ReviewGist Report for Canon PowerShot G12
Canon's newest offering in the powerful G-series of Powershot cameras -the Powershot G-12 point-and-shoot camera was released in Sep 2010. Taking off from it's predecessor the Powershot-G11, the G12 has some power-packed features such as enhanced hi-def video recording, new shootings modes and revamped image-stabilization.
In this report we take an in-depth look at the key features of the G12 as well as analysis of what the experts have to say about this product. We analyze around 46 of the best reviews including Imaging Resource, DPreview, Steve's Digicam and CNet and present you the findings.
What the Manufacturer Says
According to Canon, the Powershot-G12 is the first G-series model to feature the HS system (High-sensitivity). The HS system offers excellent image quality at higher ISOs by using a combination of the high-performance Canon DIGIC 4 processor and high-sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel CCD sensor allowing for greater picture clarity and less image noise in low-light conditions.
The G12 also features a premium 28mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens. This lens being compact it can retract completely into the camera's body, but can also ensure the capturing of detailed and sharp photos.
Other top-of-the-line features include
- Hybrid- IS technology to counteract camera shake
- HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode which helps to capture highlights and shadow details as close to how as seen by the photographer.
- Canon introduces 720p HD video capture (24fps) with stereo sound for the first time in a G-series Powershot model.
What the Reviews Say
The image quality of the Canon Powershot- G12 has received a big thumbs-up from almost all the experts. The high-performance DIGIC 4 processor along with Hybrid IS system enhances processing speed and assures better image quality with less noise.
It truly lives up to the G-series Powershot tag with excellent picture quality which should appeal to amateurs and professionals alike. However, PC Advisor reports of the presence of noise at higher ISOs (ISO 800 and above) and mentions that any setting of ISO 400 has noticeable noise and pixel discoloration.
Video quality has been lauded by all reviews including some of the respected magazines such as CNet, Engadget, PocketLint and Wired. According to Wired, the quality of HD video capture even in low-light conditions was impressive and rivaled that of a pricey camcorder. A major gripe is the absence of a direct video recording function and lack of zooming and AF controls during recording. Lack of these manual controls while shooting videos make it less appealing to those interested to use it more as a video camera.
The optical capabilities of the G12 are first-rate and Canon has ensured the best performance following in the steps of the critically acclaimed G11. Experts at Pocket-lint have especially lauded the Face detection system which is remarkably accurate and clever. Techworld reviewers commented that due to the wide angle it could possibly make objects skewed. However most experts are happy with the bright f/2.8 lens which means one can shoot at a relatively low ISO speed in low-light conditions thereby eliminating noise.
Most experts commend the superb build quality of the G12. A handy feature is the auto exposure button which controls exposure regardless of the shooting mode. The LCD screen quality is impressive as are the manual controls. Apart from the fact that it is slightly bulky the Canon G12 is rated as one of the best compacts in terms of interface and handling.
The battery life is pretty good. According to the Camera and Imaging Products Association(CIPA) which conducts standardized battery testing, the Canon G12 fared well capturing about 370 shots in a single charge.
Canon promises an unmatched performance to suit the needs of professionals who want an on-the-go camera as well as amateurs aspiring to take great shots and on this they definitely deliver the goods.
Excellent image quality, great video capture and supporting optics in this package make this an excellent performer in the high-end compact space. The only drawbacks according to experts are relatively minor - the absence of video shooting button, lack of autofocus or zoom in video mode and that it was slightly bulky compared to some of it's competitors in the market.
It goes without saying that the Canon G12 is an excellent choice for those looking for a SLR-like experience in a compact point-and-shoot camera without the hassle of interchangeable lenses etc.
The Canon Powershot-G12 is the best in the G-series from Canon till date. It's excellent image quality and range of manual controls for the photo enthusiast make it an excellent choice with it's steep price being the only drawback.
The competition is rare for a camera as accomplished as the Canon G12 - but do check out the following:
- Canon Powershot S95 which has been almost equally praised as the G12 but is more compact
- Nikon P7000 which comes the closest in the class but trails the G12 in video
- Panasonic Lumix LX5 which is more compact but harder to use and is as competitive as Panasonic gets.