Summary Canon G12

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Specifications Key specs
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Screen size
Help 2.8"
Help f/2.8
Screen resolution
Help 461k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 720p @ 24fps
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Canon PowerShot G12Canon PowerShot G12


Canon has replaced the PowerShot G12 with the G1X and G15.

Canon PowerShot G1X
Canon PowerShot G1X announced January 2012
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen size Larger screen

Compare the new Canon G1X vs the G12

Canon PowerShot G15
Canon PowerShot G15 announced September 2012
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen

Compare the new Canon G15 vs the G12

reviewsWhat are people saying about the G12

"We have no hesitation in saying that the G12 is the best Canon G-series camera to date, but its original USP - as a bridge between compact cameras and DSLRs - is in danger of being eroded." | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"Excellent build quality" | talking about the camera's build-quality
"Versatile and sharp 28-140mm lens with effective stabilization" | talking about the camera's image-stabilization


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The Canon G12 vs other recent digicams

Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Battery life Above average battery life Help
350 shots
Macro focus Good macro Help
1.0 cm
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help


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The Canon G12 vs other recent digicams

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
161 ISO
Zoom Below average zoom Help
Wide angle Poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
2700 ms startup delay
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
380 ms shutter lag
Lowest price Expensive Help
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Color depth Less color depth Help
20.4 bits
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Weight Heavy Help
401 g
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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The Canon G12 vs other recent pro digicams

Aperture Narrow aperture Help
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
11.2 EV
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Sensor size Small sensor Help
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
461k dots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
2 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Announced Old Help
September 2010
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds




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Canon PowerShot G12
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Avatar for Steve Wedgworth Steve Wedgworth (3:26 PM, September 10, 2014)
I have developed a preference for the Canon G-Series cameras going back to the G1. I have come to rely heavily on the articulated viewing screen because much of what I shoot is in extremely tight quarters. Often I cannot see what I'm shooting and have to rely on the image to show what is actually there. Since I always shoot at a low ISO (50-100) the performance at high ISO doesn't matter to me.
Avatar for Bass Grrrl Bass Grrrl (6:11 AM, January 10, 2012)
This is a great camera, but why Canon chose to add video to a camera and not have optical video zoom just confuses me. As in, REALLY? I rarely use the video on these things, and I usually prefer Canon in general, but I opted for the Nikon 7100 because I can't fathom why in heaven's name Canon would do something so incredibly stupid.
Dok418 (7:02 AM, January 20, 2011)
Just got a G12 most based on reviews from this site, thank you Snapsort! Anyway, There are a number of external flash units that can work with the G12, I've even tried my old Nikon SLR flash (not recommended since the voltage is different) and it also works. As for the other attachments, the G12 can be fitted with a ring adapter that accommodates either a telephoto lens, a macro lens, filters and a macro flash unit.

So far, the camera has performed beautifully, even without its lens attachments. I still haven't tried out half of what it can do though, like taking pictures in fully manual settings, etc.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:26 PM, December 14, 2010)
The G12 can be fitted with an external flash (Snapsort mentions that above!), as far as zoom lens I'm not sure, we'd love to hear back if you find out!
Moonlighting_SemiPro (4:14 PM, December 14, 2010)
What about Possible Ad-ons? For some reason I was under teh impression that the G12 could be fitted with a zoom lens and an external flash, but there is no mention of it here. That would help me decide between cameras if on ecould be built-on more than another.
Vinnie (1:41 AM, October 21, 2010)
Na, I've got it down to either the T2i or this one .. but the difference is the size for travel. I don't know if I could get into packing around the bigger dslr plus the lens, even around home. I know the trade off for the smaller size is the features / manual control but I just don't know if I would benefit from the extra bells and whistles. Those mirrorless cams are getting more appealing but I want one like the GF1 only with a built-in VF.
Noel (0:43 AM, October 20, 2010)
have you decided on which camera to get yet?
Vinnie (8:05 PM, September 29, 2010)
Hi there, I'm considering a new camera and the G series from Canon caught my eye. I'm looking for something that will provide high res shots, but I need it to be lighter and smaller than a DSLR for travel, would this be suitable? I hope to practice with manual settings as well, eg. longer exposure shots, night shots, and landscapes. I've considered entry level DSLR's but the idea of larger lenses and carrying them around in my backpack seems a bit too cumbersome, am I headed in the right direction with pro-digicams? The mirrorless cams are intriguing but lack the features I'm lookin for, eg. viewfinder. The Nikon P7000 is similar in price range and features, I'm considering that one as well, but I'm sort of bias towards Nikon as I own two point and shoot compacts from Nikon and I am very impressed with them both. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Pingupenguins (11:12 PM, September 14, 2010)
If you could add a new section concerning HDR imaging and Hybrid IS that would be great. Also people should know that its not screen size that is better its the pixel count.