Excerpt: The Canon G12 is a 10 megapixel camera . I purchased it over a year ago and although it’s not the best camera that I have owned I believe it works fairly well. When I purchased the camera it was used and I paid 300 dollars for it. The price of a new one on Amazon is 450 dollars. I believe that the price is fairly high. I have been using it for over a year and I don’t believe it’s worth 450 dollars. It included the camera , usb cable, charger and battery.
Summary: I wanted to love this camera, and I did love it when I got it. But only until I started using it. What I think are flaws may not be everyone's idea of flaws. But the cons listed above are serious for me. The viewfinder might as well be a hole in the camera for all it does. If you rely only on the optical viewfinder when zooming, it's likely you'll get badly off-centered pictures. And why it doesn't refocus when you zoom is a mystery. My cheap Kodak can do that!
Pros: Build quality, feel in the hand., Top Dials., A lot in a compact camera., Optical viewfinder.(See Cons.), Swivel LCD., Very good in low light., Good flash performance.
Cons: Viewfinder does not zoom with same parallax as lens., Viewfinder does not refocus when zooming in video., No information in viewfinder., HDR functionality., Shutter lag.
Summary: The main two reasons I chose this camera is for its portability and the viewfinder..It takes great pictures ,but its very complicated. The manual is over 200 pages long, how can anyone remember all the different settings? its impossible...I leave mine in auto mode all the time that way I don't to mess around with all the settings...
Summary: I bought this camera mainly for the one feature that ended up missing on it, a wireless remote. I had a Pentax with an IR wireless remote that finally died, so I did research on the internet for a replacement. This camera consistently received high marks and in the technical features it indicated the camera had a wireless system. Unfortunately, it doesn't. Other than that, no complaints. The picture quality is superb. The flash does a great job in low level light.
Excerpt: I has been 10 months now since I purchased my Canon G12, I am very impressed with its performance and build quality. I took this Camera overseas to Europe for 5 weeks and took many hundreds of photos in various situations from gloomy internal shots inside Castles to in the snow in Austria. Due to time restraints and the lack of a printed manual (It is available on the included CD) I mainly used the Camera on the auto setting.
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. It won't go into many pockets, but it's not overly heavy. The fit and finish oozes quality.
Excerpt: I like doing this is point form, so here we go: 1. Solid Build, very manly looking 2. Well-exposed images, versatile lens 3. Independent buttons for important functions like iso, EV 4. Cluttered layout around the 4-way controller, and the dial shouldn't be press-able 5. viewfinder a plus, but in reality rarely comes in helpful due to its inaccuracy and narrow FOV 6. electronic level does not work properly, even after recalibration: 7.