Excerpt: Canon has added HD video to its latest G series addition, the Canon G12, but is this new feature enough to merit an upgrade from the previous generation, and is it enough to keep the G series at...
Excerpt: (1 items) Thanks to its easy operation and adroit balance of strong performance, helpful hardware, and fun shooting modes, the 10-megapixel Canon PowerShot G12 earned our top pick in a recent roundup of five advanced point-and-shoot cameras. The G12 received the best overall scores in our image-quality tests—a result that merely scratches the surface of the camera's appeal.
Pros: Superior image and video quality, Optical viewfinder, Easy to use, Superb blend of automated and manual controls, Adjustable, swiveling LCD screen, Fun-to-use creative scene modes
Conclusion: Canon PowerShot G12 review A camera such as the Canon PowerShot G12 is always received with high expectations by photographers and enthusiastic amateurs. The rumors about the arrival of the G12 right before the Photokina were doing their rounds across the internet, but the fact that a new Canon PowerShot G-camera was to be introduced was not such big news. People were expecting new, revolutionary functions or specifications from this camera.
Summary: The G12 represents a measured update to an already wonderful G11 platform and carries on the better than average ISO performance and excellent still image quality of the earlier camera. Video has now been upped to 720p HD status and there's a useful HDR shooting mode along with multiple aspect ratios and a tracking AF function to tempt G11 owners to move into a 12.
Pros: Excellent still image quality, Better than average compact digital ISO noise performance, Good video quality, Very good lens performance
Summary: The core specification hasn't changed since the G11, but a selection of minor upgrades address some of the issues facing the earlier model, while others take inspiration from the best of the competition, most notably its major rival from Panasonic.
So with the PowerShot G12 you're still getting a sensible 10 Megapixel sensor, 5x zoom, fully articulated 2.8in screen, full manual control, flash hotshoe, RAW recording, and a retro-styled body that's packed with physical...
Pros: 5x zoom with 28mm wide and 1cm macro., Flash hotshoe, RAW files and full manual controls., Great quality 2.8in / 460k articulated screen., Superb controls, build and ergonomics.
Cons: Slow continuous shooting at full resolution., Can't optically zoom while filming., Lumix LX5 and PowerShot S95 compelling alternatives., No longer smaller than a camera with a DSLR sensor.
Summary: If you’ve seen a Canon G-series before, the PowerShot G12 will look very familiar – it looks almost identical to the G11, with the exception of a new front-mounted jog dial. Aside from the non-pop-up flash, it could also easily be mistaken for its main rival, the Nikon P7000. For those of you unfamiliar with the Gs, this is Canon's series of compact aimed at enthusiasts who don't want an SLR cramping their snap-happy style.
Excerpt: The G12 is Canon's new premium PowerShot digital compact and while it inherits most of the key feature of its predecessor, the G11, it also builds on these with some neat new equipment. The new kit includes a control dial on the front for enhanced handling, 720p HD movie capture, Hybrid Image Stabilisation and SDXC external storage compatibility.
Pros: Image quality, JPEG and RAW capture, build, extensive feature set, multi-angle LCD, great control layout and handling
Cons: High ISO noise problems, sluggish focusing, size, price
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot G12 is an excellent choice for anyone who is looking for a high quality digital camera. The sharpness and clarity of the photos it takes is hard to beat. I was also bowled over by the build quality.
Pros: General features, sharpness and clarity of photos, colour control, build quality, handling, pull out and twist LCD screen
Cons: Shutter delay could be that bit better, macro shot lacks brightness
Summary: The latest model in the popular G-series of digicams for photo enthusiasts adds 720p HD video recording.Canon's PowerShot G12 can be seen as a minor or major upgrade to its predecessor, the G11, depending on how much you want HD video capabilities. The new model arrives at $100 less than the launch price of its predecessor yet adds a 720p HD movie mode with stereo audio.
Pros: You want a compact digital camera with DSLR-like controls., You're interested in shooting raw files., You want effective image stabilisation for stills and video clips., You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings., You'd like the ability to shoot HD video clips.
Cons: You will only shoot JPEG files., You require high burst speeds and buffer capacity plus fast cycle times for processing shots.