Summary: I shot exclusively with a G12 for a year. I finally moved to a Micro Four Thirds system for reasons I'll get into later. But the fact that the G12 didn't quite meet my needs in no way diminishes my general opinion of it as an excellent camera. The G12 is solidly built.
Summary: My usual cameras are DSLRs with heavier bodies and lenses. Sometimes I want to be a less serious photographer or just want to carry less equipment. The Canon G12 is a camera that is pocket sized and takes reasonable photos. The camera's only big negative is the viewfinder.
Summary: I'm a serious photographer who knows what she's doing. I wanted a small, light weight point and shoot to have with me when I don't want to carry around my big SLR. I tested the G12 against the Lumix LX5. Although the Lumix had slightly better image quality the rest of the G12 won out.
Summary: I've had 35mm SLR systems for 40 years. The old case used to hold two Canon Bodies, a gaggle of lenses and accessories, and in a little out the way pocket I stuck an Olympus rangefinder. Like many photographers I used the rangefinder for street photography and walk around stuff.
Summary: Fairly happy with the image quality of my Canon ELPH but wanting more control over the picture-taking process, I set about hunting down the Next Big Thing to own, camerawise. A dSLR was tops on my list, till I priced 'em and realized I'd likely be itchin' to ditch the kit lens with no means of...
Summary: 1)Surprised how small the camera is I thought it would be larger. 2) Newegg packing is disgraceful. A handful of peanuts - No bubble wrap to protect a $500 camera. I have had $50 hard drives wrapped better in bubble wrap. 3) Confusion on which accessories I need, lens bellows,UV lens, lens cap?
Pros: Beautiful camera, a super nice upgrade from G2. I feel guilty about spending so much on myself.
Cons: a) Price b) NO manual 9who wants to print out a 200+ page PDF
Summary: Glad I got it while it was discounted, but really, it's worth it's current price ($499). As for the 4 egg rating - I really didn't dock an egg due to negativity of the camera. I just rarely trust overly gushing 5-star reviews.
Pros: I have the venerable Powershot G2 from almost 10 years ago. Sensor is finally going (testament to its longevity) so I decided it was time for an upgrade. Not disappointed at all! Fantastic functionality in a small package. While the lens is small (smaller than the G2), it is larger than most "poi...
Cons: Auto functions? Honestly why bother including them on something like this. Do yourself a favor and learn the camera and shoot consistently on the "P"rogram mode (or other adjustable modes), and shoot with RAW. Overall body has nice grip and weight, but honestly is a bit small to hold in large han...
Summary: Since my purchase a few months ago, I have used this camera on two vacations, as a guest in three weddings, and a few other family functions. I have other cameras, but the G12 has become my default.
Pros: The Good: I took a brand new G12 on a two week trip through Europe, becoming familar with it on the flight over. Seriously. One thing that blew me away: The controls are almost exactly the same for various modes as my ancient A-1 from the 1970s! That aside, low light capability is incredible - sh...
Cons: The Bad: Why does Canon insist on shipping a camera of this quality and price with a neck strap only? The hassle of finding a wrist strap torques me. The Ugly: This camera, while good, should not be $500; this is unacceptable, and loses one egg.
Summary: Having originally bought a Canon G11, but upgraded due to losing my G11, I felt I needed to stay with the flow and go with the G12. I love the flip out screen for getting close to the action in difficult shooting situations such as very low shooting.