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Feast your eyes on an updated G series digital camera: the G12. It's ready to impress the advanced amateurs who have always celebrated the G series. The G12 is still loaded wi...Read more
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Canon's baby weighs heavy in the hand but light on the pocket
Images of excellent quality, variety of settings is great for experimenting with, handy size for fitting in a pocket, quiet and unobtrusive, good value for money. Read more
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This is true: an excellent package is what it is. No no, this isn't me boasting but merely, you understand, my thoughts on the Canon Powershot G12. Why so, I hear you ask. Wel...Read more

Canon PowerShot G12 10.0 MP Digital Camera - Black

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Feast your eyes on an updated G series digital camera: the G12. It's ready to impress the advanced amateurs who have always celebrated the G series. The G12 is still loaded with powerful technologies that has made the G series cameras so renowned, like the Canon HS system, 2.8-inch vari-angle PureColor system LCD, and RAW + JPEG image modes. This flagship camera paves the way with these upgrades like 720p HD video with stereo sound to get crystal clear footage, multiple aspect ratios, high dynamic range, electronic level, tracking AF, a front dial and much more to give you even more creative control than before!

Product Identifiers
BrandCanon
ModelG12
MPN4342B010AA
EAN0013803126815, 388800020160, 388800020177, 4960999675657, 610074552352, 689466363463, 689466363470, 689466363487, 689466363494, 8714574554082, 8714574554112

Key Features
Camera TypeCompact
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Sensor Resolution10.0 MP
Screen Size2.8"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size1/1.7"
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Macro Focus Range1-50cm
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera28 - 140mm

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure ModesAutomatic, Programme, aperture-priority, manual, shutter-priority
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 1000, ISO 125, ISO 1250, ISO 160, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 2000, ISO 250, ISO 2500, ISO 320, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 500, ISO 640, ISO 80, ISO 800, ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max3200

Camera Flash
Flash TypeBuilt-in Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Flash Range0.5 m - 7 m
Camera Flash FeaturesAF illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- compensation, Flash Off, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in mode, flash OFF mode, rear curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryMMC Plus, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard (MMC) plus High Capacity, MultiMediaCardplus, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeReal-image zoom

Dimensions
Depth4.83 cm
Height7.62 cm
Width11.21 cm
Weight351 gr

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationRotating
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.8" - colour
Display Size2.8"

Microphone
Microphone Operation ModeStereo

Connections
Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output
HDMI OutputYes
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedMS Windows Vista

Battery
Battery Description1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Digital Video FormatH.264, MOV, QuickTime
Still Image FormatDCF, DPOF 1.1, EXIF 2.3, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image

Resolution
Max Video Resolution1280 x 720

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Features720p HD Video Recording, AE lock, AF Lock, AF Tracking, Audio Recording, Auto HDR mode, Blink Detection technology, Built-in Speaker, DPOF Support, Direct Print, Exif Print support, FE lock, Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Face Detection Self-timer, HDMI, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Histogram Display, Image Stabilisation, Motion Detection Technology, Not Interchangeable Lenses, PictBridge Support, RGB primary colour filter, Red-eye Correction, Scene Detection Technology, Sharpness Control, Smile Detection Auto Shutter, Smile Detection technology, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 compatibility, With LCD Protected Position, camera orientation detection, contrast control, cropping an image, digital image rotation, digital noise reduction, digital tele-converter, display brightness control, focus bracketing, i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, in-camera film editing, in-camera red-eye fix, resizing an image, safety zoom, saturation control
Face DetectionYes
Shooting ModesFrame movie mode

Miscellaneous
Shooting ProgramsBeach, Fireworks, Foliage, Kids & pets, Landscape, Low light, Portrait mode, Poster effect, Snow, Sports mode, Stitch assist, Underwater
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Tungsten (Preset), Underwater (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed4.2 frames per second

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Canon's baby weighs heavy in the hand but light on the pocket

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 30/08/11
Images of excellent quality, variety of settings is great for experimenting with, handy size for fitting in a pocket, quiet and unobtrusive, good value for money.
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Excellent package

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 06/08/11
This is true: an excellent package is what it is. No no, this isn't me boasting but merely, you understand, my thoughts on the Canon Powershot G12. Why so, I hear you ask. Well, you settle back with a hot chocolate and read on and I shall illuminate your darkness.....

First impressions:

They say first impressions count. Unless they have dyscalculia, in which case they probably don't. It's true though and the first impressions of the G12 are very much on the positive side. The camera is so solidly built, it could very well double up as a weapon should you find yourself cornered by ne'er-do-wells on a deserted towpath in Leeds. Everything about it feels so sturdy. It's not a compact camera so if you're looking for something to slip in your pocket, look elsewhere, unless your pockets are the size of the average wheelie bin. It is a good size and feels great in the hands.

