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Canon PowerShot G12 Compact Digital Camera with 720p HD Video

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About Canon G12

Let the G Series Inspire You.
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 sorenowned, 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

The Canon G12 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon G12 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon G12 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon G12: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Great picture quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice body color, Nice features/settings, Quiet, Short lag time, Simple controls/menu, Tilt /swivel LCD and Zoom range/performance

Canon G12 Features

  • 10.0 Megapixel CCD sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance and better image quality.
  • Shoot beautiful 720p HD video in stereo sound and play back on an HDTV via the HDMI Output
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control
  • Utilizes Canon's Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during close- up shooting.
  • Large, bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles plus an optical viewfinder
  • A high-powered 5x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens gets you up close and personal to your subjects, as well as capture more in your frame.
  • A host of optional accessories including Speedlite flashes, underwater housing and Tele-Converter Lens are available
  • High Dynamic Range scene mode combines multiple shots into one picture showing greater image detail.

Canon G12 Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical / 4x Digital / 20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
CCD
10.0 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
Lens Focal Length
6.1-30.5mm f/2.8-4.5 (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)
Digital Zoom
4x
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro: 0.39 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder
Real image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor
2.8-inch TFT color, with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
100%
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.5 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 - 1/4000 sec.
15 - 1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
- Shutter speeds differs depending on the shooting mode.
15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000, 1/12500, 1/3200, 1/4000 (Units: sec.)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
Flash Range
1.6 ft.-23 ft./50 cm-7 m (W), 1.6-13 ft./50cm-4.0m (T)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Low Light, Quick Shot, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sports, Sunset, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach, Underwater, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist)
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter SkinTone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom
Self-Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay / approx. 2-sec. delay / Custom / Face Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting
Normal: approx. 1.1 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression
Normal, Fine, RAW
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG) RAW (CR2 Canon Original))64; Audio: Linear PCM (MonMovie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (monaural))
Not compatible with AVI
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large); 2,816 x 2112 (Medium 1); 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2); 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3); 640 x 480 (Small); 3,648 x 2,048 (Wide); 3,648 x 2,736 (RAW); 1,824 x 1,368 (Medium)
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (4-130 thumbnails can be selected), Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW playback, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, select range, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
NTSC/PAL
Audio Out
Monaural
Other
SD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-7L
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 390 shots (NB-7L/LCD on), approx. 1,000 shots (NB-7L/LCD off)
Playback Time
Approx. 420 min. (NB-7L)
Operating Temperature
32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity
10-90%
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.41 x 3.00 x 1.90 in./112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3mm
Weight
Approx. 12.5 oz./355g (camera body only)
Mfr #
4342B001
SKU
ICAG12

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4.5

(based on 121 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

genius - one of a kind

I have a pro DSLR and then I have the best smartphone camera in the world. I needed something in between. I tried pretty much all of the newly released compacts and 3/4. Price was not an issue for me and I'm always looking for something newer and better. I did not expect at all to end up with the G12, which I considered an "old" model. To my surprise it turned out to be the winner. Here is why: - best COLOR BALANCE in all lighting situation - fast AF - sharp, dimensional pictures - good high

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I have a pro DSLR and then I have the best smartphone camera in the world. I needed something in between. I tried pretty much all of the newly released compacts and 3/4. Price was not an issue for me and I'm always looking for something newer and better. I did not expect at all to end up with the G12, which I considered an "old" model. To my surprise it turned out to be the winner. Here is why: - best COLOR BALANCE in all lighting situation - fast AF - sharp, dimensional pictures - good high ISO performance - Image Stabilization gives you those added stops that make hand held shots in low light possible - rugged, care-free - size and weight feels good in the hand - smaller chip size allows for real macro shots, sharp focus for objects as close as 1.5 inches (try that with any of the other models claiming macro) - correctly color calibrated and sharp LCD - battery charge last - awesome manual controls and dedicated dials - did I say, most accurate COLOR BALANCE in all lighting situations - it's FUN to use! It produced one keeper after another. I'm really impressed and happy with this camera. Awesome.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

doesn't shoot RAW B&W

this is a good compact camera with lots of features. but i'm puzzled as to why it isn't able to shoot B&W in RAW format. this camera is supposed to pack DSLR capabilities in a compact size. it shoots HD in B&W but not RAW. yes, you can convert it in DPP but, that's not the point nor was i sold on. there's a lot of bells and whistles on this rig but not being able to shoot B&W RAW and seeing what it looks like on the LCD while out shooting is pretty lame. and pretty much a deal braker for me. ...

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this is a good compact camera with lots of features. but i'm puzzled as to why it isn't able to shoot B&W in RAW format. this camera is supposed to pack DSLR capabilities in a compact size. it shoots HD in B&W but not RAW. yes, you can convert it in DPP but, that's not the point nor was i sold on. there's a lot of bells and whistles on this rig but not being able to shoot B&W RAW and seeing what it looks like on the LCD while out shooting is pretty lame. and pretty much a deal braker for me. other than that, it's a great compact camera with a solid feel and a great look. the flip out LCD that can rotate in almost any angle. has wink technology where you wink at the camera and it will take your picture. decent flash output with hot-shoe for speedlites. decent low light performance.

