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Canon PowerShot G12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1159 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the usability and responsiveness are overall positive. The screen and image quality also get good opinions. There are some negative opinions about the memory and zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot G12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon G12 Digital Camera Review


The Canon G12 is a high-end point-and-shoot that sports an image sensor that is larger than that typically found in a fixed lens camera. It sports an optical independent viewfinder, an articulated rear LCD, and a substantial, albeit lightweight, body...

The Canon G12 is such a substantial camera, that it feels wrong to title it simple as a “point-and-shoot.” While it doesn’t hold a candle to fixed-lens juggernauts like the Fuji X100, its size, customizability, image quality, and accessory options—not...

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Canon PowerShot G12


Just a few years ago, the PowerShot G12's predecessors were the cat's meow Canon's point-and-shoot G Series cameras looked and felt like digital SLRs, with manual controls and optical viewfinders packed into smaller-than-D-SLR bodies. Flash forward to...

Very good image quality for a compact camera. Optical viewfinder. Manual controls. Articulating LCD

Pricey. Bulky. Small sensor for such a big camera

The Canon PowerShot G12's images and features are excellent for a point-and-shoot camera, but at its size and price, you can get far better.

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Canon's Premier Prosumer Shooter Gets a Reboot


Power and precision in a small package. Canon's G12 hasn't changed a lot since the previous model but, as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Tank-like build feels like it can take a pounding. Tons of external controls on the camera body will bring out the pro in you. Locking down the resolution at 10 MP means it's a better performer in low light. Very good 720p HD capture with stereo sound....

Even lower-priced competing models offer higher-resolution 1080p HD video capture. Only digital zooming during video capture degrades quality. Imaging sensor is still tiny, though other advanced compacts have gone big. Antiquated menu system


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Canon PowerShot G12


Optical viewfinder; articulated LCD; built-in neutral-density filter; very good photo quality for its class.

Shot-to-shot performance still a little sluggish; some annoying controls.

Relatively unchanged from its predecessor, save the addition of 720p video, the Canon PowerShot G12 remains a very good, more-or-less compact model, designed to please photo enthusiasts.

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Canon PowerShot G12


Thanks to its easy operation and adroit balance of strong performance, helpful hardware, and fun shooting modes, the 10-megapixel Canon PowerShot G12 ($500 as of January 3, 2011) earned our top pick in a recent roundup of five advanced point-and-shoot...

Superior image and video quality ; Optical viewfinder ; Easy to use ; Superb blend of automated and manual controls ; Adjustable, swiveling LCD screen ; Fun-to-use creative scene modes

Maximum aperture of F2.8 ; A bit bulky

The G12 delivers excellent image and video quality, and it backs up its manual controls with fun scene modes, an optical viewfinder, and a tilt-and-swivel LCD screen.

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Canon PowerShot G12 Review


Unmatched high ISO performance by the majority of consumer cameras on market today Finally, HD video!

Well built frame ; Useful new front control wheel ; Produced beautiful 10M photos ; Nice 5x optical zoom lens with true optical image stabilization ; Fast f/2.8 aperture aids with low-light performance ; Fast AF system, even in low light thanks to...

It's still very easy to accidentally move the Exposure Compensation dial, which can cause images to be over or under exposed ; Space between LCD and rear control wheel is a bit cramped ; Excessive amounts of Red-eye with Red-eye Reduction Lamp on, and...

Canon has impressed us once again with the most powerful and capable G-series camera to date. The G12 excels in various environments, especially low light thanks to class leading high ISO performance and a fast lens. Very few grips with this one, such...


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Canon PowerShot G12


Ferraris get updated every few years. And so do Canon's “G” series point-and-shoot cameras. Last year we tested the G11 and liked it a lot, but it still had some drawbacks, notably the lack of high-def video recording. The company rectified that...

Very good picture quality ; Low noise even in very low light ; Tweaks galore ; HDR a great option for still subjects

Expensive ; Too much noise at elevated ISOs ; No dedicated video button ; May be the end of an era

Canon's G12 introduces HD video recording, in-camera HDR capabilities, and a number of other subtle updates to the well-respected, but expensive, G series.

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Canon Powershot G12 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...

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

Video enthusiasts, or anyone looking for a slim, portable compact.

Although barely a year separates the release of the two models, the Canon Powershot G12 was launched into a considerably more competitive market than its predecessor the G11. Despite this, Canon hasn't felt the need to make a huge number of changes in...

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Canon G12


The Canon PowerShot G12 retains the same 5x optical zoom lens from the PowerShot G10 and G11, which offers 35mm-equivalent focal lengths ranging from a useful 28mm wide-angle to a 140mm telephoto. And as with its predecessor, the Canon G12 includes...

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Printed: ISO 80 and 100 shots look good at 16x20 inches, if a little soft. Sharpening improves matters. Color and corners look good, but the red swatch is a little soft at this size and ISO setting. 13x19-inch prints look better straight from the camera.

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Canon G12


Canon's flagship point and shoot offers a host of professional features in a small package

Chockablock with manual controls; Ditto for hardware features

Disappointing color accuracy; Heavy distortion at the wide angle

The Canon G12 is such a substantial camera, that it feels wrong to title it simple as a “point-and-shoot.” While it doesn’t hold a candle to fixed-lens juggernauts like the Fuji X100, its size, customizability, image quality, and accessory options—not...

Product Specifications

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. Now, this flagship camera paves the way with these new 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!


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/1.7''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-7L
Battery Type:Canon NB-7L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes