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Canon G12 specifications

Street price • US: $565
• UK: £539
Sensor • 1/1.7" Type CCD
• 10 million effective pixels
• 10.4 million total pixels
Image sizes* 4:3
• 3648 x 2736
• 2816 x 2112
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

16:9
• 3648 x 2048
• 2816 x 1584
• 1920 x 1080
• 640 x 360

3:2*
• 3648 x 2432
• 2816 x 1880
• 1600 x 1064
• 640 x 424

1:1*

• 2736 x 2736
• 2112 x 2112
• 1200 x 1200
• 480 x 480

4:5*
• 2192 x 2736
• 1696 x 2112
• 960 x 1200
• 384 x 480
Movie clips* • 1280 x 720 @ 24fps*
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps*
Maximum clip length Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L, M)
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• RAW
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo*)]
Lens • 28-140mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 6.1 - 30.5 mm
• 5x optical zoom
• F2.8-4.5
• Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (1 double-sided aspherical element)
Image stabilization • Yes (Lens-Shift), 4-stop,
• Hybrid IS*
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus • Auto focus : TTL
- Face Detection / 9-point AiAF
- 1-point AF (center or Face Select and Track)
- Fixed centre or Face Select and Track
• Manual focus
AF area modes • Single
• Continuous
• Servo AF/AE
AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 1 cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to Face Detection)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 125
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 2500
• ISO 3200
AE lock Yes (on/off selectable)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • Auto (1 - 1/4000 sec)
• 15-1/4000 sec
Modes • Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual
• Custom (2 modes)
• SCN
• Low Light
• Quick Shot
• Movie
Scene modes* • Portrait
• Landscape
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Aquarium
• Underwater
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• Stitch Assist
• Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer)*
• Super Vivid*
• Poster Effect*
• High Dynamic Range*
• Fish-eye Effect*
• Miniature Effect*
• Nostalgic*
White balance • Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Flash
• Custom1
• Custom2
• Underwater
• White Balance Correction
Self timer Custom
Continuous shooting • Approx. 2.0 shots/sec.*
• AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.
• LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
Image parameters
(My colors)
• My Colors Off
• Vivid
• Neutral
• Sepia
• Black & White
• Positive Film
• Lighter Skin Tone
• Darker Skin Tone
• Vivid Blue
• Vivid Green
• Vivid Red
• Custom Color
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/2000 sec
• +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Safety FE
• Flash exposure lock
• Manual Power Adjustment
• Second Curtain Sync
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm - 7.0m (wide) / 4.0m (tele)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1
Viewfinder • Real-image zoom
• Optical Viewfinder
• Dioptre Correction
LCD monitor • 2.8 inch Vari-angle PureColor II VA (TFT)
• 461,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD, SDHC, SDXC*, MMC, MMCplus , HC MMCplus compatible
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7L
Weight (no batty) 355g
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48 mm

* Changes or additions compared to the G11
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Total comments: 4
white shadow

I am revisiting this review after almost 5 years of owning and still using the Canon G12. Despite all these years of use, the camera is still going strong and still one of my favourite compact cameras I have, the other being the Ricoh GR.

I am still amazed that this humble camera can produce excellent 12" X 18" prints over the years. It goes to show that one should not underestimate a small sensor compact camera like the G12.

It is unfortunate Canon is not making compact cameras this way with all the dials of the G12 anymore.

Five years have passed and I am not letting this camera go. There should still be many years of life to go.

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cgarrard

you aren't alone ;) I've written reviews on the G10/12/15/16.. the are all excellent cameras, but yes, I prefer the extra dials and heft of the G10/11/12 for most shooting. Canon should go back to more dials on the next G (g7 isnt a G to me, its an S )

Carl

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white shadow

I am now here in Chiangmai/Chiangrai for about 10 days for a short discovery trip to shoot the Karen hill tribe. If you haven't been here you should make this place your next trip. Great place for street photography, food and even some wildlife photography.

Despite bringing along my "better cameras" like my full frame DSLR, a micro 4/3 camera with 4 lenses and a Ricoh GR, the Canon G12 is used the most. It is reliable, have very good colour and easy to use that it always capture the right moments without fail. Great for street portraits and intrepid photography. The excellent photo quality is also due to its CCD sensor instead of a CMOS one. Unfortunately, we don't get this anymore. The dials and simple UI are what make this camera outstanding even after 5 years.

The best camera is still the one that has the ability to capture the moments accurately the most.

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cgarrard

"The best camera is still the one that has the ability to capture the moments accurately the most."

Exactly.

Carl

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