Reviewed by 121 customers

 
5.0

Superior Canon PowerShot

By

I owned this G12 for 3 years now and it functions superbly as when it first came out of the box. I took the camera everywhere, on land, sea and along the shores. The camera is perfect in making amateur movies and photos. I highly recommend the Canon Power Shot G12

 
5.0

Great Infrared

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I purchased the G12 for picture taking while hiking. The optical viewfinder a must outdoors. I put an infrared filter over the lens thinking to use the optical viewfinder. I was surprised to see the infrared image on the LCD display. I took several pictures and they came out great. (Used a photo editing program to convert the image to monochrome.) The camera even focused correctly on the longer wavelength infrared. I also have a Canon 60D. The 60D does not work with infrared.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

G12 CAMERA REVIEW

By

I HAVE MY CAMERA SINCE DECEMBER 17, 2010. I NOTICED THAT I ALWAYS HAD A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH THE FOCUS, I THOUGH IT WAS ME. THEN ON AND OFF, SINCE THE BEGINNING, I HAD A BLANK SCREEN BUT AFTER FEW SECONDS IT WORKED NO PROBLEM. THEN ONE DAY IN MAY IT JUST STOP WORKING THE SCREEN WENT BLANK AND THE FEW TIMES IT WORKED IT GAVE ME A DISTORTED IMAGE! MY CAMERA NEVE EVER HAD A FALL. FOR THE PRICE VERY DISAPPOINTED. I WILL LOOK FOR ANOTHER BRAND NAME.

 
5.0

Incredible Camera Results Easy

By

Incredibly easy to use with excellent results. Perfect underwater camera with housing gives professional results even for a novice

 
4.0

So Far, So Good

By

The request for this review came very soon after purchasing this camera used. Have really only spent one weekend with it, and haven't looked at any of the shots on anything larger than the camera's LCD. However, in either full auto mode or any combination of manual/auto settings, it's been easy to use, understand and snap away.

 
4.0

g12

By

After years of carrying half a camera store over my shoulder whenever traveled or went to one of my kids' school concerts, I was looking for a "pocketable" camera. I have never owned a small point and shoot before and the idea of being able to shoot RAW and still use off-camera flash made the G12 very attractive to me. The fact that it shoots halfway decent video was plus, too. I recently took a trip to Texas and bought this used G12 to bring along. I also brought a 50D and shot several scenes with both cameras. Clearly, the shots from the 50D were superior, but for non-commercial use, in most cases, I'd be perfectly comfortable leaving the pro gear in the bag and sticking the G12 in my pocket. I also liked the fact that I was comfortable using the G12 while walking alone in some urban settings were I wouldn't have dared use one of my high-end kits. The placement of ISO, Exposure Compensation and Shooting Mode dials is excellent. These features are right where a seasoned photographer would expect to find them. The dials all feel solid and provide a nice "click-in" feel as they are advanced. The manual focus system is frustrating, but the autofocus is adequate if your subject isn't moving. Image sharpness suffers significantly below f/5.6. Having a maximum aperture of only f/8.0, the G12 has a very limited usable aperture range. The Auto ISO feature is very good - VERY good - it makes up for the limitations with the usable aperture range.

 
5.0

sharp photos!

By

Just got it, still learning but definitely thrilled with the quality and the incredibly quick delivery time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far I enjoy the G12, ...

By

So far I enjoy the G12, specially when travel with my child. It's light, and still takes beautiful pictures.

 
4.0

Family camera

By

With fast moving children, this camera fits the bill. cathes great action and color.

 
4.0

great carry-everywhere camera

By

This is a first camera for my wife and a " carry-everywhere camera for me. There are times when I don't want to carry my D5100 w/18-200mm lens, but I almost always want to have a camera with me. This is a very nice point-and-shoot with lots of controls available without going through meunus. The image quality is very good for the sensor size, meaning no problems at all with moderatley cropped 8x10's. You can probably go larger.

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Shopper  How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
MICHAEL V  After almost a year of use we are still very happy with the camera. I usually shoot with a 5dMII and my wife likes point and shoot functionality and this is right there for both of us. Compact, great camera. We would highly recommend it... And have.
Shopper  Can I switch lens?
RANDALL S  Yes you can switch lenses. Incidentally, this is a really good camera. We use it in an underwater housing and of course above water. It's our "go to" camera.
Shopper  Did it last?
THERESA S  I primarily purchased the G12 because it was small and it shot in RAW. Therefore I carry it my purse, much to my chiropractor's dismay, which allows me to stop my car and take shots whenever I see something worthwhile. Because of the "swinging" LCD screen I can take shots way up high or stoop way down while still being able to see exactly what I am getting. A super-dooper camera!! Although I do not shoot videos very often, they do sound good. BTW, I don't really know what you mean by "Did it last?" so I may not have answered your question.
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