Pros: Plenty of manual features, good image quality, versatile lens.
Cons: Grainy image quality, noticeable lens barrelling, shutter button is poor, rear buttons feel cheap.
The Canon PowerShot G12 is an advanced compact digital camera that can fit in your pocket, yet provides a full gamut of manual controls and a relatively wideranging zoom.
It’s the type of camera you should consider if you want something that will give you full creative control and a flexible shooting range without the bulk of a digital SLR – and without the expense of an interchangeable-lens camera.
The PowerShot G12 doesn’t offer any significant advantages over its predecessor, the G11, which it replaces. It’s very much an incremental upgrade that includes some fine-tuned adjustments. In particular, the G12 can shoot in highdefinition mode (1280 x 720 versus the G11’s 640 x 480 video mode) and record stereo sound.
Canon PowerShot G12
The G12 captures accurate colours and reasonably clear images, but it does suffer from noise. It has sports scene modes and custom colour modes, and it also includes a highdynamic range (HDR) mode. It’s a very good camera overall, but the picture quality is not up to the standard of an interchangeable-lens camera or a digital SLR (such as the great Canon EOS 60D), and nor is video quality great.
However, its compact size, convenience and manual features make the G12 an interesting proposition. Creatives who are sick of changing lenses and want a quick way to change exposure settings should consider it, as should travelling snappers, due to its relatively small size and vast range of capabilities.