Control layout:

I love the top-plate of this camera. You have disc controls for the Mode Selection sat atop a larger disc control for the ISO selection. Very nice. Very nice indeed. On the other side of the hotshoe (yes, a hotshoe!) there's a disc for the exposure compensation, which is equally very nice. These discs are well designed and have a grand reassuring click and sturdy feel to them. The shutter button is sat on top of the control for the zoom. Slightly less sturdy but still very fit for purpose. On the front of the camera there's a wheel for, amongst other things, changing the aperture and shutter speed. A nice addition.

On the back of the camera, There's the usual array of buttons: playback, file deletion, menu and display. There's a scroll wheel sat around the set button and four-way pad, which includes the manual focus, (actually very good)macro, flash and self timer (absolutely great) controls. There's also an exposure lock button and, hurrah, a metering button, with Evaluative, Centre-Weighted and Spot to choose from.

The buttons on the back, I find, are a little easy to press by accident, especially whilst trying to use the scroll wheel on the front of the camera, but you do get used to them. In the top left of the back, there's also Shortcut button, to which you can assign a setting. I have chosen the in-built ND filter, which leads us on nicely to the features....

Features:

I already said that. Anyway, the aforementioned ND filter. How cool. It reduces light by three stops, I believe and is actually a nifty and handy addition. I've used it a few times already and I'm impressed. The whole camera's packed with usefulness. Those used to Canon DSLRs -of which this is essentially a mini one- should soon feel at home with the G12.

The optical viewfinder is atrocious; I've no idea why they bothered. Also, the minimum aperture is f8. No wonder they included an ND filter! So, you have f2.8-f8 to work with. A little limiting at first but you do learn to live with it.

All in all this is a brilliant camera. I bought it to accompany my EOS 600D to Ethiopia later this year. I took it out round my local city centre today to take candids and it performed very well. Metering can be awkward when shooting from the hip but all in all very good. ISO performance is as would be expected from a 10MP camera with a CCD sensor but it's not too bad at all. I have only had this camera a week though so these really are first impressions.

It's a great camera. A large compact. A mini SLR. Get it at a decent price and you'll not go wrong.

Oh: IT SHOOTS IN RAW! :o)
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Great camera, shame about the video.......

Created: 22/11/10
As a previous owner of a Canon G7, I already knew about the great image quality and manual controls of the G series compacts, so when Canon announced the G12 with HD video mode I was genuinely excited and bought a very reasonably priced item on ebay.

After using it for a couple of weeks I can offer the following real world thoughts:

1. Image quality is right up there with the micro 4/3 format, so whilst still short of an entry level DSLR, it's simply stunning for a compact. Low light performance is also excellent for this size camera and I find ISO1600 shots usable when necessary, now you're just not gonna find that on other (cheaper) point & shoot compacts. The RAW + JPEG feature is a particularly useful weapon. If you want to buy a somewhat porky compact that delivers excellent image quality, then I can highly recommend a G12, it makes a great backup for amateur DSLR shooters like myself.

2. Video mode, well......What a let down. Whilst the 720p video is of acceptable quality (barely) it's not a patch on other much cheaper point & shoots such as the Panasonic TZ10 or TZ7 for that matter. Canon have implemented the video mode in the same vein as their DSLR's, so, there is no continuous focus and no zooming (except a totally pointless 4x digital zoom)during video capture, now I don't care what the motivation is, that's just not right on a 400 quid compact camera, c'mon Canon, do the right thing and at least implement continuous autofocus in a firmware update!

To sum up, if your looking for a pocketable all rounder point & shoot with good image quality and video quality which negates the necessity of also carrying a dedicated video camera then the G12 isn't it, that honour goes to the Panasonic TZ10 (or TZ7 if you don't need the GPS and manual features of the TZ10). If you're looking for a DSLR backup with superior still image quality but also with a video mode that'll just do to capture the odd moment then the G12 is a serious contender, though at twice the price of a TZ10, well, at this time I'd have to say no, it's not worth it, but perhaps with a firmware correction of the "hobbled" video mode???
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fantastic photos from this compact camera.

Created: 05/02/11
Great camera takes fantastic photos, not the simplist of cameras to use, also doesn't seem as well bild as the G9 and G10 that I have upgraded from, canon should have kept the build quality and left a 3 inch fixed screen on the back ionstead of the swivel and pull out one, apart from that this just has to be one of the best if not the best compact on the market for less the £500 I would say it's the bench mark of compacts.

Oh am am also going to point out that if you are upgrading from a G9 or G10 then don't think about keeping the leather case when selling you other canera as it's a tiny bit to small and won't just fit, takes the same battery as the G10 but not the G9 SO IF YOU ARE SELLING A G10 to upgrade then keep all your spare battries, also if you have bought an hotshoe cover, keep that as well as it works, this may just look like a bit of plastic but if you just put any old cover on thinking that will do, Oh know it won't as it will stop the built in flash from fireing.
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buy one and you will not be dissapointed!

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 26/09/11
i bought one of these on recommendation.. i love it. offering swift changes to all of the values with no effort. 80-3200 ASA. flash power output, lots of buttons, five manual dials and very user friendly. TTL dedicated flash (with Canon Speedlite). a pleasure to use with tons of features/options, JPEG, RAW and with HD video. extremely controllable and overall a brilliant package.
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