality, useable results achievable up to ISO 3200 (if shooting Raw), Accurate metering and focus, Good JPEG resolution (though stick to Raw for best results), Fast and responsive in use, Excellent build quality, Good ergonomics (extra control dial makes a lot of difference), Lots of manual control (we love the big chunky dials), Customizable control dials, Versatile and sharp 28-140mm lens with effective stabilization, Articulated LCD screen
Cons: Poor optical finder (but no worse than G11/Nikon P7000), No direct video recording button, 24fps maximum frame rate in 720p movie mode (although many people prefer this to 30fps+), Rear control dial can be hard to manipulate precisely, Video function lacks finesse - no zooming or AF during recording, Bulkier than some competitors
Summary: While not without flaws such as the AF responsiveness which is a little problematic in an otherwise eminently capable camera. The G12 is not cheap either but the camera's creativity and versatility are key and make the G12 – and the G-series cameras as a whole – ideal as pro's back up or an enthusiast’s photographic powerhouse.
Pros: Excellent image quality, well made, superb lens, excellent feature set, good ergonomics and handling, JPEG and RAW capture, multi-angle LCD,
Cons: Price, high ISO noise problems, sluggish focusing, size,