Canon PowerShot G12

Announced Sep 14, 2010 •
10 megapixels | 2.8 screen | 28 – 140 mm (5×)
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Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD
$509.00
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Announced Sep 14, 2010

The Canon PowerShot G12 is a premium compact digital camera, and the successor to the PowerShot G11 released last year. Inheriting most of the core features of the G11, the latest model sees the addition of an EOS-style front control dial, Hybrid IS for close-up work, and 720p HD video recording. It also adds multi-aspect ratio shooting and SDXC card compatibility. The rest of the features remain the same including a 28-140mm equivalent lens, 2.8" tilt and swivel LCD, manual control and RAW shooting.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 3648 x 2736
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 28–140 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 2.8
Screen dots 461,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 401 g (0.88 lb / 14.14 oz)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48 mm (4.41 x 2.99 x 1.89)
GPS None

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Our review

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.

Good for: Enthusiasts who want the maximum manual control in a compact (ish) package

Not so good for: Video enthusiasts, or anyone looking for a slim, portable compact.

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