Canon PowerShot G12

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Reviewed by William Savona (Previously owned)

I got this camera as a gift and was thrilled to receive it. I had previously owned the Canon Powershot G7 and G9 and loved both cameras very much. Both provided excellent image quality, speed, and powerful controls in a small package. After receiving the Powershot g12 and taking it on a two week vacation to the South Pacific, I was able to thoroughly test the newer model. As soon as I returned home and took a close look at the images and video I captured with the G12, I sold the camera.

My main issue with the G12 was its lack of sharpness. More than half the images that looked fine on the built-in LCD display of the camera were slightly soft when viewed on a larger, higher resolution display.

Video was another large area for concern. While the G12 is the first of the Powershot series to taught HD video capture it might as well still be called VGA with the resulting recordings having all been harshly exposed with very shallow exposure latitudes and over saturated color.

After watching the arrival of mirroless interchangeable lens cameras on the market and seeing that the ceiling of what can be done with tiny images sensors (1/2.3" in this case) I am wondering if Canon plans to bring the G series (or a new series) to the modern age with a similar type of architecture.

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  • Interface / controls 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8
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